Sheltered by wooded foothills but looking out to the Pyrenees a few miles to the south, the Château lies on a rock cliff which falls sheer to the River Touyre below. The river runs almost 360° around the rock, creating a presqu'île of the property and its garden. Although secluded, local towns Mirepoix and Lavelanet are both within 15 minutes. The surrounding area is famous for its beauty, its architecture and its Cathar history. All the Cathar castles (Montségur, Rocquesfixade, Peyrepeteuse, Puilaurens, Quillan...) are within an hour or so. Plenty of walking and riding, skiing is available nearby, there is lake sailing 10 minutes away and the coast is but an hour's drive.

The house has an interesting history. It is one of the first recorded settlements in Languedoc and was a Cathar refuge in its time. An 11th century chapel and the remains of an ancient forge, both within the grounds, provide impressive evidence of earlier importance and grandeur. Queille was the principal source of supplies to Montségur during its siege in 1244. If you are interested, see Queille History.

The house comprises two adjacent, connected buildings: the core of the old house and a newer wing. Both have been completely renovated and restored. On the ground floor of the main house there is a very large kitchen/dining room (11 x 8 metres) with an enormous open fireplace and a pantry, a small library and an elegant saloon. There are stone or terracotta-tiled floors throughout and ceilings both on this floor and upstairs are about four metres high. Stone stairs lead up to two magnificent bedroom suites with their own bathrooms and one other small twin bedroom (connected to one of the other bedrooms). Up again and there's an enormous (11 x 30 sq. metres) room set out as a childrens' dormitory which sleeps about 15 (with a Ping-Pong table) with two showers and a loo in the tower. The newer wing contains 5 double rooms, 2 of which can be converted to twin bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms; a large double height music room with a grand piano on the first floor, a study and a spacious gallery on the 2nd floor, with a full size snooker table. The house is fully furnished in a clean, simple and uncluttered manner.

Outside a very dramatic pool sits on the cliff's edge. There is a pool house, a summer kitchen with seating for sixteen, a shower and a barbecue. The garden falls overs 4 terraces of flowers, paths and a waterfall into beautiful surrounding parkland with the 11th century chapel, a ruined medieval forge, a cemetery and numerous walks through woods, up hills, by the river etc.

Parties of 16 adults or 25 with children can be easily accommodated. But the place is equally comfortable, spacious and peaceful with just one or two couples. A caretaker, with two dogs and some cats, lives on the premises year round and he will be happy to do cleaning. A cook can be arranged, if required.

Please click Renting Terms and Notes for rental terms and conditions, which include useful notes for visitors to Queille about staying in the house and enjoying your time there.

Shopping is in Mirepoix, about 10-15 minutes away. Toulouse is an hour away and has regular daily flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, Paris, Nice and most major European cities. Ryanair flies daily from Stansted to Carcassonne, which is 40 minutes from the house. Queille is also accessible from Montpellier (2 hours), Perpignan (75 minutes), Gerona and Barcelona (2-3 hours).

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The master guest room

A view of the garden

In the Gallery

The swimming pool

Morning light

Ambling home in the river