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.
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.