Domaine De La Couscouillette
13th Century Stone Windmills
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'. .....
Sloping Roof Mill
Here you see
a fairy tale place in thesouth of france.
13th century mill
The Two Mills of the Couscouillette
These two mills were the built in the 13th century and described by Pierre Cabirol, a priest researching the history of Montlaur in the ancient archives of the Abbey of Lagrasse, as the first windmills in the South of France. The part on Catharism in 'Montlaur-En-Val' (1926), as the book is called, has a section dedicated to the Couscouillette mills. It makes fascinating reading. You can buy it online at http://www.editions-lacour.com They were built in the aftermath of the Cathar wars, in 1260. Simon de Melun, who had been put in charge of the village by the King of France, ordered them to be built. He rented the land of the Couscouillette, paying 12 bushels of grain, to be paid at 'Saint Michel' (on the 29th of September) once a year. Only water mills existed in those days in the South of France. Montlaur had no large rivers, so the villagers ground their wheat at home, using two flint stones, attached one on top of the other by a metal bar. Simon de Melun had been on Crusades to the East and seen windmills operating there. One mill was to be used for wheat, the other for coarser grains.
The mills were burned down during the 100 days war, in 1360, possibly by the Black Prince, and resurrected 80 years later by the Count of Malacoste. The original flint grinding stones are lying outside the Pointed Roof Mill to this day, an inviting seat for our guests.
For more on the history of the Mills of the Couscouillette please click on History of the Couscouillette Mills
heated POOL 9.50m by 4m
domain of la Couscouillette
over the years we planted trees
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we added a conservatory
changed the crumbling
'chai' into a lovely private pool
Stick around and listen to the stories about the inhabitants of this place, past and present, starting today with the facts about Henry, the Magnificent..
Henry was one of 10 baby chicks. All of them were born in Bresse, that center of excellence for chickens. We, that is my husband and I, used to fool ourselves that living on a semi-farm we would actually farm our own dinners. Now, that is fine for tomatoes and other types vegetable life. But how can you eat a (be it) feathery person you know personally? It's cannibalism!
Then there's the fabulous story of Temps and Alaric the two Camargue horses,
who used to roam our hill side. You will meet Temps if you come and stay here for a vacation rental. In the 13th century mills, our holiday homes. Sadly, Alaric passed away Jan 2010 so Temps is alone now. But in spite of his age, he looks great and adores the odd treat of old bread, apple, pear or carrot. And loves attention...
Temps 27 years old May 2011
view from the mills over the valley of Val de Dagne
Tigger a long time ago
Here you see Fifi, or as she was named officially,
Royal Fifi du Boschauzi. She is a Coton de Tulear. Click here to see her with her partner William
For those of you who love talking birds :) read all about Charlie, the Javah Mynah. And... the story of
Cookie and Sugar our African Grey Parrots
And the sequel to that story called......LOVE with baby parrot! Extremely unusual, just 6 weeks old today, the 30th Dec 2009
Click here for a YouTube video of the whole African Grey Parrot family
This is babyWilliam, dd 29-02 2004, now pretty old but loved by all.
Here you can see what the Pointed Roof Mill looked like when we rescued it. Terrifying!!!!