Mill to let in Languedoc

10/10
Montlaur (25km from Carcassonne), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA004831 Advertiser since: 25 May 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Pointed Roof Mill Self Catering 2 4 1

About this property

13th Century Windmill, Heated Pool, 10 Acres. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Near Carcassonne, in the small Languedoc village of Montlaur, two ancient mills in the Domain of la Couscouillette . Described by the Times Online 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 Windmill;  'Pointed Roof Mill'. Charmingly renovated, open-plan, providing a fabulous holiday home for 4 people.

On Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1174041,2.5562819,1712a,20y,354.73h,43.95t/data=!3m1!1e3
 
We put a complementary bottle of our own traditionally made red wine in the Mill for you. From Grenache Noir grapes in our small adjoining vineyard.
 
You can't get more unique than these medieval Mills. Small but perfectly equipped in the gorgeous setting of unspoilt Mediterranean nature they provide a holiday you will never forget.
 
Luxurious, heated swimming pool May till Oct. ! Near air temperature! Private grass tennis court, not Wimbledon of course. Home made and very bumpy! football goals and basket ball on tennis court. English satelite tv. 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.

Dating to 13th century, one of the first windmills in the South of France.

Fantastic walking and in beautiful unspoilt nature.
 
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. Exciting new Italian restaurant called 'Bourdasso' in a Chateau just down the road.
 
Around the mills: The ancient miller's house, where we live, is near the mills. Our 10 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. You will be given a complimentary bottle of our delicious red wine. Grown and prepared in the ancient classical way!
 
We have dogs, cats, chickens and parrots. So, though we adore animals you will not be able to bring yours. Our little dogs, Lolita and William, both Coton de Tulears, adore visitors and will welcome you to our grounds. 
 
Village Activities: The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer.  Walk down the hill to the local shops. The small supermarket, there's a, butcher, post office and pharmacy. Our lovely old horse is a Camargue and very friendly, loves to be given bread and carrots. Not suitable for riding but horses can be sometimes rented locally.
 
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.

If you want to book other than Saturday to Saturday please let me know. Sometimes I can accommodate this. At the moment Holidayfrancedirect hasn't got the facilities to let you book other than Sat to Sat but they are going to be more flexible in the future.
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Ground floor: kitchen and dining in gorgeous round Pointed Roof Mill

Bedrooms

Middle floor has a very comfortable double bed which can be used as a sofa or left open as bed.

Top floor romantically under pointed roof with 2 single beds.

Bathrooms

Adjoining first floor bedroom: shower, washbasin and lavatory. This is the only room with a door. The other 'rooms' are the different levels in this ancient mill.

Entertainment

Tv satellite free to air.

Garden and outside

Heated swimming pool set in 10 acre domain. Tennis Court, grass, (bumpy :-). Football goals. Basketball. Woody Hut for the kids.

Parking and garages

Parking no problem.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for handicapped persons unfortunately.

Information about any additional facilities

In 1988 Allan and I moved here permanently. He carried on teaching his students abroad via video conferencing (Physics Prof) and lecturing occasionally as well as doing research. I stopped my Clinical Psychology Psychotherapy practice and went in for spinning, weaving, goats, horses, chickens, gardening etc. This 'back to nature' period left us with the chickens (eggs!), 1 old horse, a vineyard (wine) and a beautiful wooded area around the mills, having planted almost 1000 trees.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Montlaur

About the Owner, Mrs Margaret Chesters

In 1988 Allan and I moved here permanently. He carried on teaching his students abroad via video conferencing (Physics Prof) and lecturing occasionally as well as doing research. I stopped my Clinical Psychology Psychotherapy practice and went in for spinning, weaving, goats, horses, chickens, gardening etc. This 'back to nature' period left us with the chickens (eggs!), 1 old horse, a vineyard (wine) and a beautiful wooded area around the Mills, having planted almost 1000 trees.

Year property purchased 1977
Why this location? Gorgeous, unspoilt countryside, yet a walk away from the village shops. Near the Mediterranean. 10 acres of domain so room for a superb pool, tenniscourt, vineyard and garden.
20 minutes drive from Carcassonne, which is a lovely little town with the famous Cité and plenty of shops, markets and supermarkets.
Unique benefits of property Astoundingly beautiful around the Mills. Rosemary and thyme, birdsong, even nightingales. Very relaxing.
As a recent guest put it; ' so calm and peaceful in a world which is turning faster and faster'.

The Owner Recommends

La Cité at Carcassonne

Famous medieval citadel is a must to visit if you are at Carcassonne. The fortified castle has about 2,500 years of history and has seen the Romans, Visigoths, Saracens and Crusaders. Listed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Just 30 minutes drive from the Mill.

Cathar Castles

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.

Tennis Court etc

On our grounds we have made a grass tennis court you can use. We'll lend you rackets and balls. The experience is exciting, due to the bumpy ground you never know where the ball will go!

Or play football (two kids goals) or basket ball. We'll lend you the balls.

Village Activities

The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer. Walk down the hill to the local shops. Small supermarket, butcher, post office and pharmacy. Tuesday afternoon a lovely little market in the center of the village. Try the bread with olives, it's delicious!

Gastronomic Delights

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. Exciting new Italian restaurant called 'Bourdasso' in a Chateau just down the road.

Holiday Activities Near the Pointed Roof Mill

Mediterranean Beaches. Cathar Castle Visits. Carcassonne, the Cite. Montlaur Market on Tuesday. More info in the 'blurb' sent to all guests.

Aqua viva (Lac de la Cavayere)

Asquatic lake parc at Carcassonne, 30 minutes drive from Montlaur. Lots of exciting water entertainment. Drive to Carcassonne, take exit A61 Toulouse, Foix,Castres, Mazamet. At next roundabout take 3rd exit. Then after 500m turn left at sign for Lac de la Cavayere.

Dinosaur Museum

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.

3 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Petra and Klaus 12 October, 2016

Like last year we very much enjoyed or superb stay at the Pointed Rood Mill in Montlaur. Everything, even the weather, was nice and of no trouble at all. Margaret and Allen, our hosts, are very pleasant people, caring for our comfort. Our mill, there is a second one near by, has got a perfect interieur not only for two people like us, easily for a familie with 3 or for 4 members. The pool has a perfect size and offers comfortable places to sit a few meters away. The water is pretty warm, but defintily refreshing. A good friend became last year Willy, a mobile little dog, and he was around this year as well but unobtrusive as usual. Altogether we were able to relax from daily life and that was and is what we do expect from a wonderful holiday. So thanks again very much for having us at your beautiful, quiet and sp special place.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves here!

10 / 10 Nick & Lynette Berry 29 September, 2016

We stayed in the pointed roof mill arriving on the 8th September for two weeks. We were most impressed by everything and I would like to think that we would be able to make return visit next year. We have spoken with our daughter and her family about possibly a holiday with them there next year
Margaret and Allan are very pleasant people and were extremely helpful to us with anything we required.
The mill was just right for the two of us and the setting was perfect.

Nick & Lynette Berry.
The Old Cow Byre
Sheldon
Devon EX14 4QS

Owner response

Thank you so much Nick and Lynnette for your kind review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed yourselves in the Pointed Roof Mill and might come again next year.

10 / 10 BarryB 11 September, 2016

An idyllic setting where it was possible to relax away from the hustle & bustle of city life. Excellent swimming pool much loved by our children. Wonderful views across the surrounding area which really did make us feel as though we were on top of the world. Hosts were great and very knowledgable regarding the local area providing good advice on local eateries and places to visit. We would certainly visit again. Barry & Pam

Owner response

Thank you Barry and Pam for your super review. We enjoyed having you and Poppy and Oliver here. You will be very wecome to come again!