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Perfect spot for a holiday with family or friends with private river and a pool

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms,fishing, kayaking, private, terrain, lagoon swimming pool

Located in the gastronomical heaven of Gascogne, the property is a private estate with 15 hectares of private land, 1 km of river Adour, featuring access for fishing and kayaking. Two delux Gemini 2 seater kayaks are provided as well as terrain bicycles.

Children friendly lagoon type swimming pool is alarmed and has several levels of depths to please all ages of guests. Children splash at the shallow end while adults can enjoy a decent deep at the 1.8 m deep end.

Private terrain consists of two large meadows, parkland and one kilometre river bank.

There are two buildings on the property-the old mill Le Moulin De Marrast is yet to be restored, but the Millers cottage has been lovingly renovated and features all modern comforts: fully equipped kitchen, hot showers, flat screen TVs, Free Wifi, indoor and outdoor dining area, barbecue, log fire and central oil heating in winter and restored bread oven for a pizza or a grand roast with rosemary from the kitchen garden, enough place for a family or a group of friends. No parking restriction, tons of space for walking, breathing and breaking away from it all!

There are four en-suite bedrooms and a spare bedroom with a communal WC and shower facility provide plenty of privacy for all. Towels for both: showers and swimming pool are included in the rent, as well as bed linen.

The property is very private and quiet, however in a close driving proximity to the nearest supermarket, petrol station, local villages with coffee shops, regional produce markets, restaurants, banks and post offices, churches and picturesque village squares.

A must visit is a little town of the oldest spas in Europe Eugenie les Bains, only 6 km from the house, Marciac jazz festival is 45 km away, skiing village of La Mongie is over an hour drive, as well as Biarritz and a Spanish port city of Saint Sebastian.

Both sea front towns are stylish and memorable places for a day trip or even an overnight stay. In Eugenie les Bains there is a 3* Michelin restaurant with the great Chef Michel Guerard heading the kitchen. For a more casual experience, his Auberge la Ferme aux Grives is a perfect lunch or dinner option.

Saint Sebastian is also a home to a film festival and a world leading conference for world renown Chefs. Needless to say the gastronomical scene is exquisite.

The oldest Armagnac refinery is not far either. An old estate of count Bayonne left to the monastery was making Armagnac there since 11th century and now offers a guided tour, tasting Armagnac and Flocs, as well as shopping opportunities for the connoceurs of rare milisimes. Domaine Armagnac d'Ognoas is a great place to visit.

Nearest airports are Pau, Biarritz, Bordeaux. From the UK an overnight ferry to St. Malo and a drive down proved to be an effective and stress free option to travel for a family with kids. Extra bonus is sightseeing around France if the time is available to go off onto country roads.

For a group of 10 or less it's a great French escape.

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Margarita Shalimova
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Margarita Shalimova

My name is Margarita. I am originally from south west of Russia, the region is most famous for Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. I traveled and worked in the Middle East, Europe and the UK. I fell in love with Moulin De Marrast in 2003 and since then the cottage has been restored and the Mill is yet to be renovated. Gascogne is my passion. I love this part of France: the people, the food and it's history. We go to our Mill as often as we can to spend time in the nature, cook and swim and go on the river on our kayaks. My family loves staying at the Mill, although often it's a working break, as there's is always something to do, but the peace, climate, food and its tranquility gives us strength to go back to London and face the everyday. Often we are joined by our friends with children. Children adore this property, my daughter comes up with fairy stories as surroundings fire her imagination. We often take a ferry and drive to the house, there is much freedom and no restriction on luggage this way. It's a unique place for family and friends to enjoy. There is a lot to do on the property and in the neighbouring villages. Gastronomy is exquisite and I love cooking all sorts of food, so it's a perfect combination. Family time and harmony is my priority and it's very easy to have both at Moulin de Marrast. We take some day trips to Spain or the Atlantic coast, however, often it's just time for me, my family and friends - precious moments we can't have enough of.

Margarita Shalimova purchased this house in 2003

Why Margarita Shalimova chose Bordères-et-Lamensans

Gascogne is just great. Gastronomically, climate wise, proximity to the airports, the coast and skiing, the mountains or the wine tours, old Armagnac destilliraries-its all here. There are only 4 Mills like this in France. Ours is yet to be restored. The house was restored in 2007. Its great to have forest and river outside of your window, and yet in the quiet and vast space the house has all the modern comforts. It's a very special place, where time stops for me. I can be in the moment, totally at peace and focused on my most important: my family. We cook, enjoy each other, play with our children, invite friends to come and stay with us, listen to the sounds of nature, have coffee and croissants on the village square, go to the tavern of Michel Guerard in Eugenie les Baines and just have the world to ourselves.

We buy good wine and cheese to take home, we bring back basque delicacies, sometimes we indulge in day trips to Biarritz or Saint Sebastian, but mostly we are keeping busy at the property. There are games, kayaks, bicycles, books and films to stay entertained. We go for walks. On our 15 ha of land and nice stroll after supper is what the body needs and nature offers a welcome break from our city life and work. We always feel recharged after visiting our French get away!

What makes this house unique

There are only 4 mills like ours in France. It's a monumental landmark on the property but is yet to be restored. The miller's cottage is about 200 years old as well as the Mill, full of traditional features and restored to offer all modern comforts. Both buildings are of a landaise "sponge cake" cladding, which gives the rooms a unique regional touch and character. While being located a couple of kilometres from the nearest village, the house has large private terrain, so it's very quiet, the river is good for fishing, kayaking or just bird watching. The property is also a home to a bird sanctuary. The swimming pool is build as a lagoon so it's shallow at one end and deep at the other-great place to socialise and chill knowing that children can safely splash too. There are several dining areas to enjoy. River side sunsets are pretty spectacular. Villages are very close and all the amenities are nearby. Fantastic place to get away from it all and enjoy nature and a good company. It's a great place for kayaking on the river, fishing, walking and cycling, visiting local markets, going for wine tours and Armagnac distilleries. Our neighbours in the Chateaux de Marrast has listed their beautiful garden and now give tours in May and June for 5 euros per person in the afternoons. Their garden is a must see and is being called The best garden in Aquitaine. A day can be as busy or as lazy as one decides, either way it's a unique place to enjoy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bordères-et-Lamensans in Landes

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 18:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No paper or female hygiene products flushed in the toilets - septic tank can easily upset and expensive to repaire.
  • All cooking oil and grease has to be wiped off the plates and pans with a paper towel before washing them in the sink or the dishwasher.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf


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Perfect spot for a holiday with family or friends with private river and a pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Top Draw

  • 5 of 5

A lovely converted Mill house tucked away in the countryside with a kilometer of private riverbank. The house is wonderfully equipped with two double canoes and top spec mountain bikes for action sports lovers. Or there is the idyllic fresh water swimming pool which is ideal for children with its gently sloping shallow end. There is lots to do locally with Mont-de-Marsan offereing a hoast of bars and restaurants. A trip to the beautiful Euginie Le Bain is essential with the 3 star Michelle Gerrard restaurant as a must. The property is a lovely retreat being nearly a kilometer away from the road, al fresco dining in the shade or sun is arranged on the patio and there is a large banquet table in the dining room - perfect for large parties. The house is very well equipped from kitchen to bathrooms and the leisure activities all provided - perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful rustic house, just what we had hoped.

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect house, and Margarita was truly a wonderful host! She was extremely accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed, she really made us feel at home, and helped us with our enquiries not only about the house, but also with her knowledge of the tourist attractions in the local area! The house itself was just wonderful, an authentic, rustic house, just what we had hoped for.. it was very clean and there were plenty of towels, pillows and blankets for us too. Very comfy beds and wonderful windows that opened wide for fresh breezes. Located in its own very large plot of land, with a glorious private pool, and 2 kayaks which we made good use of on the beautiful Adour river which runs alongside the edge of the grounds.. Margarita checked in with us and made us feel like she genuinely cared that we had a good visit. It was quiet a wonderful break for my family. Lovely time, and highly recommended!!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
659 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
140 Kilometres
La Mongie
Nearest Beach
94 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £220
Damage Deposit £400

The property is in a rural environment and has a septic tank. Please, do not use any chlorine products, any antibacterial cleaners. Throwing paper and other hygiene products into the WC will block it-it's expensive to repair, apart from causing inconvenience.
Shower doors need to be closed properly to avoid water leakagaes on the floor boards and through the floor boards.
Kayaks are to be locked -chains and locks provided and to keep them clean and dry inside they need to go on storage rails bottom up.
Bycicles are being stored in the shed and leaving them outside will make them dirty and rusty, which will result in maintenance.
Smokers can use outside areas and the bar by the cabana to indulge in their pleasure but please, no smoking in the house as it would be unfair to next visitors, who might be non smokers and have children and babies with them.
The house is looked after by a French family. Mme Philippou is very hard working, but it would help if the house is left in a tidy fashion and beds stripped. Sometimes that would mean that she doesn't have to rush the cleaning to accommodate a changeover. Tips for her are welcome. She can do a weekend linen change and cleaning ( recommended). She charges 10euro per hour plus laundry. She can also cook your breakfast or dinner. Please arrange these directly.
Stephan, the farmer, comes to cut the grass on the estates meadows. It happens a few times a year, but you might be the lucky Ones to see the hey rolls which add lovely charm to the property.
Please, keep my number handy.
Useful numbers list is in the kitchen and has numbers for all emergency services as well as Mdme Philippou's number, internet and locks codes, restaurant recommendations and contact cards.
Rubbish bean liners: transparent are for recycling, black ones for general rubbish. Rubbish bins are a short drive away, across the road and through the rail way crossing. Bottles- bins are in Grenade on the parking behind the church.

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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