About this home
After searching high and low for their dream Dordogne home, upon seeing Le Vieux Moulin in the glorious sunshine, the owners immediatley knew this was the one! Back then it was a crumbling paper mill in idyllic surroundings, yet after months of passion and dedication they have restored it to a stunningly beautiful place to stay.
As soon as you cross the little bridge over one of the two rivers which encircle Le Vieux Moulin, you know you are in an incredible setting. Surrounded by forests, countryside and the sound of the flowing rivers backing on to the gardens, this is rural life at its best in the heart of the Couze valley, just south of the Dordogne river.
Step inside and be amazed at the high standard of renovation of this former paper mill and farm, some of which dates back to the early 17th Century. With a nod to the home’s historic past, many original features have been beautifully restored alongside a contemporary and minimalist vibe with stylish furnishings and sleek décor.
Downstairs the living room, dining space and modern kitchen with its original terracotta floors offers comfort with warmth from the wood-burning fires on cooler days or doors opening up to the gardens as summer approaches. Upstairs there are six ensuite bedrooms, including an impressive master bedroom with its very own bathtub standing grandly in the room. The sixth bedroom is part of a lovely apartment which has its own downstairs living space and could be ideal for visiting grandparents or friends.
Outside in the gardens you can find welcome shade under a tree, laze on a hammock with a good book, enjoy a game of boules and table tennis or simply relax on the pool terrace by the inviting heated swimming pool, whilst listening to the river flowing. As evening approaches, dine to the sound of hooting owls on your covered terrace by the summer kitchen and barbecue and enjoy long evenings with fine wine, food, family and friends.
Despite this rural idyll, it’s only a five-minute drive to the charming local village with a well-regarded restaurant and the ruins of an abbey which hosts concerts in the summer. You’re also only 5km from Beaumont-du-Périgord with its pretty shops, restaurants and a wonderfully atmospheric night market in the summer where you can feast and drink wine with locals.
The Dordogne river is just a 20-minute drive away where you can picnic by the riverside or hire canoes for a lovely trip out. Picture-perfect villages within easy reach include Limeuil, Trémolat, La Roque-Gageac and Domme.
Closer to home, Monpazier is only 16km away, thought to be one of France’s most beautifully preserved villages. Not forgetting Bergerac, within half an hour with its medieval architecture and unmissable Maisons des Vins.
In one of the most picturesque regions of France, the Dordogne also offers wonderful hiking, horse-riding, cycling and golf. Not to mention some of the country’s best food markets which are held across surrounding villages and towns. Pick up local cheeses, breads, cakes, foie gras and canard to take back to your beautiful home for an authentic Dordogne experience.
Main House Interiors
- Dining room with doors opening out to the gardens
- Kitchen, well-equipped and including wood-burner
- Living room (via step) with fireplace, TV and DVD player and doors opening out to the gardens
- 4 x
double/twin bedrooms with super-king size beds and ensuite shower rooms
- Double/twin bedroom with super-king size bed and freestanding bath in the bedroom and separate WC
- Open-plan living-dining room with wood-burner, TV and DVD player
- Open-plan kitchen corner, fully-equipped
- Outdoor terrace overlooking the river
- Double bedroom and ensuite shower room
The apartment bedroom can also be accessed from upstairs in the main house and access to the downstairs of the apartment can be shut off if it is not needed.
- Heated swimming pool (12mx6m) with full length steps on one end, same depth throughout, black liner and pool safety alarm. Open from the end of April until the end of September
- Sun-beds and hammock
- Covered outdoor dining area with sink, fridge and gas BBQ
- Table tennis
- Gardens (unenclosed, leading to rivers and forests)
- Wood-burners (wood provided)
- TV and DVD player
- DVDs and books
- Board games
- Pool inflatables
- Table tennis
- Washing machine and dryer