Watermill and 3 gites on 7 hectares
indoor pool and sauna – riverside activities
Between Toulouse and the Pyrenees
€495,000 * (ref 150)
The region south of Toulouse – home to France’s booming aerospace industry – is a bit of an insiders’ secret: it is very rural with rolling hills dotted with tiny villages and farms. Small chateaux and massive watermills testify to the discreet rural wealth generated in this fertile land at the foot of the Pyrenees. For from every hilltop one glimpses the range of snow-capped mountains which make this region so rich … in water, in arable land and in tourist attractions.
The property is a massive watermill which, although dating back to the Middle Ages, has been knocked down and re-built so often over the past few centuries that it contains features from a number of distinct periods. For present purposes, the essential thing is that the roof is recent and in very good condition.
The building houses:
– gite 1: a two-bedroomed gite on two floors with separate entrance, terrace and garden
– gite 2: a more modest two-bedroom apartment with views over the river
– gite 3: a very spacious 100m²+ 3-bedroomed gite on the second floor
– the owner’s quarters: big kitchen, pantry, vast lounge, dining room, shower room and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs
– the wheel room: the water wheel (in perfect working order) can be plunged into the mill-race (which passes under the house) where it turns as it did for centuries. Or it can be hoisted out of the water and admired from a small deck within the (enormous) wheel room.
In a separate building at the back of the mill we find the indoor swimming-pool and spa: a delightful space where clients can relax around the pool practically all year round.
The mill is on a river (obviously) and the area between the mill-race and the river forms a sort of island: a magic place filled with greenery, wild orchids, exotic trees and lots of wildlife. This is what makes this property fairly unique: the sheer space available to guests who want to get away from it all for a few days before a spot of hiking in the hills or searching out a good restaurant (of which there are plenty: we are on the Gascony border here and excellent cuisine is the norm). The local village is just a 3 minute cycle ride up the road.
There’s something terribly romantic about an old mill: the river-side location, the wisteria-covered façade, the water-wheel and the sound of running water; This property has all this and more: it’s in a beautiful region of France as yet unspolit by ex-pats and mass tourism. The ski slopes are less than an hour, the famous Tour de France routes pass in front of the estate… and yet we are less than an hour from a major international airport (esayJet, BA etc). The gites are in excellent condition, furnished and equipped and ready to go! No hesitation: a sound business propostion.
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* 3% agency fees included reference n°: 150
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- Ref n°: 150
- Summary: Haute Garonne - Save Valley: Watermill with three big gîtes, indoor pool and 7 hectares of land. Riverside location less than an hour south of Toulouse airport.
- Address: L'Isle-en-Dodon, Occitanie
- Price: €495,000
- Commission: 3% (included in asking price)
- Surface Area: 7 hectares
- Bedrooms: 10
- Bathrooms: 6
- Pools: indoor pool
Haute-Garonne is the upper Garonne valley which stretches from the Frontonnais vineyards in the north, right up the river valley to the Spanish border on the crest of the Pyrenees to the south.
This makes for widely constrasting landscapes, ranging from vineyards in the north, the fertile hills of the Lauragais to the east, the main flat river valley and then the foothills and high mountains of the Pyrenees in the south.
The main city, Toulouse, dominates the département in terms of population, industry, culture and services. Home to Airbus Industrie and EADS it is also the centre of a wider aerospace industry which includes Matra, Marconi and the CNES, the French Space agency. Toulouse is also France's second university town with more than 110,000 full-time students at the three main universities and numerous 'grandes écoles'.
South of Toulouse the arable land gradually gives way to more dramatic scenery of forest-clad hills, chateaux and tiny villages. The mountains arrive like a wall of snow. Ski resorts at Luchon and Peyragudes are frequented by Toulouse skiers and a smattering of foreigners. The Pyrenees are also peppered with spas where one can take the waters and undergo a range of medical care packages.