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Stunning Watermill In Quiet Rural Setting



Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Watermill near Vila de Cruces, Galicia

The property consists of an ancient watermill and stone dwelling, fully restored to a high specification, set in the rolling hills of Galicia and on the banks of the Arnego river with gardens and mile after mile of countryside. Lying at the end of its own track a few km from a country road, it is south facing and sits in a secluded wooded valley visited only by the occasional fisherman. Outside there is a covered barbeque area and a vine shaded terrace, ideal for dining during the day. For sun-bathing there is a large wooden deck with a wonderful view of the river which later becomes the perfect place for an evening drink to catch the last rays of the setting sun. The old mill remains unaltered with its original stones. Easy drive to the beautiful and historic Santiago de Compostela, the villages on the Camino and, should the attractions of the river and exploring the valley not be enough, 90 minutes away are the unspoilt beaches of the Galician coast and the Rias Baixas.

Notes on the property:

The river is not fenced so the property is not suitable for those with very small children. Sorry no pets and no smoking please.

The property sleeps a maximum of 8 people – with 2 bedrooms in each of the two buildings which are linked by a stone patio. The main house (miller's house) has 2 bedrooms, store, bathroom, galleried area, kitchen, utility, dining room and cosy sitting room. The smaller weaver's cottage has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

The terraced gardens front the river with the original mill building still containing the four mill stones and machinery. The Mill is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife enthusiasts. It is an ideal retreat for a quiet family holiday though parents of young children please note the close proximity of the river.

You can swim from the steps on the lower terrace or a short walk up the river you can swim in the mill pool which is more still and warmer. For the young at heart there is a rope swing over the river.

There are rough paths leading through mixed woodlands or heather scrub along the river banks and a wooden pedestrian bridge just upstream from the property ensures both banks can be explored.

The scrub hillside is gradually being cleared and in 2012 a small vineyard was planted and the first crop of grapes is eagerly awaited.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a family of five living in rural North Yorkshire - we know how much we look forward to holidays and how important the memories are and hope that others will enjoy this very special place as much as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Mill is such a hidden treasure - a perfect retreat for relaxation"

Mrs TT Aug 09

"It almost goes without saying how beautiful a place this is: the house is designed and fitted perfectly, and the sounds and sights of the river and local wildlife are the perfect backdrop"

Mr GJ June 10

"We have had a wonderful week in this special peaceful place - we swam, read, played boules and got to know the lizards"

Mr SN July 10

"We've had an amazing relaxing holiday. This place is gorgeous (the difference between our hectic lives in London and life at the Mill is such a contrast). We have really appreciated time together swimming both in the river and the lake and having both to ourselves, cooking delicious Gallegan fare and chilling outside under the vine canopy.... We thought the general standard and quality of the accommodation was amongst the highest we have come across (and we have rented lots of country houses in France, Spain and Portugal)

Mr & Mrs PA August 10
Feb 2007
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Just perfect. Bucolic paradise.

  • 5 of 5

We bought a road atlas to navigate from the airport. We had deliberately left our guidebooks at home. This part of the world is thankfully not in the guidebooks. We were met by Karen, the friendly and helpful housekeeper in one of the bars in Vila de Cruces. She escorted us to The Mill and showed us what was what.

It is an elegant, spacious, comfortable and well equipped house in a glorious secluded location with a river to jump into from the garden, and some exquisite wild swimming in warm waters a short walk downstream.

We lounged under the vine-covered logia, watched the comical green lizards, cooked on the BBQ and made full use of the excellent kitchen. Every meal was eaten outside. The children (14,12,9) decided to sleep in the separate annexe. Sometimes, when not in the river, they persuaded us to get up and play badminton on the lawn. An occasional fisherman wondered by, but otherwise the only sound was that of the crickets and cicadas.

We made some low-key exploratory forays to Santiago, Lugo, and Pontevedra. All well worth a visit for the purposes of random wondering and really good cheap food. We did not see a single British tourist outside Santiago in 2 weeks. Lovely countryside and good, almost empty roads.

Time slowed down. Food tasted better. The children woke up late. It was great.

We found that the small town of Vila de Cruces, a 10 minute drive up the track, seems to operate under the the same special time dilation that affected us at The Mill. Cars drive slowly. There is no hurry in any of the shops or the post office. Everyone appears completely content with this fact. Excellent butchers, bread, fish etc, who speak no English or Welsh, but who can understand you anyway. There are some friendly bars with wifi and cold beer. Once a fortnight there is a market where a lot of people gather to eat boiled octopus.

If you want a luxury executive holiday with a super highspeed multimedia office away from home, activities organised from dawn to dusk with a creche for the nippers, a tiki bar and a really bangin' club scene, then this place is really not for you.

We stayed for 2 weeks and we left reluctantly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Mill and Weaver's cottage are a stunning holiday location, loads of space, privacy and every facility you could wish for for a relaxing stay.The main house and cottage have thick stone walls and tiled floors, beamed ceilings and solid old wooden doors. Nice and cool on a hot day, snug and cosy when it's raining! We didn't miss TV/internet at all, though took laptop for watching DVDs. We had trips to Santiago, Lugo and out to the coast - a long drive but the beach at Carnota was fabulous! The mill is quite remote, down a very rough stony track. The local area is not at all 'touristy', mainly small farms and rolling hills. It is not a rich or glamorous part of Spain, but the people we met were all friendly and kind, in spite of our complete lack of Spanish. The best memories of the holiday are of being around the mill itself - lazy meals under the vine terrace with plenty of local fruit & wine, splashing about in the river, watching the resident lizards. The river when we were there was deep and fast-flowing, not good for small children or non-swimmers. Perhaps it would be gentler after a dry spell of weather. Younger children could have lots of fun paddling around the edges but would need supervision. However our group had a great time in and around the river and the mill pool.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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WOW !!!

  • 5 of 5

If you like your cottages to be away from everyone else , with beautiful countryside , wooded walks and a swimming river to die for this is the one for you ! I can highly recommend this lovely mill cottage for charm, cleanliness and modern facilities. Everything is finished to a high standard and you feel at home immediately.We had a fantastic relaxing holiday with sandy beaches within a 1.5 hours drive or just stay at the mill and swim / float on the river ! We have been to many cottages over the years and this rates at the top for relaxation, facilities ( walk in shower , new bathrooms, kitchen etc etc) . The guest book was full of comments about how everyone enjoyed their time at the mill. In terms of activities , you are limited to more cultural days in the towns, walks ( canoeing on lakes not rivers ) or nice beaches. There are no theme parks and you need to be a family who likes to make their own entertainment rather than have it laid on a plate, but for us that was ideal. No hesitation in 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

As a family we rented the Mill twice and all fell for its unique charm, so when we tried to book it again and found it was for sale, we talked of fate and dreams ... and bought it. We have found no better escape from our busy lives than spending time at the Mill - plenty to see and do if you wish, though lazy afternoons on the river, reading in the hammocks, sun-bathing on the wooden deck, meals cooked and eaten outside, and the chance to unwind, mean many people barely stray further than the valley. The stone buildings reflect the warmth and its history and the sound of the river is the last thing you hear at night and the first in the morning.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santiago de Compostela at 47 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Vila de Cruces at 6 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 550 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : AP-53 at 33 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vila de Cruces at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : O Campo de Prado at 90 Kilometres Car: necessary


The coast is an hour and a half away, along good main roads and motorways. The Rias Baixas is an interesting area with fishing villages and hidden bays.


There are flights from Stansted (Ryanair) & Gatwick (Easyjet) to Santiago which is a 50 minute drive from the Mill (45 km). Several budget airlines fly to Porto (3 hrs away), Easyjet fly to Asturias (4 hrs away) and Vueling to A Coruna from Heathrow (90 min away). Iberia/BA fly to Santiago via Madrid. There are also direct flights from Santiago to several Spanish cities and a few other European ones. Brittany ferries sail from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander - it is 550 km to the Mill.


The Mill is only accessible with a car as it is over 3 km from the main road and the nearest town, Vila de Cruces is 15 minutes away.

Further Details:

Vila de Cruces: This friendly typical Galician town has everything you need with butchers, artisan baker, greengrocer and fishmongers either on or just off the main high street in addition to a few small supermarkets. There are many restaurants and bars, several of which have internet access. There is a petrol station and several ATMs. The surrounding villages hold traditional markets. The beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela, whose cathedral is the climax of the camino, is easily accessible and has superb Galician cuisine and a fabulous market. The historic centres of Pontevedra, Ourense, A Coruna and Lugo and the vineyards of the Ribeira Sacra all lie within easy reach.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
7 Apr 2017 - 13 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer 2017
14 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover day is flexible - Friday/Saturday/Sunday to suit, check in 4pm check out 11am, The minimum rental period is 7 nights.

Notes on prices:
The property sleeps a maximum of 8 people – there are 2 bedrooms in the main house (Miller's house) and 2 in the Weaver's cottage. Rental for up to 4 people in 2 bedrooms, with use of the Miller's house only, is available at a 10% reduction on the rental price.

The property is only let as a single property ensuring guests have sole use.

The property is not available for rental between November and March.

We do not accept on-line booking in order that guests are not charged a Booking Fee. However, we will respond to all enquiries promptly and payment can be made by bank transfer (in Pounds Sterling or Euros) or by Sterling cheque.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo


  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • river
  • rural

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services


  • Miller's bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Wet room with towel radiator
  • Weaver's bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Spacious bathroom with towel radiator
  • The bathroom in the main house has a shower, basin and toilet and that in the weaver's has bath/shower, basin and toilet.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Beamed bedroom in the Miller's house
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Beamed bedroom in the Miller's house
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Canopied bed in Weaver's cottage
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Family room in Weaver's cottage
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 - 8 (4 Bedrooms) There are 2 beamed bedrooms in the main house, one with a double bed and one with two single beds. In the separate weaver's cottage there are two large bedrooms one with a double bed and one with a single and a double.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • There is a downstairs utility room in the Miller's house with toilet, basin, washing machine and tumble dryer. Bedlinen, towels and swimming towels are included. There is a barbecue and an additional raised covered area suitable for outdoor eating should it be wet.

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