Le Moulin de la Materette
Holiday house in south west France, Ariege, in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.
Le Moulin de la Materette is a beautifully converted old water Mill that nestles beside 600 metres of trout river – The Arize . It occupies 11 acres of private grounds. It has 7 ensuite double rooms and can accommodate 15 guests. Next to the Moulin is an attractive timber framed Grange that has a further 4 en suite double rooms, a large studio, a laundry and workshops. The moulin has superb facilities, including a large heated swimming pool (13m x 6m ). The grounds include a mixture of formal lawns, flower and herb beds, orchards and woodland, including a wooded island walk that leads up to a cascade with a beach and the opportunity for 100 metres of wild swimming above the weir.
It is the ideal location for large extended family holidays , Cycling holidays in the Pyrenees, Golfing Holidays, Painting holidays, Walking Holidays, somewhere for large groups of friends to celebrate special anniversaries, weddings and Corporate events. We have a well equiped kitchen and 15 years experience of providing delicious meals for our residential guests, should you prefer the occasional rest from the kitchen chores. We have seating inside and outside for 24 diners (This can be increased to 40 plus for weddings etc.)
The grounds of the Moulin are a haven for wild life. Amongst the birds that frequent the Moulin grounds are Golden Oriels, Kingfishers, Herons, Dippers, Nuthatches, Tree Creepers, Kites, Green, Black and greater spotted woodpeckers, Buzzards, Eagles and many of the other more common species. The gardens and grounds are laid out to encourage wild life with plenty of natural flower beds.
The location of the Moulin is ideal for many of the tourist attractions, Historic Cathar Castles, Carcassonne, Toulouse & Mirepoix, many attractions for children of all ages, but undoubtedly the biggest attraction is the spectacular scenery. We are located, arguably in the most beautiful part of France.
Flexibility of booking. The Moulin and Grange are particularly suitable for groups that might expand in numbers as the holiday approachs. We never book the Grange separately to the Moulin. So if you know you are definitely 12 – 15, but anticipate you could need accommodation for an extra family of 4 – 8. Then you could reserve the Moulin initially, then later, up to a week before your holiday you could increase the booking to include the Grange or even part of the Grange. See Rates & Availability for further details.
Rental property in South West France
The Moulin and Grange were purchased by us just prior to Christmas 1999. With the help of family, friends and local tradesmen we converted them to what they are today. Buildings of tremendous character, converted tastefully with all the modern features and comforts to provide you with a location to really enjoy a holiday to remember in the French Pyrenees. The hard work has extended to the grounds which we have developed to create an environment for wild life, and at the same time offers all the facilities you could expect from a property of this quality. WIFI is available.
Moulin Ground floor.
You enter through the fully equipped kitchen. With Rosieres range cooker, 2 dish washers, 2 fridge freezers, Various mixers, toaster, coffee perculator, microwave and all the hand appliances you would expect in a semi-professional kitchen. For the last 15 years we have been catering for residential courses with all the equipment to make it easy.
There is a vast open plan lounge, dining and entrance hall with bar. It is suitable for catering for 24 guests round the dining table and adequate seating round the large log burning stove. Particularly welcome for winter lets. (We have a free supply of logs for winter guests ). However Le Moulin is also fully centrally heated.
Moulin 7 – leads off the Kitchen, Moulin 6 – leads off the lounge.
The lounge leads onto the covered terrace with seating for 24 diners. It has a seating area which is extended at both ends with decks that wrap round the Moulin and at the other end, a vast woodfired BBQ, plus a large gas fired BBQ.
Moulin 1st Floor
The staircase leads to the library with comfortable seating to enjoy a quiet read. It has tea & coffee making facilities, convenient first thing in the morning for all the bedrooms that lead off the library. Moulin 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 all lead off. All the rooms have been converted to a high standard, all with en-suite facilities. We have travel cots available when required.
All rooms in the Moulin & Grange have hair driers provided. We also supply pool towels
The lower ground floor includes 2 workshops and a laundry with 2 washing machines and a tumble drier, though we recommend for ecological reasons to dry on the line in the orchard
The back drive leads up to and past the entrance of the upper ground floor. Enter through a hallway with Grange 1 & 2 leading off. Then through to a large light filled studio which is suitable for painting and other hobbies. It also has a home cinema system. A staircase leads from the studio to Grange 3 & 4. There is large log burner in the studio, ideal for early and late holidays. Installed in the studio is a basic cooker & fridge, suitable for breakfasts but not for catering for larger meals for larger numbers, Main meals need to be prepared in the Moulin. We never rent out the Grange separately, it is optional for larger parties.
Disabled Access :- There are 4 rooms effectively on the ground floor. Moulin 6 & 7 and Grange 1 & 2. So the Moulin is suitable for the disabled, particularly Moulin 7.