13th CENTURY STONE WINDMILL
'SLOPING ROOF MILL'
at about half an hour's drive from the Med beaches
Mentioned in Times Online August 12, 2009 as one of 31 most unusual holiday homes in Europe
.........'Sit outside to watch the sunset as your nostrils fill with the aroma of mint and lavender'. ....
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Welcome to La Couscouillette
Really Romantic Sloping Roof Mill
Super Family Holidays
FOR INFO CONTACT MARGARET
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Carcassonne Airport with Ryan Air flights to at 25 minutes drive from the mill. Direct flights to London Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany. From end March 2010 Ryan Air adds Leeds to Carcassonne.
From Beziers (75 minutes drive) direct connection to Bristol and Luton with Ryan Air.
Ryan Air flights to Barcelona (actually Gerona, at about 2 hours drive) and Marseille (about 3 hours drive), to many destination all over UK and Europe.
photo of glamorous new dolphin guest pool,
mills just visible behind trees
large heated POOL 9.50m by 4m gorgeous terrace warm solar panel heated pool up to air temperature!
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW WE RENOVATED THE MILLS
underwater lighting for your romantic evenings, sipping and dining by the pool
inside the Sloping Roof Mill
Superb for Family Holidays
Private Home made Grass Tennis
Tree House for Kids
Baby Paddling Pool
The pool is a fantastic experience with its warm water! Thanks to solar panel heating. Luxurious tiled pool with underwater lighting, private for the mills. Available from June Septber. Salt water system instead of chlorine tablets! More comfortable for skin and eyes. Large terrace for magic evenings dining and sipping drinks by the pool.
Home made and very bumpy private grass tennis court, just for the Couscouillette, bring your own or borrow our tennis rackets.On the tennis court; 2 football goals for juniors as well as basket ball!
Internet by connecting to our Wifi LiveBox, we'll give you the number.
The Sloping Roof Mill has it all, luxury, calm, gorgeous romantic sultry nights. Sunsets you'll never forget!
your own personal terrace in beautiful grounds
Sleeps 4 persons.
in a Languedoc Domain
Downstairs in the Mill
upstairs in the Mill
Your Own Personal Terrace
Barbecue Area (much nicer than this now)
Amenities Sloping Roof MillThe sloping roof mill, has been completely renovated in 2003. Its sloping roof is very typical of regional Languedoc windmills. It was built in the 13th century together with its twin mill and both are described by a historian as possibly the first windmills in the South of France. * It is small (int. diameter about 4.5 meters) and very comfortable. Actually its diameter is slightly greater than its twin mill (which we call the pointed roof mill )The thick walls are made of natural stone. It has an inner diameter of 4.5 m, but feels more roomy, due to the open plan style, the only doors are on the bathroom area. So there are 'sleeping areas' on the two floors, rather than individual bedrooms.
Fantastic luxurious pool with warm water (solar panels), underwater lighting, private for the mills. Salt water system instead of chlorine tablets! More comfortable for eyes and skin. Available from Junel till September. Large terrace for magic evenings dining and sipping drinks by the pool.
There are two floors, a decorative beech and wrought iron spiral staircase leads up to the top floor. Downstairs there is a gorgeous, Louis Philippe style sofa bed which converts to a comfortable double bed. An ancient French country style cupboard adds a regional flavour.
Luxurious, kitchen equipment includes cooker with an electric spit in the oven, dishwasher, micro-wave, washing machine, fridge, coffee machine, double sink. English satellite tv, dvd. The solar heated pool is shared by occupants of both mills (the sloping roof mill and the pointed roof mill).
The sleeping area upstairs has two single decorative black and brass beds. There are built-in wardrobes. The bathroom, beautifully tiled (shower) has new appliances; washbasin, lavatory.Outside furniture includes deckchairs, outside dining furniture. You have your own personal terrace.
Teak Garden Furniture
Woody Hut with William looking out
Home made Private Tennis Court of the Mills of La Couscouillette
Basketball and Small Football Goals for Kids
Situated on a hill, private, yet at the edge of a small village in Aude, in 10 acres of private terrain, with magnificent views in all directions.
Allan & Margaret's Private Pool
Nearby River at Ribaute
Our Camargue horse, Temps, roams the beautiful 'garrigue' with wild lavender and thyme, olive trees and other Mediterranean vegetation.
Grounds in the Domain
The ancient millers' house where we live, is right next to the mill.
The 10 acres surrounding the house and mills include our own little vineyard where we grow the 'grenache noir' grapes and make our own wine the old fashioned, artisinal way. It is actually greatly appreciated by our professional viticulteur friends in the village. Just enough for ourselves unfortunately!
Extremely peaceful unpolluted setting unspoilt by tourism, with a timeless French countryside ambiance. Just perfect for vacation rentals.Beautiful countryside all around the house, with marked hiking routes. The region is rich in historical sites and gastronomic opportunities. Mediterranean climate with around 10 hours of sun per day in July. The area can be windy, but the 1000 trees we planted decades ago give great protection. The medieval walled city of Carcassonne is reached in 25 minutes, Narbonne is half an hour away. Spain and the Pyrenees in just over an hour.
The small wine producing village has a essential shops, a small supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, butcher and post office. The village organises walks, excursions and village open air dances during the summer. Horses can be rented locally for riding. Ours are not suitable for riding. The village is in-between Carcassonne and Narbonne. The Mediterranean beaches are reached in 35 minutes. At Gruissan, near Narbonne, you can windsurf in the salty Lake of Mateille, an 'etang'.
The windmills date from the Cathar period (1266) and are probably the first windmills in the South of France. The historic interest of this property is well documented in an ancient book in which an entire chapter is dedicated to La Couscouillette. The period is important in the history of France.
The two mills, and maybe part of the house were built in the 13th cent. by Simon de Melun, one of the Northern conquerors of the South of France. He had them built so the villagers would no longer have to grind their corn and maize manually and individually. The windmills were new to France then, only watermills were well known. They are available as vacation rentals.
aerial photo of La Couscouillette
It is said that Simon de Melun, well known in the history of France, brought the knowledge of the East concerning windmills (Crusades) to the S. of France. He purchased a piece of land called 'La Couscouilede' (the name of the hill) to build the mills on.
In the 14th cent. the windmills were destroyed, probably by the 'Black Prince' who had also burned down the town of Beziers, killing 20.000 people.
In the 16th cent. the Comte de Malacoste acquired 'rights on the wind' from the French king. He restored the two mills and became rich due to his monopoly position on the grinding of corn. After that he was given his title by the king. In those days farmers lived mainly from growing corn, not grapes.
Over the centuries the house was constantly changed and extended. Millers lived here up to the beginning of the 20th century. Around 1930 grinding the corn was no longer economically interesting. A shepherd moved into the house and mills with 300 sheep. He left around 1950 and the house stood empty, falling to ruin till we bought it in '77.
Around the Mills The ancient miller's house, where we live, is near the mills. The ten acres surrounding the house and mill includes our own little vineyard. As we have dogs, cats, chickens, horses, and parrots, though we adore animals you will not be able to bring yours. Our tiny dog, Fifi and little William, both Coton de Tulears will welcome you to our grounds.
The friendly, wine producing village provides walks, excursions and village open air dances and (occasionally) meals in the summer.
Horses can be rented locally for riding. Ours are not suitable, they have trained us expertly to just produce their breakfast, their dinner, their shelter, their freedom and never do a day's work!
Sightseeing, Historical, Gastronomic
Nearby places you might like to visit at:
Gastronomic delights in the region are numerous. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the luxury of world famous French Cuisine at very reasonable prices. Fantastic sightseeing: for instance the famous Medieval Walled City of Carcassonne is reached in 25 minutes. There are beautful abbeys nearby and of course the Cathar Castles, from the early Middle Ages, are worth a visit. In fact, the mill itself dates from the Cathar period (1266) and is probably the first windmill in the South of France.
Drive through beautiful countryside to the Dinosaur museum at Esperaza. It's at an hour's drive from here and it will take you back 70 million years.
Nearest international airport: Carcassonne Airport at 25 kilometres Ryan Air flights direct to London, East Midlands, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium and Germany.
Ryan Air flights to Gerona and Marseille, both about 2 hours drive, to many destination all over UK and Europe.
Nearest beach: 35 kilometres
Nearest railway station: Carcassonne at 25 kilometres
Nearest motorway junction: Carcassonne at 20 kilometres
June 2019 La Couscouillette is our #1 address in France! Every time we come, we fall more in love with this enchanting property & its wonderful hosts. We have been thoroughly pampered by your thoughtfulness & care. And whether it rains or shines, each day remains magical up here upon the hill. We are always rather melancholy when it comes time to leave, but the hope that there will be a "next time" endures that the memories cherished will once again become reality & we can add to our treasure trove of experiences while staying in "our " Sloping Roof Mill. Thank you Margaret and Allan for a delightful 2 wks. Already counting the days until our next stay. Angie + Ludisher xx
August 2018 We have enjoyed our stay in this charming location. Our daughters enjoyed relaxing by the pool after a busy year.We thoroughly enjoyed our day long visit to the Cathar castles of Peyrpertuse and Queribas. It was a longish drive bu so worth it. With very sporty kids, we enjoyed the activities at the Lac de Cavayere - tree top climbing and an aqua park. Our final meal was at a nearby restaurant called Bourdasso which served delicious Italian food with their home produced Mozarella.
Thank you, The Hamlyn Family.
August 2018 Dear Allan and Margart, I am writing to say a BIG thank you, for your yummy eggs and letting us feed your chickens. I really loved playing in the pool and exploring your huge garden. I loved every seond of my holiday even till the end of each day when I got to sleep in your comfy beds! Kind Regards Isobel Devey (11). Dear Allan and Margaret, I think that the mills are great. I love them. The best part of my holiday was swimming in your pool. Thank you for the lovely eggs , they were delicious! Kind regards George Devey (9)
August 2018 ....It has been fabulous staying in this magical place. The pool was great and we enjoyed sitting in various areas of the garden, making the most of the surrounding views. We visited: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Gruissan and Lagrasse - all well worth the look! Manon, Lee, Alexandra, Catherine. Lancashire, England, x. PS Thank you for the eggs + cucumbers + wine and tomatoes, all very delicious!
August 2018 Dear Margaret and Allan, we had a wonderful stay for the fourth time in the Sloping Roof Mill! It was very relaxing and we're sad the two weeks are already over. Henry thinks it was a lot of fun too! His first holiday & trip to France was absolutely amazing due to his new friends Lolita & William! Thanks again for letting us bring him & for the delicious vegetables & eggs! Best wishes, Katharina, Carlotta, Karl-Leo, Elvira & Henry! (pawmarks
July 2018 We leave tomorrow, malheureusement, after our second visit. It has again been marvelour despite a dramatic thunderstorm which lit up the valley one evening, the weather has been glorious compared to last September. We shave done excursions and notably to Gruissan on the coast to enjoy ..salt pans and ... oyster beds stretching into the distance. Naturally we had to eat shellfish at the wonderful 'Cambuse de Saunier'. Our thanks again to Margaret & Allan for this worderful place their their enterprise. The eggs, courgettes & wine were much appreciated. Nor for our last day in this idyllic nook. Michele & John, Devon.
June 2018 Our first trip to this part of France. We came to see Carcassonne and enjoyed looking around the citadel...Visited Narbonne, Lagrasse & Limoux & spent an afternoon at Chateau La Rigane and its mysteries. ....Allan & Margaret have been good hosts and Allan's wine was very enjoyable too! and eggs from his chickens very welcome. The M11 restaurant (just as you leave the village of Monze on the righthand side) does a good plat de jour and good, reasonably priced food as well. We have enjoyed our stay here and sampling local wines of the region. Tracy and Keith, Bedford
September 2017 Thank you Allan and Margaret for such a special place- John and I marvel every day at what you have done in this beautiful spot, to rescue these ancient mills and, once miller's house, to plant the hillside and thus create a magical spot. We love the different areas within the terrain-the places, the slope to the garrigue, the varied sitting places, the stone terrace below 'our' mill with its specatacular view and of course the beautiful pool with its unchlorinated water!...........We do not wish to leave but we shall be back next year-with the hot weather, I hope, (we have booked!) Michele and John, Devon
July/August 2017 What a wonderful week we had in the Sloping Roof Mill. Everything was perfect. The mill itself is so unique and me and Lola were so happy here. The terrace for the morning sun and breakfast was a wonderful start to the day. Ending the day watching the sunset was so special. Lola loved the pool and it was hard to drag her away from it to discover the lovely area! .....It was such a relaxing holiday for us both. We would love to come back again. ...Thank you so much, Jonny and Lola xxx
June 2017 We have spent another fabulous two weeks in the Sloping Roof Mill. This must be an anteroom to Paradise. We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay ! You two are the perfect hosts & we have felt very pampered + spoiled with the fresh eggs + garden produce. Thank you for sharing this beautiful environment with us. We will certainly come again! Love + best wishes Angie + Gerd....
June 2017 What a lovely place you have here - amazing views and two perfect hosts!
Really enjoyed our time here - so relaxing.
Thank you Allan for all our goodies you supplied us with, eggs, etc. Hope to be back in the near future, love + best wishes, Clive & Pandora x
May 2017 A lovely relaxing holiday here amongst the mountains (hills). William was our constant companion! A beautiful retreat. We enjoyed the birds, bees, butterflies but especially the nightingales singing all night long....very much enjoyed the evening market in Montlaur especially watching the guys play Boulles. The M'11 restaurant in Monze was a regular haunt, great service and wonderful food. Vic & Steve, West Wales
13th August 2016 Last night Jack said to me, ' I wish we had people like Allan & Margaret at our next place, people who take you to feed the animals & who care about you having a good time!' Wise words from an 8 year old! We've had a lovely week here, enjoying the peace and beauty of the landscape - thank you. We will treasure our memories. Gail, Keith, Maisie & Jack X
8th June 2016 Dear Margaret and Allan, we have had a fantastic time here exploring this beautiful part of the country. Margaret and Allan have been perfect hosts, very friendly and helpful. The windmill is just beautiful and has eveything you need. We are already planning our trip here next year...... Amie and Callum.
August 2015 Thank you so much for a really wonderful + relaxing holiday. You have created a very special environment with all the lovely plants, flowers and animals. It has been very special staying in a windmill + the views are breath taking..... With very best wishes, Jim, Helen + the children xxx
August 2015 ...Thank you for a truly wonderful visit. We ate, swam, drank, explored and unwound. The kids loved the animals and the little house and they even learned how to swim. A great holiday, Gavin, Zeita, Cara and Tom xxxx
June 2015 ...this beautiful site...loved our stay in this dreamy place...recommending this magical place to our family + friends.....It has been a dream and the perfect way to spend our time as a newly engaged couple.....you have been so kind attentive and helpful...thanks again Holly & Ali
August 2014 .....thank you very much for all your patience and kindness towards us during this week. We had a wonderful time..... Au Revoir Edward & family
June 2014 Dear Margaret + Allan, We have spent two delightful weeks in your mill ...... Your warmth + hospitality, the seclusion + tranquility + the simple charm of 'our mill' has made this vacation memorable. We are already planning our next visit to the 'Sloping Roof Mill'. Thank you for a wonderful vacation & priceless memories. Gerd + Angie
August 2013 Liebe Margaret, Lieber Allan, hier bei euch hat es uns sehr gefallen. Die Muhlen haben uns sehr gefallen. Es hat uns viel Spasz gemacht die Tiere zu futteren und Tempy zu putzen. Die Eier der Huhner waren sehr lecker. Und das Gemuse auch. Eure: Ella (6), Lina (10), Marco (9), Tom (3 1/2), Helen, Jurgen, Sabine, Udo.
Dear Margaret & Allan, We had no idea what to expect when we arrived a week ago - we found a little piece of heaven! It's been a magical visit and we are already dreaming of our return. Thank you so very much for welcoming us so warmly. The memories made are some to last for ever. With best wishes, Sarah, Dan, Hugh & Skylar xx
Dear Margaret and Allan, you have created such a charming place here! Thank you very much for this week in these gorgeous surroundings full of sun with your wonderful pool All the best to you and thanks again. Thomas + Susanne with Franciska and Daniel August 17 2013
August 2013 Dear Margaret and Allan, thank you very much for the wondrful stay at your Sloping Roof Mill. We loved your animals, the beautiful environment and your great hospitality. With all the best wishes, Andrea, Frank + Frederik from Switzerland.
July 2013 Margaret & Allan: Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic property and windmill with us. We had a fantastic time here - in the pool & with the dogs, and in the surrounding areas. We love this part of the world and will be back soon! Thank you for everything - you've been fantastic hosts. Christoph, Suzanne, Christian & Gabrielle. Calgary Canada.
June 2013 Margaret & Allan , we have really enjoyed staying here
in your beautiful + imaginitive mill! This is a wonderful region with so much
to see + do + such stunning scenery - a little bit of paradise. You have been
wonderful hosts + we are sorry to leave. This holiday will stay a long time
in our memories. Sharon + Alan, Surrey
May 2013 Thank you so much for the wonderful week we spent with you in 'our' Sloping Roof Mill. Our kids loved being around with your many animals and we enjoyed your marvelous wine and eggs in the morning. Thank you very much again for this great week. Family H
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