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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£424 - £583 / week

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  • Nearest beach 65 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
19th Centuary Listed Cornmill newly renovated to include 4 Star Accomodation. Situated close to two National Trust Properiies - Crom Castle and Florencecourt House. In the heart of Fermanagh Lakeland close to Upper Lough Erne. Activities include walking, fishing etc Situated on its oun 4 Acre grounds, animals include donkeys, pony, hens & goat - Ideal for family holiday  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £53 /night

£371 - £610 / week

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  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Top end barn conversion, 4 star. Quality furniture and fixtures, Free, WIFI, wood burning stove, Stunning open countryside views, central location for seven stane venues, walkers,Birdwatchers,golfers welcome, located up a private road very safe for children. Burnbrae Mill is set within its own grounds, parking for three cars is provided within the garden.  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

3 Nights min stay

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from £88 /night

£615 - £1188 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Haven surrounded by nature - riverside location, in shadow of Cadair Idris and within walking distance of Tal Y Lynn Lake Beautifully converted using local nature wood and slate Green energy Honesty freezer with organic meats and welcome hamper  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

3 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£440 - £928 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Stunning location, Beautiful secluded grounds, Lakeside, 15 minutes drive from beaches,  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £75 /night

£525 - £1479 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Enjoy the charms of this 3 bedroom Charentaise millhouse with private secluded solar heated pool, bordered by a millstream and set within two acres of garden, offering both space and tranquillity. Situated on its own, just 20 mins from the beautiful Atlantic beaches. It is the perfect base for exploring the coast and the historic towns of Saintes, Cognac and La Rochelle.  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £45 /night

£313 - £631 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Sleeps 2/7. 3 bedroom peaceful watermill. 3 hectares of orchard, meadow and woodland with 400m of river frontage. Ideal for activity holidays or plain relaxing. Located 25km east of the regional capital Limoges, famous for its porcelain,cathedral & restaurants and only 40 mins from the airport, the mill nestles in impressive countryside, near pretty medieval towns  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £101 /night

£701 - £745 / week

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  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Newly converted Mill retaining all the original features inlcuding glass panels which show the stream beneath. Set in the beautiful tranquil valley adjacent to the National Park of Monte Rognosi with hundreds of beautiful tracks ideal for keen walkers, cyclists or rider For those who love Art and Antiques there is the famous monthly antiques market in Arezzo.  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £60 /night

£419 - £1166 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
A very unique accommodation based in an ancient Water Mill with helpful/discreet owners on site. Set in acres of landscaped gardens in a little village, minutes from the medieval town of Melle, within 1hrs easy reach of Golden Beaches, Cognac,La Rochelle, Futuroscope  …see more

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Watermill | 11 Bedrooms | sleeps 32

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £243 /night

£1696 - £4548 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Thue is 18th century converted Water Mill set in six acres in Vendee region of France. Recently converted into The Mill and Wheelhouse which can be interconnected to give large 11 bedroom property with 2 heated pools. Wi-fi, games room, log fires, BBQs, decking areas.  …see more

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Watermill | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

4 Nights min stay

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from £122 /night

£848 - £2009 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The Wheelhouse is 18th century converted water mill set in six acres of private garden and woodland in the Vendee region of France. Large heated pool, wi-fi internet, games room, log fire, BBQ, decking area. All mod cons.  …see more

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Watermill | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 20

Excellent 5/5 

4 Nights min stay

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from £152 /night

£1060 - £2539 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
The Mill is 18th century converted water mill set in six acres of private garden and woodland in the Vendee region of France. Large heated pool, wi-fi internet, games room, log fire, BBQ, decking area. All mod cons.  …see more

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Watermill | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 9

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £58 /night

£400 - £985 / week

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  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Converted C18 watermill, near smooth rockpools for bathing. Al fresco dining - portico with bread oven, overlooking waterfall. Fantastic location for walking, cycling and nature. Tuscan/ Umbrian border, close to walled Sansepolcro/ +hilltowns with fine cuisine and art Tranquil rural location between valley and hills, a pleasant 20 min stroll from restaurants, shops and bars  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

4 Nights min stay

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from £179 /night

£1250 - £3158 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
New listing - beautifully renovated 18th Century Watermill in Fowey PL23 1JT - flexible accommodation sleeps 4–10 comfortably. Quiet location 1 mile from Town & Harbour. Near to Beaches and The Eden Project. Miles of coastal footpaths and the acclaimed Saints Way.  …see more

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Watermill | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £53 /night

£368 - £482 / week

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  • Nearest beach 95 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
Moulin de Record - Our individual and self catering holiday cottages charm an audience that comes not only for fishing, but especially and above all to relax, recharge batteries, wishing to return to nature the time of their stay. We would be pleased to welcome you! Visit the Sidobre with spectacular stones created by nature. Albi + Carcassonne (UNESCO), Cordes-sur-Ciel  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £43 /night

£297 - £520 / week

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  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Wonderful scenery. Walking cycling motoring. Historic villages romanesque churches archaeology roman remains caves grottoes. Fishing angling horse riding golf parachuting canoeing. Nature wild flowers wild life. Gourmet restaurants markets. Concerts art galleries. There is a good grand piano and art facilities can be provided. Piano coaching could be arranged - enquire.  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

3 Nights min stay

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from £212 /night

£1484 - £1908 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Stunning converted watermill in the beautiful Loir valley offering 5 bedrooms (sleeps 12), 3 reception rooms and a games room with snooker table. Available all year round for holiday lets, long weekends, short breaks. Ideal for groups. Walking holidays.  …see more

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Watermill | 7 Bedrooms | sleeps 16

Short stays welcome

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from £273 /night

£1908 - £2359 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this idyllic riverside location. Perfect for large groups, families and events. This converted watermill in 10 acres offers 2 self contained properties, full of charm and character. Good transport links - 45 mins Tours and Le Mans.  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Very Good 4.5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £61 /night

£424 - £477 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Stunning converted watermill in the beautiful Loir valley . La Maison du Frere has 2 bedrooms and is at the opposite end of the mill buildings where the Mill House has 5. Available all year round for holiday lets, long weekends, short breaks and long lets.  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

7 Nights min stay

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from £128 /night

£895 - £1595 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Our 17th ceutuary Mill House is ideally placed for visits to the the D day Landing beaches , American Cemetery , Mont st Michel and the Bayeaux Tapestry . Set in its own valley of rivers ,waterfalls and our woods to explore,you might not want to leave ! There are several excellent golf courses just a short drive , Agon countainville & Granville 18 holes  …see more

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Watermill | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Very Good 4.5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £93 /night

£645 - £1191 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Spacious rustic watermill peacefully set in the Burgundy countryside over a gently flowing river between the Jura mountains and the legendary vineyards of the Cote d'Or. Authentic features, exposed brickwork, balcony and large terrace.  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £85 /night

£590 - £1500 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Old mill with private swimming pool, full of character along a country lane and steeped in greenery, on a private rivulet with bathing. There is a rock pool flowing through the garden. Sunny position, stress free area, 15min walk from village, 30 mins from the sea. You can buy an internet key for a laptop for 30euro for your stay.  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Very Good 4/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £49 /night

£342 - £1306 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Spacious and comfortable holiday home with mini farm for children. Small river to swim and to play with private beach, nicer than a swimming pool. Sun and shade with a nice hammock to relax in a private setting in the countryside.  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £89 /night

£620 - £662 / week

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  • Nearest beach 34 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Situated in South Burgundy, Le Moulin Des Gobards is a haven of tranquillity. The home, a 200 year old mill, has been completely renovated to a high standard. *******The maximum number of guests is 6 as long as at least 2 of the guests are children*******  …see more

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Watermill | 14 Bedrooms | sleeps 30

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £379 /night

£2650 - £4995 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Group accommodation for up to 30 people in 4 separate houses, let as one unit, around a central courtyard, exclusive use of the 4,5ha grounds with swimming pool, games room and children's play area. Several areas inside and out to seat everybody together. Exclusive use of the property - no owners on site. Crystal clear 12 x 6m swimming pool, security fenced.  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £69 /night

£482 - £701 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
A beautiful, and stylishly renovated old water mill. Two double beds & a bunk for children. A huge open fire, the sound of the river as you sleep, beautiful stone walls, pieces of mill equipment re-used as furniture, underfloor heating & lovely stone floors. Why wait? The rental price INCLUDES linen and towels  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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from £38 /night

£264 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Lovely rustic apartment with private patio, riverside garden, deck and pool. On the doorstep of the Parque Natural of Sierra de Baza, 3 minute walk to the village of Gor with friendly locals and superb bar tapas!  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £48 /night

£332 - £509 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Beautiful apartment and surroundings, riverside garden with deck and pool. On the doorstep of the Parque Natural of Sierra de Baza, 3 minute walk to the village of Gor with friendly locals and superb bar tapas! 3rd bedroom available for groups larger than 6 people.  …see more

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Watermill | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £208 /night

£1450 - £2850 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Beautiful newly renovated Mill house set in beautiful grounds on the river Frome. Fresh water fishing and horse paddock available for those of you that would like to try the spectacular bridle paths of the area.  …see more

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Watermill | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £65 /night

£450 - £750 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 120 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
Lovely Converted old Watermill in idyllic surroundings with a gorgeous family sized pool set in landscaped gardens. 2 gites designed just with our guests in mind. A beautiful river valley in a quiet rural setting.  …see more

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Watermill | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £46 /night

£318 - £795 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
The former Water Mill, Le Moulin de Madame, Thiviers, is a private restored country house, from where fishing on L'Isle River, horse riding locally and golfing not far off make it ideal for families with kids of all ages, teen and toddler friendly.  …see more

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Watermill | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £106 /night

£742 - £1272 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
A beautifully restored, tranquil water mill with swimming pool situated in the rolling countryside of the Charentes. Private walled garden with BBQ area and hammocks. Wifi, games, dvds, books, bikes, dishwasher and washing machine. All linen and towels provided.  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

7 Nights min stay

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from £171 /night

£1195 - £1495 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Top floor grand lounge, 2 en suite bedrooms with dressing rooms, on bottom floor there is a gym , in the kitchen there is a table to sit 12 people , there is also a high chair, outside there is a swimming pool, bbq, parking, badmington, football cages, gipsy caravan. There is lots of bridel paths to walk from Le Moulin, a small fishing stream, woods for the children to play  …see more

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Watermill | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £79 /night

£550 - £900 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
Stunning riverside holiday home in a converted mill building.  …see more

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Watermill | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Very Good 4.5/5 

Min stay varies

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
A former 17th Century Watermill set in 3 acres of landscaped gardens, nestled within the heart of the Blavet Valley, famous for it's walks, wildlife, rivers with excellent fishing, golf courses and quaint country character villages. Approx 30 mins drive from the coast. Private pool, running trout stream through gardens, close to facilities, optional evening meals available.  …see more

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Watermill | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

2 Nights min stay

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from £94 /night

£658 - £1385 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Très agréable et authentique moulin à eau périgourdin du XVII siècle, restauré en habitation confortable (large frigo, TV TNT, barbecue, parking privé), architecture authentique, cadre reposant, pièces lumineuses, large table pour repas extérieurs sur terrasse protégé Sarlat -vallée des châteaux-Périgord noir-Dordogne  …see more

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Watermill | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £47 /night

£329 - £513 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Endroit priviligié par sa situation, le calme au sein d'une nature préservée. Site unique au pied d'une ville touristique du Périgord vert  …see more