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14th Century Mill, Set in woodlands, a 4-bed gite with private pool.

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

4 en-suite bedrooms in peaceful valley with private pool

Stunning 14th Century Water Mill set in a peaceful wooded valley, all amenities (including Michelin star restaurants) within a 30 minute drive. The beautifully restored holiday complex consists of a four bedroom gite with private 10m*5m salt pool and a seperate to rent luxury one bedroom apartment.

This peaceful retreat, set in five hectares of garden, meadow and woods, is a nature lovers' paradise, a magical open valley with the Viaur meandering by.

The river flow is shallow and cool, creating islands and streamlets, where deer rest and other wild animals forage or search for trout and crayfish. All the surrounding trees make it a colourful birdlovers' paradise, the flash of kingfisher blue, with woodpeckers and dippers providing the red, and the occasional golden oriole.

High above are buzzards and kites (sometimes even the small-toed variety) soaring on the thermals. At river level the heron and egrets nest. Dragonflies and butterflies abound.

Riverside walks, or the woodland paths for the more adventurous, show a year-round profusion of wildflowers, seasonal mushrooms and other delicacies.

The tastefully restored gite sleeps eight in four ensuite bedrooms, three doubles and one twin. All have very comfortable mattresses, cotton bedding and towels provided, with a mixture of antique and newer furniture creating old French charm.

The large lounge with leather upholstery has a wood burner for those chilly spring and autumn evenings, and all rooms also have electric radiators and cooling fans for the summer nights. Well equipped modern kitchen, TV, DVD, books and games complete the picture. There is also an apartment in the old mill which sleeps two adults and one small child.

The gite is a converted barn. On the ground floor is a large single room with well equipped kitchen, dining space and lounge with wood burning stove and all normal facilities. First floor has one double bedroom ensuite, and one twin bedroom with bathroom. Sitting area between these two bedroom with books and games.

On the upper floor are two further double bedrooms, each ensuite. Total area of the gite is about 150 square metres.

The double doors to the kitchen lead out to the patio areas, barbeque and herb garden. Small bridge across the millrace leading to additional seating area. The large swimming pool is close at hand.

The one bedroom apartment is part of the old water mill, converted to a high standard. A small additional room can be used for a child's bed if required. this cn be rented upon request. For more details see wwwayresmill.com

More Details

Barbara gaunt
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Barbara gaunt

David, a retired civil engineer, is a keen musician who plays piano and gives recitals both at the mill and locally, also training the village choir and giving lessons. Barbara is a qualified complementary therapist and teacher who has facilitated courses on Reiki, hypnotherapy, meditation and emotional intelligence in several different countries. Barbara and David both now retired to the peace of the Aveyron.

Barbara gaunt purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Barbara gaunt chose Centrès

Aveyron is generally regarded as the best kept secret of France; we looked at many properties throughout SW France but found the mill and its valley a very magical spot, a wonderful and calming place in which to establish our Gite complex, the property has such a wonderful peaceful atmosphere, whilst still retaining its sense of adventure.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This place was ideal for our French, English, Australian and Tahitian reunion. What a beautiful place and such an attentive host. We had everything we needed and more. The homemade preserves and cake was a huge hit, as well as equipment for crayfishing in the river. We visited Cordes sur Ceil was very special.

The only problem was the weather, not something that can be helped.

The peace and quietand the walks through the forest were great ways to relax after a hectic day.

Much thanks and love to Barbara for her warm hospitality.
Aug 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Centrès in Aveyron

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , good sized shower cubicle, with heated towel rail
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , smaller bathroom with heated towelrail
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , large shower enclosure with wall heater
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , large bathroom with bath and heated towel rail
  • All bathrooms with ample cotton towels and bath/shower mats.and soaps and shampoo toilet paper and hair dryer.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Large en-suite with river views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , large en-suite bedroom with view of river and pool
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , quiet good sized en-suite room
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , twin room with views over the woods en-suite with bath
  • All bedrooms recently decorated with 100% cotton bedding and towels with ample space for clothes and suitcases all with electric fans for summer and radiaters for the cooler periods. With nice comfortable mattresses and sockets for the hair dryers and shavers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Aveyron is generally regarded as the best kept secret of France; the mill and its valley is a very magical spot, a wonderful and calming place in which to relax and enjoy the country side or explore the surrounding Bastide towns, the cathedrals and the locale fare. Treat yourself to a therapy session, reflexology or Reiki, to help you relax even more. With luck you might be here for one of our summer concerts in the new salon above the mill, where local artists display their talents. Maybe have a night of from cooking and have someone into cook for you, with several options just ask for details.


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14th Century Mill, Set in woodlands, a 4-bed gite with private pool.
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Simply Perfect - Peaceful, Picturesque and Calm…

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Aveyron with our friends and two young children and have returned home feeling restored, re-energised and completely rested. This property has everything you need for a relaxing break. Set in a spectacular valley, surrounded by a canopy of stunning trees and running river water, you immediately experience the tranquillity and peace that this beautiful 14th Century Mill House provides. The accommodation is a beautifully converted barn, equipped with every ‘creature comfort’ you require. From the moment we stepped into the property, we felt at home. Barbara the owner and host takes such pride in ensuring that her guests have the perfect stay and her generosity and attention to detail made our time at the Aveyron extra special. On arrival, she greeted us with such warmth and kindness ensuring that we had everything we needed. Barbara provided us with freshly bought provisions, containing all the basics we needed such as milk, bread, butter tea etc. She also added lots of treats both for the adults and children (wine, cheese, coffee pods, homemade chutneys and a freshly home baked Lemon Drizzle cake which was delicious). The property is well equipped throughout and the added extras such as high-quality soap, shampoo, hairdryers etc. all contribute to the luxurious experience. The outdoor area is simply idyllic and once again Barbara provides everything you need from pool towels to inflatables, bats, balls, fishing nets. etc for the children. You can choose to relax by the wonderful pool area, which is very well maintained and surrounded by a beautiful grass lawn or wander by the flowing, freshwater river and enjoy everything that nature has to offer. We loved our time strolling by the river, wading in and fishing for cray fish but equally had lots of fun by the pool, soaking up the sun and playing games and swing ball in the generous outdoor space. There is lots to enjoy around the area exploring the surrounding towns. We loved Albi and the Cathedral is certainly worth a visit. Whilst staying at the Mill, I had both a reflexology and Reiki treatment. Barbara is an expert practitioner and I would highly recommend her therapy sessions. I found both therapies thoroughly soothing and would be a regular visitor if Barbara practised in London. Barbara’s generosity and kindness is what makes this place stand out from the rest. Aveyron Mill is a very special place and our time spent there has left us with some wonderful memories.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roy Thank you for this lovely review it was a pleasure having you stay with us at the Mill and hope to see you here again in the future Kindest regards Barbara
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5***** Gite Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

A big thank you to Barbara the owner of this wonderful family holiday retreat. The area is lovely, tucked away in it's own private little valley with a river running through it.

Your own private swimming pool and very generous accommodation for our family. It was a very special treat with lots of hidden little extras from the owner that made our stay feel special.

The children were so happy exploring and wading in the river and finding treasures. There was lots to do on the site with walking by the river and in the forests. Some quaint little french towns to explore which made you feel as though time had stood still. We loved the history and wonderful food places to sample, and of course the French wine and patisserie's were fresh and a welcome change to sample.

With wonderful fresh unpackaged food from area we really had a wonderful exploration for all the family.

It really is a safe family holiday accommodation with all up to date appliances, new kitchen and bathrooms to each bedroom and lots of really fresh natural spring water,

The sitting room was generous, with an open fire to curl up in front of and read a book. The outside area was most pleasant with a world all of its own…...we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and thank you for your lovely comments,we are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your holiday with us. We are delighted you enjoyed our lovely part of France with its many walks and interesting places to visit. We look forward to you staying with us again in the future.
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What a beautiful idyllic place

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family and two young children and what an idyllic place to stay.

The pool is great and when you've had enough of splashing and sun lounging there's great fun to be had in the river. Outside the property the river is only knee deep in most places and we had great fun fishing and searching for cray fish.

There's plenty of beautiful surrounding walks straight from the property's doorstep.

The owner, Barbara, could not do more to accommodate our needs and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the surrounding area and attractions.

I would definitely recommend this property and we will be back again next summer.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank. You so much for taking the time to write this great you were great guests and look forward to your next visit
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Una casa estupenda, camas cómodas, amplios espacios, limpio y nuevo. Sr y Sra Gaunt muy amables.

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rosa Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review it was a pleasure having you stay in our mill and we both hope to see you all again in the future, kindest Regards Barbara and David
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Très agréable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons séjourné dans cette jolie propriété pendant les vacances de Noël, nous étions 3 adultes et 4 enfants de 7 à 15 ans.

David et Barbara sont très sympathique et aux petits soins.

Du pain, du vin, du café, du lait, du beurre et autres gâteaux nous attendaient dans la cuisine lors de notre arrivée.

La maison est très agréable, récemment rénovée avec goût, chaque chambre à sa salle de bain.

Elle est située au bord d’une rivière et de la forêt, le tout dans un un environnement très paisible.

Il y a une piscine qui doit être bien sympa l’été.

Un petit paradis pour petits et grands.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christophe Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your time with us. It was a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family, and we hope that you will stay with us again in the future. Kindest regards Barbara
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Fabuleux !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons adoré notre séjour de 5 jours en famille (4 couples) dans cette magnifique propriété où nous avons apprécié le calme, l'isolement, l'espace, la nature et la beauté des lieux. Ainsi que le grand confort de la maison sans omettre la disponibilité et la grande gentillesse de Barbara. Une adresse à recommander pour tous ceux qui cherchent la détente et de beaux chemins de randonnées. Une adresse aussi à conserver car nous aimerions y revenir.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Veronique Thank you so much for this lovely review it was a pleasure to have you all stay with us happy traveling kindest regards Barbara
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
17 Kilometres
Naucelle Gare
Car: necessary

On the edge of the Cathar and Templar regions, the Aveyron area is steeped in history. Even though it has an area almost half that of Wales, almost all of the department can be reached from the mill within an hour. Bastide towns, cathedral cities, castles, art galleries, museums aplenty. The childhood home of Toulouse Lautrec can be visited 15 minutes away, and just 45 minutes away in the neighbouring department of Tarn the famous cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec museum make the Unesco heritage town of Albi a must. A little further is the Gaillac wine region. All sporting facilities, water based and land based, are locally available, even the occasional theme park. For the lovers of modern engineering, the stunning Millau bridge is an hour away and the delightful railway bridge over the Viaur twenty minutes. In high season each village has its fete and there are numerous night markets and open air theatre and music spectacles.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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