Mill (moulin), Eastern Pyrenees

House - Entire home/apt · route de Feilluns, Pézilla De Conflent, Languedoc 66730, France
Laurence

Charming mill (2 bdrms) in the Eastern Pyrenees. Set on a stream (the Matassa), with Cathare castles and wonderful wineries all around. Toulouse, Barcelona, Carcassonne, Girona and the sea all within an hour or two.

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Charming mill (2 bdrms) in the Eastern Pyrenees. Set on a stream (the Matassa), with Cathare castles and wonderful wineries all around. Toulouse, Barcelona, Carcassonne, Girona and the sea all within an hour or two.

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The Mill (“Moulin” in French) at Feilluns is a two-story house set on the slope just up from the Matassa stream. For centuries it was the mill to which the people of the town of Feilluns and surrounding area brought their grain to be ground. The living quarters are mainly on the upstairs level (the “main floor”), which because of the slope opens onto the garden terrace. The main floor has two bedrooms, open kitchen/living room, and newly-remodeled bathroom. There is also a mezzanine level that looks down on the kitchen/living room and which can be used for sleeping or as an office. In the lower level underneath is a bathroom with washing machine, a WC and the old millworks with the millstone.

The mill is set back several hundred meters from the road on a wooded terrain. All the land along the stream for several hundred meters on the near side belongs to the mill. It is bright and cheerful, but secluded enough that one can relax in peace.

The Mill at Feilluns is in the heart of the Roussillon area in the Southwest of France, not far from the Spanish border. This is a region rich in history and culture and which has been inhabited steadily for the past million years. The Cathare castle-fortresses left from the Alibgensian crusade of the 13th century are all around.

Twenty kilometers away at Tautavel are the museum and excavations where the oldest human skeleton in Western Europe, dating from 450,000 years ago, has been found and is on display. Paleolithic sites abound, as do Roman and medieval ones: three kilometers away is the covered Roman bridge and aqueduct at Ansignan, and thirty kilometers away is the Cistercian Abbey of Fontfroide.

As well as the cultural sites of castles, abbeys, and wineries, there are beaches at a 45-50 minute drive (the beaches at and around Collioure are spectacular), and the area is also crisscrossed by well-marked hiking trails, some of which pass within a kilometer of the mill. This is an area of both cultural and eco-tourism, given that the landscape is dramatic and beautiful. From mid-April through October there is very little rain, and the temperatures range from 20-32 degrees centigrade during the hottest part of the day. In winter there are ski stations at an hour and a half driving distance as well.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $650 /week
Cleaning Fee: $60
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  • We wanted a quiet retreat to chill out in and also do some sight seeing and walking in the Cathar country. The mill was serene and in the most beautiful surroundings - as soon as you step out of the car you relax! Although everywhere was a bit of a drive it was great because we wanted to really see the countryside-and yet nowhere was too far away either. We saw and went up several Cathar castles, drove around the deeper Pyrenean mountains, and visited Carcassonne and Toulouse. Although we didn't meet Laurence, he gave us lots of very useful information about where to eat, best routes to get there etc, and his friend popped around to check everything was ok. Wonderful stay. No doubt we'll go back and do more walking!

    April 2014
  • Very simple, remote accomodation, set up in a beautiful setting. Perfect for holidays far from the noise!

    August 2013
  • This was a beautiul place in a beautiful part of the world. A rustic idyll. We spent our time here going for picnics In local swimming holes, having barbecues in the evening and drinking some good local reds. Really liked the countryside around the place. Lots to explore. The Gorges de Calamus, a deep limestone fissure nearby, was quite something. The place itself is a lovely converted old stone mill next to another gite. It has a lovely stream running below. It feels remote and very peaceful. Laurence was very helpful and responsive. We would very much like to come back.

    August 2012
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I am a professor of medieval and renaissance literature, and I speak Engish, French, Spanish fluently, also quite good Italian and some Portuguese. Needless to say, I have traveled a lot in Europe and Latin America. The mill/moulin is my own personal "getaway" from the modern world. I love it, and it is important to me for others to love it as much as I do!
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