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3 charming stone houses with large heated pool in 6 ac of beautiful grounds - Maison Cyprès - delightful farmhouse with very cosy, roofed terrace

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking



Maison Cyprès - delightful farmhouse with very cosy, roofed terrace

Maison Cyprès offers luxurious accommodation on two floors.

Ground floor:

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.

First floor:

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.

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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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Ariane Summa-Duncan
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

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 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 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.

Available Rentals

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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 Maison du Cypres are based on 2 people renting. For 3-4 people the rent increases by 150E per week.


Accommodation and facilities for Maison Cyprès - delightful farmhouse with very cosy, roofed terracein Roquetaillade in Aude

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • 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 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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Maison Cyprès - delightful farmhouse with very cosy, roofed terrace
average rating of 4.2 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The property is large, well equipped and very comfortable. There is an outdoor BBQ and a nice swimming pool. If we returned to this area, we would happily stay hear again

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a great week staying in Maison Cypres - a lovely old house (with all mod cons) in a great location - a perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of France. Ariane was very welcoming and helpful, and her website also contains lots of useful suggestions for places to visit. There are four gites on the property but it felt very quiet and relaxing. The pool area is beautiful and the garden and grounds are fun to explore.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review mentioning all the important aspects. We also enjoyed having you as guests a lot.
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Extremely comfortable with excellent facilities

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, it was a pleasure to host you! Glad you enjoyed the equipment in Maison Cypres. All our holiday homes are similarly equipped to a high standard.
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Charming property, peaceful location

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the appreciation of Maison Cypres, you were very nice guests, and we would love to see you again!
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Ruined our holiday

  • 1 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests did not inform me about the fact that they have a child with Down Syndrome. I clearly state that the property is not suitable for disabled people. On arrival they confronted me with all sorts of requirements they should have mentioned before they booked. Had I known, I would not have taken their booking. Therefore they are not entitled to a refund and it was their decision to leave early. I understand that it must be very difficult to cope with a disabled child but one must act accordingly.. They vandalised inside and outside of our house and in another of our gites to retaliate e.g. opened the valve of the hot water tank so that the bathroom was flooded. The rest of the comments are born out of hatred, I will not comment further. I had submitted this last year but it somehow disappeared.
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Incredible. We will be back time and time again

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
La Corneilla
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A 61
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
La Corneilla
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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.

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.


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.

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.


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

Adventure playgrounds