Maison Cyprès - delightful farmhouse with very cosy, roofed terrace
Maison Cyprès offers luxurious accommodation on two floors.
The lounge/dining room is equipped with a mix of antique and mordern high quality furniture, a flat screen TV and fire place. Large patio doors lead to both private terraces.
The kitchen offers a breakfast bar, four ring induction hob, oven, large fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, dish washer, washing machine and ample kitchen utensils.
The bathroom comprises of a corner bath, pebbled walk-in shower, two bassins and a toilet. There also is a separate toilet accessible from the hall.
There is one double bedroom and one twin bedroom both with large, comfy beds.
The covered terrace is equipped with a VERY cosy outdoor lounge boasting stunning views on the hilltop village of Roquetaillade with its 1000-year old castle and our pond filled with Koi carp and gold fish. There also is a separate dining table and a gas barbeque.
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.
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Top Traveller Review
Extremely comfortable with excellent facilities
Glad you enjoyed the equipment in Maison Cypres. All our holiday homes are similarly equipped to a high standard.
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 farmhouse 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 farmhouse 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 Maison du Cypres are based on 2 people renting. For 3-4 people the rent increases by 150E per week.
(7 traveller reviews)
Extremely comfortable with excellent facilities
The owners of the property are friendly and were very eager to ensure we had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. The house is very comfortable and as it is a family home it is extremely well equiped through out. There is a very pleasant shaded comfortable area in which to relax and an excellent pool. I would fully recommend this house. It is well situated to visit many nearby places of interest including Carcassonnne.
Charming property, peaceful location
We spent a lovely week at Maison Cypres. The house is very comfortable and set in a peaceful rural area, only 10 minutes from all the amenities in Limoux. It is an ideal base for exploring Cathare castles, vineyards, markets, pretty medieval villages and of course Carcassonne itself. We enjoyed relaxing by the secluded pool after a day of sightseeing, and spent our evenings sampling the local wine out on the fantastic covered terrace which was so snug and comfortable. A great holiday.
Ruined our holiday
If I could give this property a minus rating I would. We booked to stay in Maison Cypres from 30 May - 11 June 2016 & from the moment we arrived we realised that the pictures and description are not accurate. We were travelling with our 6 year old and 5 mth old & when we booked I contacted Arianne through the website to ask if the property was child friendly, which she said it was. I can tell you that it is not and I took endless photos of why, which sadly I cannot upload to my review but you can see them on google.
1. The Patio extends round the property and part of it had a 10 foot drop down onto a busy road. There were railings for safety but between these & the road the edges of the patio were crumbling and the tiles missing opening up a gap big enough for a child to potentially fall through. Other areas also had broken and sharp tiles, not good for children running around in bare feet .
2. Patio was filthy & covered with building materials, garden equipment, old pallets, chopped wood and old bits of cementitious board that could contain asbestos. The rubbish/recycling dumping area for all the gites is also right on the corner of this patio.
3. The swimming pool is not fenced, doesn't have a security cover or alarm so is completely illegal.
4. There is a 6 foot tall stone garden statue stood half on a plinth & half on two bricks & not secured in any way to stop it from falling, potentially on a child.
5. we had 3 power cuts due to a problem with the electrics within the property.
6. inside house, the balustrades of the stairs were broken in two places leaving holes big enough for a child to fall through.
7. In the lounge area there are two flights of tiled stairs down to a locked door with no stair gate to stop a curious child falling down.
8. The whole place could do with a thorough clean, we found a bookcase with dust so thick it looked like fur. Similar thick fur under the furniture & sofas which were also stained. It stank of dog, the seats of the stools in the kitchen looked like they'd been shredded by a cat. The pillows on the beds are stained.
Having paid in full before we got there we couldn't stay as it wasn't safe for our children so asked for a refund for the second week. I do not thing our concerns were unreasonable and Adrianne agreed to a partial refund to our faces then refused on the email later and kept our money! so please beware!
Incredible. We will be back time and time again
Incredible property, glorious pool, fresh pure mountain air.
There is nothing more that we could have hoped for.
Wonderful helpful hosts. Thank you so much
Incredible. We will be back time and time again
What a beautiful home, pool and family. This was everything that we could have wished for. A superbly equipped house and the most beautiful location, fabulous pool and lovely peaceful atmosphere. Gorgeous, pure mountain air. The hosts were such warm, helpful people. We will return here again and again. Thank you Duncan family
Perfect accommodation in a great location !
Everything was just the same as the pictures in the web site and all to a high standard. The lounge was massive but due to the good weather we spent all our evenings in the outside lounge area ! The kitchen had all you could want and more a full sized fridge and dishwasher made life so easy and the bbq was a dream to cook on! After a day in the fresh air the beds were also comfy and the bathroom just like a 1st class hotel !
Arianne and David were only ever a call away and visited most days to make sure we were all happy ....they provided recommendations of places to eat and suggestions of places to visit. Many of these were not in my guide book but really worth a look
Supermarkets and petrol stations were less than 10 mins away making it easy to pick up bits for tea.
The swimming pool offered a great opportunity to cool down and there were plenty of sun loungers to lie around on.
Hopefully you can tell we have had a great time .....14 full days visiting different things from the Medieval city of Carcassone to walking through gorges and climbing great heights to visit old Castles.
Thank you so much for making us welcome and letting us use your home!
Andy, Val, Charlotte and Oliver
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
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Heated Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- 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
- 120 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, pebbled walk-in shower
- 2 basins
- 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.