Le Moulin de Grolhier is located in the Dordogne, north of Nontron in the "Perigord Vert" deep in the Perigord - Limousin Natural Park. We are between 3 cities: Perigueux, Limoges and Angouleme, near the small, picturesque hamlet of Busserolles. It is an ideal setting for a self catering holiday in France.
On site we have a games room with a pool table, table football, darts and table-tennis.
Outside you will find a badminton/volley net on a flat outdoor games area. Petanque balls are available for adults and children and a selection of balls, rackets and other games.
A large childrens climb frame with swings, slide, monkey bars, see-saw and sand pit. Near the the pool a play house on stilts.
There are tennis courts in Busserolles and a small swimming lake that has play-area for smaller children. And of course an abundance of fascinating sites and museums throughout the area. Nontron also has swimming baths. St Estephe lake is well worth a visit with it's lovely sandy beach, free canoes and play park.
There are big weekly markets in near by towns of Piegut and Nontron - perfect places to pick up local produce and practice your French! The wednesday morning market in Piegut is one of the largest around, so don't miss it!
There are superb restaurants, offering "cuisine perigordine" (lamb, duck, goose, foie gras, truffles, walnut etc.) and friendly bars within a short drive of the property. Lunch time menu in our local restaurant in Busserolles is €12/person with 4 courses and wine included.
There is a beautiful church dating back to XIIc. Busserolles is a typical sleepy french hamlet with everything you might need on holiday: a bakery with a wood burning oven making delicious sourdough bread, a butcher, general store, hairdressers, and a friendly bar, where you can also eat a simple meal. During summer months there are various fetes organised, so go along to eat and drink (sometimes dance) with the amiable locals on long wooden tables outside. Its definately one exprerience you wont forget in a hurry!
Nontron is the capital of the Perigord Vert. Besides scenery, there are many places of interest. Take a walk down the old town and visit the toy museum in the XVII chateau that was built on IX fortifications. (The locals say that it was here that Richard the Lionheart was injured by an arrow which later killed him!) After visiting the Saturday market for the essential local cheese and wine, Drive back via the lake in Saint Estephe, where you can swim at the sandy beach and hire a pedalo or a canoe in the high season. There are also couple of bars and a restaurant by the lake.
Piegut boasts a tower from XIIc and a church with a XVIIc altar screen and many small shops + a selection of restaurants. The market on wednesdays is the biggest for miles around, the centre will be closed off. After the market visit the Perigord Vert restaurant for a truly french lunchtime experience: As soon as you sit down, food will start arriving with a smiling service. 5 set courses and a bottle of wine later you still owe them only 15 Euros!
Aptly named as the "Venice of Perigord" , Brantome guarantees a good day out. It has the oldest bell tower in France, prehistoric caves with wall paintings from the Aurignacians age, a restaurant for serious foodies: Le Moulin de l'Abbaye with 3 Michelin stars plus a beautiful abbey now housing works of art. You can also hire canoes from Brantome for leisurely afternoon on the crystal clear river Dronne. Market on Friday mornings.
The capital of the Charente, with a striking cathedral in the centre. There is also a covered market hall that is open every day of the week. Spend some time at the Museum of the Resistance and don't forget the amazing view from the elevated old town.
On your way back it is a must to stop at the vineyards of St Sornin, the closest wine producer to the property. You can taste the wines they make and buy by the bottle or even better - take your own container with you and buy it from the tap! Decent table wine starting from 1.60 euro per litre.
Visit the world famous cognac distillers: Hennessy, Courvoisier, Martell, Remy Martin etc, etc, You are able to take a tour and have tastings with most of the big names to see how humble grapes are turned into finest VSOPs. Did you know that each year 20 000 bottles worth of cognac evaporates to thin air from the oak casks it's maturing in? This is called the "Angels' share".
Limoges is famous worldwide for its porcelain and enamel. Most porcelain manufacturers will let you visit their factories and see how the china is made. A few also have their own museums. Centre of Limoges is crammed full of little boutiques, restaurants and bars. Its worth walking around just to look at the architecture. Visit musée de l'Eveche to see paintings by Auguste Renoir who was born in Limoges in 1841. Ex-president Jacques Chirac is also from the Limousin region.
The county town of Dordogne, with mediaeval old town by the Isle river. Gallo-Roman museum and the museum of Perigord. Very large markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, depending on season, also truffle markets. Dont leave before you have walked around La rue Limogeanne, the pedestrian shopping area. You can take a sightseeing tour by a little train around the old streets or by boat on the Isle.
There are many more places to visit in the near area. You will find a good selection of brochures, guide books and maps in the property to help you plan your days out.
Walking holidays/Cycling holidays, Mountain biking holidays
If you are looking for French walking holiday or cycling holiday in France, then you will find a good selection of marked tracks, some starting nearly from the front door. Bicycle hire available on site.
There are plenty of lakes for swimming, fishing, boating etc and rivers for canoeing. Fishing on carp stocked lakes can be organised. Please contact us for details.
Horse riding holidays
For those keen horse riders amongst you we are ideally situated for a horse riding holiday as there are stables available just under 10 minutes drive away.
Why not use Le Moulin de Grolhier as a base for your golfing holiday as there is a 18 hole golf course only 10 minutes away.