13th CENTURY STONE WINDMILL
'SLOPING ROOF MILL'
at about half an hour's drive from the Med beaches
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 Pointed Roof Mill
Welcome to La Couscouillette
Really Romantic Sloping Roof Mill
for a video of interior, pool and grounds click here
large heated POOL 9.50m by 4m gorgeous terrace warm solar panel heated pool up to air temperature! underwater lighting for your romantic evenings sipping and dining by the pool
The pool is a fantastic experience with its warm water! Thanks to solar panel heating. Luxurious tiled pool with underwater lighting, private for the mills. Available from June till September. 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.
The Sloping Roof Mill has it all, luxury, calm, gorgeous romantic sultry nights. Sunsets you'll never forget!
your own personal terrace in beautiful grounds
Sleeps 4 persons
in a Languedoc Domain
'Domain de la Couscouillette'
Entrance to the Sloping Roof Mill
Superb private grass tennis court, just for the Couscouillette, bring your own or borrow our tennis rackets.On the tennis court; 2 football goals for juniors as well as basket ball!
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.
Private Grass Tennis Court, Basket Ball, Baby Paddling Pool, Tree House for Kids, Football Goals
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 about 2 hours drive) and Marseille (about 3 hours drive), to many destination all over UK and Europe.
Inside the Sloping Roof Mill
downstairs in the mill
your own personal terrace
Amenities Sloping Roof Mill
The sloping roof mill, has been completely renovated in 2003. Its sloping roof is very typical of regional Languedoc windmills. It was built in the 13th century together with its twin mill and both are described by a historian as possibly the first windmills in the South of France. * It is small (int. diameter about 4.5 meters) and very comfortable. Actually its diameter is slightly greater than its twin mill (which we call the pointed roof mill )The thick walls are made of natural stone. It has an inner diameter of 4.5 m, but feels more roomy, due to the open plan style, the only doors are on the bathroom area. So there are 'sleeping areas' on the two floors, rather than individual bedrooms.
Fantastic luxurious pool with warm water (solar panels), underwater lighting, private for the mills. Saline electrolysis system instead of chlorine tablets! More comfortable for eyes and skin. Available from April till October. Large terrace for magic evenings dining and sipping drinks by the pool.
There are two floors, a decorative beech and wrought iron spiral staircase leads up to the top floor. Downstairs there is a gorgeous, Louis Philippe style sofa bed which converts to a comfortable double bed. An ancient French country style cupboard adds a regional flavour.
Kitchen equipment includes cooker with an electric spit in the oven, dishwasher, micro-wave, washing machine, fridge, coffee machine, double sink. English satellite tv, dvd. For DVD please tell us you would like the DVD box and we'll set it up for you. The solar heated pool is shared by occupants of both mills (the sloping roof mill and the pointed roof mill).
The sleeping area upstairs has two single decorative black and brass beds. There are built-in wardrobes. The bathroom, beautifully tiled (shower) has new appliances; washbasin, lavatory.Outside furniture includes deckchairs, outside dining furniture. You have your own personal terrace.
Woody Hut with William looking out
Private Tennis Court of the Mills of La Couscouillette
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.
Allan & Margaret's Private Pool
nearby river at ribaute
Our two Camargue horses used to roam the beautiful 'garrigue' with wild lavender and thyme, olive trees and other Mediterranean vegetation.
some of the grounds in the domain
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 enough for ourselves unfortunately!
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.
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. 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'.
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. Only the one on the photo above is available at the moment, however the second mill, beside it, should be ready for letting by April 2003, please email for further details.
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. They are available as vacation rentals.
aerial photo of La Couscouillette
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.
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
Around the Mills The ancient miller's house, where we live, is near the mills. The ten acres surrounding the house and mill includes our own little vineyard. As we have dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and parrots, though we adore animals you will not be able to bring yours. Our tiny dog, Fifi and little William, both Coton de Tulears will welcome you to our grounds.
The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer.
Horses can be rented locally for riding. Ours are not suitable, they have trained us expertly to just produce their breakfast, their dinner, their shelter, their freedom and never do a day's work!
Sightseeing, Historical, Gastronomic
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. 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.
Nearest international airport: Carcassonne Airport at 25 kilometres Ryan Air flights direct to London, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany.
Ryan Air flights to Gerona and Marseille, both about 2 hours drive, to many destination all over UK and Europe.
Nearest beach: 35 kilometres
Nearest railway station: Carcassonne at 25 kilometres
Nearest motorway junction: Carcassonne at 20 kilometres
October 2011We arrived tired from work and school! Now we are really relaxed. We enjoyed this small paradise, your kindness and support. Thanks for everything! Let's see when Lasse will grow up how we will manage it with 5 persons and four beds. There will be a solution. Lou and Mats especially enjoyed your farm and the big playground. Maren and Martin, Switzerland.
September 2011 What a unique and hospitable experience! As we trudge to work in the up and coming English winter, we will be cheered by the memories of our week at Sloping Roof Mill. Our morning runs up through the garrigue, the smell of the lavender and wild thyme; the views at the top and the eagle. Our cycle rides through the area, with the warm late summer sun on our backs. Your animals; always welcoming us back from a hot day of sight-seeing. But most of all your cheery and heart-felt welcome. Your advice and suggestions. Your tomatoes and fresh eggs. Hopefully an a bientot rather than au revoir. Bridie & Gary.
August 2011 Thanks for a beautiful week in the South of France. We enjoyed every day, especially the wonderful terrace with the view over the countryside and our two girls loved to feed the animals with Allan and they liked to assist Allan to feed Temps. Thank you for the fresh vegetables and the eggs. This is a great place to relax and dream. We also liked the pool, especially Katharina and Carlotte. .Many thanks and best wishes from Karl, Elvira, Katharina (9) and Carlotta (4) from Cologne.
August 2011 We will all remember our stay here at the Sloping Roof Mill. Freddie (6) for feeding the animals and learning to swim., Sid (8) for meeting Nathan from France in the mill next door and watching the stars. John for enjoying the heat and peace of the site and me for a very memorable 'tennis' match that was won through volleys.... Thanks to Allan and Margaret for being attentive and providing the lovely eggs, tomatoes and courgettes Regards Andrea, John, Sid + Fred. Bristol UK
August'11 We enjoyed our stay here very much -mainly nature, the villages, the two always hungry dogs William and Fifi and of course Temps, (horse), who likes carrots a lot. Here's a tip for the guests to come: In Lagrasse there's a salon du thé with amazing lunch (11.30 - 14.30) and the best chocolate cake we've ever eaten! 'La Petite Mison' 12 Boulevard de la Promenade Lagrasse. Open 8 - 18h. Thanks for the nice holiday! Sabine and Holger
June '11 Thanks a lot for the wonderful week we spent here at your mill. Roland, Heidi and Tabea. Ravensburg, Germany
Sept '10 This is our second holiday in the Sloping Roof Mill (and I hope won't be our last) The perfect place to relax and unwind with a good book or two, a glass of wine or a coffee and little else. Slow down, breathe deeply and let the magic of La Couscouillette take over. Nature surrounds you from the crickets & the butterflies to 'toad in the hole' & dragonflies. We even saw a wild boar out of the villag3e when returning froma meanl! The new pool is a great joy and Tracy made ample use of it. Thanks for a great holiday, Robin & Tracy, Holmforth, West Yorkshire
August/Sept '10 Thank you for this beautiful week! Eva, Sophia, Vincent, Tibor Bondorf, Germany
August '10 Ravis de cet endroit, acceueillis avec gentillesse et captés par le paysage sauvage des Corbieres (a ne pas omettre les vins bien sec) nous repartons avec pleins de souvenirs inoubliable. Merci et a bien tot, Thomas, Claudia, Jona. (Germany)
Enthralled by this place, welcomed warmly and captivated by the wild countryside of the Corbieres (not to mention the dry wines) we leave with lots of unforgettable memories. Thanks and see you soon, Thomas, Claudia, Jona. (Germany)
July '10 Thank you for the good time in the mill. I hope to come back. I liked the grounds and you...thank you!!! your Julian from Germany (9 years old) ...un lieu pittoresque qui aide a recuperer ses forces. Merci poour l'accueil chaleureux, Renate, Harald, Julian et Jede (Switzerland)
April '10 Wer hand wunderschoni Oschtere verbracht,..unglaubli Spass. (Swissgerman) Roger & Manuela
Oct '09 thank you for the good time in the mill. My parents and I enjoyed the beautiful view of the romantic sitting place. I liked to jump in the pool and sea and to play soccer with my dad on the tennis court. Tom
September '09 Thank you for a great time in your mill and for the hospitality. We really enjoyed the stay...So much to see... Carcassonne.. real magical place, Narbonne, Montpellier, canal du Midi, Nimes.. .hope to come back soon. 'Der Sachse liebt das Reisen sehr' and especially to the Sloping Roof Mill. Katja and Hagen,
August '09 We loved your charming windmills almost as much as our five year old Matilda...She loved the animals and helping with them. Learned to snorkel in the beautiful pool and having the freedom to roam in such a safe environment. The mill has everything a family could need and is superbly equipped. Recommendation.. chill out, you don't need to go anywhere! However, Carcassonne, restaurants, Perpignan and Narbonne and beach at St Pierre.. The Allens.
August 2009 A lovely spot in which to relax - have enjoyed watching the stars..! Pool fantastic...the Harfords
July 2009 An absolutely great place to relax! Tatjana and Natacha enjoyed the pool like two little dolphins. The landscape around is beautiful, wild, romantic, 'spicy' as we like it. All the small villages around, the gorges, Cathar castles (specially Queribus, Lagrasse with its abbey. We would like to see more.. maybe next year. Ursula, Patrick and the girls.
June 2009 Thank you for the wonderful time in this lovely place. We wnjoyed the house, the terrace and - of course- the pool. ..found more interesting places around from Carcassonne to Montsegur and also the Minerve. Annabella and Alex
June 2009 Wonderfully relaxing week - the perfect antedote to the rat race in the UK... we've enjoyed our stay immensely..David and Louise
May 2009 Thank you so much for a lovely holiday, so relaxing up here away from it all!...We have all loved the pool and relaxing in these beautiful surroundings we hope to see you again. Richard, Angela, Gregory and Lottie
by Pierre Cabirol, curé 1926
history of the village of Montlaur
click here for other Mill