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Luxurious Mill With Large Heated Pool situated in the Foothills Of Pyrenees - Superb Facilities.

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Watermill between Foix and St. Girons, Ariege, Midi Pyrenées - Private Location With Outstanding Facilities. Peaceful Midst The Sounds Of Nature

Set in 13 acres of private grounds. It is located on a quiet road 1 km from the village, 5 mins drive from the local shops. The grounds are a mixture of formal gardens, orchards, woodland, including a beautiful walk on a wooded island with sculpted natural flower beds. The grounds abound with natural wildlife including kingfishers, nuthatches, tree creepers, golden oriels and many others. Dining can be taken inside or outside on the Terrace which is under cover but overlooks the croquet lawn and boule pitch. There is a large wood barbecue and gas bbq on the terrace. The pool area includes a badminton court, table tennis & a 10 ft chess board and the large heated swimming pool kept at a minimum 27.5º c.between May & September There 12 loungers and 8 chairs and additional seating on the wall surrounds. Also available are 10 bikes with safety helmets. The river, 30 m from the Moulin, make it unsuitable for unattended adventurous toddlers otherwise there is plenty for all ages including 2 ground floor bedrooms for wheelchair access.

Also available - A games room with Pool, Table Football and darts . A studio with exercise bike and massage chair. The studio can be changed into a home cinema with large flat screen TV and all around sound.

Recntly added Sauna and Cold Plunge Pool, Hot Tub / Jacuzzi

PLUS 2 canoes to enjoy canoeing for 300 metres above the weir.

FOR LARGER GROUPS. At the side of the Moulin we have a Grange that includes 4 double en suite bedrooms. So in total we can accommodate 23 guests.

FLEXIBILITY: You can book the Moulin and then add the Grange if your party expands, this can be done up to week before your holiday and then pay for the extra accommodation when you arrive.

More Details

Nick Davidson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
11 May, 2018

About Nick Davidson

Fran and I bought our first French Property , Le Moulin de la Materette in December 1999. At the Moulin we run courses in Painting and Wood-turning, as well as rent out the Moulin and Grange for large extended family gatherings. We can accommodate 23 guests in the Moulin and Grange.

We bought our house in the mountains Maison St Brigitte in 2006, but have only recently completed the renovations to make it an ideal mountain retreat for walking holidays. We continue to live in and love the Ariege, an area of outstanding beauty. So much so that two of our children have settled and live in this area close by. Both our son & daughter have there own beautiful gites, that can be seen on www.materette.com

Both our children also have rental property see www.materette.com for details.

Nick Davidson purchased this house in 1999

Why Nick Davidson chose Durban-sur-Arize

We wanted a beautiful place to live in the foothills of the Pyrenees, that was close to water so we could develop a verdant garden and organic vegetables. We chose the Ariege because, having visited almost every corner of France, we felt the Ariege was genuinely French, spectacularly beautiful yet not overcrowded with tourists. It has everything to offer. Beautiful scenery, excellent facilities. full of history and close to golf, skiing and every other outdoor pursuit you could want. It is also a low cost part of France to live in, with lots of good inexpensive restaurants nearby. The ideal place for us to retire to. The Moulin also offered us the chance to entertain an expanding family and our friends from back in the UK. Our growing family has subsequently moved to work and live nearby and run their own gites.

What makes this house unique

There is every facility you could want at the Moulin, something for all ages to enjoy. From relaxing in a haven of tranquility in various parts of the grounds and on various decks, to canoeing up stream of the weir disturbing the odd heron or kingfisher.. Should you want to be active there are 10 bikes, a large heated pool, badminton & table tennis, for the less active croquet and boules, pool table, table-football a 10ft Chess & Draughts board. All the above yet being close to perhaps the most exquisite part of the Pyrenees. Close to Historic Foix, Mirepoix, and Cathar castles at Montsegur and elsewhere. If you are a keen golfer or horse rider there are 2 superb facilities nearby. Canoeing and white water rafting also available, plus some excellent river and lake fishing. Various adventure/theme parks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Much better than the web site portrays, we will be back'

'Best equipped house we have stayed in'

'Something for all ages, we'll be back to celebrate the next big family reunion.'

"Returning for our 8th time says it all, superb cuisine in superb surroundings"
Apr 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Durban-sur-Arize in Ariege

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 9 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • ski
  • caving
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The Moulin is fully centrally heated and has a large wood burning stove in the main living room with ample supply of logs from our own woods. We have a satellite television, broadband access and free telephone calls to the UK and mainland Europe. The Grange also has a large Jotul wood burning stove. Outside: The pool is private - heated to 27.5ºc measures 13m x 6m. with Roman steps and illumination. There are 12 loungers plus various chairs and benches around the property for relaxing in. The grounds are a mixture of formal gardens, orchards, woods and meadows. The large barbecue is located on the terrace. There is also a Hot Tub / Jacuzzi Sauna & Cold Plunge Pool


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Luxurious Mill With Large Heated Pool situated in the Foothills Of Pyrenees - Superb Facilities.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

An incredible place with wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

I held a photography course at the Moulin with 13 people, and it was the perfect venue in every way. Nick and Fran, the owners, are superstars and the loveliest people you could ever meet. Nina the dog and Lily the cat only make the house more awesome a place to stay!

Nick and Fran were the highlight, they were so helpful and friendly and will do anything for you to have a perfect stay. They are excellent hosts and I wouldn't hesitate to return. In fact I'm thinking of excuses to go back! Their cooking is second to none, I'm surprised they don't have their own restaurant.

The house is gorgeous and the grounds are incredible. The garden is huge, with woodland, a river, weir, and wild swimming spot if you're brave! There's a lovely heated pool and the hot tub in the woods just tops it off.

The house is a short drive from spectacular mountain scenery and a beautiful mirror lake perfect for photos and picnics.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and environment; gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

Situated almost out of sight of the road, beside a river and with a mill stream running beneath it, this ancient mill house is an idyllic spot in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The hosts, Nick and Fran had done everything to make our stay most comfortable and supremely enjoyable. Great swimming pool and a capacious and fully equipped kitchen, easily coping with our party of 14. Not least - no mosquitos. Highly recommended for a peaceful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A delightful international group of friends and relatives, who particularly liked our kitchen facilities to produce some memorable meals We hope they return to enjoy some of our latest improvements.
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Carcassonne or Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Castelnau Durban
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Bastide de Serou
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Excellent location for cycling holidays. 400 metres from the Moulin is a 40 km long green route, that links St Girons to Foix


90 minutes drive to the nearest beaches.


Carcassonne & Toulouse Airport both 80 minutes drive away.

Drive from Channel ports 9-11 hours drive dependent on the day of the week. Car essential for the area.


Foix 22kms.

St Girons 22kms.

Bastide de Serou 5kms.

Montsegur 45 kms.

Mirepoix 45 kms.

Further Details:

Closest shops in Bastide de Serou, (5 minutes drive) including pharmacy and surgery and an excellent pony trekking centre and Golf Course. Large supermarkets in Foix and St Girons.

Various canoeing, rafting areas 35 minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Durban-sur-Arize, Midi-Pyrenees

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £600

Booking Notes
The Moulin Accommodates 15 in 7 en suite rooms - for larger parties you can rent extra rooms in our Grange which has 4 double rooms.
The rooms in the Grange vary in price from £100 per week in low season to £400 per week in high season:

25% deposit required with booking. Balance 2 months prior to the holiday plus damage deposit of £500, refundable within 6 weeks of the end of your holiday or after the telephone bill arrives. For bookings in excess of 12 months, deposit can be split into 2 payments (10% on booking, 15% 9 months prior to holiday, balance 2 months prior to holiday).

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover ; Arrival after 4.00pm, departure before 10.00am

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Easter week £2200/ £2900. Short breaks available out of high season. Saturday - Tuesday and Wednesday - Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.