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Exceptional! 5/5
Free cancellation until14 days before check-in

Barbara Mellor

Property # 16662

Romantic watermill in idyllic setting

Property overview

About this rental

  • Country house/château
    • 3229 sq. ft
  • 4 bedrooms
    • 6 beds
    • Sleeps 8
  • 3 bathrooms
    • 2 full baths
    • 1 half bath
  • Spaces
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
    • Terrace

Medieval watermill in riverside setting , 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Rooms and beds

Bedrooms: 4(People: 8)

Bedroom 2

double · single

Bedroom 3


Bedroom 4


Bedroom 1

double · Child bed

Bathrooms: 2, Separate WCs: 1


Toilet · Bath


Toilet · Shower




  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Terrace
  • Dining
    Seating for 10 people
  • Balcony
  • Garden



  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Children Welcome
  • Parking
  • No Smoking
  • Heater

Safety features

  • Exterior lighting
  • Carbon-monoxide detectorIn the basement boiler room
  • Fire extinguisherKitchen, first-floor landing
  • First-aid kitIn medicine cupboard in shower room on ground floor
  • Smoke detectorKitchen, first-floor landing

Location Type

  • riverThe Giffou is beautifully clear and in summer shallow and perfect for paddling. You can fish for trout with a permit, and for crayfish without one. It is beautifully shady and cool on hot days
  • Water viewEvery window at the mill looks out over the river, the stream, waterfalls and water meadows
  • RuralAlthough only 3km from a market town, the mill is a rural paradise of wildflower meadows and mature woodland, with the constant sound of rippling streams and splashing waterfalls
  • waterfrontWater is everywhere at the mill: the building sits in a rippling trout stream, and the front door looks out over the millpond. Two waterfalls act as overflows between the two and feed a little stream


  • TelephoneAvailable for local calls and emergencies
  • HeatingEfficient oil-fired central heating is available at a small extra charge to cover costs.
  • Hair dryer
  • FireplaceThe fireplace is huge and ancient. This is where all water was heated and food cooked. Visitors are welcome to use it, but please remember to open the chimney trap first!
  • Basic soaps
  • ParkingThere is ample private free parking in front of the mill.
  • Towels availableA bath towel and hand towel are provided. We ask visitors to bring their own pool towels.
  • Iron & board
  • Toilet roll
  • Washing machineThe washing machine is in the basement, beside the boiler.
  • InternetFast, good, trouble-free; upgrading to fibre optic in 2021. Password on Livebox by front door.
  • Linens providedBed linen and tea towels are provided.
  • Wireless InternetFast, good, trouble-free, upgrading to fibre optic in 2021
  • Clothes dryerThe washing line is beside the swimming pool in the lower meadow. There is also a dutch dryer above the landing outside the bathroom.
  • Shampoo
  • Kitchen roll


  • MicrowaveCombination microwave.
  • Coffee makerA choice of cafetière or filter.
  • Pantry itemsWe leave the basics and ask our visitors to replace what they use.
  • DishwasherMiele dishwasher.
  • Dishes & utensilsA wide range of new and vintage French provincial.
  • Barbecue
  • HobFour-burner propane-fuelled hob.
  • Kettle
  • OvenSingle oven with built-in grill.
  • FridgeA large, modern fridge-freezer.
  • Blender
  • ToasterA standard toaster.


  • Childs highchair


  • ToysQuite a few toys suitable for youngish children, plus jigsaws etc for all the family.
  • GamesBoard games, jigsaws, pétanque etc
  • BooksA range of adult and children's books, fiction, non-fiction and local interest, including some in French.
  • Games for kids
  • Music library
  • Stereo


  • BoatAvailable on the River Tarn and lakes near by.
  • Kayak/canoeAvailable on the River Tarn and lakes near by.
  • TennisAvailable in Réquista at 3km.
  • BicyclesWe have 2 adult mountain bikes that visitors are welcome to borrow.


  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term renters welcome

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor pool
  • Private poolThe pool measures 10x5m with a Roman staircase, and is 1.2m deep at the perimeter, 1.6m in the middle. It is cleaned and serviced on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


  • Furnished to a high standard as a full-time family home, the mill is designed for comfortable living at all seasons. In summer the rooms are bright and airy, and the grounds are dotted with tables, chairs and benches for alfresco eating, or for quiet reading or gazing with a bottle of wine. A barbecue is set in the old bread oven, with a large table (seats 10) overlooking the millpond and surrounded by scented roses, sweet peas and honeysuckles. In winter it is cosy and warm, with efficient central heating, a huge log fire and a generously equipped kitchen for serious indulgence. The vast dining table (once a barn door) is made for banquets, while the farmhouse table in the kitchen is perfect for informal dining. The grounds are huge and beautiful and at all times of year, the house is child-friendly (with lots of games and books). Water is everywhere here – in streams, waterfalls and the millpond – so small children need supervising at all times.


Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
  • 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
  • No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
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100% refund
14 days before check-in
50% refund
7 days before check-in
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Damage and incidentals

You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.

House Rules

Check in after: 17:00
Check out before: 10:00
  • Children allowed

  • No pets

  • No smoking

  • Max guests: 8

Cleaning practices

  • Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)

  • Cleaned with disinfectant

  • All towels and bedding washed in hot water that’s at least 60ºC

  • Follows industry health association: Sanitary Protocol (UNPLV – France)

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