Beautiful historic 12th century fortified watermill, set on its own private island with 4 others belonging to it. 3ha total. The largest island, accessed easily by bridges, houses lots of little paths that meander around; a large designer grey stone tiled pool with its white stone surrounds, bar area and poolside fridge; large grass play area with a tennis net & football goal ; a small short tennis/ mini badminton area poolside; table tennis; 2 canoes; 1 kayak; 1 fishing boat; fishing rod; 6-7 man hot tub etc. Beautiful property, very private grounds. There are sounds of the 2 waterfalls there - from a large, suspended cantilevered balcony over the river with another waterfall over the little canal that passes through the property. The river runs under the house in 3 places in an authentic, original ground floor. Living accommodation is on the first floor only, accessed by a very modern floating staircase. 4 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite with jacuzzi bath ; & 1 wetroom. Whilst marvellous for children there, it is not recommended for under 4's. Lifejackets are provided for the boat & canoes. It is a paradise for wild life, with herons; kingfishers; ducks; cormorants; fish; red squirrels; coypu etc in abundance. You may indeed be wolf whistled at by the beautifully coloured golden orioles ( rare in the UK) that nest in the canopy on the largest island each year. It is a location to be truly enjoyed, to rest & re-charge your batteries or to have as energetic holiday as you wish, with something for everyone. 2 x big portable air conditioning units to place where you choose.The first floor only accommodation unfortunately makes it unsuitable for the physically challenged. Strictly Saturday changeovers.
4 bedroomed watermill with a view of the river from every window.
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 16, 2019
About Rita Thomas
I am retired & have lived in France for 20 years, 16 of which I have rented out my properties, being a professional landlord over here.
Rita Thomas purchased this Villa in 1996
Why Rita Thomas chose Roquebrune
I fell in love with it & the surroundings - you can't help it! Its beautiful.
What makes this Villa unique
A simply magnificent location second to none. Just amazing. A natural paradise. The watermill itself has recently undergone a stunning refurbishment inside and out, the latest being an architect designed grey stone pool with white stone surrounds and a bar area with poolside fridge.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Quiet rural retreat in a beautiful woodland setting
The Mill is set is a quiet hamlet 5km outside of Mon Ségur 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.
It's a nature lovers' paradise, with the dawn chorus being just as wonderful ! There are many riverside birds to be seen there, as you would expect. An added bonus if you don't actually live near water. Starlings, robins and sparrows are , in fact, the unusual visitors here. Lovely to have met you all, and glad you enjoyed your holiday with the new pool!
The magical Watermill
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.
Beautiful and unique location
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.
Thank you !
We've tried to make the inside of the watermill somewhat spectacular this year, so I'm glad you appreciated it, and are planning the same for a heated pool area next season that will be just as stunning. You'd be welcome back at any time to try it out!!
Secluded Mill House
The Mill House is a fabulous retreat in southern Bordeaux wine country. We did have a really good family escape...
The property has a magic to it, secluded, on its own small island of 3 or so acres (?) You do not feel looked upon, you can play your music with gusto without the danger of disturbing people!
BUT the truth is that it is tired and some what run down. It would benefit from a huge injection of capital where upon its would take on a different feel again... and these comments are not meant as any thing other that positive comment.
We had fun.
Yes...most guests include 'magical' somewhere in their description of the watermill, and I would agree with that. I was not surprised you asked about the sale of it! It became even more stunning by the very nearly total refurbishment the building underwent this year, which will be completed from October, as will a brand new, heated pool and natural stone surrounding area on the largest island. It's something to which I'm really looking forward, and as you say, will take this already wonderful property to a different level again.....!
Unique holiday bolthole
This property is in a stunning location and has been beautifully renovated. The situation is very rural which makes for a restful and natural environment. The property contains all that is required for a holiday away with family and holds plenty of surprises when adventuring around the islands. The owner is easy to contact and offers help whenever necessary.
Yes...it 's quite rural, but not isolated and with the benefit of being only 5mins from the local little town which has all the usual French provincial amenities. Such is the nature of the location you feel quute cocooned from the outside world, and the recent renovations make for an altogether spectacular venue.
You'd be welcome back any time.
Fantastic house and garden
We spent a week at the watermill and had a fantastic time. The house and pool were great and the extensive gardens a paradise for a 5 year old to explore. The owners were very quick to respond to any questions and we hope to return soon. Highly recommended and a great base for wine tasting.
Thank you for those nice comments, and I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves there - despite the rather unusually inclement weather you had! Yes...the islands are great for children to explore with some inventive (scouts??) parents even making trails for theirs, with signs, wigwams etc in branches!
You'd be very welcome again at any time.
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There are no extra, hidden charges & all taxes are paid for on your behalf. Pets welcome as long as they are de-fleaed if applicable. Long hair shedders may attract a cleaning charge! Also please note that, as non-fee paying options are available for payments in the form of French or UK bank transfers, any card fee paying option (including Paypal) must be borne by the holidaymaker.