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    Moulin Des Iles

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    Property ref: S217915

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    • Bedrooms 4

    • Sleeps 8

    • Baths 2

    • Pets Yes

    • Wifi Yes

    • Hot tub Yes

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    About this property

    It’s a rare delight to stay on your own private island in a 12th century watermill, in an amazing setting dotted with islands and water all around you. Moulin Des Iles enjoys a unique and restful location in the Gironde region of south-west France and is only 5km from the charming restaurants and shops of a nearby historic town. 

    The 900 year old watermill has been restored with love and care and there’s a great sense of character throughout with French furnishings, comfortable bedrooms and bright bathrooms. The high wood-beamed ceilings in the spacious living room are impressive, there is even space for a mezzanine bedroom. Doors lead out to a wooden balcony, designed for al-fresco dining in an idyllic spot as the river flows under the house. Little touches like the welcome pack on arrival with the ingredients for an evening meal make a big difference and show how much the owner cares about her guests and home.

    Wander over a bridge to the largest island where there's a swimming pool surrounded by stunning grey stone tiles, sun beds and a picture-perfect outdoor lounge by the pool bar and fridge; the ideal spot for a cool glass of wine listening to the little waterfalls and birdsong. Elsewhere there’s also a picturesque riverside terrace for more al-fresco dining with another barbecue, an inviting hot tub as well as a covered terrace with a third barbecue.

    Kids and parents alike will love exploring the five islands, crossing bridges and little pathways, looking out for red squirrels in the woodland, herons on the river or kingfishers by the canal. There are canoes, a kayak and a fishing boat for intrepid explorers or you may just fancy a game of tennis, football or even mini badminton by the pool.

    Despite the feeling of seclusion and privacy, it’s only a ten-minute drive to a local bastide town which is full of history and charm. Explore the nearby characterful towns of La Réole and Duras or drive further afield to the villages of Dordogne such as Eymet, Issigeac and Monpazier. Wine-lovers can explore good local vineyards or take memorable trips out to Saint-Émilion, Bergerac or Bordeaux or you could be enjoying chilled white wine and oysters looking over the bay of Arcachon within ninety minutes or so.

    That said, with such tranquil surroundings, extensive grounds and numerous activities, it will be hard to leave your natural paradise at the incredible Moulin Des Iles.

    Moulin Des Iles is set in three hectares of grounds made up of private islands, woodland and water with the Dropt river running through it. It’s located around an hour south-east of Bordeaux, in the Gironde department of south-western France. 

    Despite the privacy and tranquillity around you, it’s only a 5km drive to a lovely bastide town with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops as well as a great weekly market where you can truly soak up the vibrant atmosphere as you pick up lots of local produce to take back to your holiday home.

    La Réole (10km) is also a short drive away, a town dating back to the 12th century which sits on the banks of the Garonne river. There are many picturesque half-timbered houses, impressive historic buildings and charming lanes to explore. In July and August the town hosts night markets which bring the town to life with good food, local wine and music.

    Crossing over to the Lot-et-Garonne region, Duras (15km) is another pretty town to explore with great Farmer’s markets on a Monday and Wednesday morning, night markets in the summer and a Maison des Vins where you can sample some of the wines from the Côtes de Duras.

    Wine-lovers should also visit the enchanting hilltop town of Saint-Émilion (42km), the vineyards surrounding Bordeaux (70km) as well as the famous wine-town of Bergerac (55km), perhaps via Château de Monbazillac (50km) to try their sweet wines. Closer to home, there are also many local wineries where you can tour the vineyard and sample the excellent wines.  

    You can also head over to Dordogne easily with the border being around half an hour away. Towns such as Eymet (35km), Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (32km) and Issigeac (55km) are delightful places to visit whilst Monpazier and Monflanquin, two of France’s classified ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ are just over an hour away by car.
    Heading west, it’s also possible to reach the Atlantic coast in just under ninety minutes. You could be sipping white wine with a plate of freshly caught oysters in Archachon Bay (130km) or messing around on the vast and beautiful dunes.

    There are of course wonderful hiking and cycling trails across this region as well as horse-riding opportunities. You will find a tree-top activity centre around fifteen minutes away near Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras and golf courses near Marmande or at Château des Vigiers near the Dordogne river. There is also canoeing in the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, not to mention the Dropt river in your very own grounds!


    House Interiors

    First Floor (via external floating staircase)

    -    Living room with doors leading to large balcony overlooking river
    -    Kitchen-diner, well-equipped including dishwasher, American fridge with ice-maker, electric oven, hob, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and dining table
    -    Master bedroom with four-poster bed and en suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and WC
    -    Double bedroom
    -    Twin bedroom
    -    Shower room / wet room with shower and WC

    Open mezzanine level (off the living area, via narrow open-tread spiral staircase)

    -    Twin bedroom

    Outside Grounds

    -    Swimming pool (13mx7m, depth 1.2-2m) with safety gate. Open approximately May to September
    -    Pool bar with fridge
    -    Poolside terrace with sunloungers (x6) and al-fresco lounge area  
    -    Balcony terrace with gas plancha BBQ and al-fresco dining area
    -    Riverside al-fresco dining area with BBQ
    -    Covered terrace for al-fresco dining with BBQ
    -    Hot tub and terrace with table and chairs
    -    2 x canoes and 1 x kayak (life-jackets provided)
    -    Fishing boat and rod
    -    Tennis net and football goal
    -    Mini badminton area
    -    3 hectares of grounds (including five islands in total, connected by walkways or boat)
    -    Direct water access
    -    Two waterfalls
    -    Pond area
    -    Swings


    -    Wi-Fi
    -    2 x portable air-conditioning units
    -    Heating
    -    Satellite TV
    -    DVD player
    -    Board games and books
    -    Table tennis
    -    Tennis net and football goal
    -    Mini badminton area
    -    Canoes and kayak (and life-jackets)
    -    Fishing boat and rod
    -    Hot tub
    -    Washing machine

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    Reviews (5)

    "Excellent holiday in bohemian and charming old watermill. Unique holiday. Excellent pool, lots of fun for children and dogs without leaving the rental. Owner very helpful and friendly. Lots to do in local area and lovely food in nearby towns of la reole and marmande. Would recommend it."
    "This property is unique. Surrounded by water and wildlife. So peaceful that one doesn’t need to venture out at all."
    "Moulin Des Iles is set is a quiet hamlet and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful rolling countryside of the Duras region. We enjoyed visiting the wonderful local markets and touring some of the regions many vineyards. We were equally happy to stay at home and relax by the beautiful pool which is set in the woodland with the river running alongside. Our children loved messing about on the river in kayaks and trying their hand at fishing and a highlight for the whole family was the evening ritual of the starlings coming home to roost. Rita, our host, was very accommodating and made us feel very welcome."
    "A magical home to base your stay in this beautiful region. A wonderful place to really rest and get away from it all but also close enough to drive to any amenities (shops and food markets at Monsegur or La Reole) and even the sea side of Bassin d'Arcachon which is just over an hour drive is realistic. Took the canoe up stream for a few kilometres and spotted herons one day too. At 7pm without fail the dance of the starlings over the property begins with a beautiful display of thousands of starlings flying and singing in unison occurs...amazing sight. We loved every minute and will be coming back."
    "The watermill is a wonderful location, perfect for a family holiday. There is so much to do, exploring the woods, rowing along the river, swimming in the pool. The accommodation was excellent and the owners very welcoming and attentive to our queries. A perfect week in an excellent spot."

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