Near Sommieres in Languedoc A 17th century stone water mill offering 3 separate gites sleeping up to 26 plus cots for babies. Ideal for families to holiday together and just 5 minutes' walk to the village of Salinelles.
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Lovely South of France property for large group of 2/3 familities sleeps up to 26.
Friday to Friday arrival/departure day (flexible out of season).
Availability 2019: Due to varying arrival and departure dates for the individual gites, please ask for details.
A beautiful stone watermill, 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.
With three individual pieces of accommodation, it is perfect for three families who want to holiday together, but have their own space. (This property can be split into three separate gites see GR012B, GR012C and GR012D).
The gites offer all you need for a holiday with smaller children and equipped wih all essentials from baby-listeners to changing mats and from jigsaws to bikes.
Please note the Ground floor gite is not let in the winter (October to 12th April) prices are available for this period for the First floor gite and Riverside Gite to accommodate 14-18 people - please ask for details.
The property has the best of all worlds - a location for several families who have their own separate accommodation, 3 separate Gites - homely ambience charming interiors comfortably furnished, all with mod cons, but evocative of French country living. All pleasing to the eye - a nice combination of modern day comforts and original features.
Ground floor gite: (100m2)
With stone arches and windows, stone floors with rugs and ceiling beams, it is light and airy. The kitchen is well equipped and leads into the dining area which has a table to seat 8, plus a smaller one as well.
The living area has two sofas, one of which is a double sofa-bed and a view of the private enclosed terrace and beyond to the horses in the field. TV with English Free View.
Private terrace of apprx 100m2, with table, chairs and BBQ.
Total Number of Bedrooms: 3
Bedroom 1 - 1 twin room
Bedroom 2 - 1 double 140cm plus cot
Bedroom 3 - 1 double 160cm (space for a cot)
Newly renovated very large bathroom with Roman shower, Victorian clawfoot bath and wc (a washing machine is secreted in a cupboard).
First floor gite: (100m2)
An external stone staircase (gated at the top and protected at the bottom) leads you up to this spacious and luminous gite, with high ceilings, beams, tiled and stone floors and walls. Opening the front door you enter the kitchen, which has an old fireplace and farmhouse table seating at least 8, plus a comfy window seat with plump cushions for those quiet moments.
From here, two steps down, there is access to the living room, where there are 2 sofas (one is a double sofa bed). The dining area has a lovely balcony to enjoy the view. TV with English Free View.
Total Number of Bedrooms: 3
Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed with zip down middle to convert into 2 singles plus cot
Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed 160cm - travel cot possible
Bedroom 3 - 3 single beds under eaves of house with velux window (a fourth mattress can be added - a great room for teenagers). This room is reached via narrow wooden stairs which are shallow, but open, with a hand rail both sides and gated top and bottom.
Portable air conditioning unit in first floor gite bedroom 3
2 independent WC's
1 shower room
In the corridor is a cupboard with washing machine.
The above accommodation is on a circular route which joins with the dining area, by locking one of the bedroom doors all rooms are private.
This gite interconnects by a walkway to the River End Gite and a stairway down to the Ground Floor Gite both of which can be locked.
Private garden apprx 100m2 with table, chairs and BBQ - and an original mill grinding stone - views towards the enclosed play park and mini football pitch.
Riverside Gite: (150m2)
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* - 120cm bed on open mezzanine (little privacy), 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.
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.
Each gite has:
- Ground floor gite - electric hob and oven
- First floor gite - gas and electric hob and electric oven
- Riverside gite - 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, booster seats
Safety - stair gates, electric socket protectors, kitchen cupboard locks
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 River End Gite 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, sandpit, mini football pitch
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, mature 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.
The 11m x 7m x 1.2-3m pool has Roman steps and is fully fenced. With a salt water system, the pool is heated (mid-May to mid-September) depending on the weather) and is shared between the three gites. For the Summer there is a bubble cover.
Ten sunloungers - 4 with cushions, the remainder are wicker
Lawned Area - mini football pitch and enclosed playground area with swings, slides, climbing frame.
Boules can be played in the car parking area (it is not marked out)
Each gite has it's own enclosed private terrace of apprx 100m2.
Garden furniture - table and 2 easy chairs on each private terrace, plus 2 large dining tables and chairs next to the pool.
BBQ - portable charcoal one for each gite.
Ample parking for 10 cars.
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 working 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 - Nimes
Thursday - Lunel
Local Wine Caves:-
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
River - on site! 2 Kayaks available for guest use with life vests
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|
|24th Aug 2019||14th Sep 2019||Low||£3,924||7 nights|
|14th Sep 2019||11th Apr 2020||Not Available||-||7 nights|
|11th Apr 2020||23rd May 2020||Winter||£3,910||7 nights|
|23rd May 2020||13th Jun 2020||Middle||£5,683||7 nights|
|13th Jun 2020||11th Jul 2020||High||£6,428||7 nights|
|11th Jul 2020||29th Aug 2020||Peak||£8,543||7 nights|
|29th Aug 2020||19th Sep 2020||Low||£4,415||7 nights|
|19th Sep 2020||31st Dec 2020||Not Available||-||7 nights|