The Villa Mulberry
Mulberry The villa has just been stylishly restored without cutting corners, to make a roomy home of uncommon charm and elegance.
Hot water from solar panels. Oil-fired or wood-stove central heating and double glazing throughout.
On the ground floor are a walk-in shower room; utility room with washing machine; big sitting room with wood-burning stove (linked to the central heating), SMART TV and a glazed door with characteristic small veranda and railings, overlooking the kitchen garden and river; a large, modern fitted kitchen and dining area, with door to part-covered veranda overlooking the pool, garden and river. On this large west-facing veranda are a wooden dining table and quality lounge furniture for the outdoor life which is so much part of the holiday. Steps lead down to the pool and garden.
A wooden staircase leads up to the first floor, where there are three double bedrooms, each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. The huge double-aspect (pool and river) master bedroom has a seating area and full-size tub in the bathroom, as well as the walk-in shower. Take a lazy breakfast in the room or on its veranda, or just lounge with a good book and barely a sound, except, perhaps, for the sighing trees and the children's shrieks of laughter from the river below (Note that during the course of a normal summer, on maybe three occasions groups gather in the daytime only for a picnic on the other side of the river. This will inevitably break the usual peace, perhaps for a few hours).
In the private riverside garden is an exceptionally pretty swimming pool (approx. 9 x 4 mtrs water area) with lounge shelf and large terrace around it. This catches a lot of sun and its lining is very high quality, with the warming sensation of cork on the feet.
A separate walled riverside garden has aromatic fruit trees and herbs for the kitchen. Guests can also help themselves to lemons and oranges, when in fruit.
From this garden a short path leads down to a small sandy beach - exclusively yours - from where you can swim in the normally clear and warm waters, or take a kayak downstream to the river bar or upstream to the cascades and rock pools.
It is a simple delight to walk to the river bar (takes about five minutes) and maybe take a leisurely coffee at the water's edge in lovely surroundings. Of course you could also row or even swim there! This river bar also serves snacks all day. Close by is a simple children's paddling pool and a diving board into the only deep part of the river.