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3 charming stone houses with large heated pool in 6 ac of beautiful grounds - Grange - pretty house with all comforts and secluded terrace

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

Description

Grange - pretty house with all comforts and secluded terrace

A former farm out-building, the Grange is the closest to the Pool and boasts two double bedrooms and a shower room on the ground floor all with underfloor heating. The open plan lounge and kitchen with electric heating are on the first floor with patio doors leading to the private terrace.

The bedrooms consist each of a large double bed (1.80m x 2m), two bedside tables and a wardrobe. The windows overlook the grounds.

The shower room contains his and her washbasins, a large shower with pebble floor, toilet and washing machine.

The living area is furnished with comfortable sofas, a coffee table as well as TV and CD player.

The kitchen is fully equipped with table and chairs, cooker, fridge, dishwasher, sink, microwave, kettle, toaster, Senseo coffee machine, ample cooking equipment etc.

The walled terrace is equipped with garden furniture and a gas barbecue.

The Grange is suitable for long winter lets.

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About the property

FR483 Domaine du Moulin

The Owners, David and Ariane, invite you to enjoy the charm of our Domaine du Moulin, which dates back to around 1800. The Domaine, its four Gîtes and the large heated swimming pool are located close to Limoux in a picturesque valley. Set in over two hectares (6 acres) of secluded grounds the Domaine enjoys splendid views of the medieval hill-top village of Roquetaillade and surrounding hills. Only 30 minutes from Carcassonne and its airport and about an hour from Toulouse, it is ideally placed to explore the Cathare castles, the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea and the most productive wine region in the world - or just relax by the swimming pool and take in the views.

Please visit our WEBSITE for more photos of the property, region and activities. Click on the FACILITIES tab and scroll down. The address is below NOTES.

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Owner
Ariane Summa-Duncan
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
15 November, 2017

About Ariane Summa-Duncan

In 2003 my husband (English) and I (German) decided that it was time to become a bit adventurous and also find a sunnier place to live. For our daughter it was good timing too because she was 4 years old and about to start primary school.

David, a former electronic engineer/project manager, is now a self-employed builder and I, a former marketing manager, run the gites and offer relocation services including home search, administrative help and project management.

Ariane Summa-Duncan purchased this house in 2003

Why Ariane Summa-Duncan chose Roquetaillade

Why France?

For various reasons we came to the conclusion that leaving Europe was not for us and amongst all other European countries France seemed to tick most of our boxes.

In England we had an average house with a 100 foot garden and a huge mortgage. Here we have a beautiful house with 6 acres of wild and romantic land and no mortgage.

As many others we first looked at Provence but found it too expensive and crowded. Instead we found the "Provence for the poor people". Here in the Languedoc we also have skiable mountains, the sea, attractive cities and beautiful countryside. Our property is centrally located one hour to mountains, to the sea or to Toulouse.

What makes this house unique

All year round there is something else beautiful to see or do like poppies and wild orchids in spring, 7 months of the year swimming in the pool, the changing colours of the vines in autumn, skiing in the winter, good restaurants, many sporting activities are on offer such as hiking, cycling, golf, horse riding, canoeing... We are centrally placed for all the tourist sites of our region including 2 world heritage sites i.e. the fortress of Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi.

Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
La Corneilla
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Limoux
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A 61
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La Corneilla
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Narbonne
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The coast around Narbonne is about an hours drive away. There are many long sandy beaches along the coast.

Travel:

Carcassonne Airport (30 min, served by Ryanair only)

Girona Airport near the Spanish border (2.5 hours)

Toulouse International Airport (1.25 hours)

Perpignan Regional Airport (1.5 hours)

Bezier (1.5 hours)

Montpellier Airport (2 hours)

Car is necessary. GPS N 43.00170, E 2.20382.

Distances:

Limoux (10,000 inhabitants) is 8 minutes away and boasts a nice central square, supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

Cultural highlights:

Roquetaillade, situated in the heart of the Limoux wine region and surrounded by mountainous terrain, is an unspoiled medieval hill-top village with pretty narrow streets and almost all houses made of local stone. From the church, which is one of the highest points of the village, you can enjoy far reaching views over the vineyards with the Domaine du Moulin nesting near the bottom of the valley.

Limoux

is famed for its excellent sparkling wine "Blanquette de Limoux“ which is produced using the Champagne process. Cooking fans should earmark Fridays, the market day, with many delicious local products on sale. Limoux also has a good range of shops and restaurants.

Carcassonne

is famous for its beautiful medieval fortress 'La Cité', which is a World Heritage site. This fantastic castle inspired Walt Disney and was used in many films including Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood". Inside La Cité there are many medieval buildings but sadly most of them are now shops or restaurants. The least spoiled are the perimeter walls and indeed worth a tour with its views over Carcassonne and the countryside.

The Canal du Midi

another World Heritage site, is nearby and you can enjoy boating, cycling or walking along it.

Toulouse

With its cathedral and many more historic sites Toulouse has a very pretty city centre with beautiful parks, flea markets and designer shops. So nice that you could get carried away and not have enough money left to try one of the many inviting restaurants. On the outskirts of Toulouse is the famous Space Museum - entertainment and education for budding astronauts of all ages.

Narbonne

the ancient maritime centre with its Archbishop’s Palace is a jewel to be discovered buried amongst the holiday resorts of this coastal area.

Mirepoix

with its wooden arcades on the main square dating back to the 13th century invite you to sit down and enjoy the medieval atmosphere.

Some of the villages not to be missed:

Minerve – a small village on a peninsula in a deep cut river with 2 gigantic washed out tunnels in the river bed.

Alet-les-Bains, a medieval walled village and Rennes-le-Chateau, famous for its mysterious vicar and the still not found Templer treasure.

Bages and Gruissan – the most romantic villages close to Narbonne.

Collioure - a beautifully preserved former fishing village with three bays, a castle, wind mill and narrow roads with colourful old houses.

Montagne la Clape – just beautiful rugged landscape, rocks and vineyards.

Cathar castles

Most of them occupying spectacular sites perched high on top of rocky mountains with breathtaking views, give testimony of the force of this medieval religious sect. Peyrepertuse is the biggest and Lastours the most stunning of the castles.

Gorges and caves

There are many to explore in the Languedoc. One of the most impressive of the gorges is the 'Gorges de Galamus' with the rugged road carved out of the rock. Near one end of this narrow gorge there is a small hermitage precariously clinging onto the steep cliff.

Prehistoric Aude

This area of Aude is rich in prehistoric fossils. In Espéraza is an excellent Dinosaur Museum (next to the Hat Museum) where you can see many fossils and reconstructions of local finds. There are often school trips organised to look for fossils in the disused quarry next to Domaine du Moulin.

Grotte de Niaux

is said to have the best prehistoric paintings after the Grotte de Lascaux and the Prehistoric Parc nearby illustrates the practicalities of prehistoric life to small and grown up children in a beautifully landscaped parc.

Wine tasting

Languedoc-Roussillon is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production. Adopting New World techniques, there are some splendid wines to be found in this area. If wine is your thing, then a little homework before your visit will pay dividends, as there is so much to choose from and never enough time.

Sports

For the more energetic amongst you there are many exciting activities and sports available in the area. Below is a list of some of them...

Golf

Canoeing, White Water Rafting & Canyoning

Walking in the Hills & Mountains

Scenic horse riding

Adventure playgrounds

Karting

Caving

Available Rentals

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Notes

Booking Notes:
Should you pay by credit card, I charge an additional 3 %, due on arrival.
Unless you paid by credit card, a damage deposit of 200 euros is required on arrival and will be reimbursed at the end of your stay - we will accept sterling for this deposit.
The deposit paid is not refundable. There is also no refund possible after the payment of the second instalment 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Changeover Day:
Arrival Saturday after 4 pm, departure Saturday by 10 am in July and August. Outside the main season arr/dep days are flexible.

Notes on prices:
Outside the main season of July and August prices for the Grange are based on 2 people renting. For 3-4 people the rent increases by 100E per week.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Grange - pretty house with all comforts and secluded terracein Roquetaillade in Aude

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 basins, pebbled walk-in shower, toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Bed linen and towels are supplied and changed weekly. Baby equipment available ie. cot. Please advise at booking. Internet access is provided via a wireless network. Please see our website for further details, pictures and directions. Outside: The swimming pool with a set of Roman steps measures 11 x 6m. Each gite has its own terrace and gas fired BBQ. There is a children's play area in sight of the pool.

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5

Very comfortable gite in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped with everything needed for a lovely holiday. The gas BBQ on the terrace was great to use on sunny evenings. The pool looked nice but unfortunately the weather wasn't nice enough when we were there for us to use it (May 1st-6th). A car is essential and it takes about 8-10 minutes to get into the nearest town of Limoux where there are plenty of shops. There are loads of interesting sites to see in the area although some travelling is needed.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Great place for vacation

  • 4 of 5

The desciption and pictures of the Grange and facilities are accurate. The house was sufficiently spacious for a family of 4, with a nice combined kitchen and living room. Outsite terrace is in reality bigger and nicer than it seems on the pictures. Everything in the house was spotless clean. If anything, we perhaps missed a littlebit the morning sun (no big deal).

Ariane was very kind, and keen on making sure we had a good time, and had good recommendations where to go and where not to. Besides enjoying the landscape and views, the very nice pool, and the quiet and calm local athmosphere, we went to Chateau Pereypertuse and Gorges de Galamus (Impresive nature), market in Esperaza (A gem), Carcassone (Impressive), Narbonne (Beautiful cathedral), The Mediterranian (well, it's a lot of water...) Toulouse (Good shopping in the center), market in Limoux (ok). We would recommend a stay here to anyone who enjoys being a bit away from the turistic "noise" while still being close to marvellous nature, culture, good food & wine, and interesting history.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful idyll under the stars

  • 5 of 5

Originally we booked the Gite to have a base from which to explore the area but we were bowled over by the beauty of the area and, especially, the hospitality of our hosts. The house itself is really well equipped and really comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Great, family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Great little house in a fantastic setting; so peaceful and relaxing. Everything was there that we needed and it was presented really well. The area is great too, so much to do - we could have done with another week!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely pool!

  • 4 of 5

Set in natural surroundings, this is a very clean and comfortable gite. Ariane could not have been more friendly and helpful, and the pool was a delight on sunny and hot days. We travelled far and near, re-visiting old haunts and discovering new places, and were always happy to return to our private terrace to eat supper al-fresco. We would certainly recommend The Grange.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely Tranquil Setting

  • 5 of 5

I can highly recommend a stay here. Loved every minute from the well equiped house, pool, terrace and grounds.

Light, airy and a pleasure to stay there and hopefully will return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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