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.
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.
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful idyll under the stars
About the Owner
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 Limoux area
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.
50% deposit to secure a reservation, the balance 6 weeks prior to arrival. No refund possible after the final payment.
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.
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.
(11 traveller reviews)
Great place for vacation
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.
Beautiful idyll under the stars
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.
Great, family holiday!
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!
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.
Lovely Tranquil Setting
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.
My husband and I had a lovely stay at The Grange. The owners met us when we arrived and were very pleasant and informative about the property and facilities. The gite was well maintained and spotless, very comfortable and well equiped. It was in a great location, rural and quiet, dark skies for stargazing and quite roads for running or walking. The local village on the hill was picturesque. It was a good base for exploring the cather castles and the unesco world heritage sites of Carcasonne and the midi canal( car neeeded). We had a relaxing few days break and enjoyed our evening meal and glass of local wine on the patio. I would definatley recommend a stay at this gite, it is suitable for couples or family(2 bedroom). Lovely pool just behind the gite.
From the Owner
“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.”
Activity and Interests
The coast around Narbonne is about an hours drive away. There are many long sandy beaches along the coast.
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.
Limoux (10,000 inhabitants) is 8 minutes away and boasts a nice central square, supermarkets, shops and restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the ancient maritime centre with its Archbishop’s Palace is a jewel to be discovered buried amongst the holiday resorts of this coastal area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Canoeing, White Water Rafting & Canyoning
Walking in the Hills & Mountains
Scenic horse riding
From the Owner
“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.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- winery tours
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- whitewater rafting
- 70 m²
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 basins, pebbled walk-in shower, toilet
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- 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.