|Le Moulin de l'Argentouire||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||3||Sofabed in sitting room for 9th person|
The apartment is part of what was originally a watermill more than 300 years old. The mill has been separated to provide a large gite/apartment plus private living quarters for the owners. It has been renovated to a high standard but in a way that retains its rustic charm and French origins. It is very spacious and comfortably provides accommodation for up to 9 people in an unspoiled and secluded location but with quick access to local towns and amenities. Perfect for idyllic French holidays in the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France.
In summary, the accommodation comprises of a sitting room (with single bed-settee for the 9th person), 4 bedrooms, 2 of which are en suite with showers, a further family bathroom and a well equipped kitchen/dining room.
The large gardens provide a place in which to roam and a lovely swimming pool with patio area where you can relax. There is also an al fresco eating area at the entrance to the gite. A great place to barbecue and relax during the day or in the evenings.
If you want to explore the French countryside and enjoy the views of the Pyrenees, there are several walks that can be accessed directly from the property. Only a short drive away you can discover Castelnaudary, the Canal du Midi or visit the famous 'Pays de Cathare, with it's even more famous Chateaux, Abbeys and medieval villages, including the world heritage site 'La Cite' in Carcassonne.
A fully equipped rustic French kitchen and dining area with all the modern conveniences for cooking and clearing up afterwards.
The living room is comfortable room with satellite tv, BluRay player and cd player. Great for the kids or to relax after a hard day sightseeing.
The 4 double bedrooms can be arranged as twin or double rooms and 2 come with their own en suite shower rooms.
In addition to the en suite shower rooms, the remaining bedrroms are served by a large family bathroom with shower over the bath, wash hand basin, a bidet and wc.
Central heating is available at a small hourly charge, but is only really required in the low season.
Besides the normal tv, BluRay and cd player there is a large pool to keep the kids occupied and a gardens for table tennis, badminton or any of the other numerous games that can be played when there is sufficient space available.
The nearby towns of Castelnaudary, Revel, Lac de St Ferreol and Carcassonne provide plenty of opportunities for keeping yourself occupied during your holiday. The Lac de St Ferreol is a special favourite amongst our previous guests. There are also numerous places of interest and sporting activity opportunities in the area.
You can access the large gardens and swimming pool directly from the apartment, with walks leading off into the French countryside through open fields and woods.
There are large lawns and ample space for children to play, trees to provide some shade in the summer and no roads to worry about. A lovely peaceful environment to relax, rest or play.
There is ample parking for several cars right behind the apartment at the end of our long drive.
This is a great holiday location for one or 2 families with children, grandparents or groups of friends.
The apartment is also all on one level, so may be suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
Having worked in the oil and gas exploration industry for many years I decided it was time for a change. So Angela, my wife, and I made a move to the South of France in 2008 to set up a holiday business and start a new chapter in our lives.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||We chose Issel because of it's lovely location amongst the sunflower fields of Languedoc Roussillon, its proximity to the French Mediterranean and the added bonus of being a driveable distance from the ski slopes of the Pyrenees.|
|Unique benefits of property||A peaceful and tranquil location, full of French rustic charm and only minutes away from restaurants, bars and shops. A gorgeous rural location with all the amenities you could want only a very short drive away.|
Travel an hour or so to Couiza and you can hire canoes to make a trip down the Aude River to Alet Les Baines or Limoux. This will provide you with a different perspective of the region and allow you to enjoy the excitement of shooting the rapids or exploring the caves set into the river bank. A fun way to spend a few hours, but you will need to be reasonably physically fit.
Then of course there is Castelnaudary, sitting on the Canal Du Midi with its Grande Bassin, boat trips and cycling along the tow paths. The Tourist Information Office has recently been relocated to the town centre adjacent to the Halle aux Grains so is relatively easy to find when you head for ‘Centre Ville’. Castelnaudary is famous for its Cassoulet, a very rich haricot blanc casserole, typically including Toulouse sausage, duck and pork. A very rich and filling meal for anyone who is feeling particularly hungry. It is also the capital of the Lauragais region which is generally steeped in the history of the Cathar period, and where wheat and woad were once the main sources of financial wealth for the region. Hence the Moulin de Cugarel, one of the few remaining windmills in the region where once there were very many more. Castelnaudary food market takes place on Monday mornings and is, in our opinion, nearly as good if not equal to the one in Revel.
Located on the banks of the River Agout, Castres was a stopping place for the Arles pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella or the Way of St James as it is known in England. At the foot of the Montagne Noire range it is not a typical tourist destination, but several of our previous guests have commented on how nice a place it was to visit. Also if you are into nature you are only a stone’s throw from the High Languedoc National Park where you can find some extraordinary landscapes in the form of the Sidobre, a large expanse of granite rock.
The amazing world heritage site at Carcassonne, a famous walled city that still exists as a living and thriving community, full of shops restaurants and cafes and the main host for the famous Carcassonne festival that continues through the summer months. Not forgetting the Ville Basse with its rectangular road system, squares and shops, typical of the south of France with fine architecture, French culture and food.
A beautiful lake that sits above Revel. There is a large fountain next to the Paul Pierre Riquet Museum that tells the story of the development of the Canal Du Midi, beaches, picnic park, watersports, cafes and restaurants. Well worth a visit to just chill out on the beaches, stroll around the lakes perimeter or to make use of the multitude of other facilities that are located there.
A must see medieval city only 45 minutes by car. Monday morning or Thursday evening food market, with cafes, restaurants and shops in a beautiful medieval square.
Rated in the top 100 food markets in France, Revel is a not to be missed French food market experience. Gather your provisions for a picnic of French bread, cheese and fresh local produce and then take yourself off to the Lac de St Ferreol to find a picnic table in the woods overlooking the beautiful lake for a fabulous lunch French style.
Visit the lovely abbey at St Papoul, view the architecture and enjoy the sculptures before, heading off to explore the history of Saissac with its chateau and amazing views over the Carcassonne plains. After that you can visit Montolieu, the village of books, before wending your way back to Le Moulin or calling into Castelnaudary for a leisurely lunch or dinner.
Corbiere region is a very important area for wine production and an excellent way to explore the region is to take a drive to Narbonne via Lagrasse. If you travel down the N113 to Carcassonne and pick up the road to Narbonne (signposted throughout Carcassonne) you will come to a town called Trebes. In Trebes there is a right turn to Lagrasse, take this road and you will drive through the heart of the Corbiere region and will find any number of wine outlets en route you will also be able to enjoy some wonderful scenery. Lagrasse is well worth a stop over for lunch after which you can continue on to Narbonne or if you prefer head back towards Carcassonne, to do this take the D212 towards Fabrezan and eventually you will pick up the road back to Carcassonne or you can continue to Narbonne. The A61 sits between Fabrezan and Lezignan – Corbieres. Realistically you should allow a good proportion of your day to do this as it is probably going to be at least 3 hours travel time there and back
Minervois which generally sits to the North East of Caracassonne, you should head towards Mazemet when you hit the outskirts of Carcassonne and then bear right towards Bagnoles on the D620. I would then suggest that you pick up the D11 and head down to La Redorte where you can take the D610 back towards Trebes and Carcassonne, this will take you nicely through the Minervois region with lots of 'degustations' on route.
A lovely holiday in a beautiful house. A delightful area to explore and lovely hosts. Thank you, we hope to see you again.