Le Moulin de Thimonier

St Pey de Castets, South West France

A house of enormous charm and appeal, originally the miller’s house adjoining its windmill which now forms an annexe to the accommodation. Restored and refurbished with style to create a very civilised home of great comfort. Occupies a spectacular position not far from St Emilion.

In the heart of the famous St Emilion region Moulin de Thimonier occupies a commanding position. Traditionally furnished with style and great good taste this delightful house and gardens enjoy a superb position overlooking a glorious mosaic of vineyards and countryside in the valley below.

The main house sleeps 6 in 3 double bedrooms and the converted windmill sleeps 1/2 in a further small double. (There is also a small extra bed on the half landing not officially classified as a bedroom)

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Overview

Sleeps: 7 or 8 – 6 in the main house and one or 2 in the windmill in a small double bedroom.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

3 ensuite doubles in the main  house

1 small bedroom in the windmill with a shower room

Rent per week

£3600 to £4800 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed breakdown of rent per week

Key features

House and separate / adjoining “Mill Tower” 

Swimming pool and terraces

Formal and semi formal gardens, rockery, rose garden, meadows and woodland

Close to Saint Emilion in the Bordeaux wine region, classified as a UNESCO world heritage site

Superb situation and position

Testimonials

"I have had the privilege of staying at Moulin de Thimonier with my family on a number of occasions. It is a beautiful house, tastefully furnished with French and Chinese antiques. Beautifully positioned above the vines, it not only has stunning views but is blessed with comfortable breezes in the summer. The nearest town is Castillon la Bataille, sight of the last battle of The Hundred Years War. The battle is re enacted spectacularly in July. Castillon la Bataille also has a number of shops. La Vachement Vin is a very good deli with a fabulous selection of cheeses. For wine lovers Saint Emilion is a 10 minute drive away. And for the philosopher buff, Montaigne's birthplace at Chateau Montaigne is equally close by. There are plenty of places to eat locally. The Auberge in the local village, Saint Pey de Castets , offers tasty and hearty fare. But if it is comfort and relaxation that you are looking for, there is everything at your fingertips at Moulin de Thimonier. A well equipped and comfortable house, beautiful garden full of the scent of lavender and roses, a pool to cool off in and delightful local walks."

Sandy Gibson 2022

The House and Accommodation

Kitchen:

One half of this large room is a well equipped traditional kitchen with units on two sides incorporating an electric oven, surface/induction electric cooker,fridge, Belfast sink, toaster, coffee making facilities etc and a working marble top kitchen table which divides the room from the dining side.An extendable kitchen/breakfast/dining table seats up to 10 comfortably. A fine antique dresser stands on the inner wall.An attractive wood burning stone fireplace forms a handsome feature the Western end of the room. Large French windows open on to the dining terrace shaded by an attractive loggia running the full Western end of the house and overlooking the swimming pool.

The sitting Room:

Occupies the front/Southern side of the house on the other side of the hallway. A comfortable medium sized room with generous sofas, armchairs, well populated bookcases, traditionally furnished and with a stone fireplace housing a woodburner at its eastern end. There is a TV. Windows look South to the best of the views.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Bedroom 1:

A large double bedroom with double bed (1.8m w x 2m). French windows open out to its own terrace shaded by a pergola, protected by the hillside and open to the South. Stone steps lead up to the windmill from here. An ensuite Bathroom adjoins with walk in shower, WC and wash basin. Bedroom 1 and its ensuite Bathroom 1 are well suited if needed for an elderly couple or anyone of limited mobility.

Bedroom 2:

‘The Master Bedroom’ a large bedroom with double bed (1.8w x 2m). Windows to South and east. It has a large Samsung flat screen TV. Two steps lead down to its ensuite Bathroom 2 – with bath, walk in shower, WC and washbasin.

Bedroom 3:

Another large bedroom with double bed (1.8w x 2m) occupying the other front half of the house. Two steps lead down into its Ensuite Bathroom – with bath, walk in shower, washbasin and WC.

The Windmill

As a separate annexe the circular windmill, a short climb up from the end of the house, comprises a single circular room with kitchenette and bathroom extension on the ground floor then a landing/tiny bedroom on the 1st floor landing and a small double room on the top floor.

The division of accommodation between main house and the windmill allows a subtle degree of independence between families, couples or generations whilst allowing full/shared use of the facilities of gardens, pool and indoor/outdoor spaces.

Circular stone steps lead on to the top (2nd) floor, a small Double Bedroom 4, effectively an ‘eyrie’ with a small double bed (145cms w x 180cms) with 5 small windows giving wonderful 360 degree views.

The quality and comfort of the mill is lesser and more simple in character than in the main house.

As the stairs are steep, narrow and circular in the mill it is not accommodation suitable for elderly, infirm or very young children.

Garden and Grounds

Moulin de Thimonier stands on a south facing escarpment. The house and its gardens are naturally orientated in that direction.

The grounds drop away to the front of the house overlooking a spectacular vision of a mosaic landscape filled with vineyards, wooded hillsides and dotted with the ancient civilisation of buildings and dwellings that have evolved over centuries within this rural patrimony.

Moulin de Thimonier is set in several acres of its own gardens and grounds. The house is surrounded by an extensive and colourful garden with lawns, terraces, formal hedging, flowerbeds, mature trees, shrubs and meadows.

Formal and semi formal terraces, with the gardens beyond, bound the house principally to South and West giving ample choice for relaxation in shade or sun at all times of the day.

Adjoining the drive, beneath the mill at the eastern end of the house and through the arches of a hornbeam hedge is a small formal rose garden.

A stone seat at its eastern enjoys a magnificent panoramic view over the valley and vineyards beyond.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool (5m x 9m, 1.4m at the shallow end and 1.5m at the deeper end) immediately adjoins the covered terrace on the western end of the house. Corner steps form the point of entry at the NW corner. It is framed by a patio on which are placed sun loungers, parasols, tables and chairs for relaxation and sunbathing.

A colourful flower border runs the length of the lawn edge adjoining the swimming pool.

Location

Moulin de Thimonier enjoys a peaceful rural location in the St Emilion region of the Gironde department just South of The River Dordogne and midway between the cities of Bordeaux and Bergerac.

Its nearest village is St Pey de Castets with a population of 650. This has a conveniently located boulangerie for morning croissants and French bread and a friendly auberge (Auberge Gascon).

There are good shopping facilities at the market town of Castillon-la-Bataille (5 miles/12 minutes), including a pharmacy, baker, butcher, supermarket and an excellent gourmet épicerie.

There is a fabulous weekly market on a Saturday morning at Ste-Foy-La-Grande (18 miles/30 minutes) and an excellent weekly market on Mondays in the town centre of Castillon-la-Bataille.

There are supermarkets at Sauveterre de Guyenne (Super U), Castillon la Battaille (LeClerc), Branne (Carrefour Contact) and Libourne (Carrefour).

Cities and towns of note and interest within easy reach are Bordeaux (55mins/36 miles), Libourne (33 mins/15 miles), Bergerac (52 minutes/33miles), St Emilion (18 mins/10 miles), Marmande (50 mins/31 miles), Duras (30 mins/19 miles), Sauveterre de Guyenne (18 mins/11 miles), Issegeac (1 hr/40 miles).

How to get there

Airports

Bordeaux 1hr / 32 miles

Bergerac 1hr / 34 miles

TGV

Agen (30 minutes)

Things to see and do nearby

Bicycling

It is a great pleasure cycling from Chateau de Chateau around the vineyards of St Emilion. Bicycles can be hired from Les Bicyclettes de Saint-Emilion

Walking

There are several walks from the house and locally. Details are available in the house manual and there are copies of the excellent local series blue maps.

Fairs festivals and concerts

held in the region throughout the summer. Details are included in The House Manual and are also available in the tourist office in Saint-Emilion

Markets

There are open air markets in numerous local towns and villages, taking place on different days of the week. Details can be found in The House Manual.

Saint-Emilion

(25 minutes/12 miles) is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage cultural landscape. Two thousand years of history between men and vines have evolved here. Meander through the cobbled streets of this lovely small town and admire the architecture. Drop in to one of the many caves and enjoy a wine tasting or a chilled glass of award winning sparkling wine while sitting in the 14th century cloisters.

Bordeaux

(1 hr/37 miles) the great port city of the Garonne estuary and centre of the famed wine-growing region. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale St-André, as well as its many fine and contemporary art museums and 18th and 19th century mansions. Public gardens line the curving river quays, and the grand Place de la Bourse opens to the water, with the Three Graces fountain at its centre

Bergerac

(56 minutes/34 miles), located on the Dordogne. Historically, like Bordeaux, it grew on trade. Flat-bottomed barges (gabares) took the wine on to Bordeaux for shipping to England, for centuries the biggest market. There is a mix of very old half-timbered (colombage) houses set in the narrow streets and a more modern shopping centre around the beautiful Notre Dame cathedral. The old town is mostly traffic free.

Issigeac

(1hr/40 miles east along the Dordogne river) is a pretty medieval ecclesiastical town in the centre of the Pays des Bastides. It was built in concentric circles according to the same pattern as the “Bouyricou”, the traditional Périgord basket which you can still buy in the local markets. The church of Saint Félicien (16C) overlooks the central square with its octagonal bell tower in the late gothic style. On the other side of the square is the Bishops’ Palace (17C). It now hosts the Tourist Office and its rooms are used for exhibitions. Enjoy a glass of something cool in one of the little bars or restaurants. The regular Sunday market is a feast for the eyes and in the summer the night markets here are not to be missed.

Lalinde

(1¼ hr/46 miles east) was the first English bastide, founded in 1267 by Henry III Plantagenet. It suffered serious damage during the Hundred Years War but there are still some medieval half-timbered buildings to admire. Lalinde is on the river Dordogne but as this section was difficult to navigate a canal was built over 150 years ago between Mauzac and Tulieres, the views from locks at Mouleydier are magnificent and the canal is a great place for walking and fishing. The Chateau de Lanquais at Saint Capraise de Lalinde is unusual as half of it is Medieval and half is Renaissance so here you can admire both architectural styles.

Périgueux

(1¼ hr/58 miles North East) is the ‘capital’ of the Dordogne department but is actually on the river Isle rather than the Dordogne. In existence since neolithic times, and from Roman times you can still see the Vesone Tower and the remains of the amphitheatre. Chateau Barrière dates from the early middle-ages. Périgueux also contains an interesting medieval and renaissance centre, with attractive boulevards concentrated around the cathedral Saint Front, built in the Byzantine style with its cluster of domes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site it was the model for the Sacré Coeur church in Montmartre, Paris. There are regular markets in the covered marketplace and some lovely places to sit with a coffee or meal and watch the world go by.

Local Tourist Office

there is a tourist office in Castillon-la-Bataille

Goose, Duck and Foie Gras

Farms in the area produce high quality and delicious goose and duck meat, pâté and of course the ultimate foie gras. You will get to taste some of these products during your stay or perhaps at the local Auberge, Bistro or Restaurants.

Fresh Fruits

Along the Dordogne river plain you will see a multitude of soft fruit orchards growing peaches, nectarines, apricots & kiwi. In the area further south, around Duras and Monségur you will come across field after field of sunflowers, these are at their best during July (depending on the sunshine of course) there are also acres of plum orchards, some of which go to produce the famous Agen prunes.

Autumn Harvest

From late September the grape harvest (vendage) begins. The autumn months also see the nuts beginning to appear, walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts, then of course the mushrooms and infamous truffles

Organic and Biodynamic Vineyard

Chateau Feely is 15 mins west of Bergerac and offers award winning visits and organic biodynamic, natural and no sulfite added white, red and rose wines. Day, or half day wines school, a wine and food pairing experience created in collaboration with a Michelin starred chef or a family friendly visit with a cheese platter. Best of Wine Tourism Gold trophy winner in the greater Bordeaux and Bergerac region in 2013 and 2017. www.chateaufeely.com for details

Sauternes

(50 minutes/31 miles south west) synonymous with the French sweet wine from the Sauternais region of the Graves section of Bordeaux is also well worth a visit

Restaurants and eating out

The choice is vast. The owners make some suggestions of their own in The House Information Folder

Canoes and kayaks

can be hired at various points on the magnificent Dordogne River to paddle serenely past Chateaux and negotiate some gentle rapids http://www.lesmerles.com

Chateaux

There are numerous examples well worth visiting. Chateau Yquem and the next door Chateau Guiraud are super. The latter has a restaurant which makes the visit all the more enjoyable!

Golf courses

There is a golf course at Golf de Rochebois at Vitrac (9 hole). Also The Grand Saint-Emilion Golf Club (18 hole), Golf de la Forge (9 holes) at Siorac-en-Perigord, and the 18 hole Golf la Croix de Mortemart near Le Bugue to name a selection.

The Battle of Castillon Spectacle
‘The Battle of Castillon’ is a brilliantly produced ‘spectacle’ or live show telling the story of the battle of Castillon in July 1453, which ended the Hundred Years’ War between France and England.  This dramatic show is enacted several times every July and August in a beautiful valley in the hills behind Castillon-La-Bataille.

With hundreds of volunteer actors, soldiers, stuntmen and galloping cavalry, the battle recreates a famous moment in French history, in which the English, led by Lord Talbot, are by no means the enemy of the local people, whose greatest joy is cultivating their vines.

Website: https://www.batailledecastillon.com

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: Tenants will be met on arrival and shown how everything works, both inside and out.

Wifi, Broadband and mobile signal: There is WiFi broadband internet access throughout the house and pool/terrace areas.

House Information Folder: The House Manual kept at Moulin de Thimonier gives further detail on all of the information mentioned on this website.

Additional entertainment: There is a table tennis table and equipment for its use. There are a number of English language books and family board games for the use and enjoyment of guests.

Music and TV: There is a smart TV and smart speakers.

Services included: 2 hours of cleaning on two weekday mornings (and on Saturdays for a two week booking) are included in the house rental, aswell as swimming pool and garden maintenance.

Optional / additional services available: Any additional hours of housework should be agreed by prior arrangement and paid direct by guests. Provided sufficient notice is given, a part time cook can be found. His/her wage will be the guest’s responsibility, and can be ascertained in advance should guests wish.

Utilities: A Utility Room is situated in the North Western corner of the house. A large room with a full height fridge/freezer and ice making machine. It also houses the table tennis table which can be set up under the adjoining loggia on the Western terrace.

A washroom/laundry adjoins the utility room and contains a washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing board and iron plus the hot water boiler.

Air conditioning and heating: There are fans in all the bedrooms. This is an all year round property and is centrally heated throughout

Car Parking: There is plenty of parking on the property close to the house.

Pool Safety: Children must be supervised at all times.

Rents
2024
2024 Rents & Terms Weekly rate
July £4,500
August £4,800
June & September £3,600
Easter Week £3,600
Other months On Request
Terms and Conditions

The Booking Process: A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit: A Booking and Security Deposit will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental and (b) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy. Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 8 people (plus babies) staying at the property.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Water costs are included: Water costs are included in the rental price. 

Linen and towels: Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis

Smoking allowed: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

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