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Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Le Moulin is a recently renovated gite built into the heart of an 18th century watermill and set amid two acres of grounds.
It is located in the historic quarter of Villegailhenc, a small village in Cabardes wine country, between medieval Carcassonne and the beautiful Black Mountains.
Yet despite being surrounded by so much green space, Le Moulin is just five minutes walk from the village centre and all local amenities.
The shaded and secluded shared pool area receives sun from dawn to dusk and includes a paddling pool area for the very young.
Older children might like to explore the grounds which include a bamboo grove, a secret underground passageway, a stream and the old millrace.
We also have trampoline, badminton, football and cricket facilities.
So whether it is wine tasting in the local domaines, hiking in the Black mountains or a trip to the seaside, you can do it all from Le Moulin.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne Plage 40 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcasonne 5 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment comprises two double bedrooms, a kitchen and lounge area, bathroom with walk-in shower. The apartment is laid out over the ground floor for ease of access.
Bedroom 1 is a double room with exposed stone walls, a beautiful stone floor and views over the extensive gardens.
Bedroom 2 can be arranged as a twin, single or double room as required.
The lounge area has been re-designed and includes a DVD TV, wifi and a sofa bed.
The newly-renovated bathroom has a wet-room shower, wc and sink.
The newly-fitted kitchen includes a hob, hood, fridge and microwave. Towels and bedlinen are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.
Several of our younger (and some not-so-young) guests have made the most of our extensive grounds and the warm nights by camping out. There are some great camping spots in the back garden, secure and secluded and perfect for spotting shooting stars. We are big fans of camping ourselves and have all the gear, so feel free to borrow!
|Further details outdoors|
The area around Villegailhenc is fantastic for on-road and off-road cycling, so why not make the most of our range of bikes?
They are available to borrow, along with helmets, pump, puncture repair kit and maps with suggested routes. All we ask is a 5 euro payment, per bike, per week to help with maintenance and repairs.
There are all sorts of possibilities, from challenging treks along quiet, well-maintained roads in the stunning Black Mountains, to short meanders through local vineyards.
One neighbouring village boasts its own mountain-biking club - and 150km of well-signposted off-road tracks.
Another popular, if less demanding route is a spin along the nearby Canal du Midi to a local marina for lunch.
We are keen cyclists and have plenty of ideas and maps, so don't hesitate to ask!
Cycling is particularly enjoyable in spring and autumn when the weather is not too hot, but is also possible in high summer if you start early enough and avoid uphill cycling in the afternoon.
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Languedoc-Roussillon is a region steeped in history - a rich wine-growing country where snow-capped mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea.
Known locally as Cathar country - its dramatic thousand-year history has all the mystery, castles and ruins you could wish for.
Yet its dry, climate, hot summers and frosty winters are also perfect for vineyards - making the region a magnet for wine-lovers, sun-lovers and nature-lovers alike.
From white-water rafting on the river Aude to horse-riding, mountain-biking and wine-tasting tours virtually from the doorstep, there is always plenty to do in the local area.
Every August our village - Villegailhenc - hosts a weekend-long party which includes a fair, music, dancing eating and drinking. And September brings the local flea market, perfect for bargain hunters.
Also, no visit to Le Moulin would be complete without an excursion to the historic city of Carcassonne, five miles to the south.
In addition to its summer-long music and arts festival and spectacular Bastille Day firework display, Carcasonne features two UNESCO world heritage sites - the historic medieval Cite and the beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi.
Plus you will find all the shops restaurants and bars you would expect from a bustling regional town.
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7 Oct 2014
"Great cottage in an excellent location"
We had a fantastic relaxing holiday at Le Moulin. The swimming pool, built by Mick , is superb and would be a necessity in the height of summer. The location is great - 10 minutes drive to Carcassonne… More
15 Sep 2014
"Relaxing and easy family holiday"
Le Moulin provided us with a lovely gite for a week's holiday. Self-catering suits us and facilities were good. We used the barbeque a lot to cook on and ate outside. Being situated about a 3 … More
14 Jul 2014
"we liked it so much we decided to buy and renovate a house ourselves'!"
helen&mick r tthe perperfect gites host. we had a great time with our 2 dogs, the area is great for dog walking, found the perfect holiday home close bye and now renovating. we stayed last week in mar… More
17 Jun 2014
"Friendly & Tranquil Gite"
We have just returned from Le Moulin, where we stayed with our friends - Steven & Margaret. The friendly welcome from Helen & Mick, and excellent facilities at Le Moulin were second to none. We all … More
23 Dec 2012
"Fantastic character-filled place in beautiful surroundings"
Beautiful surroundings in quaint village which is convenient for Carcassonne and its medieval Cite, plus attractive surroundings of the Montagne Noire, Mediterranean Coast and the Pyrenees. Le Moulin … More
25 Nov 2012
"Fantastic pool area and a great base for exploring"
My husband and I stayed here in July for 2 weeks and had a really relaxing time. Le Moulin is in a quiet village location but only a few minutes walk from the local shops (one being a little supermark… More
20 Nov 2012
What a super holiday! We were swept away by the beauty and the history of this wonderful location. The owners of the gites were able to tell us so much about the local area and advise us on what to … More
19 Nov 2012
"Rest and relax"
We stayed at Le Moulin in August. The location is excellent, only 10 minutes drive to Carcasonne centre, and 4 minutes from a large supermarket selling everything. The village is peaceful and has a fr… More
28 Oct 2012
"the best place we have ever stayed in France"
If you are a country loving family who enjoy friendly dogs (as a substitute for those you have to leave at home!) and yearn for a non-car dependent ambulatory rural French experience (possibly being… More
26 Oct 2012
"Perfect holiday location"
My wife and I enjoyed our stay in Le Moulin immensely. It is superbly located, quiet and secluded in its own extensive grounds yet no more than two minutes walk from the village of Villegailhenc. Ex… More
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