Le Moulin du Siffré

 
 

Le Moulin du Siffré appears on maps of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France dating from at least the mid-1700s, but it is probably older. Its days as a gristmill, using the headwaters of the river Desix for power, ended in the 1930s. The house was renovated in the late 1970s or early 1980s, retaining several of the original mill features. The most recent owners converted the ‘Moulinette,’ the smaller millhouse that sits below the main millhouse, into a guest house. They also did a tremendous amount of landscaping, and installed the fishpond, gardens, and walkways around the property.


Le Moulin du Siffré is located just outside of the small village of Rabouillet, in the heart of the Cathar country, scene of bloody Catholic crusades in the 12th century. It is on the ancient border of Catalonia to the south and Languedoc to the north. The Mediterranean, 30 miles to the east, is visible from the hill behind the house.


We bought the property in June 2010, and moved in in September, fulfilling a dream to retire early and live in Europe. We are now busy learning the language, discovering the nearby climbing areas, making new friends, and working on the house.

 

Le Moulin du Siffré

Rabouillet, France