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El Molino de la Balsiña
We have seven children, aged between seven months and twenty years old. We were looking for a holiday place where all of us, big a...
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Peaceful watermill on Rio Arnego


Ancient stone watermill and beautifully restored dwelling nestling on the river bank in a secluded valley. Ideal for al fresco living and relaxing or a base for exploring Galicia.

Quick overview

4 Bedrooms holiday country house rental in Vila de Cruces

Living area

298 m²







  • Patio
  • Roof terrace
  • Garden
  • 75 m² terrace
  • Terrace furniture
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • 3 toilets

Airport (Santiago de Compostela)

46 km


90 km


6 km


4 Bedrooms holiday country house rental in Vila de Cruces

El Molino de la Balsiña is an ancient watermill and stone dwelling, fully restored to a high specification, set in the rolling hills of Galicia on the banks of the Arnego river with gardens and mile after mile of countryside. Lying at the end of a track a few km from a country road and set within its own hillside finca, it is south facing and sits in a secluded wooded valley visited only by the oc...
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Spanish Holiday Home License - ID 40262


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About Kate

Advertised since Oct 2017


8 reviews

Speaks English, Spanish



Beach towels






roof terrace



terrace furniture




private parking




dvd player

washing machine

tumble dryer


ironing board





coffee machine










bath tub

hair dryer


3 double beds

3 single beds

Relevant information

Pets not allowed

no smoking inside

car essential


It is an ideal retreat for a relaxing family holiday though parents of young children please note the close proximity of the river which is not fenced.

The property sleeps a maximum of 8 people – with 2 bedrooms in each of the two stone buildings which are linked by a stone patio and is only ever let with sole occupancy, though groups of up to 4 persons can rent at a discount of 10% with use of the Miller's house only. The main house (Miller's house) has 2 bedrooms, store, bathroom, galleried area, kitchen, utility with toilet, dining room and cosy sitting room. The smaller Weaver's cottage has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

Bedrooms: There are 2 beamed bedrooms in the main Miller's 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 canopied double bed and one with a single and a double.
Bathrooms: The bathroom in the Miller's house has a shower, basin and toilet and that in the Weaver's has bath/shower, basin and toilet.
Kitchen: The traditional kitchen, in the Miller's house, is very well equipped and has a 5 ring gas stove with grill and oven, a window table with stools, plenty of cupboard space, a fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
Utility Room: There is a downstairs utility room with toilet, basin, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Living Rooms: The large open plan living area has an oak dining table with benches and shares the wood burning fire with the cosy sitting room. There is exposed stone and wooden beams throughout and an ipod docking station and DVD player for the use of guests. Upstairs is a galleried area with plenty of space for relaxing.



Airport (Santiago de Compostela) - 46 kilometers

Beach - 90 kilometers

Shops - 6 kilometers

Local leisure

Small shops, restaurants, pubs, café, internet café, church, market

Local activities

Fishing, hiking, swimming, walking

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Reviews for this country house in Vila de Cruces (8)

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Niall Power rated this home 5/5 on 18. Aug 2019

1 person found this review helpful.

We have seven children, aged between seven months and twenty years old. We were looking for a holiday place where all of us, big and small, could feel perfectly satisfied, without having to drive anywhere, or go anywhere, because we know that, when we have a baby, his rhythms can make holidays very difficult for everybody else. We were also looking for a holiday place where we could have fun as a family, spend time together as a family, away from screens and crowds. We found it all in the Mill, and more! Karen, the housekeeper, was waiting for us as arranged and kindly guided us through the country road down to the mill, which was very helpful. She was still showing us the house and its facilities, when we heard the splash of the water and realized most of our family was already swimming. We had found a completely secluded house. We didn’t have to drive anywhere, and apart from a few trips to the shops (Dad’s job) and Sunday mass, we actually didn’t. We had a river for our “private swimming pool”, and we could jump into the chilly waters from our garden. The children swam by day and by night, under the sun or under the rain, any time they felt like it. They explored every little corner of it and they even built a raft together and had great fun with it in the water! The river was perfectly safe, and we were delighted to gently supervise their swim, as all we wanted was to spend time with them. Our six-year-old girl actually overcame her fear of the water during this wonderful week and swam happily around her siblings with her lifejacket on. Between swims, we played board games and badminton, we watched the stars and we walked in the woods. We watched lizards licking the crumbs from our food, we had dinners under the vine canopy and enjoyed lazy barbecues. The twenty-year-old went canoeing in the lake nearby, and all of us had our private time to read or lie on the hammocks. As for the baby, he kept his home rhythms without any stress, in and out of the house, learning to sit on the grass, drinking his milk by the river. It was the first time we had a holiday house big enough for our family, without having to invent beds from sofas or pillows. Some of the children slept in the Weaver’s cottage and felt very autonomous! We were so near nature, it felt like camping, but with all the comforts of modern life, in a house where nothing lacks. We will surely come back! Five stars for this holiday place!

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Tamsin rated this home 5/5 on 14. Sep 2018

1 person found this review helpful.

The mill is completely isolated and perfect for a relaxing holiday away from it all. We enjoyed walks around the river, jumping in, swimming and climbing the rocks in the very cold water and watching the lizards and dragonflies that live alongside you in the garden. Like other reviewers, we didn't venture far from the house, until all supplies were diminished and we had to visit the shops, but Vila de Cruces was always welcoming to visit, with nice bars and a variety of shops where you can pick up most things you need. Enjoyed the badminton set and fighting over the hammock with the best view!

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Tony Jackson rated this home 5/5 on 15. Aug 2018

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There were four of us, my wife, sister, brother-in-law and myself. We all thoroughly enjoyed our week. The peace and quiet of The Mill is terrific, just the sound of running water to be heard. I slept better than I can remember for years. Both houses are visual delights down to the smallest details (I loved the wooded door handles) and so well appointed. The only addition I would make is a new corkscrew and bottle opener! Outside there is so much space and a splendid river right there to swim in. Vila de Cruces has a terrific vegetable and fresh fish shop, a good cafe in the centre and the Don Din (?) was fun to eat in, on the outside section. The Saturday octopus meals served in Vila were memorable. We went to Santiago one day, which was well worth the visit but stayed at the mill the rest of the time. Thank you, Kate and Karen!

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Martin and Mary rated this home 5/5 on 24. Oct 2017

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We really enjoyed our holiday at The Mill. It is situated in a wonderful location, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The interior is finished to a very high standard and we very much enjoyed spending the evenings sitting infront of the log fire. There are several outside spaces where we took the opportunity to relax, my personal favourite being the hammock area which enabled me to enjoy the river. A fabulous escape from the stresses of modern life.

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£ 846 per week