- Riverside / Waterfront
- Village / Rural
- Swimming Pool
- Hot Tub
- Baby equipment
- Internet Access
- Courses Available
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Other rental properties on site
In the foothills of the French Pyrenees, nestled beside 600 metres of trout river, sits Le Moulin de la Materette, a beautifully converted old water mill where you will find comfortable accommodation, extensive grounds and spectacular scenery.
Whether you’re here for a family holiday, a relaxing getaway with friends or a celebration, the Moulin offers a haven of space, tranquillity, facilities and wildlife in arguably one of the most beautiful regions of France. The seven en-suite bedrooms can accommodate up to 15 people, the private grounds spread out over 11 lovely acres and the area is full of historic and natural attractions. If your idea of a perfect break involves walking, swimming, eating, sunbathing, cycling, golfing and exploring then you’ve found just the place.
The Ariege area is full of activities and attractions and near the Moulin you will find a falconry display in an old cathar castle, thermal baths at Ax-les-Thermes, a museum of hand crafts at La Forge de Pyrenees, grottos full of cave drawings, underground rivers and a butterfly farm. History buffs will want to visit the cathar sites at Montsegur, Peyrepertuse and Queribus, and St Lizier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautiful medieval town full of cafes and restaurants to while away a few hours in. There are lots of wonderful markets to visit, not least St Girons, and the activities on offer range from walking, cycling, golfing and pony trekking to white water rafting, fly fishing and bungee jumping.
Toulouse and Carcassonne airports are both 90 minutes from the house, and the easiest route to follow is from Carcassonne via Mirepoix. It is around a 9 hour drive from most ferry ports. Please contact the owner or see the website for full driving directions.
Toulouse and Carcassonne 90 minutes
Nearest Train Station:
Castelnau Durban, Chez Victor (3km)
La Bastide de Serou (5km)
The Moulin retains lots of character but it has been tastefully and lovingly converted to provide all the modern features and home comforts you could need for a stress-free holiday. On the ground floor there is a semi-professional kitchen as well as a vast open-plan lounge, dining room and entrance hall with a bar, a large table and a log burning stove. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor and the remainder are on the first floor, along with a library with tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms are provided with hair dryers and towels.
The main lounge leads out to a covered terrace where there is seating for 24 diners, a seating area overlooking the mill race two BBQs – one wood fired and one gas fired. The private grounds around the house cover 11 acres and are a mixture of formal lawns, flower beds, herb gardens, orchards, meadows and woods full of wildlife, as well as a heated swimming pool surrounded by loungers. Around the pool area there is a badminton court, a table tennis table and an outside chess board and in front of the terrace you can play croquet and boules. The Arize river runs alongside the gardens and there is even an island around which you can wild swim and bird watch. There is a sauna and hot tub out on 'the island' between the river and the millrace. Both wood fuelled, and surrounded by twinkling fairy lights, they are set in a gorgeous little bit of woodland full of flowers.
A welcome wine pack will be waiting for you and if you don’t want to worry about shopping before your holiday the owners can (for a small fee) do that for you. Catering is available, as are Pilates instructors, French/Art tuition and hiking guides. If you want to arrange a wedding or a corporate event then please get in touch.
Conditions of Rental
A 25% deposit is required, with the balance (and a