|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||800 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
Description from the owner
Enchanting 1792 Stone Watermill & Farmhouse; Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms ensuite); Natural & Heated Swimming Pool with Views of the River - Privacy to Swim, Read & Sunbathe. The 39 acre Estate is totally private. Our Private A-Class river l'Adour, is ideal for Fishing & Kayaking - complimentary Kayaks and Mountain Bikes are Provided.
Moulin de Marras is a stunning 17th century watermill on the river, set in 39 acres of meadow and Woodland nestled among fruit trees and ancient oaks with 1km of your private A-class River l'Adour. The river bed is pebbled with crystal clear waters which flow from the Pyrenees Mountain and ski resort of La Mongi...Read more
Moulin de Marras
Eugenie Les Bains, Aquitaine, France
Additional Location Information
Flights: Ryanair to Pau Pyrenees (40 minutes drive) or Biarritz (1hr 10 minutes drive)
Many other airlines fly from various regional airports to Bordeaux (1 hr 45 minutes drive), or Toulouse (2 1/2 hours drive). Please contact us for flights from specific UK airports.
Car hire available at the airports.
Trains: TGV direct from Paris to Orthez (20 minutes drive)
Channel Ports 6 -8 hours drive or alternatively Bilbao, Spain
There are many places of historic interest locally, including Vineyards and numerous Romanesque churches, Golf, Fishing, Kayaking, Walking, Mountain biking, Swimming, Health spas, Wine and Armaniac tours.
For food lovers every town has its weekly market with fantastic fresh local produce. The Saturday farmers market at Mont de Marsan is particularly recommended for its wonderful selection of Pyrenean cheeses, Bayonne ham, foie gras and oysters from Arcachon.
There are many Roman towns in the area, including Eugenie-les-Bains (8 Km) with its famous spas, La Ferme Thermale and three star michelin restaurant run by world famous Michel GuÃ©rard. Saint Sever which has an 11th Century Benedictine Abbey, and is an important stop on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Dax, another Roman town, is France's most popular spa town with its thermal mud baths.
For four star luxury visit one of France's most eminent chef's, Michel Guerard at Eugenie-les-Bains, with it's 3 star Michelin restaurant and wonderful Auberge serving fantastic traditional local cuisines in the most beautiful of surroundings.
Given its proximity to Spain the area has many Spanish influences including the summer festivals. Every town has its annual fete and the larger ones in Mt de Marsan, Hagetmau and Dax are highly recommended, with carnivals, Flamenco at Mt de Marsan, and the unique local tradition of the Course Landais, a type of bull jumping which has to be seen to be believed.
The flamenco art festival: Since 1989 Mont de Marsan has been the favoured haven of the flamenca artistic expression. For six days, just before the bullfighting festival starts the whole town lives to the rythm of flamenco. Every night the enjoyment goes on till very late with the traditional tertulias (evenings).
FÃªtes de la Madeleine: Every summer Mont de Marsan lives to the rythm of the Madeleine Festival. The fame of the Mont de Marsan bullfighting festival "The Madeleine festival" has made it the most looked-forward to event of the last two weeks of july. The whole town dances to the sound of the bandas.
For five days, thousands of festival lovers, from all over France, Spain and even farther away, come to enjoy the wild and picturesque atmosphere of the "bodegas y casetas".
Music Festival: Marciac is a bastide town founded in the 13th century on one of the main routes of the pilgrimage to St Jacques de Compostelle. Its fine central square is bounded by well-preserved arcades, which become alive for two weeks in August to the sound of international Jazz musicians. Marciac is a 35 minute drive from Moulin de Marras.
Skiing: The River Adour finishes at the sea in Chiberta, Anglet (just 3kms West of Bayonne) below, visiting Moulin De Marrast, but starts at a Mountain source just South of La Mongie (Ski Resort) in the Hautes Pyrenees Mountains - 90 minute drive.
Golf: There are 28 golf courses in or near the area covered by Gascogny. The greens and fairways are permanently green, and most of the courses here are adjacent to the large rivers which flow through the departments. The rest is just good grounds management
Gastronomy: On a more accessible level there are treats to be found in the simple country restaurants where one habitually finds a robust, carefully prepared 5 course menu inclusive of wine for 10 euros. Another way to enjoy the local fare is to subscribe to the â€œrepas du chasseurâ€ or one of the meals at the local fetes. Here lunch can stretch through to the evening and would include the likes of Salmis de Palombe preceded by lashings of foie gras on warm toast, and followed by venison steaks with local wild mushrooms. This could be rounded off by a light salad, brebis cheese, and an apple croustade. Wash it down with some of the local wine and set the meal beneath the leafy plain trees in the grounds of Moulin De Marrast or village square and you begin to get a feel for the quality of life to be found in this remarkable region.
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$0||$1,443 - $3,720||$0||7 nights|
|Jan. 7 2012 - Mar. 25 2012
|Mar. 25 2012 - May. 27 2012
|May. 27 2012 - Jun. 24 2012
|Jun. 24 2012 - Jul. 8 2012
|Jul. 8 2012 - Sep. 2 2012
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Sep. 2 2012 - Oct. 6 2012
|Oct. 28 2012 - Dec. 23 2012||-||$1,594||-||7 nights|
|Dec. 23 2012 - Jan. 6 2013||-||$2,961||-||7 nights|
|All Other Dates||-||$2,809||-||7 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
****** Upto 15% "Small Group Discounts" *******
Please Contact Us For Full Details.
Electricity, linen, towels, cleaning, Kayaks & Mountain Bikes all are included in price.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
A superb place
Moulin de Marras was an exceptional experience.
The house is fully equipped with what one needs and the bedrooms are spacious and so well appointed.
The grounds are as far as the eye can see and we find it impossible to find anything to be disappointed about.
By far the best rented holiday home we ever found.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Great management for a great place
It is really a great vacation villa in the heart of french nature. The pool, the house, the summer terrace, playgrond facilities - and even bikes to have a tour around nearby towns. Well, the week is not enough to enjoy the place.
What's more - it's really well maintained and feels like home.
The owners are very friendly and provide all possible information an rapid e-mails.
So I enjoyed the holiday and its planning as well.
Wild Boars in Gascony
Some travel problems flying into Bordeaux from Gatwick meant that we did not turn off the road to the Mill at Marras until past midnight. We had been due to be picked up but the delay meant we rented a car and made our own way. Travel directions and Google Maps made the trip fairly uneventful, but pay attention to the road distance markers on the N124 - I found them a fairly accurate guide - as the turnoff to Moulin de Marras is not obvious especially at night.
We crossed the bridge over a dried up canal and came to the gates to Marras. Turning right, I had to slow down as a family of wild boar - must have been at least ten of them, mostly little ones - decided I was a nuisance to be avoided and disappeared into the undergrowth. Ok we understood we were in the countryside.
Our short break was absolutely a perfect way to unwind. We spent a lot of time out by the pool - which is great for relaxing and chilling with friends rather than for swimming laps. Did some walking in the woods and fields and down by the river where we saw (and heard) more wildlife. Did not venture into the nearby towns much because our stay was truncated, but on the drive through they looked interesting with some typically French restaurants, cafes and patisseries. Next time.
If you want to completely kick back, eat, drink, sleep well and recharge batteries, then Moulin de Marrast almost can't be beaten. Early morning walks along the river, late night drinks on the terrace, calm, quiet and totally ready for whatever partying you want to do - 5 days felt like a fortnight away, certainly leaving me ready to return and take up the ugghiness of moving house!
But oh that pool!! spent hours just luxuriating in it, especially when others were away, just you, the river nearby, and no-one else anywhere near - great for skinnydipping and letting the sun fall where it doesn't usually manage to!
A heavenly hideaway yet near enough for meals and sight seeing and all those things we usually try to cram in...
Will definitely be returning soon.
an island of silence and tranquility
We were there with another family of friends of ours. To our regret we had a too short a stay - it would have been better to book a longer one. The trip with a rented car from Pau airport to the Moulin de Marras took less than an hour.
The property is really huge and situated advantageously as an island of silence and tranquility. The area is picturesque due to the variety of the landscape - the river, the mill stream, the forest and the fields. The old yet to be renovated mill is an especially magnetic attraction. Our room was at the end of a corridor so we also had enough privacy at the 'miller's house' and quick access to the kitchen, both sitting rooms and the terrace. The river of ardour was, due to recent rain, turbid and not inviting for swimming in. That's why we found the open air pool the best infrastructural supplement on the property.
The villages and the towns in that area are quiet and soigné. Food shopping offers traditional good quality and a surprisingly wide spectrum of delicacies. In about 100 km or 1 hour's drive you can reach the atlantic coast this will make a huge impression on continental residents, as we are.
The property is probably not suitable for those who usually spend their holidays in 5-star-hotels or are used to be waited on. But for self-reliant, dynamic people it offers an adequate standard of comfort and a wide possibility to configure their time there as an active adventure or as relaxed and lazy laying about.
The complicated reachability from our place of residence (Munich) meaning it is necessary to change planes is the only cause to restrain us from visiting Moulin de Marras again this year.
Total Relaxation and a real taste of Rural France
Our visit to Moulin de Marras was perfect in almost every way. The property is immaculate and well maintained. It felt like we were guests in someones home. The property is both stylish and tastefully furnished. There was room for all of us and having over 15 acres of private land to roam and wander in was fantastic. Of special interest was the access to the river where we spent many an afternoon swimming and having an al fresco picnic. The addition of a swimming pool was ideal for our group as we had some younger members and it allowed for them to be able to swim and play whilst being supervised from the veranda. Over all it was fantastic value and a memorable family holiday which I hope to repeat next year.