13th CENTURY STONE WINDMILL
'POINTED ROOF MILL'
Welcome to La Couscouillette
Mentioned in Times Online August 12, 2009 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'. ....
click here for Romantic Sloping Roof Mill
in a Languedoc Domain
Situated in a small village between Carcassonne and Narbonne, which predates Roman Times
sun soaked Mediterranean beaches at about half an hour's drive
Carcassonne Airport with Ryan Air flights to at 25 minutes drive from the mill. Direct flights to London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany. From end March 2010 Ryan Air adds Leeds to Carcassonne.
From Beziers (75 minutes drive) direct connection to Bristol and Luton with Ryan Air.
Ryan Air flights to Barcelona (actually Gerona at 2 hours drive) and Marseille (3 hours drive), to many destination all over UK and Europe.
for a video of the interior and surroundings of the mill please click here dolphin pool, mills just visible behind trees
large solar panel heated POOL 9.50m by 4m
up to air temperature!
The pool is a fantastic experience with its warm water! Up to air temperature thanks to solar panel heating. Luxurious tiled pool with underwater lighting, private for the mills. Saline electrolysis system instead of chlorine tablets! More comfortable for skin and eyes. Large terrace for magic evenings dining and sipping drinks by the pool.
Downstairs in the Pointed Roof Mill
First Floor Pointed Roof Mill
luxurious, very comfortable double bed/settee
Top Floor Pointed Mill
Two Single Beds
Superb for Family Holidays
Private Grass Tennis Court
Tree House for KidsFootball GoalsBasket Ball
Baby Paddling Pool
underwater lighting for ultra luxurious evening enjoyment
Superb private grass tennis court, just for the Couscouillette, bring your own or borrow our tennis rackets.On the tennis court; 2 football goals and basket ball for juniors!
Children love the little red car, bike, the paddling pool, Woody hut, tennis, football, basket ball and the swing. It is small, but feels roomy and has an incredible ambiance.
The mill has been beautifully restored in open-plan style.English satellite tv, dvd. Kitchen well appointed with brand new luxurious cooker with an electric spit in the oven and dishwasher. Washing machine, microwave etc. Bathroom and w.c. luxuriously tiled, with shower.
The mill sleeps 4. The mill is one of two 13th century windmills standing side by side, this description applies to the pointed- roof mill. The other mill has now also been restored and is called the 'Sloping Roof Mill'.
The thick walls are made of natural stone. It 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.We provide sheets, towels etc €15 or £10 per person per stay (however long).As well as pillows and duvets. On the top level, under the eaves, you have a lovely plastered ceiling and visible beams. Here are 2 one person beds. There are no doors on the various areas except for the bathroom, the mill is completely open-plan. So there are sleeping 'areas' on the various floors, rather than individual bedrooms.
The sofa bed is on the first level (up one flight of stairs). It produces a very comfortable double bed. Leave as a bed, or, fold and turn into a sofa. Then, this floor could be used as a charming extra sitting room.
You have your own personal terrace, as well as various other dining places in the gardens. Garden furniture is provided.
your private terrace
Great For Kids, Push Car, Swing, Paddling Pool, Woody Hut (with William looking out)
private grass tennis court
(not Wimbledon of course)
The windmills date from the Cathar period (1266) and are probably the first windmills in the South of France.* The historic interest of this property is well documented in an ancient book in which an entire chapter is dedicated to La Couscouillette. The period is important in the history of France.
The two mills, and maybe part of the house were built in the 13th cent. by Simon de Melun, one of the Northern conquerors of the South of France. He had them built so the villagers would no longer have to grind their corn and maize manually and individually. The windmills were new to France then, only watermills were well known.
It is said that Simon de Melun, well known in the history of France, brought the knowledge of the East concerning windmills (Crusades) to the S. of France. He purchased a piece of land called 'La Couscouilede' (the name of the hill) to build the mills on.
Aerial photo of La Couscouillette taken years ago, the 1000 trees we planted from 1977 on are now fully grown.
In the 14th cent. the windmills were destroyed, probably by the 'Black Prince' who had also burned down the town of Beziers, killing 20.000 people.
In the 16th cent. the Comte de Malacoste acquired 'rights on the wind' from the French king. He restored the two mills and became rich due to his monopoly position on the grinding of corn. After that he was given his title by the king. In those days farmers lived mainly from growing corn, not grapes.
Over the centuries the house was constantly changed and extended. Millers lived here up to the beginning of the 20th century. Around 1930 grinding the corn was no longer economically interesting. A shepherd moved into the house and mills with 300 sheep. He left around 1950 and the house stood empty, falling to ruin till we bought it in '77. click to see how we renovated the mills
Situated on a hill, private, yet at the edge of a small village in Aude, in 10 acres of private terrain, with magnificent views in all directions.
some of the grounds in the domain
view from the mill over the valley
Our two Camargue horses used to roam the beautiful 'garrigue' with wild lavender and thyme, olive trees and other Mediterranean vegetation. The ancient millers' house where we live, is right next to the mill.
The 10 acres surrounding the house and mills include our own little vineyard where we grow the 'grenache noir' grapes and make our own wine the old fashioned, artisinal way. It is actually greatly appreciated by our professional viticulteur friends in the village. Just for ourselves unless we had a really good harvest. If we have enough we'll give you a bottle of our 'AMC' , (Ancien Moulin de la Couscouillette).
nearby river at Ribaute
As we have dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and parrots, though we adore animals you will not be able to bring yours. Our tiny dogs, Angie, Lollie and little William, all 3 Coton de Tulears will welcome you to our grounds. Lollie is shy, Angie, very sociable. William is now 16 years old!
Extremely peaceful unpolluted setting unspoilt by tourism, with a timeless French countryside ambiance. Just perfect for vacation rentals.Beautiful countryside all around the house, with marked hiking routes. The region is rich in historical sites and gastronomic opportunities. Mediterranean climate with around 10 hours of sun per day in July. The area can be windy, but the 1000 trees we planted decades ago give great protection. The medieval walled city of Carcassonne is reached in 25 minutes, Narbonne is half an hour away. Spain and the Pyrenees in just over an hour. 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.
The small wine producing village has a essential shops, a small supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, butcher and post office. The village organises walks, excursions and village open air dances during the summer. Horses can be rented locally for riding. Ours are not suitable for riding; they have trained us expertly to just produce their breakfast, their dinner, their shelter, their freedom and never do a day's work! The village is in-between Carcassonne and Narbonne. The Mediterranean beaches are reached in 35 minutes. At Gruissan, near Narbonne, you can windsurf in the salty Lake of Mateille, an 'etang.
Nearest international airport: Carcassonne Airport at 25 kilometres Ryan Air flights direct to London (Stansted), Bournemouth, East Midlands, Liverpool, Brussels (Charleroi) Also flights from Bristol to Cap d'Agde, called 'Beziers' by Ryan Air at 60 km and many flights to Gerona, called 'Barcelona' by Ryan Air at 200 km
Nearest beach: 35 kilometres
Nearest railway station: Carcassonne at 25 kilometres
Nearest motorway junction: Carcassonne at 20 kilometres
Sept 2011 This was our 2nd time in the mill and we enjoyed it as much as the first one! Thank you for everything... Stay as you are, our best wishes and at some point we'll sure meet again! Hugs, Stefan, Kirsten, Lynn and Nik (new).
August 2011 Nous avons passé deux semaines tres agréables dans ce moulin tres bien équipé. Vous avez été des hotes sypathiques et discrets. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié le calme de cet endroit ainsi que la piscine chaffée , et sans chlore. Vos amis 'les betes' ont tous été des compagnons attachants durant ce séjour. Mille mercis.Christine, Michael, Agathe 15 + Nathan 11
August 2011 Dear Margaret & Allan, thank you for the great time here. This place is so beautiful (the pool is so good for us kids). We made lots of trips and had a really nice time. Fam Oelerich
July 2011Gorgeous and Unique Wee Place to Stay We've had a wonderful 2 weeks here at the Pointed Roof Mill. The views we woke up to every day were amazing. What a beautiful, peaceful and stunning base from which to explore the surrounding area….and beyond!….What a holiday! Thanks again so much, Jo, Steve, Katie & Max (Scotland)
June 2011 What can we write that is not already written in this 'Livre d'Or. You know that you have created a very special place for you and for your guests. And forunately, you are very special hosts, too. Take good care of your part of paradise, of yourselves and your animals, (especially 'Lady Fifi' and 'Sir William'). Thank you for all you've done for us. Inge, Stefan, Felix and Philipp.
April 2011 We have enjoyed our week here very much. Sad to leave but we must move on. You have a great lifestyle here. I will miss Temps as will Sienna. Thanks for your hospitality J Tony, Sienna & Hannah
October 2010 Dear Margaret and Allan, thanks for the fabulous week at the windmill! We enjoyed every moment we spent here. This area is so beautiful that it's beyond imagination. Roads of Finland will feel boring after driving in Aude, that's for sure :-). Hugs for the 'Hollywood Horse' Temps from us, he also will be missed,…We Will Be Back! Love, Satu & Samu from Finland
Sept '10 Thanks very much to Margaret & Allan for being so welcoming and making our stay so enjoyable. We've had a wonderful time, and Freddie (2) really enjoyed being able to roam here and his swimming has improved so much. Most of all he has enjoyed hurtling down the hill in his little red car! We couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay, hopefully we'll be back soon! David, Helen & Freddie
August/Sept '10 Two fabulous weeks in a delightful part of France. We've had a great time exploring and sightseeing….extended meals…range and quality of meals we don't experience at home. We need to thank Margaret and Allan for being so welcoming and helpful ..warm and sensible during our stay. Julie has quite fallen for Fifi …we have thoroughly enjoyed our time up on the hill … and hope to return. Stephen, Julie + Tamson London, England
August '10 As a fabulous week draws to a close, we are regretting not booking for two weeks! The mill is lovely and we have enjoyed Margaret and Allan's generous hospitality. Caves, castles, Lagrasse, coffee, cheese and wine have filled our days & not forgetting the bella pool, we all had such fun splashing around in the water and our daughters are now fearless if not slightly overconfident 'swimmers'… Thanks so much for having us, Ian, Bridget, Eleona (5) and Phoebe (3).
August '10 There is such attention to detail here in this beautiful and spell binding property…. Our children - Isaac and Finn - will remember the tennis, football, feeding the horse… for many years to come….As for the adults we will remember the combination of history, geography and wine, but most of all our children never wanting to leave….! Sam and Grant
July '10 Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful. It's our last night but we want to stay forever!! We love the different 'moods' around the garden; fun in the pool, breakfast on the terrace, a glass of wine and book on the summer seat and BBQ's. ...adored the chickens, William & Fifi (dogs), African parrots, Temps (horse) is my favourite friend. This has been a magical place for our family holiday. Special thanks to Allan for being so good to our boys. I'm not sure how we get back to real life after this??? Cold Belfast, here we come. PS. the tennis court has a better view than Wimbledon :-)
June '10 ...sad to leave. ..we appreciated your sense of details. We instantly fell in love with the mills and everything around...we'll see you next year! Kirsten, Stefan + Lynn (3)
April '10 thank you for a delightful stay. ...your hom is set in a beautiful area ...enjoyed ealks through wild and rugged countryside. ...children loved the pool and adore your animals..we all enjoyed a stimulating and relaxing holiday here...Matthew, Vanessa, Lauren (9) and Alexia (6)
October '09 Thank you for 10 wonderful days. Our girls love the horses and the pool. The view is great. ...Our girls don't want to go home..We will come back...Vera, Paula, Greta
August '09 Thank you for a truly 'get away from it all break. What a fantastic location, the mill had everything we needed....Our favouirite place - the saline pool so clean, fresh, with lovely views and soooo peaceful. Angela, Phil, Robin and Sam
July '09 ..Prachtige molen in fantastische omgeving. We hebben een geweldige week gehad...Berry en Gabriella....we hebben veel plezier gehad in het zwembad en zijn een beetje verdrietig dat we weggaan..Oscar en Maya
July '09...our stay here was very special. ..so many places to go and so much to do. ..Your pool is fab and we love the freedom we have to enjoy the garden and surrounding area...Kay, Nigel and Adam
June '09 ...wonderful holiday here, what a lovely place.. pool and lovely evenings outdoors. We will certainly be back.
June '09 ...fantastic garden, sun.... Wherever we look there's beauty! This was the first trip with our 8-month old and he has been thrilled about Fifi & William, horses, chickens, lovely pool and nice swing..Hanna, Mikael, Otto
May '09 ..it was simply wonderful! ..Our son (19) loved your great pool and couldn't get enough of it...Thomas, Katja, Moritz & Jannik.
where we live and who we are
by Pierre Cabirol, curé 1926
history of the village of Montlaur
Allan & Margaret's pool
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