|Le Moulin à Vent||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1|
Modern child friendly family accommodation suitable for either families with younger children (of pre-school age and up to 12 years), couples or single travellers of any age offering tropical gardens & a swimming pool in the glorious South of France. Centrally located in the heart of the Cathar Region, Aude 11, near to the town of Limoux. Carcassonne airport is 30 mins by car. Prime location for riversports/watersports, cycling, fishing or hiking/walking holidays in the South of France.
Our property has been renovated over the past few years offering a unique guest suite on the ground floor within our family home. The decor is bespoke vintage chic mixed with modern influences in a calming palette of colours, offering a clean and relaxing experince. This child friendly accommodation sleeps 4 comfortably ( 2 adults with 2 children up to the age of 12yrs) or the option of a travelcot for a baby or toddler. The suite comprises of a family bedroom with a double bed, full size bunk beds, a lounge, separate dining area, equipped kitchen and shower room. Although the guest suite is within our property, there is a separate entrance and lockable doors to allow you full privacy.
The suite offers its own private guest patio & bbq area to the side of the house, secluded with hedges/shrubs for privacy, which is bathed in sun for most of the day and is illuminated at night to continue the outdoor living during the summer evenings. There is also a bistro terrace immediately adjacent to the front of the suite which is also illuminated at night for a romantic glass of local wine whilst the children are sleeping.
Maximum total occupancy is 4 person including children between 0-2yrs.
During your stay you will also have access to the beautiful landscaped gardens and in-ground swimming pool.
The guest suite is within our family home on the ground floor therefore our family is situated above on site so we can be as involved with your family holiday as you would like us to be.
Pool towels & linen will be provided at the beginning of your stay with us. ( A full changeover clean and laundry with be conducted at the end of your stay to ensure the Suite is ready for our next guests; the fee for this is included in your price however it is assumed the suite will be left clean and tidy as when you arrived. For any departing guests leaving the suite in need of a deep clean will be charged £50.00 from the damaged deposit)
Other things to note
The Guest Suite is available during the summer months to embrace the outdoor living space during the warmer evenings.
We are located on the outskirts of a village along a quiet lane with a shallow stream and local vineyards. Our location generally offers a tranquil experience with the gentle chime of the village church bells in the distance.
The guest suite is within our family home therefore our family is situated above the suite on site and will produce general day to day living sounds within the property and the pool area/gardens. The household does become active on school days from 06h30. You may also hear the occasional sounds of water as our plumbing is a little old in some parts of the house.
The pool, gardens and summer kitchen is not exclusively for guest use and may be used with our family during the summer season.
We will require access to our workshop on the ground floor sometimes during your stay with us for our business tools, pool pump and our utility room. We will always respect your privacy and endeavour to gain access when you are away from the accommodation.
NO PETS ALLOWED: Sorry no family pets can join you on your holiday due to the family animals that live at the property.
Our property is located in a village with no supermarkets or restaurants in walking distance however Limoux is the nearest town 3.5kms with lots of restaurants and shops, so a car is recommended so you can visit the local history in the area, beaches, lakes and chateaux.
The accommodation offers a fully-fitted kitchen with all amenities for a self catering holiday, including a washing machine. An opening window to the front of the property.
The lounge is cosy with a Moroccan influenced ceiling and can seat 4 people.
One family bedroom sleeping up to 4 guests ( 2 adults and 2 children 2-12yrs). A double bed, full size bunk-beds, double wardrobe, 2 sets of drawers plus under bed storage space for your belongings. We can accommodate 1 baby or toddler in a travel cot 0-2yrs. The accommodation would not be suitable for couples with children over 12 years.The bedroom is to the rear of the property with an opening window to the garden.
The accommodation has a private shower room with toilet and sink.
The suite offers its own private guest patio & bbq area, secluded with hedges/shrubs for privacy, which is bathed in sun for most of the day and is illuminated at night to continue the outdoor living during the summer evenings. There is also a bistro terrace immediately adjacent to the front of the suite which is also illuminated at night for a romantic glass of local wine.
During the summer season, our gardens and pool are normally bathed in glorious sunshine from dawn until dusk so you can enjoy full days relaxing in the sun throughout your stay. However we have created areas of shade within the gardens should you wish to cool down. For those who enjoy relaxing in the sun until sunset, we have created a terrace area where you can watch the sun disappear behind the trees for the evening.
Free off road parking opposite the property, no need for any reservations. There is normally plenty of spaces unless there is an event on in the village.
Although the suite is on the ground level with no steps to access any internal areas, we have a graveled driveway and steps the pool and gardens. Please consider this if you have limited mobility.
The swimming pool is 1.4m deep throughout with the required French pool alarm. Children must be accompanied in the gardens at all times.
We do have a Labrador Dog called Rolo, he has been with us since birth so very good around people and children. We also have 2 cats which may visit you from time to time to see what you are doing.
Relax by the swimming pool and listen to our gentle waterfall cascading down the rocks into the tropical planted poolside feature. We have planted the gardens to offer multiple areas of seclusion and tranquility for reading or reflection basking in our glorious French sunshine. The main garden is surrounded by mature Conifer trees creating a screen of tall privacy. With matured flowering and Mediterranean shrubs positioned all around various levels of the garden creating a unique private paradise for you to enjoy during your stay.
We fell in love with region many years ago when our children were little so made the decision to move to France in 2011. We have integrated into the French way of life and adore the slower pace. Our 2 children attend the local schools adapting to the French language remarkably with ease. We hope we can share with you the beauty of life in the South of France.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||Our property found us when we were house hunting in 2011 with 2 very small children in tow; I remember the estate agent driving us to the pretty village just outside Limoux. The house was on a slow flowing stream just on the outskirts of the village surrounded by vineyards bathed in glorious sunshine and blue skies. The house was very dated inside however the garden just took our breath away and we instantly saw past all the renovation work needed and visualised the swimming pool. It was love at first sight and we knew this was the house we wanted for our family home.|
|Unique benefits of property||Our typical French property is located in the heart of the Cathar Region offering an ideal location for accessibility to many historic & famous attractions, cities and towns with the perfect retreat to a peaceful and relaxing escape. Situtated 3.5km from Limoux in the region of Aude. Positioned on the outskirts of a charming rural circular village set amongst many vineyards on a slow flowing stream. The town of Limoux is less than 10 minutes by car offering a busy centre square surrounded by numerous typically French bars & cafes if you wish to try the nightlife & local French cuisine. Our property location offers the best of both experiences with the tranquil relaxing day in the sun by the pool or out exploring the local chateaux, discovering the Cathar trails or biking through the Pyrenées. Our family live on-site so can be as involved as you would like us to be in your holiday without encroaching on your privacy.|
There are many lakes, lagoons, rivers, gorges, pools or beaches to choose from in the local area, some more known than others and some off the beaten track for those more adventurous..... Renne les Bains is local offering a natural hot tub experience. Crocs are essential however well worth crossing the river to have a dip. Other places to visit are:
-Renne les Bains
-Lac de Puivert
-Lac de la Cavayère
-Parc Saint Bertrand
-Lac Monte Bel
Water Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing
Within a 10-30 minute drive there are many enjoyable water activities to try on the River Aude and other rivers in the area. Local companies are based in Limoux, Quillan & Axat. These specialist companies offer a range of water activities from the beginner to the experienced. Discover the Gorges in the Aude with a rafting course like no other in the Pyrenees. Memorable rapids such as the "Triple Chute", the "Flippeurs" and the "Dessert" have made this stretch famous. The river is navigable every day from the beginning of May until the end of August. At the end of the gorges, the Aude quietens down from Quillan to Limoux, there is 25km of calm water, ideal for canoeing or kayaking. For river-running enthusiasts, a 600m slalom run has been created in the heart of Quillan, with an exciting wave, to practise your freestyle. This spot is perfect for kayaking, playboating and canoeing! There is a whole variety of opportunities in Cathar Country for canyoning in the gorges de Galamus and the canyon de Termes. All the routes are beautiful and offer a number of exciting jumps. A little further on, the Canyon du Yek has something to satisfy both the experienced canyoner and those looking for thrills, including absailing under a waterfall and impressive jumps.
Nothing beats this exhilarating activity which is pure white water fun! Jump into action as you surf your way down the rapids holding on to your hydrospeed. A hydrospeed is a specially designed rigid foam board for riding the rapids on fast flowing rivers.
The Aude and Pyrenees regions are the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the Corbieres and the Pyrenees, so is an ideal location to go hiking. The region offers authenticity, variety, and also the freedom to discover and learn, to imagine and dream, to think and travel. 190km of waymarked trails await you! The paths of the “Pyrénées Audoises” are bordered by breathtaking landscapes such as the “Pic de l’Ourtiset” or the “Forêt d’En Malo”, by historical heritage such as Puilaurens Castle or Puivert Castle and by magical atmosphere as in the Green Labyrinth or at the foot of giant fir trees.You will have the choice between 70 walks. To those itineraries must be added trails such as the Cathar Trail (GR 367), the Green Way (Voie Verte), the route Vauban, the Fir Tree Route (Route des Sapins) and the GR 7.
In the Aude there are more than 600 equipped trails. Erosion and rivers have notched veritable limestone cathedrals, sharp crests, and monumental tangles of rocks into the Pyrenean Piedmont. Climbing is a great experience and our region offers more than 600 climbing routes (class 4 to 8b). Aude Pyrenees climbing sites are easily accessible.
Today only a few traces remain of history. The castles, abbeys and museums of the Cathar Country became symbol of this struggles; castles were used as refuge for the Cathars and they had to face many sieges. The followers were known as Cathars and are now mainly remembered for a prolonged period of persecution by the Catholic Church which did not recognise their belief as truly Christian. Catharism appeared in Europe in the Languedoc region of France in the 11th century. There are 34 sites to discover of the Cathar's, some Châteaux & Abbeys have stood the age of time and are more interesting to see. Some places are a definite must like Carcassonne castle, Château de Peyrepertuse & Château de Puilaurens.
The Cathar Trail will transport you back 8 centuries with breathtaking views along the trail. Starting from Port-La-Nouvelle to Foix the trail is 200km offering: Landscapes, lagoons, sloping vineyards, scrublands, forests, valleys, gorges & peaks…The chateaux along the trail are: Aguilar, Padern, Quéribus, Peyrepertuse, Hermitage Saint-Antoine de Galamus, Puilaurens, Puivert, Montségur with 12 legs of the trail ranging from 3.30hrs to 7.15hrs. The nearest part of the trail to our property is SC06N Bugarach to Quillan then SC07N Quillan to Puivert.
Touring and road cyclists alike will be astonished at the variety and drama of the routes to be explored in the Aude department of France. Stretching from the Eastern Pyrenees to the Corbières mountains and on to the Mediterranean coast, the roads of this area of the Languedoc Roussillon region of South West France pass through an amazing variety of landscapes. Limoux, Quillan and the Aude are an ideal place for a cycling holiday, they invite you to discover its winding roads, which run through deep gorges, and climb to the legendary cols of the Pyrenees. Overlooked by the "vertigo citadels", surrounded by genuine landscapes such as vineyards on mountain slopes, national forests, or lush plateaus, your itineraries will blend together the beauty of the scenery and your physical effort. Riding two abreast is permitted, but only in daylight, and this practice is not advised on some of the narrower roads that snake through the mountains. The wearing of helmets is not compulsory, but bells must be fitted on bikes. Cycles can be taken free of charge on many trains, but possibly only when buying a ticket in person, so some advise: buying a bike bag and taking your machine on as luggage, which is free.
Those of you with a particular interest in the Tour de France will be pleased to know that it passes through the area every year in one direction or the other. As the Tour starts coming down from the Pyrenees to make its way towards the Alps, they need to cross the Aude River, which the riders almost invariably do in Quillan or Limoux. So if you are looking for a region to try out those famous routes, we are located in the ideal area for you to base yourself.