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Beautiful 15th C. water mill on river with pool, Bordeaux Region

People11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Separate WCs1
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Moulin: 5 bedrooms,sleeps up to 11. Baths: 4.

Known by the village as 'The Château in The Valley', Le Moulin de Mesterrieux, is a romantic 15th Century water mill and Separate Bake House which share their 'island', (the river surrounds the property like a moat), with the separate maison de maitre. Fully refurbished, Le Moulin offers luxurious accommodation with well equipped kitchens, beautiful bathrooms with roll top baths, bedrooms with four-poster and antique beds. Set on two floors, Le Moulin boasts original features such as stained glass windows, open log fireplace, oak floors and beams complement the stone walls. The swimming pool and lounging pavilion face the river with its stunning view of the medieval bridge and waterfall. Fishing, canoeing, cycling, walking, horse riding (riding school 5 min drive), tennis (3 min drive), table tennis, private 'beauty spot' picnic/BBQ area on the river.

The area is rich in history: : The original 13th C Moulin once was an important landmark which produced grain and bread for first the Benedictine Abbeys of nearby La Reole and Blasimon and then generally locally. For over three hundred years Henry II and Elenor of Aquitaine, Richard The Lionheart and The Black Prince held court at the castle at La Reole and would have crossed the river over the ancient bridge which can now be viewed or fished from privately on the land. The present Moulin entertained 'Good King' Henry IV of France who is known to have liked to stop here to be served his favourite fish, as he made is way to and from his palace near Agen to Bordeaux or beyond, perhaps with his devotee, great philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who's château can be visited 30 min away at Castillon.The famous astrologer and apothecary, Michael de Nostradamus, would also have made his way from Agen to Bordeaux along this way, and the pilgrims of The Route de Compostella passed near here.

The properties comprise of:

Le Moulin: (Sleeps up to 11)

Ground; original mill room which opens out to face the millpond.

Entrance: Original kitchen with log burning Rayburn, fridge, boot room.

1st floor; elegant dining room seating up to 12.

Kitchen/breakfast room with Falcon range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker,, toaster, 'french' oven and full range of cookware.

Salon with seating for 14 with original stone log fire, 'Juliet' balcony overlooking garden, T.V. with free box,and dvd player, HiFi, WiFi.

Bedroom with double antique bed. Bedroom with single antique bed. Laundry room with washing machine and shower room. WC.

Top floor:

Bedroom, with king size four poster bed, en suite bathroom with roll top bath and shower.

Bedroom with king size four poster bed, en suite bathroom with roll top bath and shower.

Master bedroom with super king four poster, antique double bed, study in 'keep', en suite bathroom with oversize bath and shower. All rooms with views of river or millpond.

Walled garden with private dining area under pergola and BBQ.

Large stone swimming pool with lounging pavillion, sunbathing area, table tennis and trampoline.

Tennis court available 3 minutes drive or cycle away.

Private fishing on 'lake' with waterfall and river and picnic areas with firepits. Canoeing. Horseriding at stables 5 min drive away through forests and vineyards. Walking on river track or up in vineyards.

Large car park. Gated. Cots available.

Places to visit include: : Within easy reach of Bordeaux, (50 min drive, 30 min by train), it is a must to visit this elegant city with it's bars, restaurants, great shopping, opera house, museums, night clubs and even a UGC showing films in English. Go 30 min further and you reach the Atlantic Coast and the beautiful Bay of Arcachon. Saint Emillion, one of the world's famous Grand Cru wine centres is 40 minutes drive. Nerac, The Nostradamus Restaurant, where he once lived, at Agen or The Walibi theme park. The Dordogne is on the doorstep, as is The Perigord, with it's gorges, caves, castles and adventure parks.Restaurants nearby; Aux Fontaines La Reole, Les 13 Cloches Monteton, L'Imparfait in Bergerac, Les Remparts in the Cathedral Town of Bazas, Le Bio in Langon on the way to Bordeaux, are to name but a few.Eymet is a picturesque Bastide on the way to Bergerac, so is Issigeac, both with good eating. There are night markets in summer, medieval fairs and a spectacular re-enactment of the last battle of The Hundred Years War at Castillon in July and August.There are lakes, forests, vineyards, castles, chateaux....The diversity and beauty of the area is breathtaking--we think there is nowhere better in the world to live.

More Details

Owner
Michaela Villiers-Kendall
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
6 July, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Mesterrieux in Gironde

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , en suite
  • All en suite bathrooms have roll top or oversized bath and shower enclosures. They are situated on the top floor. Separate wet room/shower room and WC are on 1st floor along with 4th and fifth bedrooms.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , master suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , en suite
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed
  • Master bedroom suite has super king four poster bed, double antique 'daybed', luxurious bathroom and study. 2nd bedroom has king size four poster bed and luxurious bathroom. 3rd bedroom has king size four poster bed, single 'daybed'and luxurious bathroom. 4th bedroom has antique canopied double bed. 5th bedroom has antique single bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Terrace
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 3 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Owners on site to offer support and advice if required. Tennis court 3 minutes drive down the road. Discounted rates for smaller groups. Le Moulin and Le Fournil (The Bakehouse) may be rented together at a discounted rate.

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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
5

Staying at the mill

  • 5 of 5

The Mill is as stunning as the photographs depict with fixtures, furnishings and interior decoration to match the idyllic charm of the setting. The beds were comfortable and the showers/wet rooms were modern with piping hot water. The whole property is very well equipped with portable ipod speakers both by the pool and in the lounge complimented by a very large plasma satellite TV (English channels showing the rugby!). The kitchen is has all the modern conveniences alongside a medieval dining room - brilliant!

Waking up and opening the shutters to look out through trees to see horses and chickens milling about in the early mist (before the wonderful heat arrives) made the whole setting feel idyllic.

But Michaela and Steve made us feel very welcome - encouraging the canoeing, the cycling, the fishing and free use of the outdoor bbq facilities to ensure we had a great time. They were unfussy, unobtrusive, helpful and kind; making us feel relaxed, comfortable and more like friends than guests.

You are very tucked away here and nipping to the nearby Lidle/Intermache is a 20 minute trip to La Reole.

In summary - perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Magical Moulin...

  • 5 of 5

We were truly in awe of this magical property. The mill takes you into an alternative historical reality with every room having its own exquisite, individual qualities. Great care has been taken with the fittings and furnishings and it's very clear that restoration of it was not just a renovation to make it habitable, but a carefully crafted and artistic work of love to make this building 'work' again replenishing the spirit of visitors today - just as it must have replenished the lives of people years ago when it was a functioning mill.

Despite the unseasonable weather for our (all too brief - one week) visit, we revelled in its atmosphere and did manage (between us) to use many of the facilities available. Our particular favourites were the canoeing and swimming, but they were probably eclipsed by the facility to relax and lounge around in truly palatial comfort (...everyone deserves it at least once in a lifetime..!) in each of the many rooms.

Naturally we did visit other places in the region and we were particularly fond of Monsegur (the Wednesday night market is a bustling music-filled social event), La Reole (excellent historical walk overlooking the Gironde - while you're there check out the houses of the Black Prince and Richard the Lionheart...) and, of course, Bordeaux and the Arcachon coast.

Once the adjacent field and pathways to the river and the riverside picnic area have matured, the mill will have an even more superb setting: I do envy those visitors who will come later to see the full flourishing of this last phase of the whole project!

I can't finish this review without praising the warmth and un-pretentious qualities of our hosts: Michaela and Steve (not forgetting the able assistance of Brendan and Andy!). Nothing was too much trouble for them and their discreet and helpful manner - added to the unique qualities of the building - made the overall experience one we shall definitely treasure as being a distinctly special holiday.

Thank you.

Tony, Ei, Antonia & Kirstin.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Magical Moulin...

  • 5 of 5

We were truly in awe of this magical property. The mill takes you into an alternative historical reality with every room having its own exquisite, individual qualities. Great care has been taken with the fittings and furnishings and it's very clear that restoration of it was not just a renovation to make it habitable, but a carefully crafted and artistic work of love to make this building 'work' again replenishing the spirit of visitors today - just as it must have replenished the lives of people years ago when it was a functioning mill.

Despite the unseasonable weather for our (all too brief - one week) visit, we revelled in its atmosphere and did manage (between us) to use many of the facilities available. Our particular favourites were the canoeing and swimming, but they were probably eclipsed by the facility to relax and lounge around in truly palatial comfort (...everyone deserves it at least once in a lifetime..!) in each of the many rooms.

Naturally we did visit other places in the region and we were particularly fond of Monsegur (the Wednesday night market is a bustling music-filled social event), La Reole (excellent historical walk overlooking the Gironde - while you're there check out the houses of the Black Prince and Richard the Lionheart...) and, of course, Bordeaux and the Arcachon coast.

Once the adjacent field and pathways to the river and the riverside picnic area have matured, the mill will have an even more superb setting: I do envy those visitors who will come later to see the full flourishing of this last phase of the whole project!

I can't finish this review without praising the warmth and un-pretentious qualities of our hosts: Michaela and Steve (not forgetting the able assistance of Brendan and Andy!). Nothing was too much trouble for them and their discreet and helpful manner - added to the unique qualities of the building - made the overall experience one we shall definitely treasure as being a distinctly special holiday.

Thank you.

Tony, Ei, Antonia & Kirstin.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Bordeaux Merignac or Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Monsegur or La Reole
Nearest Ferry
360 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
La Vigiers
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
La Reole
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
La Reole
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Monsegur or La Reole
Nearest Ski
240 Kilometres
Pyranees
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Arcachon
Car: necessary

Nestled in The Valley of The River Dropt' Le Moulin offers wonderful seclusion and proximity to nature and yet is only 50 min drive to the elegant city of Bordeaux via the nearby motorway. Nearby Monsegur and Sauveterre are just two of the many Bastide towns with their historic buildings dating from medieval times when Aquitaine belonged to the Kings of England. Châteaux and vineyards abound where wines can be tasted and purchased, the most prestigious possibly being the picturesque town of St Emilion with its haute cuisine restaurants and Grand Cru vineyards.The Canal Du Midi, (of Rick Stein's 'French Odyssey', is just down the road. Just on the edge of 'Cathar' country, (Marmande is 30 km south),Toulouse Lautrec's Chateau Malrome, is close by. Picturesque Lake Hostens with swimming, peddle boats and cafes is 1 hour away on the way to The Bassin d'Arcachon.

Other Activities: canoeing, barging, ballooning, train tours

Golf: La Vigier Château Hotel, Restaurant and Golf Club.

Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Golf Club

Photos

Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £250
Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Utilities included, (except central heating in winter charged at 25.00 euros per day)

Logs available


Linens provided except pool towels.

Lets of two months or more discounted.


Discounted rates for smaller groups in Le Moulin.
Deposit for short lets is 50% of the rental cost at the time of booking to secure the reservation.
The remaining 50% is payable 15 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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