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A Self Catering Holiday in France

Updated on October 15, 2014

Le Moulin de l'Argentouire - 300 year old former water mill in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France, a lovely place to stay for your French holiday

Has there ever been a better time to plan a holiday in Europe. Well OK that may not ring true initially, but there are currently a lot of deals available for package tours and travel in and to Europe. Also If you are looking for travel advice for Europe to find out the cost of travel, all the different way to get around and what the favourite destinations are, then it couldn't be easier than looking on the web for online information.

So if you still have a job and think you have a half decent chance of hanging onto to it, why not plan a couple or three weeks in Europe, as holiday destinations go it will take some beating. You could travel to London for a few days, take in the sights and when you are fed up of the rain you could get yourself a nice cheap flight to the South of France where the sun is nearly always shining, the culture, food and architecture are out of this world and you will be able to do all this at bargain basement prices.

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Languedoc Roussillon Region of France

Full of great cities, the Mediterranean Sea, the Pyrenees Mountains and much more

So where is a good place to visit, well have you ever heard of the Medieval City of Carcassonne, the place where Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves was filmed and the capital of the Aude department (11) in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.

Or have you heard about the Cathar history that surrounds "les Chateaux du pays Cathare" with local castles, towns and villages dating back over 800 years. Historic towns such as Revel, Mirepoix, Foix, Fanjeaux, Limoux and Castres can all be reached within 30-60 minutes. Rennes le Chateau of 'Da Vinci Code' fame is only about an hour and twenty minutes away and you are in the region of France that is responsible for 30% of France's wine production.

Also you are less than 2 hours from both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea and less than an hour from La Montagne Noir National park with Toulouse the 'Cite de Espace' also just up the road.

Do all these attractions ever end, well not really there is still the cycling along the Canal du Midi, the famous French food market at Revel, the cassoulet at Castelnaudary, the white river rafting at Couiza, the golf course at Carcassonne, the lakes, the rivers, the ....... OK I know I'm getting boring but I think you must have got my drift by now. There is a lot to see and do for anyone and everyone.

It just so happens that I can help you out a bit with some accommodation as well at Le Moulin which is a 300 year old former water mill that has 4 double bedrooms and can accommodate up to 9 people.

The Self Catering Accommodation - Rustic charm with a nice pool


The house has been separated to provide a large gite and private living quarters for the owners and has been renovated to a high standard whilst being careful to retain its rustic charm. The gite is very spacious and comfortably provides accommodation for 9 people in an unspoiled and secluded but not isolated location. Perfect for idyllic French holidays in the Languedoc Roussillon region of Southern France.

The gite has a dishwasher, microwave, toaster, cooker, a fridge and a good range of cooking utensils so that if you choose to you can cater for and prepare your own meals almost as if you were at home but in a typical rustic French kitchen

There is a pool and gardens which provide a tranquil setting in which you can relax. The attractive swimming pool (15 x 6.5 meters) is fenced in accordance with the new French safety regulations. The pool is in the sun for most of the day but there are trees in the garden which can provide dappled shade when you want to avoid direct sunlight. The total area of the immediate site is around 1 acre and is surrounded by sunflower and barley fields depending on the local farmers crop for the year.

Full details for the gite including contact, pricing and availability details can be found on the website French Holidays Aude

Painting Holidays in France - Learning to paint in France for beginners or for those developing their art

Learn to Paint in France
Learn to Paint in France

Painting Holidays in France

Introducing Nicola Blakemore, a professional English artist who is now collaborating with French Holiday Aude to offer fully catered for painting courses in France at our accommodation in Languedoc Roussillon.

Nicola has had a long held wish to live and work in the South of France and has now realised her dream, much to our delight. Because in addition to running painting courses from her own facility in Quarante, she has also agreed to run her highly regarded painting courses using our 300 year old former watermill as a base.

Please visit our website and click on painting courses for the full details including more information on Nicola and her past career.

In and around Le Moulin de l'Argentouire - A lovely place to stay in France

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Bedroom 3 arranged as a doubleBedroom 4, the smallest but still quite spaciousFrom the patio looking towards the poolA nice long drive to ensure some peace and quietFrom the pool to the patioA funny place to nestLarge gardens in which to roamA lovely autumn sunsetThe donkey path to the wellNosy neighboursA little guest, should be up a tree reallyThe wisteria in springtimeSunflowers every other yearA view of the pool from the top garden
Bedroom 3 arranged as a double
Bedroom 3 arranged as a double
Bedroom 4, the smallest but still quite spacious
Bedroom 4, the smallest but still quite spacious
From the patio looking towards the pool
From the patio looking towards the pool
A nice long drive to ensure some peace and quiet
A nice long drive to ensure some peace and quiet
From the pool to the patio
From the pool to the patio
A funny place to nest
A funny place to nest
Large gardens in which to roam
Large gardens in which to roam
A lovely autumn sunset
A lovely autumn sunset
The donkey path to the well
The donkey path to the well
Nosy neighbours
Nosy neighbours
A little guest, should be up a tree really
A little guest, should be up a tree really
The wisteria in springtime
The wisteria in springtime
Sunflowers every other year
Sunflowers every other year
A view of the pool from the top garden
A view of the pool from the top garden

La Cite - Carcassonne Castle

Carcassonne castle otherwise known as 'La Cite" a world heritage site with a thriving, living community where old meets new and a more spectacular castle you are unlikely to find anywhere.

It does cater for the tourist industry so expect to find lots of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and activities aimed at visitors to the city. Some may say that this detracts from its authenticity, but in truth the castle is so big that you can escape to quieter corners, or wander along the ramparts and imagine what it must have been like in medieval times, if that is what you prefer.

Le Moulin De l'Argentouire

How on earth do you get to this place

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Visa Requirements

Bet I need a visa, well actually you don't, US passport holders can go to every country in the EU for at least up to 90 days VISA-free. *The UK allows 6 months.

If you are a European Traveller you can find all the travel options for Europe via this link. Includes flights, train, bus or coach and driving to Europe.

Favorite European Holiday Destinations

Which is your favorite European holiday destination?

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Have you ever been or dreamed of going to the South of France, let us know.

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    • RaintreeAnnie profile image

      RaintreeAnnie 3 years ago from UK

      This looks and sounds just gorgeous, a beautiful place for a holiday.

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      @Charito1962: It is a lovely place to visit, full of history, culture and very beautiful scenery.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wish I could visit France someday!

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      Wedding Mom 4 years ago

      I would love to spend a wonderful holiday in France.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Would love to return to France someday and tour the countryside. This looks like a lovely place to stay! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Would love to return to France someday and tour the countryside. This looks like a lovely place to stay! :)

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      Looks lovely. I've not been to the south west of France that much, but the wine's good.

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      @BLouw: Thanks very much, we think so as well.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      This looks lovely!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      lovely

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      I've been to France, but mainly around Paris. Didn't have much time to spend in southern France, but it seems really beautiful! Next time...

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      floresbrowns 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I was reading your lens about A Holiday in France. Glad to read your news. Would love to read more lens from your site..

      Best of luck..

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Happy Holidays.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Happy Holidays.

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      Nowran 6 years ago

      We are planning to visit Carcassonne next year - thanks for the information here, it will be very useful to us.

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      Penny Pincher G 6 years ago

      I would love to visit France again. It is such a beautiful place to visit

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A handsome lens. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A handsome lens. Thank you.

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      Brian Stephens 6 years ago from France

      @anonymous: It really is a fabulous chill out place for a holiday, it is out in the country a little but you can soon get into some of the local towns and cities if you want to. Many of our guests have commented on their holiday with us, I have recorded their comments in our online Guest Book so anyone can get a feel for the type of holiday on offer. Many thanks for the comment.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As my children get older and start having their own, I am always interested to see places that may be suitable for a holiday for us. Southern France is within travelling distance for us and I often think it would be nice to go there. Your Gite looks beautiful :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful description that one feels like holidaying in France -right away.Lensrolled to my lenses- "Awesome Country French Curtains" and "Discover france wine map".

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      this is a great lens

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Wonderful place! I've never been there, but it feels like I have. Thanks for sharing!

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      Weblady 6 years ago

      Lovely place in the French countryside with wonderful walks and views. Fabulous

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I believe France is very beautiful . It has the ancient civilization, culture and beautiful castles that have withstood the time and history.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Snooker Cues

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      Bellezza-Decor 7 years ago from Canada

      Never been to France, but would love to go someday! Thanks for dropping by.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      France is one of the places we're considering going for next year's vacation, and now I'm really inspired! I've been to Paris a couple of times, and we'd probably go back there for a few days because my husband's never been there, but I'd definitely want to visit other parts of France. So I'm favoriting this lens to return to. I have a lens asking people to help us decide where to go, and I should add this to the featured lenses there for France. Great job!

      (Also, thanks for visiting my submarine movie lens and coming out of the sub flick closet. How brave! :) )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely photos and wonderful information! I found this through She Told Me.

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      It looks like a beautiful country from this beautiful lens. Thank-you for all the detail.

      5 stars*****

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I had to revisit this lens to see if it were as lovely as I remembered. I was right! Blessed by an Angel today ( /my-angel-blessings )

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      [in reply to Home-Interior-Designer] Tour de France is good we watched it go through the Corbieres wine region last year. Lots of sponsors driving past throwing out freebies and helicopters circling the leaders with people from all over the world watching the spectacle. A good day out.

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      Home Interior D 8 years ago

      Carcassonne, what an amazing place. Maybe one of the closest gateways to heaven. I live just 22 miles away from France across the English Channel so it's easy for me to just hop on a ferry and visit. Although northern France is no where near as beautiful as the south. I'm looking forward to watching the Tour de France cycle race just to see the wonderful scenery.

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      kirstyrebecca 8 years ago

      This place looks great, I am definitely going to check it out.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens. I used to love driving through France, have been to Normandy and Brittany a few times, and we used to stay in Gites, it's a great way to see France.

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from France

      [in reply to JellyGirl1] Be great to see you if you do decide to come to France, the weather can still be pretty good in October but just in case we are in the process of installing a log burning stove for those chilly evenings if they happen.

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      JellyGirl1 8 years ago

      I can't wait to come stay at your gite! We're getting married in Oct. '09 and will take a belated honeymoon....maybe to France!? If so, you are definitely on the list!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am really jealous. I would love to travel in France. The pictures are just lovely.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I wish I could go!

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      AslanBooks 8 years ago

      Hmmm...France...

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Wish I was there now

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      France is wonderful! Thanks for adding this lens to All Things Travel.