Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Photos and Description
Overlooking the market square, beautifully furnished, perfect for long weekends
This romantic apartment is in the heart of Carcassonne's La Bastide, the old town. Only 10 minutes by bus from the airport and 5 minutes walk from the railway station you could not ask for a more perfect and convenient location in Carcassonne. Not only is the apartment in a quiet, privately owned town house dating from 1713 but it is on the top floor with a wonderful view across the Market Square of Place Carnot, Carcassonne's most famous market and the location for the weekend market and winter fairs. It also has use of a large roof terrace which in the summer gives unrivalled views of La Cite, the medieval castle and for the magnificent and world famous fireworks of 14th July. It is perfect for an alfresco breakfast or sunning yourself during the day or simply relaxing in the evening with a glass of chilled Champagne as the sun sets over the mountains in the distance. The flat has been completely restored in 2008 and now is a delightfully relaxing and romantic place to stay.
Carcassonne Cite: Carcassonne is has one of the most beautiful fairy tale castles to be found anywhere in the world. It is the cultural and historical capital of the Aude region sitting upon the Aude river and crossed by the breathtakingly beautiful Canal du Midi.
During the summer it is host to innumerable festivals, and has the largest and most spectacular firework display in France on the 14th of July. Even in low season and winter there is plenty to do with the winter markets, truffle and duck fairs and antique fairs. The Carcassonne Festival takes place throughout July with many of the events taking place in Place Carnot.
Cathar Country: The region around Carcassonne is world famous for the Cathar history, and for the many castles that were built from the 12th to the 14th century. Many of these have survived and worth visiting especially for anyone interested in the legend and myths of the Holy Grail. Within an hour you can be walking or skiing in the mountains of the Arriege, and within two hours in the Pyrenees. The number of places to visit in one week is almost unlimited and there is plenty to occupy you in Carcassonne alone for a week.
Eating and Drinking: Carcassonne sits on the edge of the Langedoc wine region and is literally surrounded by vineyards and wineries. We can organise wine tasting tours for our guests and advise you on local restaurants and local specialities. The apartment has a library of guide books.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Alex and Pipa Francis
Pipa and Alex have lived in France for 10 years. With backgrounds in hospitality and wines it was only natural that we wanted to share our love of France and the Aude with our guests. We have recently opened a wine shop and tasting room in Carcassonne a few doors from the apartment which serves as a unique meeting place for guests, locals and visitors to Carcassonne.
Alex and Pipa Francis purchased this apartment in 2009
Why Alex and Pipa Francis chose Carcassonne City
We chose this property as it was as central to Carcassonne as possible. In the winter it overlooks the ice-rink and Christmas fair and the summer it is buzzing with the sounds and character of a truly French provincial town. The design of the flat means the bedroom is away from the square and very quiet, while the roof terrace gives unrivalled views across to the medieval castle.
What makes this apartment unique
The sense of stepping back a few centuries into a delightful town house with the right balance of modern and ancient. It is romantic and comfortable with large well proportioned rooms.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Dear Pipa and Alex
Thank you, we had a wonderful time and saw a side of Carcassonne we hadn't seen before and the festivities made it magical. The apartment was perfect for us, very comfortable with everything we needed (if fact we would like to have taken the bed home with us! and the lounge was cosy in the evening and the shower was excellent as well), and in a great central spot. We ate at La Ferme on your recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed a different eating experience with fabulous choice of wine to match. The boulangerie on the corner was also fantastic for their bread and pastries. Bar Felix was fantastic for a coffee and a bit of people watching! As you know, we hired a car so we went down to Limoux on the Saturday and to Esperaza for their market on the Sunday, neither of which is very far away and we had no trouble parking when we returned thanks to your advice. The apartment was in a great spot for us, giving us the central location to be in the heart of things but only a 20 minute drive away for a quieter couple of hours.
We have always found the people in that part of the world to be friendly and fun and we happily mingled with the crowds in Carcassonne - it was a brilliant weekend and one we hope to replicate at some point. We would recommend your lovely apartment for people who like to be the hub of things but also those who would like to explore the outskirts of Carcassonne a little further as well.
Thanks for all your help and all the very best to you both and your family for the Christmas and the New Year.
Viv and Damian