Two Bedrooms (three beds), Two Shower Rooms, Kitchen/Diner/Lounge, Wifi and HDTV
Ian & Anna Dougal
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
House may not be suitable for younger children
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Ensure cutlery, crockery and glassware are clean for next guests - use dishwasher (tabs provided)
Any equipment is used at the renters’ own risk.
Keep house secure, avoiding mistaken opening of automated garage doors. (Avoid inadvertent pressing of key fob button, for example, while in pocket.)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Great facilities in a wonderful location
The property is accurately described as presented in the HomeAway details. I find it difficult to judge size from photos and was pleasantly surprised. In my opinion, it is spacious, well equipped and fantastically well placed for easy access to the medieval Cite and the 'newer' 13th century Carcassonne town.
The owners have provided a very well thought-out and useful house book that answers most of a visitor's questions and I found the caretaker Chantel to be very pleasant and very helpful.
Over all I found the house to be light and airy, even the basement where there's loads of space to hang washing that dries well ~ (it had to be done, even on holiday) ~ note the suggestion in the house book re leaving the window open.
The kitchen/living area is a good size and 2 adults can easily move around the cooking area. The kitchen has everything one needs to self cater (beware the hidy drawer with the corkscrew) with a 4 ring hob, full sized cooker and dishwasher. There's a good sized fridge freezer in the kitchen and a spare fridge in the basement. All in all there's plenty of cutlery, crockery, glasses and pots and pans for 4 people and that, I find, makes life easier overall.
The living space has plenty of space for 4 with 2 sofas that I found very comfortable and a TV. There's also a great selection of games for PS3 and the wherewithall to play them.
My own delight was finding the Kate Mosse Languedoc trilogy books in the kitchen. I really enjoyed reading Citadel in the very place the action is set. A couple of very rainy holiday days, a comfy sofa ~ a great diversion.
The downstairs bathroom does have a low ceiling, (as noted in some of the reviews I read) but as we're not a tall family it suited us well.
The property has the added benefit of a lovely clean garage. We hired a Renault Captur and it was a good fit, it took away all the worry of finding somewhere to park, and leaving the hire car out in the street and possibly out of sight too.
There is so much to see in and around Carcassonne it was a real pleasure having a lovely place to stay while we enjoyed it.
Well provisioned, comfortable, and well located
This property enjoys a spectacular location just down the hill from the walls of the old city. It has an exceptionally well-provisioned kitchen, two comfortable bedrooms, and a living area that will accommodate 2-4 people comfortably. Be aware that the local property manager does not speak English, so, if you don’t speak French, there will be communication problems.
Great with just a couple problems!
Well equipped except needs regular coffee maker. Great location and garage for the car was great. Overall, house was damp; noticed mold on ceiling in entrance way.
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
As we advised before your stay, our house had suffered severe water incursion in the storms that caused the catastrophic floods that devastated the area around Carcassonne less than a week before, and it was touch and go whether it would be habitable for you. In the short period of time they had, our guardians did the best they could to dry the property, but had to wait until there was a significant gap between guests to replace the ceilings etc (it's being done now that you have left!). We did warn you that they had described it as "humid"!
The house usually has both the stove top and press type cafetieres, and a spare press should be in the "spares" cupboard in the kitchen (as described in the welcome book). However, as they are glass, presses occasionally get broken. I am sorry that none remained for your visit. We will try to make sure that we have more spares in stock, or investigate metal presses, so that at least one remains at all times!
Maybe you can come and stay with us again, to see if we do better next time!
Anna and Ian
The apartment is lovely, Well equipped and very well positioned.
We loved the apartment. It was very homely and in a sweet part of the old city right under the Cite walls. An easy walk to the medieval ramparts above where there are lots of restaurants - and tourists!
About a ten minute walk takes you to a number of restaurants on Rue Trivalle and bars. It's a little way from the town centre (about a 25 minute walk and about a 30 minute walk to the Carcassonne station.
The hosts Anna and Ian are easily contactable and very helpful for everything. We really enjoyed staying there.
A delightful property in a great location
The owners of this property have clearly thought carefully about what to provide their guests. Having previously stayed in static caravans, it was a joy to be somewhere so well-equipped and comfortable. We all enjoyed our stay very much. The children were particularly thrilled by the numerous lizards who inhabit the outer walls of the house on warm nights! Having free wi-fi was an added bonus. The location was perfect for visiting the mediaeval city and near to all the necessary shops and amenities. Above all, the information pack provided by Anna and Ian was brilliant, covering everything we possibly needed to know.
Garage was a Blessing!!
We were visiting during the Tour de France so the Garage was such a blessing. Parking in town would have been a nightmare! We arrived later than expected due to issues with our car rental. We called the caretaker to let him know well in advance but he was not happy about it. Thankfully the owner sorted it out for us and we had no issues getting our apartment when we arrived at 10:30 pm.
The apartment was well stocked with everything we needed. The ground level where the 2nd bathroom is located had musty smell so we didn’t use that floor during our stay. The upper level had plenty of windows and light. One bathroom was sufficient for our family of 4.
Overall, we had a lovely stay. Would definitely stay here again.
At the foot of the medieval Cité (a UNESCO World Heritage site), this house in the historic Barbacane area is ideally placed to explore both the old and new towns of Carcassonne. Two Michelin-starred restaurants are within a few minutes walk and many other excellent local restaurants and cafes are also nearby. The historic old bridge over the River Aude, with its dramatic views of the castle and its ramparts, and the Pyrenees in the distance, is five minutes walk away. A tree-lined stream, ideal either for a short stroll or longer walks is at the end of the road. An open air swimming pool and tennis courts are fifteen minutes walk away. The train station and town centre are within a twenty minute walk with numerous independent shops, restaurants, museums and the town square. Boat trips on the Canal du Midi (also a World Heritage site) are available next to the train station.
Local bakers/grocers are within a few minutes walk of the house and a mini-market in the town square is a fifteen minute stroll away
Internally, the bright bedrooms offer glimpses of the castle ramparts. There is a new shower room with a separate additional shower room.
Free wi-fi and (high definition) satellite TV.
For the winter months there is a wood-burning stove and electric radiators are throughout.
A kitchen/diner/lounge area includes two large settees as well as a breakfast bar with four high chairs (please bear this in mind if you have younger children).
The washing machine is in a utility room in the cellar.
For those with a car the house also has a private garage.
A golf course is 10 minutes drive away as is the beach at the Lac de Cavayere. Toulouse is just over an hour away via the Autoroute and the beaches at the Mediterranean seaside are also around an hour away. Numerous historic villages are less than an hour away including Bram, Villemoustaussou where excellent vineyard tours are available at Domaine O'Vineyards, Pennautier and Aragon.
Prices include all taxes, bed linen, towels, cleaning and, if needed, heating.