|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 property, glorious pool, fresh pure mountain air.
There is nothing more that we could have hoped for.
Wonderful helpful hosts. Thank you so much
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
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