Make your own flour and walnut oil in your home, entertain your guests in their own separate house. This beautifully restored water mill is in the south of France, 60 miles northeast of Toulouse, in the Tarn River Valley. This private residence has been completely redone, including the millstones for grinding flour as well as making walnut oil, with all modern conveniences, but in keeping with its 18th century origins. This is an absolutely unique offering, since there are very few working mills left in France.
The property sits high in a private, south-facing canyon, on 4 acres of lush spring-feed terraced gardens, within minutes of several lovely villages. There's a spectacular 20-foot waterfall in the backyard as well as two other cascades next to the back terrace. The main house, a handsome stone building with a stone roof, has over 3,700 square feet of living space, sits high above the Mousse River, a tributary of the Tarn. There is a separate guest house/gite, with its own kitchen, studio, and terrace overlooking the main waterfall. The detached barn with over 1,400 square feet of studio space could easily be converted to more guest suites. There is a separate studio/study space next to the river. In all, there are 4+ bedroom suites and 3 baths. It sleeps 12+. The kitchen was designed for serious cooks, including a a massive stone sink and a new Lacanche stove with 4 ovens. You can grind your own flour and make your own bread, fougasse, and pizzas in the newly restored 6-foot brick bread oven in the upper barn.
The main house has two fireplaces, original chestnut floors upstairs, and an in-the-floor furnace beneath the stones on the rez-de-chausée. All the original mill mechanisms have been preserved and incorporated into the main living area. A handsome walnut oil press serves as a room divider between the dinning area and the main living room, while sliding French doors separate the living room from the millworks. A 15-foot chestnut-wood flour sifter adorns the mill room wall where two sets of millstones sit on a wooden platform, their 25-foot axis reaching to the turbine below, ready to grind your flour. An 18th century stone bridge belongs to the property and serves as the main entrance. There are six separate terraces, designed for intimate dining for sunny breakfasts, hot mid-day lunches, and warm evening meals.
This exceptional property is nestled in bucolic charm, but only 90 minutes from an international airport and 40 minutes from major autoroutes. For more information, please visit: