Moulin de Samaran - A Beautiful Watermill Holiday Cottage/Gite. Accommodation For Holidays/Long Term Rental, Anan, L'isle-en-dodon, Haute-Garonne near Toulouse South West France.


Local Area

Moulin de Samaran - Anan Church.

Our local village ANAN is half a kilometre north, along the D17. A quiet place with the church, Mairie and village school grouped around the square-cum-car park.Anan - Main Street.

The nearest shops are in L'ISLE-EN-DODON four and a half kilometres away. It is an interesting bastide town, with its fortified XIVth church where Wellington is thought to have stayed overnight on his way to the Battle of Toulouse.L'isle-en-Dodon.

Opposite the church is the Mairie and market halls. An odd building which has been described as 'a railway station in search of a railway'! The lively MARKET arrives SATURDAY and augments the 3 bakers, 3 newsagents, 2 banks, 2 greengrocers, 3 chemists, 2 butchers, wine shop, 6 bars and a post office. There are also two supermarkets, one a Casino convenience store in the centre of town and an Ecomarche on the road to Toulouse, past the petrol station.

Monday sees the market in SAMATAN. L'isle Market - early morning.This is a large market which has a livestock section in the covered halls. Samatan is a centre for FOIE GRAS so get there early and see the fun of the foie gras market. On the way back, stop in LOMBEZ, the old summer residence of the Bishop of Toulouse and visit the CATHEDRAL ST MARIE. LOMBEZ boasts La Capelle WATER PARK with a large lake and water chute, pedaloes and a beach!

For culture vultures, then TOULOUSE is a must. The Rose City is a colourful metropolis which has not suffered at the hands of modern developers. Sit in the Capitole (different markets up to 3 times a week), have a coffee and people watch. We can recommend a short self- conducted WALKING TOUR starting from the CAPITOLE. Taken at a leisurely pace, this is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the style of the city.

If not, perhaps a lunch cruise on the CANAL DU MIDI or if you would like to paddle your own canoe, charter your own boat by the day and explore the canal, or visit the SPACE MUSEUM or...or...there is so much to do or not, it's your holiday after all.Cite de l'Espace - Sunset behind Mir Space Station.

Further afield but within easy driving distance, are the cathedrals, museums, historic buildings and the beautiful countryside of - AUCH, FOIX, La CITÉ at CARCASSONNE, MIREPOIX, ALBI, St LIZIER, ASPET, St BERTRAND de COMMINGES, together with LOURDES, the world famous place of pilgrimage.

Nearer is AURIGNAC. Take a short drive along the D645 and see part of France's "Tuscan" rolling hills and hilltop farms. Visit the MUSÉE de PRÉHISTOIRE or admire the view of the PYRÉNÈES from the castle keep. Then perhaps try lunch at Le CERF BLANC in the centre of the town which serves local dishes with a slight international twist.

The PYRÉNÈES are less than an hour away. With the many GORGES, CAVES with PREHISTORIC PAINTINGS, the PYRÉNÈES NATIONAL PARK is almost on our doorstep.

An hour or so due south is the SPANISH BORDER Leave the mill gates. turn left onto the D17 and keep going straight. Next stop - SPAIN.

For a longer trip over the highest road in the Pyrénèes with spectacular views, ANDORRA is an experience in itself, especially for those who like a bit of excitement in their motoring!


Moulin de Samaran
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