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Margaret

Member since: 2003
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Speaks english, french, dutch

13c Windmills, nr Carcassonne, Heated Pool & Tennis Court, Med Beaches - Pointed Roof Mill

8 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Montlaur holiday chateau / country house

Luxurious Ancient Wind Mill sleeps 4. Gorgeous Views, Heated Pool, Tennis.

Near Carcassonne, in the small Languedoc village of Montlaur, two ancient Mills. 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 Windmills. Charmingly renovated, open-plan, providing a fabulous holiday home for 4 people in each mill.

We put a complementary bottle of our own traditionally made red wine in your Mill for you. From Grenache Noir grapes in our small adjoining vineyard.

More info on the website of the Pointed Roof Mill at http://www.la-couscouillette.com/pointedroofmill.htm

The website of the Sloping Roof Mill is at

http://www.la-couscouillette.com/slopingroofmill.htm

A video of the interior and the grounds outside the Pointed Roof Mill on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edmoijYDVW0&feature=youtu.be

Here is a video of of the interior and the grounds outside the Sloping Roof Mill on YouTube at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4V2rfBnLU&feature=youtu.be

You can't get more unique than these Medieval Mills. Small but perfectly equiped 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 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.

Our pets, little dogs, cats, parrots, horse and chickens.

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 ten 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 , a horse, 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. For more photos of 'La Couscouillette' as our country estate is called, and stories about our animals please click http://www.la-couscouillette.com. Golf at 25 minutes from the mills at Carcassonne nearby the famous Cite Medieval

Village Activities: The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer. 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 be 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.

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.

More Details

Details for Pointed Roof Mill 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Private to both mills heated Pool tiled (dolphin)! Large pool terrace for sunning, lounging and dining. Satellite BBC TV. Built in the 13th century, the first windmill in the South of France. Int. diameter about 4 meters and very comfortable. This mill has 3 floors and a pointed roof. Each floor is an open plan room. The wooden staircase built into the stone wall connects each floor to the next one. On request we can provide a kids stairgate, high chair, cot.Aside from the bathroom, on the first floor, there are no internal doors. Ground floor is the living area and kitchen combined. Kitchen fully fitted and includes dish washer, cooker with oven and electric spit and grill. First floor: bathroom, WC, washbasin and shower tiled with tiny Italian tiles. Sleeping/sitting area has a comfortable double sofa bed. This floor makes a nice little sitting room. Top floor has two single beds, the pointed roof has a very unique atmosphere. Private gras tennis court, football goals, basket ball!

Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Margaret (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks english, french, dutch

About Margaret

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.

Margaret purchased this chateau / country house in 1977

Why Margaret chose Lezignan-Corbieres area

These Mills are extremely unique. Historically as well as beauty and comfort wise. Built during the Cathar Wars in 1260 the 'Couscouillette Mills' are described in a book researched at the turn of the last century by a Catholic Priest delving in ancient annals at a nearby Abbey, the book was recently republished, La Couscouillette fills a chapter.

But as well as the important history, the positioning of this domain, on top of a hill with beautiful views and surrounded by 10 acres of countryside, including our little vineyard is unbeatable. We put a complementary bottle of our own traditionally made red wine in your Mill for you. From Grenache Noir grapes in our small adjoining vineyard.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We adore La Couscouillette, the peace and quiet, the views, the gorgeous heated pool and sense of peace is just perfect.

Guestbook comments from the owner

29 Juli 2016-07-29

Liebe Margaret, lieber Allan,

ielen Dank fur die schone Zeit in der Spitzdachmuhle.

...hier sehr genieszen. Insbesonder die Zeit am Pool oder im Pool hat uns gut getan. ...Erfreut haben wir uns an dem kleinen Markt in Montlaur sowie dem tollen Konzert auf dem Marktplatz. Alles Gute fur die Zukunft wunschen Birgitte, Thomas und Jana
Jul 2016
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Reviews

4.9
based on 8 traveller reviews

Pointed Roof Mill
average rating of 4.875 based on 37 reviews
5

Like a paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had 11 wonderful days at the Pointed Roof Mill. Our hosts were extremly friendly as well as Willy, the sweet little dog, visiting us from time to time. The garden area is like a well kept park. The pool was of good relief, because the summerdays were of unusual heat. The mills are very extraordinary, a perfect place to stay, when your seeking quietness and a time off of your usual allday living.

We very much want to come back. Thanks a lot to Margret and Allan who by the way sell their own tasteful wine. And thanks as well for the eggs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review! So glad you enjoyed your stay in the Pointed Roof Mill. Look forward to having you here again!
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5

fantastic 3 weeks

  • 5 of 5

Three fantastic weeks for all of us (two adults and three little girls). Relaxing days at the pool, wonderful trips to the coastline, to wonderful villages, castles, and wineyards. Margaret and Allen, thank you very much.We would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy that you enjoyed the Pointed Roof Mill, the pool and the surroundings so much. It was great fun having you and your 3 gorgeous little girls here in the Couscouillette. Love to see you all again!
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York, North Yorkshire, UK
5

Great get away!

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location for a family holiday, children enjoyed the pool and the helping out with the animals. Accomodation had everything we needed. Carcassonne is a short drive away and certainly worth a visit. We had a great time and would certainly go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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lincolnshire, uk
5

Sloping Roof Windmill

  • 5 of 5

Two of us stayed for a very enjoyable week at the Sloping Roof Windmill in May. Owners on hand were helpful but discrete. Views from the site are breathtaking. The pool is immaculately maintained. The mill itself is `cosy` and had everything we needed - even fresh eggs on demand ! Not sure we would have liked it as much with 4 people in the mill, but for 2 it was fine. The road up to the mill is somewhat steep & `tight` and not for the faint-hearted but this added to the adventure of staying in a 13thC Windmill ! We lunched at a different restaurant each day in the area and never had a bad meal. All in all an excellent stay for us.

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

A place to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

When I found this rental online, the history and location sounded so appealing. After contacting the owner, and making the deposit, I was happily surprised at how easy it was to plan this trip. The owner sent me information on the windmills, the surrounding property and village, so we were well prepared and found the property quite easily.

Montlaur is located about half an hour from Carcassone, making it a central spot for touring the area by car. The windmills are perched on a hilltop over the small village and has the most fantastic views, especially sunsets.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we had rain and high winds for half of our stay in early May. However, that did not stop us from walking around the property which still maintains that natural rugged openness from years gone by.

The owners were most accommodating and made us feel very welcomed with fresh eggs and wine. The new pool was inviting (although not quite warm enough while we were there) and we did dangle our legs in the water and enjoyed the sun on the deck when it did make its appearance.

There are two lovely horses and two dogs which we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with. The horses are allowed a free run on their fenced area and it was thrilling to watch them and the neighbouring horses running along the hills.

The windmill itself was very quaint and cosy. There were four of us (two couples) sharing the mill which has the kitchen and dining area on the ground level. The kitchen had modern appliances and was stocked with every cooking utensil needed.

Climbing up the curved steps was a bit of a challenge especially with luggage, and I made sure to hold on to the bannister, so I wouldn't recommend this property to anyone with leg or back problems.

The bedrooms were very basic and tiny, but we expected that. There was one bathroom on the middle floor which was tiny but adequate with the most fascinating window and view! The double bed was a futon type and adequate. The top floor had two twin beds with very basic furnishings.

Overall, the property is ideal for a couple or a young family (not babies or toddlers though) or very close friends as there is a lot of space sharing! I personally liked the property but my husband found it a bit cramped. He admits if the weather had been better, he would have enjoyed it more. My girlfriend and I would like to return one day for a ladies week bringing our cameras to capture the breathtaking area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Erholung pur, Platz für Kinder, super freundlich

  • 5 of 5

Unsere Anreise am Samstag vor Pfingsten konnten wir Dank der guten Internetbetreuung durch Magaret perfekt planen. Schließlich waren am Sonntag und Montag die Geschäfte geschlossen. Bei der Ankunft erwartete uns Sonne pur, ein Vorgeschmack auf die kommenden Tage. Manchmal war es etwas stürmisch auf dem Mühlenberg, aber das konnte man sich ja schon denken. Wo baut man wohl eine Windmühle? Magaret und Allan haben die Freifläche mit vielen Bäumen bepflanzt, so dass man jederzeit einen windstillen Platz finden kann.

Wir hatten die "Pointed Roof Mill" angemietet, was für uns Drei (Mama, Papa und Sohn) sehr gut war, denn der Stauraum ist doch sehr begrenzt. So konnten wir das eine freie Bett unterm Dach als Ablagefläche mit benutzen. Unser Sohn nahm gleich den Dachbereich als sein Domizil in Beschlag und liebte es vom ersten Tag an. Wir waren in der Zwischenebene auch sehr zufrieden, denn das Klappbett ist sehr bequem.

Gegessen haben wir immer draußen. Jede Mühle hat schließlich seine eigene Terasse und wenn der Wind zu stark geweht hat, haben wir uns einfach einen anderen windstillen Ort gewählt.

Wer Tiere mag und keine Berührungsängste hat ist bei Margaret und Allan wirklich am richtigen Ort.

Jeden Morgen ist unser Sohn mit Allan unterwegs gewesen und hat die Tiere gefüttert, den Pool gesäubert und seine Englischkentnisse verbessern können. Im Gegenzug hat Allan geduldig all die deutschen Informationen versucht zu verarbeiten und wir haben manchesmal gemeinsam gelacht.

Der Poolbereich bietet für jeden den richtigen Platz. Sonnenhungrige wie schattenliebende können es sich jederzeit gut gehen lassen.

Und auch wenn die zweite Mühle bewohnt ist, hat es sich gezeigt, dass jeder genügend Freiraum hat um sich entspannen zu können.

Wenn wir erschöpft von einem Ausflug am Abend zurückgekommen sind, war die Erfrischung im Pool ein absolutes MUSS.

Der Tennisplatz ist wirklich holprig, so wie es auch beschrieben ist. Wir haben trotzdem oft gespielt und herzhaft gelacht über die komischsten Situationen die sich ergeben haben. Außerdem haben wir Fußball, Basketball und Boule auf diesem Platz gespielt. Genug Bewegung für alle.

Für unseren Sohn war das beste Ferienerlebnis jedoch, dass Allan mit ihm gemeinsam ein neues Zugangstor zur Koppel von Dumpy gebaut hat.

Das Fazit zu diesem Urlaub ist: "Wir waren super erholt, haben wirklich nette und liebevolle Menschen kennengelernt und können "La Cascouilette" jederzeit weiter empfehlen".

Dank an Magaret und Allan

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Manuela, Stefan and Luca for your very appreciative comments. We're happy that you had such a nice time here and that Luca enjoyed building the gate to Tempie with Allan. The Pointed Roof Mill is indeed fantastic and very special as well as comfortable. The pool is as you mention essential for a perfect day in the heat. Thanks again and hope to see you here before too long!
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne Airport
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

On Google Maps at

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.1174041,2.5562819,1712a,20y,354.73h,43.95t/data=!3m1!1e3

The windmills overlook a small village in the Languedoc. Shops at just a few minutes walk, yet as the mills are at the edge of the village they are very private and peaceful. Surrounded by fabulous unspoilt countryside and vineyards they are part of our exclusive country estate. We put a complementary bottle of our own traditionally made red wine in your Mill for you. From Grenache Noir grapes in our small adjoining vineyard.The domain with the mills in it has 10 acres of own grounds, seamlessly joining the 'garrigue' for superb nature hikes. Drive in just over half an hour, (35 km) to Narbonne's sandy, Mediterranean beaches. Situated between the Roman town of Narbonne and Carcassonne, with its Medieval Cité at just half an hour. Carcassonne Airport with Ryan Air flights at 25 minutes.

Water Park at Carcassonne, 30 minutes drive. Parc Aquaviva.

Flights to Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany. From Beziers (75 minutes) to Bristol and Luton as well as Stockholm, Oslo and Dusseldorf.

. Flights to Gerona (2h drive) and Marseille (3h drive), to many destinations. From end March 2010 Ryan Air adds Leeds to Carcassonne.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Montlaur, France

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
May
13 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$731
 
 
June
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$803
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,218
 
 
August
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,505
 
 
September
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$860
 
 
October
30 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$731
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A$717
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$215

Prices Frozen!
Arrival from 14.00, preferably before 17.00, please let us know.
Departure by 10 in the morning.
Changeover day flexible out of season, Saturday in season.

Payment in Euros, or £ sterling, please enquire.

Very interesting rates for more than 1 week.
A deposit of 25% (non refundable) is required to reserve the mill. The remainder to be paid 8 weeks before arrival.

Obligatory €15 per person extra for linen and towels.

Security deposit of €150 to be paid cash on arrival, completely refundable if mill is left as found

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Montlaur, France

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 sofa bed/futon , very comfortable luxurious double bed, can be left open
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
  • This mill has an inner diameter of 4 m, but feels more roomy, due to the open plan style, the only doors are on the bathroom area. There are 3 levels. Two levels are for sleeping. So there are sleeping 'areas' on the various floors, rather than individual bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Ideal for a family holiday. Warm pool due to solar heating panels. Private, tiled (dolphin) shared only with the other mill. Large pool terrace for dining, sunning and lounging. Grass tennis court, football gaols for kids, basket ball!. Barbecue Small kids enjoy the paddling pool, push car, tree house and swing. The horses, dogs, cats, parrots and chickens provide a lot of excitement. BBC satellite Free to Air TV. The windmill has great historical interest, dating back to Cathar times. Small, but charming. The setting is very unique, 10 acres of gorgeous Languedoc hills. Our vineyard worked biologically produces our delicious wine. The air is one of the cleanest in Europe, free of industrial pollution, fragrant with lavender and thyme. Please smoke outside. Kitchen well appointed with gas cooker, electric spit, oven and grill. Horse, Temps, dogs, Coton de Tulear, Fifi and William. Parrots, Cookie and Sugar as well as cat, Samson and chickens (some of whom retired)