A Large 4 Bedroom Gite with a Pool for Up to 9
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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 9
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Gite / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 9
Le Moulin is a former watermill which has the rustic charm of a building that has been over 300 years in the making. Renovated to a high standard, the mill offers all the amenities one would expect on a home away from home holiday in the beautiful French countryside. There is no passing traffic to speak of, just the wildlife and the stars via a crystal clear sky to keep you entertained.
All the rooms are on one level with a single step up into two of the three bath/shower rooms and a single step up into the spacious and fully equipped kitchen diner. The two main bedrooms have en-suite shower rooms and a further two bedrooms share a large family bathroom, with shower and bidet.
The sitting room comes with UK satellite TV, a bluray/DVD player and VCR to accompany a library of old films for anyone feeling nostalgic. Outside is a large terrace/patio for alfresco dining or for simply relaxing and taking in the views of the gardens and accompanying woodlands. You can go for walks along the bridal paths or into the local village or you can relax by the pool in the gardens. The choice is yours.
If you want a bit of adventure there is plenty available. The gite is right at the centre of the Lauragais region and the Pays de Cathar. There are fortresses, abbeys and medieval villages in abundance. For those that want to venture a little further afield, you can be in the Black Mountain national park in less than an hour and in the Pyrenees or on the Mediterranean coastline in about an hour and a half. Plus there are plenty of activities available for the more sporting, cycling, canoeing, go ape and underground caves for example.
This is great holiday accommodation for groups of friends or families with children that prefer to be out in the country but want easy access to local towns and amenities affording them the best of both worlds. The kitchen and alfresco eating area are brilliant for anyone that likes to cook with all the facilities they would normally have at home. Remembering of course, that there are plenty of local restaurants or takeaway facilities for when you do want a night off.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de St Ferreol 14 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 50 km, Nearest railway: Castelnaudary 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Cots (2), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc Roussillon region of France is a fabulous place to visit. Perhaps not as coveted as it's neighboring Provence but in some ways that adds to it's charm. Knowledge of this less popular, but equally spectacular, part of France is gradually getting out as more and more tourists come to the area. Carcassonne can now boast 3 million plus visitors a year, quite a lot of visitors for a city with a population of circa 44,000.
So what has this beautiful part of France have to offer: -
Several UNESCO registered world heritage sites including La Cite, The Canal du Midi and the Pont du Gard. Then there is the Millau viaduct close to the capital Montpellier on the A75, a massive man made structure that spans the valley and overlooks the town from which its name came.
It has the largest wine producing region of France responsible for approximately 30% of the countries wine production, much of which comes from the Corbieres, Minervoise and Fitou vineyards on the southern side of Carcassonne.
Then there is the Mediterranean coastline with some wonderful resorts to visit. Places such as Collioure, La Franqui, Narbonne Plage and Gruissan.
The Black Mountains national park with its inland waterways and rocky tracks. Lac de St Ferreol is located near the Montagne Noire and only 20 minutes from our location here in Issel.
A good proportion of the Pyrenees mountain range, with snow capped mountains during the winter and fabulous views all year around.
There are many Cathar fortresses of which Carcassonne's La Cite is probably the most famous but you will also find Montsegur, Queribus, Peyrepertuse, Puivert and many more among the count. All within a reasonable travelling distance of our accommodation.
There are also some wonderful cities including Montpellier, the capital of the region, Beziers, Nimes, Mende, Narbonne, Perpignon and of course Carcassone.
If the fabulous Mediterranean coastline seems just a tad too far, you can find any number of inland lakes, some natural and some man made, with lovely beaches and often with a choice of water sports to choose from . Lac de la Cavayere is a popular recreational lake just outside of Carcassonne for example but there are many more in the region, including those in the Black mountains mentioned previously.
If you are a sporting enthusiast, there are a large selection of options available ranging from water sports, to skiing to cycling, white water rafting, canooing, hiking and the list goes on.
The clarity of light for the region is largely unaffected by the pollution found in many parts of the world and it is relatively well known that some famous artists have been attracted to the area in the past as a result. Probably the most famous was Picasso who for a time took up residence at Collioure.
If you prefer to practice your art with a camera this clarity of light works well for the photographers and there are many opportunities for photographic experiences aided by the presence of some of natures best backdrops.The mountains, lakes, rivers, beautiful skies and Mediterranean coastline all offer themselves up as subjects, so you will never be short of a nice image to capture. And if your preference is architecture, then there is no shortage here either, you can visit the cities, towns or perhaps some of the world heritage sites.
Languedoc Roussillon is made up of 5 departments, Aude (11), Gard (30), Herault (34), Lozere (48) and the Pyrenees Orientales (66). Herault is the most densely populated and is where the capital Montpellier resides, Lozere is the least populated. Given the region stretches from the coast to the mountains and then inland towards Toulouse, the climate can vary depending on where you are. The coast tends to benefit from the warmest weather and the mountains are generally the coolest but overall it is still a Mediterranean climate and during the summer months it is possible to see peaks of up to 35C anywhere within the region with an overall average temperature of around 28C for the main summer months of July and August.
For the cycling enthusiasts there will be a chance to follow the Tour de France as they race through the region, normally sometime in July, there are lots of websites that detail the exact route and schedule so you can pinpoint a suitable location where you can observe the race. This really is a spectacle worth seeing even if you are not an ardent cycling fan, there is the sense of circus as the pack approaches and the sponsors drive around and around throwing out their free samples to the waiting crowds of multi-national fans. It can be a long wait but when you see the circling helicopters following the pack leaders you know they are nearly upon you, so make sure you have your cameras at the ready because they whip past at unbelievable speed. The serious followers of course run back to their cars and set off for the next vantage point, for the less serious it is fun way to spend a few hours and to chat to some international neighbors.
I can't help feeling that the dialog presented barely scrapes the surface of what this region in the South of France has to offer. Each one of the summery points explored in any depth could probably keep you engrossed for a week and there is much more I have not touched on. Needless to say your holiday can be what you decide to make it, totally chilled out, a full on exploration of the region or perhaps something between the two.
Castelnaudary is the capital of the 'Pays de Lauragais region and a town of charm and history. It sits astride the Canal Du Midi and is famous for its haricot bean dish Cassoulet, the festival for which (Fete Du Cassoulet) is held each year during the 7 days that make up the last week of August .
You do not have to wander too far before you will find fabulous views of the Pyrenees across the Carcassonne planes or the ' La Halle Aux Grains' in the centre of town, right next to the new tourist office. Wander down the main street and you will pass the 'Marie's' office on the left before arriving at the Canal Du Midi. Turn left to go along the 'Quai Du Port' with the 'Grand Bassin' beyond, some 7 hectares in size. A good time to see it is on the 13th July when Castelnaudary celebrates 'National Day' with it's own fireworks display launched from a boat in the middle of the 'Grand Bassin'.
You can take a boat trip from the Canal Du Midi or perhaps you might prefer to hire bikes so you can take the tow path up to Segala.
The neighbouring town towards Castres is Revel, above which you will find the lake at St Ferreol where you can picnic in the woods, lay on the beach or participate in the water sports. The lake also offers activities such as crazy golf and an equestrian centre. A great place for families to spend a day if they fancy a change from the pool.
There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops in and around Castelnaudary, plus the whole area is steeped in history and tradition. Revel plays host to one of the best food markets in the country, but you can also choose to visit Bram, Mirepoix or in fact Castelnaudary itself for alternative options to this very typically French pastime.
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4 Jun 2013
"Idyllic rural Gite in a beautiful area of France"
Le Moulin offers high quality accommodation for a large family in a rural setting and a great base for exploring the region.
This was our first time in this area of France and we loved the blend of plains mountains, villages, towns, history, plus great food and wine.
Le Moulin's substantial pool is a major selling point and a really good way to cool off in the hot weather in this part of France. We enjoyed eating outside playing table tennis, going for walks, or just reading, whilst sipping a cool drink by the pool, or in the shade of the patio area.
Hosts Brian and Angela have decorated and furnished Le Moulin to a high standard and couldn't have been more friendly and helpful to us during our stay. We warmly recommend Le Moulin.
Thank you so much for your review and for taking the time to share your opinion for others to see. We are very glad you enjoyed your time at Le Moulin, there is a lot to see and do in this region that many people are not aware of and we are glad our holiday property gave you a comfortable base from which to do that.
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