Moulin Des Iles

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2


Wedding Venue Exclusive Recommended Pool Quirky
Sustainable Collection
Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Hot Tub Not for little ones

It’s a rare delight to stay on your own private island in a 12th century watermill, in an amazing setting dotted with islands and water all around you. Moulin Des Iles enjoys a unique and restful location in the Gironde region of south-west France and is only 5km from the charming restaurants and shops of a nearby historic town. 

The 900 year old watermill has been restored with love and care and there’s a great sense of character throughout with French furnishings, comfortable bedrooms and bright bathrooms. The high wood-beamed ceilings in the spacious living room are impressive, there is even space for a mezzanine bedroom. Doors lead out to a wooden balcony, designed for al-fresco dining in an idyllic spot as the river flows under the house. Little touches like the welcome pack on arrival with the ingredients for an evening meal make a big difference and show how much the owner cares about her guests and home.

Wander over a bridge to the largest island where there's a swimming pool surrounded by stunning grey stone tiles, sun beds and a picture-perfect outdoor lounge by the pool bar and fridge; the ideal spot for a cool glass of wine listening to the little waterfalls and birdsong. Elsewhere there’s also a picturesque riverside terrace for more al-fresco dining with another barbecue, an inviting hot tub as well as a covered terrace with a third barbecue.

Kids and parents alike will love exploring the five islands, crossing bridges and little pathways, looking out for red squirrels in the woodland, herons on the river or kingfishers by the canal. There are canoes, a kayak and a fishing boat for intrepid explorers or you may just fancy a game of tennis, football or even mini badminton by the pool.

Despite the feeling of seclusion and privacy, it’s only a ten-minute drive to a local bastide town which is full of history and charm. Explore the nearby characterful towns of La Réole and Duras or drive further afield to the villages of Dordogne such as Eymet, Issigeac and Monpazier. Wine-lovers can explore good local vineyards or take memorable trips out to Saint-Émilion, Bergerac or Bordeaux or you could be enjoying chilled white wine and oysters looking over the bay of Arcachon within ninety minutes or so.

That said, with such tranquil surroundings, extensive grounds and numerous activities, it will be hard to leave your natural paradise at the incredible Moulin Des Iles.

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What you should know…

  • The grounds are made up of five islands; some connected by open-sided bridges, others by boat
  • There is open access to water all around the house and grounds – children should be supervised (the owner discourages children under the age of four)
  • The house interior is accessed via an outside staircase that takes you to the first floor
  • The fourth bedroom is on an open mezzanine level off the living area, via a narrow spiral staircase
  • There are two portable air-conditioning units in the house for guests to use

This home is a part of our Sustainable Collection!

To be part of the collection, homes must meet a minimum of four criteria from our sustainable checklist, or three from the checklist and have a daily carbon footprint of 5kg or lower, based on full occupancy per bedroom. View the full collection here >

This home meets the following criteria from our sustainable checklist:

  • Supports the local community (locally owned)
  • Supports the local community (promotes local businesses)
  • Promotes Sustainable Living (Recycling)
  • Protects and conserves local Heritage

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hot Tub BBQ Satellite TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Heating Not for little ones Waterfront

House Interiors

First Floor (via external floating staircase)

-    Living room with doors leading to large balcony overlooking river
-    Kitchen-diner, well-equipped including dishwasher, American fridge with ice-maker, electric oven, hob, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and dining table
-    Master bedroom with four-poster bed and en suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and WC
-    Double bedroom
-    Twin bedroom
-    Shower room / wet room with shower and WC

Open mezzanine level (off the living area, via narrow open-tread spiral staircase)

-    Twin bedroom

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (13mx7m, depth 1.2-2m) with safety gate. Open approximately May to September
-    Pool bar with fridge
-    Poolside terrace with sunloungers (x6) and al-fresco lounge area  
-    Balcony terrace with gas plancha BBQ and al-fresco dining area
-    Riverside al-fresco dining area with BBQ
-    Covered terrace for al-fresco dining with BBQ
-    Hot tub and terrace with table and chairs
-    2 x canoes and 1 x kayak (life-jackets provided)
-    Fishing boat and rod
-    Tennis net and football goal
-    Mini badminton area
-    3 hectares of grounds (including five islands in total, connected by walkways or boat)
-    Direct water access
-    Two waterfalls
-    Pond area
-    Swings


-    Wi-Fi
-    2 x portable air-conditioning units
-    Heating
-    Satellite TV
-    DVD player
-    Board games and books
-    Table tennis
-    Tennis net and football goal
-    Mini badminton area
-    Canoes and kayak (and life-jackets)
-    Fishing boat and rod
-    Hot tub
-    Washing machine


About the surrounding area of Moulin Des Iles
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Moulin Des Iles is set in three hectares of grounds made up of private islands, woodland and water with the Dropt river running through it. It’s located around an hour south-east of Bordeaux, in the Gironde department of south-western France. 

Despite the privacy and tranquillity around you, it’s only a 5km drive to a lovely bastide town with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops as well as a great weekly market where you can truly soak up the vibrant atmosphere as you pick up lots of local produce to take back to your holiday home.

La Réole (10km) is also a short drive away, a town dating back to the 12th century which sits on the banks of the Garonne river. There are many picturesque half-timbered houses, impressive historic buildings and charming lanes to explore. In July and August the town hosts night markets which bring the town to life with good food, local wine and music.

Crossing over to the Lot-et-Garonne region, Duras (15km) is another pretty town to explore with great Farmer’s markets on a Monday and Wednesday morning, night markets in the summer and a Maison des Vins where you can sample some of the wines from the Côtes de Duras.

Wine-lovers should also visit the enchanting hilltop town of Saint-Émilion (42km), the vineyards surrounding Bordeaux (70km) as well as the famous wine-town of Bergerac (55km), perhaps via Château de Monbazillac (50km) to try their sweet wines. Closer to home, there are also many local wineries where you can tour the vineyard and sample the excellent wines.  

You can also head over to Dordogne easily with the border being around half an hour away. Towns such as Eymet (35km), Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (32km) and Issigeac (55km) are delightful places to visit whilst Monpazier and Monflanquin, two of France’s classified ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ are just over an hour away by car.

Heading west, it’s also possible to reach the Atlantic coast in just under ninety minutes. You could be sipping white wine with a plate of freshly caught oysters in Archachon Bay (130km) or messing around on the vast and beautiful dunes.

There are of course wonderful hiking and cycling trails across this region as well as horse-riding opportunities. You will find a tree-top activity centre around fifteen minutes away near Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras and golf courses near Marmande or at Château des Vigiers near the Dordogne river. There is also canoeing in the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, not to mention the Dropt river in your very own grounds!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux Airport


Nearest Train Station Gare de La Réole


Nearest Village


Nearest Restaurant Local village


Nearest Supermarket Carrefour


Nearest Town/City La Réole


Nearest Golf Golf Vigiers


Nearest Beach Arcachon



Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Best Suited For: Children
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

With a couple of canoes and a kayak under the house, as well as a fishing boat, you can enjoy watersports in your very own grounds on the Dropt River that passes your home. You will also find canoeing along the Garonne and Dordogne rivers if you fancy a change of scene or a more structured tour.

There’s also a tree-top activity centre near Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras which tends to be open weekends from April to September (all day in French school holidays) with a range of courses suited to a variety of heights/ages.

Young historians will love visiting tremendous châteaux across the Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne. Nearby Château de Duras, for example, is sure to impress the whole family and only 15km away.

If travelling to the great city of Bordeaux for a day, be sure to visit the Miroir d’Eau just by the Palace de la Bourse. It’s a great place for kids to cool down and play in the height of the summer and the setting is simply spectacular.

The magnificent beaches of Arcachon are also possible to reach for a great day out – energetic families will have great fun trying to climb up the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Board games
  • Football net
  • Swings
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Waterfront


Oliver's Extras

  • Welcome Pack on Arrival Included

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras included at this property:

- Welcome Pack on arrival (with ingredients for a welcome meal)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £850 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection and correct rubbish disposal.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes, except May and October when heating charges apply (meter reading at check-in and check-out, payable locally).
Linen & towels included? Yes. Mid-stay linen change for stays of two weeks.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival and ensure they sort their rubbish correctly. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal/sorting required will be charged against the security deposit.
Other Ts and Cs Please ensure the rubbish is sorted into the correct bins, following the instructions in the house. If not, a £100 fee will be deducted from your security deposit (to take into account the heavy fines the owner will receive).
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to September Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Changeover day Saturday.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Other Ts and Cs The owner advises that the house and grounds are not suitable for children under the age of four. In all cases, children should be supervised around the water.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Other Ts and Cs There are two portable air-conditioning units in the house.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 30th 2022 - Jun 1st 2023 £3,360
Jun 1st 2023 - Sep 14th 2023 £5,711
Sep 14th 2023 - Apr 2nd 2024 £3,360

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 30th 2022 - Jun 1st 2023 €3,583
Jun 1st 2023 - Sep 14th 2023 €6,090
Sep 14th 2023 - Apr 2nd 2024 €3,583

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 30th 2022 - Jun 1st 2023 $3,520
Jun 1st 2023 - Sep 14th 2023 $5,984
Sep 14th 2023 - Apr 2nd 2024 $3,520

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Unique experience

    Posted by Peter on 03/09/2019

    Excellent holiday in bohemian and charming old watermill. Unique holiday. Excellent pool, lots of fun for children and dogs without leaving the rental. Owner very helpful and friendly. Lots to do in local area and lovely food in nearby towns of la reole and marmande. Would recommend it.

  • Amazing property

    Posted by Mary on 05/06/2019

    This property is unique. Surrounded by water and wildlife. So peaceful that one doesn’t need to venture out at all.

  • Quiet rural retreat, beautiful woodland setting

    Posted by Catherine on 14/07/2018

    Moulin Des Iles is set is a quiet hamlet and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful rolling countryside of the Duras region. We enjoyed visiting the wonderful local markets and touring some of the regions many vineyards. We were equally happy to stay at home and relax by the beautiful pool which is set in the woodland with the river running alongside. Our children loved messing about on the river in kayaks and trying their hand at fishing and a highlight for the whole family was the evening ritual of the starlings coming home to roost. Rita, our host, was very accommodating and made us feel very welcome.

  • Magical watermill

    Posted by Dejan on 23/09/2017

    A magical home to base your stay in this beautiful region. A wonderful place to really rest and get away from it all but also close enough to drive to any amenities (shops and food markets at Monsegur or La Reole) and even the sea side of Bassin d'Arcachon which is just over an hour drive is realistic. Took the canoe up stream for a few kilometres and spotted herons one day too. At 7pm without fail the dance of the starlings over the property begins with a beautiful display of thousands of starlings flying and singing in unison occurs...amazing sight. We loved every minute and will be coming back.

  • Beautiful and unique location

    Posted by Carol on 15/08/2017

    The watermill is a wonderful location, perfect for a family holiday. There is so much to do, exploring the woods, rowing along the river, swimming in the pool. The accommodation was excellent and the owners very welcoming and attentive to our queries. A perfect week in an excellent spot.

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