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Secluded Farmhouse With Wonderful Views Between Toulouse And Carcassonne



Updated: 06-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in Ste Camelle, Aude, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Beautifully Modernised Farmhouse With Heated Pool In Open Country

This private property has fantastic 360 degree panoramic views with the Pyrennees clearly visible in the distance. The house has two former windmills, one of which has been converted to a private bedroom and bathroom. The remaining 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms are in the main house. The house has a private heated swimming pool and a fantastic covered hangar (open barn) attached to the main house and overlooking the pool. Off the Hangar is a summer kitchen/dining room. The house and grounds have been converted to provide a very comfortable house for winter or summer.We live here for almost 6 months of the year and so have a vested interest in ensuring that it is very comfortable and well equipped!

Although private, the property is not isolated, with the village of Sales sur L'Hers only 4km away. Set in its own grounds and with a small area of woodland there are plenty of shady private spots with hammocks and benches for peaceful relaxation. Entertainment includes 12ft. trampoline, sandpit, croquet, table tennis, giant chess, boules and UK channels on the TV.

The house is on a hill ( hence the windmills!) and consequently the rooms and particularly the bedrooms, remain cool even in the hottest weather.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Christopher and Arabella Elwes are both self employed, Christopher as a Business Coach and Arabella as a Fine Art Consultant.We have always loved France and in 2000 we fell upon this property by chance.

We love it here and intend to spend more and more time in France, but meanwhile, whilst our work commitments prevent this we are delighted to rent.

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Speaks English, French

9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week we had at Les Moulins!

We were two large families with young children holidaying together and the set up could not have been better. The children happily played in the pool and entertained themselves with table tennis and all the other games on hand whilst we could sit back and take in the incredible views from the hanger.

The hanger really is a perfect space for large groups - so much so it was hard to tear ourselves away and explore the area! We did manage to visit Carcassonne however and also have a lovely lunch at the local restaurant in Salles-Sur-L'Hers as recommended by the owners.

The owners were so helpful and friendly which made it easy to feel at home and relaxed in the property.

I would definitely recommend Les Moulins and hope to stay there again one day!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent, relaxing home, with lots to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely fortnight at Le Moulin. We are two families who have holidayed together often, with our youngsters now in their twenties and only one teenager left! The young all enjoyed the different outdoor games, there was plenty to do at Le Moulin itself- and the football fans also enjoyed watching the start of the premiership season games on the telly! The house is very comfortable indeed and well set up with a welcoming, homely feel, the pool is superb, and the spacious Summer kitchen/dining room and outside area under the hangar are fabulous. We visited Cathar castles, a lovely medieval village/town (Mirepoix)and Carcassonne too, but also enjoyed relaxing at the nearby lake where you can get ice cream etc at the sailing club and rent pedalos/canoes. The house has wonderful views, and the nearby village is v friendly, with local shops, a restaurant and excellent takeaway pizzas. An ideal holiday base for families, especially suitable for mixed aged groups, perhaps. The newly married couple in our group enjoyed being in the windmill itself, just beside the main house, and the whole place has a spaciousness about it which we all enjoyed. The owners made everything go smoothly for us and everything in the house was thoughtfully presented to help us feel at home and make the most of our stay. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic property!

The space, inside and out, is terrific and the 360 degree views are to die for (something that we took full advantage of on our first night, courtesy of a magnificent lightening storm).

The lovely heated pool and the extra space provided by the hangar area gave us very few reasons to venture away from the property during our stay.

As a family of 4, we found ourselves thoroughly spoilt with so much space and freedom, and a few times managed to lose one another amongst the grounds.

The house was well equipped with everything that we could have wanted, and when needed, the owners were swift to respond to our questions.

Thanks to its elevated position, the property provides total privacy but manages to combine this with an open and spacious feel and we look forward to returning there again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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For the Big Family

  • 5 of 5

We have been spending holidays together for 10 years now and Le Moulin is probably the best accommodation in France we have enjoyed to date. Great facilities, well presented very clean and well looked after. The reality lived up to the description and we particularly loved the Hangar area by the pool which allowed outdoors indoors. The Hangar kitchen was excellent, although could probably do with a cooker, and evening meals in the Hangar were brilliant looking out at the surrounding countryside and occasionally the Pyrenees, when not obscured by cloud. Good shops in the local village Salles-sur-l'Hers and plenty to visit in the general area, including the Canal du Midi. We were 6 adults and 6 young people aged from 11 to 17 and would certainly recommend Le Moulin for the larger group, plenty of space and places to get away from the noise. Tiled patio between Hangar & house quite slippy when wet particularly if barefoot, take care.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Something for all ages

  • 5 of 5

My semi adult family of 5 (+ 1 boyfriend) stayed at Le Moulin in October and were extremely pleased with both the Le Moulin and it's location.

Apparently October is usually warm, but we experienced glorious sunshine throughout our stay and used the pool every day. The setting of Le Moulin is high on a hill with the Pyrenees in sight, away from other houses and yet close enough to local shops to go and get fresh food for breakfast or other meals - a ½ hour journey. Restaurants are everywhere in France, so going out posed no problem.

The house is big enough for everyone to have their space (we have 3 daughters, and they need their space…) and the garden naturally falls into the areas around the pool, or private spaces hidden away from the general hub-bub.

We thoroughly recommend Le Moulin – it's clean, well equipped, beautifully located and the ideal place to stay all day, or to come back to and relax after visiting the “something for everyone” the whole area offers.

We particularly liked the idea that we, the older lot, could relax and enjoy peace and quiet, whilst the younger team could play in the pool, or table tennis – or go out to the to the lager towns nearby and “hang out”.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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From the Owner

Although it was a semi habited farm house we could see at a glance how the Hangar would make an ideal summer 'room' and could envisage exactly where the pool would go and how the whole area would be compact but equally divided into specific areas, The setting is magical with 360 degree views and with the distant Pyrenees to the South. The addition of the two windmills was the final decider. It was obvious that one of them would make the most exciting bedroom suite, and so it has proved. The location is totally quiet and private, yet we are in no way isolated and the local village, 5 mins drive away means the morning croissant run is no problem. Although we bought it as a summer house we were delighted to find it is a wonderful winter house, and although a bit away, skiing is accessible.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse and Carcassonne equi-distant, under 60mns at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Salles sur l,Hers at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Castelnaudary at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A61 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Ax les Thermes, about 1.5 hours at 95 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne area, just over 1 hour at 95 Kilometres Car: necessary


The beaches of the Mediterranean at Narbonne are about 1 hour away.


Toulouse and Carcassonne airports are both under an hour away. The property is approx a 10 hour drive from Calais.


Salles sur L'Hers is 4km away and has an excellent Boulangerie, small supermarket, butcher, chemist and medical centre. Castelnaudary is a 20 minute drive and has ample supermarkets and other shops.

Further Details:

Sailing on the Lac de Ganguise with a sailing school is 15 minutes away. Tennis is available in Salles.The area is full of things to do and see, with the historic village of Mirepoix 30 minutes away and the major Cathar castles within easy reach. The magical city of Carcassonne is a 40 minute drive and in addition to the historic Cite, provides an excellent go kart track.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Booking is direct with the owner and a 25% deposit is required to secure the booking. Full payment plus a refundable £300 deposit is due 8 weeks before the start of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday and you can arrive after 4pm. You have to vacate before 10am.On arrival you will be greeted by our English supervisor who will show you round and tell you about all local activities including all important fetes in the village.

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From the Owner

One of the nicest things about the Hangar is that guests can choose to lie in the shade or sunbathe by the pool and yet still be able to talk to each other.The heated pool extends the summer from May to October and the secure pool cover means the pool can be made child safe. The Hangar makes an ideal summer room and having lunch in the heat of the day with a gentle breeze and the wonderful views makes Le Moulin a very special place.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Iron & Board
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  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
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  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
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Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...

Location Type

  • rural

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bedroom 1 has en-suite bath/shower room. The first floor bedrooms share two bathrooms and showers and the Windmill Bedroom has its en-suite bathroom. There is an additional downstairs WC.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main House: Ground floor, bedroom 1 with double bed(can't be separated) and en-suite bathroom plus dressing room First floor 4 double bedrooms, one with full length bunk beds and two bath/shower rooms. The beds in the 3 bedrooms can be separated or double as you wish. The Moulin, next to the house has double bedroom and en-suite bath.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: In the summer the activity is concentrated around the Hangar, a large covered area with large dining table and plenty of chairs to relax in. Essentially an outdoor living room it looks over the private 10 metre swimming pool, which is surrounded by a large terrace and comes with ample loungers and chairs. Immediately off the Hangar is the summer kitchen,fully equipped apart from a cooker .There are two Weber charcoal barbecues . There is a full size ping pong table and also a giant chess board on the terrace. A further terrace to the south connects the Hangar and the main house and provides another seating and eating area. The gardens include an area of woodland with hammocks. Other games include croquet (over rough lawn!), boules and a large trampoline. Utility Room: Utility room containing washing machine and tumble dryer off the kitchen in the main house. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels included and maid service once a week includes a change of linen and towels. Additional maid service possible. English supervisor in the hamlet. Other: Study/playroom with desk, bookshelves containing maps, local information and instructions

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