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Le Moulin du Rateau

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Mill with River room terrace visible

Watermill | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Mill is the last of 16 watermills on the River Combade, a top category trout river, situated just above its confluence with the River Vienne, accessed by a 200m driveway lined with acacia, lime and cherry trees. A secluded location which cannot be overlooked in summer, including orchard, woodland and meadows, usually home to 3 rare breed donkeys. There are terraces facing south,east and west offering sun or shade at all times of day. The accommodation is arranged on 2 floors for up to 7 people with a further split level bedroom for larger groups. Without leaving your holiday home, you can explore the surrounding 3 hectares, cool down in the river, commune with the donkeys, observe the buzzards, nuthatches and woodpeckers, or simply relax and listen to the gurgling of the millstream. Surrounded by beautiful countryside with deep gorges and lakes. The pretty medieval towns of St Leonard de Noblat and Eymoutiers with restaurants, markets and traditional festivals are close by.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lakeside Bujaleuf 7 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Limoges Bellegarde 40 km, Nearest railway: St Denis-des-Murs 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 17
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Day room:- corner kitchen, door to fishpond, dining area, door to meadow terrace. Corner fireplace with media area adjacent comprising TV / video / DVD / Ipod dock / CDplayer / HiFi / battery charger. 3 sofas seating 9 one of which is a double sofa bed.

River room overlooking millstream and river with entrance door,old mill workings, dining area for 6 people, double doors to river terrace & barbecue, wood burning stove with 2 settees and 2 armchairs seating 9 people. Stairs to bedrooms, door to day room.

Bedroom 1: double bed and en-suite, views over the millstream & river.

Bedroom 2: double water bed and single bed, views over the river.

Bedroom 3: 3 single beds (waterbed), double sofa bed and en-suite, views to the river and orchard.

En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower, WC and handbasin.

Communal bathroom adjacent bedroom 2 with shower, WC & handbasin.

En-suite to bedroom 3 with shower, WC & handbasin.

Further details outdoors

3 Hectares of woodland, meadows and river frontage. There are formal lawns between the mill and the river, steps down to the river and terraces facing East with fishpond, South with views over the millstream and meadows and West with barbecue and views over the river. Plenty of chairs and tables are available for outdoor eating.We have renovated the mill ourselves to retain as many original features whilst providing up to date facilities, combining history with convenience.

Given sufficient food and wine which are readily available from the local market towns, you could spend your entire holiday without leaving the premises. Alternatively, it makes a great base for indulging a wide range of sporting activities or cultural expeditions in the three departments which make up the ' Limousin' area

The property is the ultimate for tranquility and the night sky is as clear as you can find in Europe.

The place is a naturalist's (or naturist's!) dream overlooked only by Kite's, Buzzards, donkeys and a wide range of smaller birds; listen out for the unmistakable sound of migrating cranes in Spring and Autumn.

The Limousin region

The limousin area offers numerous contrasts, from the rolling contours and city amenities offered by the regional capital Limoges to the mountainous terrain of the Auvergne with several ski resorts with the regional park the ' Plateau de Millevache with Lake Vassiviere in between.

Attractions as diverse as the tapestry town of Aubusson, the cave paintings of Lascaux , the equestrian centre at Pompadour and the martyr village of Oradour are but a few of those possible on a days outing from the mill.


Set in France's “Lake District”, the mill is surrounded by beautiful countryside with deep gorges and many lakes. The pretty medieval towns of St Leonard de Noblat and Eymoutiers with restaurants, markets and traditional festivals are just 10 minutes drive away and Limoges, the regional capital is easily accessible (30 mins).

Close by you will find:

Numerous 'vide grenier' ( antiques / car boot ) sales

Swimming and sandy beaches at nearby lakes

Canoeing and sailing

Open air and indoor swimming pools with sauna and jacuzzi

Excellent walking and off-road cycling

Tennis (free of charge)



Porcelain factories and shops

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Review 1-4 of 4

11 Sep 2013


"Perfect house for a large party"

The Moulin du Rateau was the perfect place to stay for us, as 14 young people its hard to find anyone who will trust you enough to let you rent their house, so we were really pleased to find this one.… More

18 Jul 2012


"Lovely quiet setting"

The mill is very spacious and well equipped and in a lovely setting.

7 Jul 2012


"Beautiful Location"

Great place to stay, in really peaceful and lovely surroundings. The only drawback was the lack of wardrobe space in the bedrooms.

25 Apr 2012


"Relaxing and Peaceful Location"

The mill has a lovely location and surroundings, set in pleasant countryside. Plenty of living space and cosy with the wood burners. Owners helpful and easily contactable. Good value for money.

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