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13C WINDMILLS, NR CARCASSONNE, HEATED POOL & TENNIS COURT, MED BEACHES

Margaret

Speaks Dutch, French, English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Margaret

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13C WINDMILLS, NR CARCASSONNE, HEATED POOL & TENNIS COURT, MED BEACHES

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday chateau / country house in Carcassonne area - La Couscouillette

Ancient Wind Mill sleeps 4. Gorgeous Views, Heated Pool, Tennis.

Times Online August 12, 2009 as one of 31 most unusual holiday homes in Europe:

... 'Sit outside to watch the sunset as your nostrils fill with the aroma of mint and lavender'. .... Historically interesting 13th century stone windmills. Charmingly renovated, open-plan, providing a fabulous holiday home for 4 people in each mill.

Luxurious, heated swimming pool April till Oct. ! Near air temperature! Private grass tennis court, not Wimbledon of course. Home made and very bumpy! English TV. 2 football goals on tennis court. Barbecue available.

10 acre domain of glorious countryside, on a hill, private, yet at the edge of a small village in Aude, magnificent views. Beautiful sunsets with our Camargue horse outlined against the horizon. Our vineyard is part of the grounds. Dates 13th century, the first windmills in the South of France

Our pets, little dogs, cats, parrots, horse and chickens.

Fantastic walking and in beautiful unspoilt nature.

YouTube video http://youtu.be/edmoijYDVW0 and http://youtu.be/Wf4V2rfBnLU

Around the Mills: The ancient miller's house, where we live, is near the mills. Our ten acres of 'garigue' surrounding the mills has wild thyme, rosemary, mint and lavender among many other plants growing wild and has supposedly medicinal properties. It certainly emits a gorgeous perfume. We have our own little vineyard.

Video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/Couscouillette#p/a/u/1/edmoijYDVW0 and

http://www.youtube.com/user/Couscouillette#p/a/u/0/Wf4V2rfBnLU

We have dogs, cats, chickens , a horse, and parrots. So, though we adore animals you will not be able to bring yours. Our little dogs, Fifi and William, both Coton de Tulears, adore visitors and will welcome you to our grounds. For more photos of 'La Couscouillette' as our country estate is called, and stories about our animals please click http://www.la-couscouillette.com. Golf at 25 minutes from the mills at Carcassonne nearby the famous Cite Medieval

Village Activities: The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer. The small supermarket, there's a baker, butcher, post office and pharmacy. Our horses are not suitable for riding but horses can be sometimes be rented locally.

Sightseeing, Historical, Gastronomic: Gastronomic delights in the region are numerous. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the luxury of world famous French Cuisine at very reasonable prices.

Fantastic sightseeing: for instance the famous Medieval Walled City of Carcassonne is reached in 25 minutes. There are beautful abbeys nearby and of course the Cathar Castles, from the early Middle Ages, are worth a visit. In fact, the mill itself dates from the Cathar period (1266) and is probably the first windmill in the South of France.

Drive through beautiful countryside to the Dinosaur museum at Esperaza. It's at an hour's drive from here and it will take you back 70 million years.

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Details for holiday chateau / country house Pointed Roof Mill, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Private to both mills heated Pool tiled (dolphin)! Large pool terrace for sunning, lounging and dining. Satellite BBC TV. Built in the 13th century, the first windmill in the South of France. Int. diameter about 4 meters and very comfortable. This mill has 3 floors and a pointed roof. Each floor is an open plan room. The wooden staircase built into the stone wall connects each floor to the next one. On request we can provide a kids stairgate, high chair, cot.Aside from the bathroom, on the first floor, there are no internal doors. Ground floor is the living area and kitchen combined. Kitchen fully fitted and includes dish washer, cooker with oven and electric spit and grill. First floor: bathroom, WC, washbasin and shower tiled with tiny Italian tiles. Sleeping/sitting area has a comfortable double sofa bed. This floor makes a nice little sitting room. Top floor has two single beds, the pointed roof has a very unique atmosphere. Private gras tennis court, football goals, basket ball!
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you Allan and Margaret for a great week. You saved an important part of the local heritage all those years ago and now many can enjoy the pleasure of staying here. So much to see in the area and then there is the lovely swimming pool to come back to!! Graig

We've loved staying in your mill, with its little hat.And enjoyed all the animals - even the cat! We've climbed to Cathar Castles, perched near the sky. The 'Montsegur' in a thunderstorm... The Medieval villages are a joy and a delight . Hugging hills and valleys-such a pretty sight. ... Huge thanks, Pam...Scotland
Jul 2014
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Margaret

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2003
Speaks Dutch, French, English
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

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Pointed Roof Mill
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
York, North Yorkshire, UK
5

GREAT GET AWAY!

  • 5 out of 5
Excellent location for a family holiday, children enjoyed the pool and the helping out with the animals. Accomodation had everything we needed. Carcassonne is a short drive away and certainly worth a visit. We had a great time and would certainly go back.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
lincolnshire, uk
5

SLOPING ROOF WINDMILL

  • 5 out of 5
Two of us stayed for a very enjoyable week at the Sloping Roof Windmill in May. Owners on hand were helpful but discrete. Views from the site are breathtaking. The pool is immaculately maintained. The mill itself is `cosy` and had everything we needed - even fresh eggs on demand ! Not sure we would have liked it as much with 4 people in the mill, but for 2 it was fine. The road up to the mill is somewhat steep & `tight` and not for the faint-hearted but this added to the adventure of staying in a 13thC Windmill ! We lunched at a different restaurant each day in the area and never had a bad meal. All in all an excellent stay for us.
  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
Bermuda
4

A PLACE TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

  • 4 out of 5
When I found this rental online, the history and location sounded so appealing. After contacting the owner, and making the deposit, I was happily surprised at how easy it was to plan this trip. The owner sent me information on the windmills, the surrounding property and village, so we were well prepared and found the property quite easily.

Montlaur is located about half an hour from Carcassone, making it a central spot for touring the area by car. The windmills are perched on a hilltop over the small village and has the most fantastic views, especially sunsets.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we had rain and high winds for half of our stay in early May. However, that did not stop us from walking around the property which still maintains that natural rugged openness from years gone by.

The owners were most accommodating and made us feel very welcomed with fresh eggs and wine. The new pool was inviting (although not quite warm enough while we were there) and we did dangle our legs in the water and enjoyed the sun on the deck when it did make its appearance.

There are two lovely horses and two dogs which we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with. The horses are allowed a free run on their fenced area and it was thrilling to watch them and the neighbouring horses running along the hills.

The windmill itself was very quaint and cosy. There were four of us (two couples) sharing the mill which has the kitchen and dining area on the ground level. The kitchen had modern appliances and was stocked with every cooking utensil needed.

Climbing up the curved steps was a bit of a challenge especially with luggage, and I made sure to hold on to the bannister, so I wouldn't recommend this property to anyone with leg or back problems.

The bedrooms were very basic and tiny, but we expected that. There was one bathroom on the middle floor which was tiny but adequate with the most fascinating window and view! The double bed was a futon type and adequate. The top floor had two twin beds with very basic furnishings.

Overall, the property is ideal for a couple or a young family (not babies or toddlers though) or very close friends as there is a lot of space sharing! I personally liked the property but my husband found it a bit cramped. He admits if the weather had been better, he would have enjoyed it more. My girlfriend and I would like to return one day for a ladies week bringing our cameras to capture the breathtaking area.
  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
Owner Submitted Review
5

COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

April '07 'We wanted to 'get away from it all' and we did just that in a most beautiful setting...... July/August 2007
What a fabulous first visit to France for Max and Hugo... The mill, the gorgeous setting and a wonderful region to explore...We will be back if I have my way... Mary,Ian, Max&Hugo. August '07 ... We have had the most wonderful holiday in your beautiful mill... The children loved the animals and the lovely pool. I don't think this is the last you've seen of us!..Jan, John, Carys and Catrin. Aout 2007 ...le calme et la vue magnifique..Gabrielle a adoré les poules, Fifi et William....Katell,Nicolas et Gabrielle. Sept '07 The pool was great ..superb..Sofie & Jaime ...Great attention to detail in the mill... saw the sun set over the hills, which was one of the most spectacular things Ihave ever seen. I couldn't actually believe it at first. ..really got stuck into the swiming pool..
  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2007
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
filderstadt, deutschland
5

WIR HABEN SCHON WIEDER GEBUCHT.

  • 5 out of 5
wir (2 erw., 1 kind m. 3 jahren) hatten eine wundervolle zeit (juni 2010) in der mühle mit dem spitzen dach.
allan und margaret waren super nett und immer da, wenn man sie brauchte, aber man fühlte sich nie beobachtet.

das gebiet um die mühlen ist so schön, dass wir mehr tage "zu hause" verbrachten, als geplant war.
dennoch kann man auf ein auto nicht verzichten, wenn man noch etwas mehr von der gegend sehen will.

der pool ist wundervoll, sauber und wir hatten ihn fast immer für uns alleine.
die mühle war sauber, gemütlich und klein. luxus sollte man nicht erwarten, das macht aber gerade den charme aus.

mit krabbelnden entdeckerkindern muss man evtl. etwas aufpassen, denn die treppen sind sehr steil und der frühstücksplatz liegt am hang.
unsere kleine hatte viel spass mit den tieren, einen privat-pool und ein spielhäuschen mit rutsche, das sie sehr liebte.

die strände sind ca. eine halbe stunde autofahrt entfernt. narbonne und carcassonne sind eine besichtigung wert.
baden (aber nicht längere strecken schwimmen) kann man auch am fluss, etwas steinig aber wildromantisch.

einkaufen kann man im ort (lebensmittel, bäcker, metzger, apotheke), die größeren supermärkte sind etwas weiter weg.

bei unserer ankunft haben wir einen geschmack davon bekommen, wie das wetter im winter dort sein muss. es war ein paar tage stürmisch und kühl; ideales, wildes wanderwetter.
danach aber sonne pur.

wir kommen wieder!

ps: für fitte senioren (ohne handycaps) sicher auch geeignet, mit 4 erwachsenen wird es aber eng beim schlafen.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Pointed Roof Mill
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p7518
Carcassonne area Aude
Deuschland
5

SUPER

  • 5 out of 5
Wir ( 2 Erw. 2 Kinder) hatten vom 23.05.2009 bis 30.05.2009 einen wunderschönen Urlaub in der Spitzdachmühle. Die Beschreibung der Mühlen und auch die Fotos sind absolut zutreffend. Der Pool ist herrlich, es gibt viel Platz für Kinder. Super nette Gastgeber.
Im Dorf ist alles notwendige (Supermarkt, Bäcker, Fleischer und Bar) vorhanden. Viele Ausflugsziele in der Umgebung.
Ein wunderbarer Urlaubsort.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne Airport
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

The windmills are overlook a small village in the Languedoc. Shops at just a few minutes walk, yet as the mills are at the edge of the village they are very private and peaceful. Surrounded by fabulous unspoilt countryside and vineyards they are part of our exclusive country estate. The domain with the mills in it has 10 acres of own grounds, seamlessly joining the 'garrigue' for superb nature hikes. Drive in just over half an hour, (35 km) to Narbonne's sandy, Mediterranean beaches. Situated between the Roman town of Narbonne and Carcassonne, with its Medieval Cité at just half an hour. Carcassonne Airport with Ryan Air flights at 25 minutes. Flights to Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany. From Beziers (75 minutes) to Bristol and Luton as well as Stockholm, Oslo and Dusseldorf.

. Flights to Gerona (2h drive) and Marseille (3h drive), to many destinations. From end March 2010 Ryan Air adds Leeds to Carcassonne.

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
July 2014
28 Jun 2014 - 25 Jul 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,000
for 7 nights
€1,000
 
 
August 2014
26 Jul 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€1,150
for 7 nights
€1,150
 
 
September 2014
30 Aug 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€790
for 7 nights
€790
 
 
October 2014
27 Sep 2014 - 17 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€680
for 7 nights
€680
 
 
Autumn
18 Oct 2014 - 25 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
€450
for 7 nights
€450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit €150
Payment in Euros, or £ sterling, please enquire.

Very interesting rates for more than 1 week.
A deposit of 25% (non refundable) is required to reserve the mill. The remainder to be paid 8 weeks before arrival.

Obligatory €15 per person extra for linen and towels.

Security deposit of €150 to be paid cash on arrival, completely refundable if mill is left as found
Notes Prices Frozen!
Arrival from 14.00, preferably before 17.00, please let us know.
Departure by 10 in the morning.
Changeover day flexible out of season, Saturday in season.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Carcassonne area in Aude

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • village
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Family
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Sunbed
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • This mill has an inner diameter of 4 m, but feels more roomy, due to the open plan style, the only doors are on the bathroom area. There are 3 levels. Two levels are for sleeping. So there are sleeping 'areas' on the various floors, rather than individual bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Tennis Court
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • pond
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountaineering
  • wind-surfing
  • sailing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hiking
Notes:
Ideal for a family holiday. Warm pool due to solar heating panels. Private, tiled (dolphin) shared only with the other mill. Large pool terrace for dining, sunning and lounging. Grass tennis court, football gaols for kids, basket ball!. Barbecue Small kids enjoy the paddling pool, push car, tree house and swing. The horses, dogs, cats, parrots and chickens provide a lot of excitement. BBC satellite Free to Air TV. The windmill has great historical interest, dating back to Cathar times. Small, but charming. The setting is very unique, 10 acres of gorgeous Languedoc hills. The air is one of the cleanest in Europe, free of industrial pollution, fragrant with lavender and thyme. Please smoke outside. Kitchen well appointed with gas cooker, electric spit, oven and grill. Horse, Temps, dogs, Coton de Tulear, Fifi and William. Parrots, Cookie and Sugar as well as cat, Samson and chickens (some of whom retired)
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