St Denis Catus, Lot
Restored 15th century mill in Midi-Pyrénées, with private pool, where your rural French fantasy can take flight.
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 5 nights
Moulin Du Pit is listed with us by the managing agent Olivers Travels.
A stream runs through the gardens of this restored 15th century mill in Midi-Pyrénées, where your rural French fantasy can take flight. The ancient stone tower sits on 22 acres of gardens, where a tributary of the River Vert flows through on its way to the River Lot. The private swimming pool sits beside lush gardens, flowers looking on. You’ll spend hours dining al fresco on the stone terrace, sitting beside the creeping vines - villa holiday perfection.
Inside the old mill, the main living space is all stone and wooden beams, with an elegant chandelier. The kitchen is prepared to feed a crowd (there’s plenty of crockery!). In the 6 double bedrooms, coordinated pops of colour keep the decor fresh and inviting, without compromising the building’s stately character.
The mill will comfortably sleep 12. However it can suit smaller groups by not using the top floor. It has a large log fire and central heating, which makes it ideal for the winter period and is perfect for Christmas or New Year breaks.
On the ground floor the entrance hall leads into large open plan dining and living room, separated from the kitchen by a stone fireplace. A large oak table is the focal point of the room (sits 20, plus high chair available), surrounded by authentic stone walls, beams and furnishings. French doors open out onto a south-facing terrace. The kitchen contains all the mod cons as well as Villeroy and Boch china, cutlery and glassware. A cloakroom is also on ground floor along with as well as a telephone (for incoming and local calls) and a CD and tape player.
A beautiful open plan staircase with rope handrails leads to the first floor galleried sitting room. The sitting area has comfy sofa and armchairs (plus TV with French and European satellite channels, DVD, video player and VHS cassette collection). There is also a library (with French doors leading out to peaceful covered balcony overlooking the old mill patio), 2 double bedrooms each with a private bathroom. One of the bedrooms is set within the tower, with the most attractive furnishings and its own balcony over the garden and stream. The second bedroom has beautiful views of the rear mill stone patio and the meadow.
The first floor opens up to another staircase with access to large landing and the rest of the accommodation. On the second floor there are 3 further bedrooms, 1 double bedroom and 2 twin single bedrooms. All rooms are nicely furnished with great views of the gardens. There is a large bathroom with bath, WC, hand basin and washing machine and a separate shower room with WC and hand basin.
A final large double bedroom is situated in the tower with an extra adult bed and sofa. All double beds in the house are five feet wide and single beds are 3 feet wide. Two cots and highchairs are available as well as extra beds if necessary. Linen is provided. Two of the bedrooms have private bathrooms.
Outside the south facing terrace is equipped with large teak table and chairs. The terrace at the front of the house contains an old side shot mill and one of the millstones. There is also a selection of garden furniture for use on the terraces and around the private 6mx12m heated swimming pool (which has underwater floodlighting). There is also a large stone barbecue ideal for entertaining. The generous gardens mean there is plenty of space for games and perfect for children.
The property is accessed by a private drive from a nearby country road, which has been well screened (minimal vehicle noise can be heard). There are bridges over the small River Vert on the far side of the large meadow leading to further fields and walks over the land.
Brive-Souillac (85 km), Toulouse (130km) and Bergerac (95km)
Head to Catus (3.5 km) for all your daily necessities - shops, a bakery, a butcher and a restaurant. There is also an open-air market here every Tuesday.
Cahors is a worthwhile day trip (15 km), an old Roman settlement almost encircled by the River Lot. This being France, Cahors has its own style of wine with a storied history. Vines have been planted here since 50 BC, and today they produce “Côt Noir”, with Malbec as the dominant grape.
Local activities include walking/cycling (a range of books of walks in the house and a more extensive range at the local tourist office), several golf courses in the region, boating on the river Lot and the nearby villages that host weekend summer fetes. The Tour de France even passes through this region if you’re here at the right time.
Catus (3.5km) has a lake which offers water sports, boating, tennis courts and the restaurant ‘L'Auberge Catus’. Cahors is a beautiful Roman town surrounded by the River Lot with good shopping, restaurants and twice weekly markets. Explore the ancient streets and old buildings and take advantage of the numerous sightseeing opportunities (Pont Valentre, Resistance Museum and the cathedral). Cahors vineyards also come recommended for wine tasting. Visit Chateau Caix – Danish Royal family or La Grezette-Cartier family among others. Sarlat in the Dordogne (40km) is an ancient market town full of artists and cafes. Cordes en ciel (80km) is a hilltop village with chic boutiques and Arts & Crafts shops.
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