Near Sommieres on the border of Languedoc and Provence Le Vieux Moulin - Riverside Gite - is one of three in a charming stone water mill dating from 17th Century. It sleeps 7 to 9 and is walking distance to village of Salinelles. Friday arrival.
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Ideal Family Gite in South of France sleeping 7-9
Friday to Friday arrival/departure day (flexible out of season)
24-31 May 2019, £1850
A beautiful stone water miss on the Vidourle River, that evokes those bygone times, but has been sympathetically renovated and brought up to date with characterful furnishings and modern touches.
On the edge of a village, which means you can walk to a bar, restaurant and local shopping, and only 5 minutes drive to Sommières, it is ideally placed to relax and enjoy the tranquil environment or go further afield to explore the area.
Riverside Gite is one of three individual pieces of accommodation, it is perfect for a family holiday. (The other two properties GR012C and GR012D can be let independently or all three togther GR012A for 26 people plus cots). It is totally set up for families with younger children.
Riverside Gite (150m2) - sleeps 7 to 9
The property has a homely ambience, charming interiors comfortably furnished, all with mod cons, and evokes French country living. All pleasing to the eye - a nice combination of modern day comforts and original features. Sleeping 7-9 (the extra 2 would be accommodated on a sofa bed on the mezzanine level).
Entering from the Terrace, you come to the sitting area of the kitchen/dining space, where there is a stone fireplace, rocking chair and two seater sofa. Whilst you eat, at the lovely farmhouse table that can take 8 or more, you can enjoy the floor to ceiling view of the River.
With original buff coloured stone floors and a glass work top on the island in the kitchen you get an insight into the workings of the original mill down below which can be illuminated at night. However, the kitchen has been brought into the 21st century with a Smeg double oven, dishwasher, washing machine and a lovely double Belfast sink.
From here you have access to the shared Games Room via gated steps.
Gated stairs at the other end of the sitting area, lead to the large living area with 2 x 3 seater sofas, English Free View TV and a DVD. Access to the first floor balcony, with view to the pool and easy chairs, is through glass double doors from the living room.
Total number of bedrooms - 4 + 1 mezzanine
Bedroom 1 - Master - very large with king bed with en suite bathroom and WC - accessed by steps up from the living room through double glass doors (curtained). The magnificent floor to ceiling picture window overlooking the river and the amazing partial glass floor (above the dining table) are fantastic.
To the side there a balcony window, a walk in wardrobe and a modern en suite with wc.
Bedroom 2 - just off bedroom 1 - with child's bed
Bedroom 3 - small double bedroom 140cm
Bedroom 4* - 2 single beds under eaves of the house with window wall and velux (*accessed via a small door on the mezzanine) - ideal for teenagers
Bedroom 5* - futon style sofa bed on open mezzanine, with velux window, work desk under the eaves
Off the living room:
1 shower room - a wet room with Roman style shower and WC
A large private, fenced and gated terrace, with BBQ overlooking the River Vidourle, has a lovely vine covered loggia to give you shade whilst you read your book on the comfy cushioned day beds!
No Smoking is allowed in the gites or the games room.
Well water supplies the property - a newly installed system cleans the water.
If larger accommodation is required - this gite can interconnect by a walkway to the First Floor Gite and a stairway down to the Ground Floor Gite both of which can be locked. See Ref: GR012C and GR012D and the entire property GR012A.
Please note the Ground floor gite is not let in the winter (October to 11th April)
The property is next to the River Vidourle - the pool area, children's play park area and each individual gite garden are enclosed and safe, however, parents will still need to use supervise children and exercise caution when out of these areas.
Oven large size gas Smeg hob and oven
Hand Held Blender
Iron and Ironing board
TV - English Free to View TV (no French Channels)
DVD player (with children's DVDs)
Internet via Wi-Fi
Baby Cots and High Chairs available (6 of each)
Baby listeners, sterilisers, changing mats
Safety; electric socket protectors, kitchen cupboard locks, stair gates
Portable fans available - one for each bedroom
Electric heating with large old fashioned radiatiors
Central Heating central via "pompe a chaleur" or gas if very cold (additional charge).
Fireplace in Dining area
Garden Furniture - exterior dining tables for each gite to seat 8
Pool table, ping pong table, board games and books, children's toys and pool inflatables.
2 Kayaks (seating 2 adults and 1 child each)for use on the river with life vests, plus a good selection of bicycles for all ages with 2 baby bike seats/helmets.
Fenced playground area, sand pit, mini football pitch
Ample shared parking - for 10 in the grounds
A welcome pack on arrival to inlcude items such as:
Tea, coffee and sugar sachets
Bottle of UHT milk
Bottle of wine and water
Dishwasher and washing machine tablets
Breadsticks, tapenade, saucisson nibbles
Toilet, kitchen paper, bin bags and cleaning materials
The following can be arranged, at an extra cost, plesae ask for details:
A long driveway, lined with palms, trees and shrubs, leads you into the extensive grounds, apprx 20,000m2, it is an attractive approach, opening out to reveal your first glimpse the honey coloured stone buildings and grey hue of the windows that blend in with the surroundings. The property is on the River Vidourle.
This gite has it's own enclosed private terrace of apprx 100m2, access to the River Vidourle.
Lawned Area - mini football pitch and enclosed playground area with swings, slides, climbing frame - shared with the other two gites.
Boules can be played in the car parking area (it is not marked out)
The 11m x 7m x 1.2-3m pool has Roman steps and is full fenced. With a salt water system, the pool is open May to October and heated mid-May to mid-September (depending on the weather) and is shared between the three gites (the other two are GR012C, GR012D). For the Summer there is a bubble cover
Garden furniture - table and 2 easy chairs on each private terrace, plus 2 large dining tables and chairs next to the pool.
In the grounds for shared use - 10 sunloungers - 4 with cushions, the remainder are wicker
BBQ - portable charcoal
Ample shared parking
The area surrounding the mill is idyllic countryside - superb for peaceful walks, cycle riding and fishing.
Across the River Bridge from the property pick up the yellow footpath signs for walking and cycling.
Salinelles village - 10 minutes' walk (at night a torch is a good idea).
As you approach the village there is an ancient site of a waterwheel where you can try your hand at being the donkey!
Just before you arrive at Le Vieux Moulin there is the Roman Chapelle St Julien with amazing family tombs - worth a look!
By the by Salinelles was used as a location for the French Film - Tango - Patrice Leconte.
Sommières: apprx 3km
A delightful town, in the heart there is a series of small interlinking squares and well worn meandering cobbled streets, lined with an array of shops from butchers to boutiques.
On Saturdays there is the most fabulous colourful market where shopkeepers and stall holders wait to sell you wonderful artisan products and food - from fruit and vegetables, to olives, to bread, fresh pasta and cheeses galore.
Park this side of the bridge and walk in (it is much the easiest way) - past the small square on to the bridge stop and take in the view of the river and the lovely clock tower - in a few minutes, as you meander the plane tree lined riverside you will be in the centre.
By the by, Laurence Durrell had a house here!
You are in the heart of the wine growing region, olives and olive oil production plus Pelardon goats cheese from the Cevenol and honey from the Vidourle Valley plus, The Cartagene – the “Farmers Aperitif” made from a centuries old recipe.
St Christol: apprx 10 mins - Parc Ryrolian - Climbing Course for the Tarzan's amongst you!
Calvisson: apprx 17km
Well worth a visit on Sunday morning for the market and that quintissentially French pastime of coffee at the Cafe des Sports in the square whilst watching the world go by and listening to the banter that fills the air. The Newsagent sells UK papers if you cannot resist!
From Calvisson a pleasant drive is the back road to Nîmes on the D40 via Villevielle where there is a lovely Chateau and a nice looking restaurant. The 28km route is scenic, views to olive groves, oak copses, vineyards and rolling countryside. A wide road that meanders through lovely countryside, with not too much modern development. Cycle path and jogging route runs alongside some of the way. On to Caveirac and Langlade and finally to Nîmes.
Rent bikes from the converted Railway Station and use the "Voie Verte" cyle route mentioned above.
Perrier - yes the famous one! at Vergeze apprx 30 minutes
Petit Paradis - Zoo at Vendargues - apprx 5 minutes
Nîmes apprx 35km - the ancient capital of Gaul - the Roman Amphitheatre is a must see.
Steam Train at Anduze - apprx 45 mins
Nearest Mediterranean Beach at La Grand Motte apprx 35km
Apprx 30km - The Camargue, The Cevennes, Pont du Gard, Uzes and the unique Bambouseraie d'Anduze (Bambous Garden).
For nature lovers just two steps away from the property you are in the beautiful countryside where you can enjoy the garrigues and the vineyards.
For more information on reaching the Cote d'Azur please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
Montpellier Airport - apprx 30 minutes' drive - Easyjet from Gatwick, Ryanair from Leeds/Bradford
Nîmes Airport apprx 35km - Ryanair from Liverpool and Luton
Nearest Motorway junction - Lunel apprx 15km
Avignon apprx 80km
Marseille apprx 170km
Nice apprx 300km
Nearest station is Lunel apprx 17km and Nîmes apprx 35km
TGV from Paris to Avignon to Nimes and Montpellier
In the village, apprx 10 minutes walk, you will find:-
Grocer (inside the Bakers)
Restaurants - a choice of 3 in the village including Château de Salinelles and
Pizza and Takeaway Delivery:
From Pierre de Feu Restaurant, Salinelles
(closed Monday and Tuesday and the pizza oven is up and running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), they will also deliver other foods that can be warmed up - ask them what they have!
Tel: 04 66 35 19 60 - Gregory speaks English
Apprx 5 minutes in the car in nearby Sommières:
Super-market (Intermarche and Lidl)
Cafe's,bars, restaurants, shops
Carrefour in Villevielle apprx 6kms
Recommended Restaurant - Korrigan's Crèperie
Saturday - Sommières
Everything you could imagine - the hustle and bustle, the buzz of "bonjours" all around you, whets your appetite for a coffee and the inevitable pain au chocolat to fortify your next foray meandering through the strees to seek out those hidden gems. Enticed by aromas of spit roasted chickens, traiteurs selling portions of paella, cooked mussels and other delicious smelling goodies are tempting for an easy supper! It is "de rigeur" to buy your Oysters from the traders and then take them to the nearby bar in the square, Les Delices du Liban, get your beer or wine, and eat them! Don't forget your Swiss Army knife - always handy to slice off that next bit of cheese!
In the Summer there is also a Wednesday night market in Sommières.
Saturday - Lunel
Sunday - Calvisson, Lunel and Aigues Mortes
Monday - Nîmes
Thursday - Lunel
Mas Montel and Mas des Cabres - Aspères - apprx 3kms
St Christol - apprx 10 minutes (very good red)
Tornac for Rosé
Golf apprx 25kms - Baillargues
Nearest Beach - La Grand Motte on the Mediterranean - apprx 30 minutes
Horseriding in Sommières
Windsurfing - Palavas, Grau du Roi, Carnon Plage
Bicycles - available on site for guest use
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|3rd Nov 2018||13th Apr 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|13th Apr 2019||25th May 2019||Winter||£1,466||7 nights|
|25th May 2019||15th Jun 2019||Middle||£2,132||7 nights|
|15th Jun 2019||13th Jul 2019||High||£2,361||7 nights|
|13th Jul 2019||24th Aug 2019||Peak||£3,140||7 nights|
|24th Aug 2019||21st Sep 2019||Low||£1,602||7 nights|
|21st Sep 2019||2nd Nov 2019||Other||£1,262||7 nights|
|2nd Nov 2019||31st Dec 2019||Not Available||-||7 nights|