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Alex and Pipa Francis

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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Alex and Pipa Francis

Advertiser since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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ROBERT DOISNEAU APARTMENT

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Luxury double Bedroom apartments, sleep two, town centre, all amenities

The apartments at Rue Barbes are three beautifully restored apartments located in the heart of Carcassonne old town in La Bastide, just off the market square in Place Carnot. Each of the individually decorated apartments occupies one entire floor of the property and is named after a famous French photographer.The apartments are perfectly located for the weekly markets, shops and alfresco dining. The property dates from the 1730's and the owners have kept the character of the property but with all the benefits of modern fittings, antique furniture and fine art. From the moment you walk into the apartments you will be transported to the elegance and romance of 18th century France, but with all modern comforts. Classic french beds, luxurious linen, deluge showers, antique furniture and modern kitchens. The apartments are perfect for couples wanting a romantic break or for small group bookings of up to three couples.

Carcassonne La 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 from June to August with many of the events taking place in Place Carnot. The famous market on Saturday is a must for all those visiting this beautiful and unspoilt part of France.The town is thronging with visitors discovering the Cathar castle and the fabulous history as well as the wines and restaurants of the region. With the spectacular fireworks in July, the fairs and festivals the apartments are perfectly located.

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.

For Golfers there is a superb golf course at Carcassonne, as well as Mazamet, Perpignan, Toulouse and Bezier. A selection of men and ladies golf clubs are available for rental.

Eating and Dining: 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. Carcassonne has a number of Michelin starred restaurants as many superb bistros especially in the old town and la Cite. For those with a car we can recommend several wonderful restaurants in the surrounding region.

Each apartment has a library of guide books and directory of local events.

More Details

Details for Robert Doisneau Apartment 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Robert Doisneau Apartment is located on the second floor of a beautifully restored 18th century town house in the centre of old historical Carcassonne on Rue Barbes which itself leads off the famous market square in the heart of the old town. The rooms are all furnished with beautiful antiques beds and armoirs and comfortable sofas and armchairs. There are fine paintings, prints and and photos in all rooms and oriental carpets on the floors.The Apartments at 38 Rue Barbes were newly restored in 2010. Each apartment shares a private entrance with intercom. With high ceilings and tall windows the apartment is light and airy and the original wooden floors have the warmth and rich deep patina of a hundred years of history. The windows have original internal regency style shutters to allow guests to have the privacy and quiet enjoyment of the apartment as well as delicate curtains for cool summer evenings. The apartment has TV, DVD, radio, and internet as well as a small library.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alex and Pipa Francis (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
December 22, 2014

About Alex and Pipa Francis

Pipa and Alex moved to France with their young family in 2003. Having been often disappointed with the quality of holiday apartments where we had stayed, we decided to start our own business in Carcassonne providing holiday lettings for visitors to this historic City.

We bought this town house in 2008. At the time it was an almost derelict building. Today it has been patiently and lovingly restored keeping the character of a 18th century town house but with all modern conveniences. The ground floor is now a delightful and bright wine shop and art gallery.

We have lived in France for 10 years, brought up six children and want to share our love of France and Carcassonne with our friends and guests. The apartments were first rented out in 2010; the final part of the project has been the restoration and opening of the boutique wine shop in December 2012 which also a gallery and tasting room. Located at 38 rue Barbes on the ground floor, this wonderful and warm locale has quickly become a favourite meeting place for guests and customers alike. We live in the heart of the Minervois countryside about 15 minutes form town but we are always on hand. This family run business is on hand to help our guests make the most of their holiday.

Alex and Pipa Francis purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Alex and Pipa Francis chose Carcassonne City

Rue Barbes is close to the centre of old Carcassonne town. It is an historic district with lots of shops, and the street itself is rapidly up and coming with new boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and a chocolatiere. The main market is a few paces away and it is safe and friendly place with lots of bustle. We love the atmosphere, the sound, colour and local characters, the wonderful bakeries and delicatessens and outstanding bistros and cafes are all with minutes of the apartments.

What makes this apartment unique

If you like wines or just want to learn more this has to be the best location for your holiday. In our shop on the ground floor we have an excellent selection of wines from local growers plus wines from further afield in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with some new world wines joining us in the Spring. We are partnered with several wine tour companies and the local wine school who offer days tastings and courses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in Rue Barbes from 25th - 29th March the second floor

apartment, which was ideal for two, very clean and well equipped. The

apartment is very central and a car is certainly not necessary - in fact we flew

from Bournemouth airport and within 2 1/2 hours we were at the door to the

apartment.



It was also very close to the railway station and therefore travelling around

was very easy, and it also gave my husband the opportunity to have one

more glass of wine, which if you enjoy the odd tipple couldn't be easier as

the owners also own the wine shop downstairs! Not only were they

extremely friendly but also very knowledgeable.



I certainly would return should I be in Carcassonne
Mar 2013
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Reviews

4.8
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Robert Doisneau Apartment
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 19 reviews
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Robert Doisneau Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p409193
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Comfortable place to stay

  • 5 of 5
We were very pleased with the comfort and cleanliness of this property, everything you needed for a self catering holiday. The weather was a little too hot for us but there was a very large, efficient fan to help to cool us down. Very handy location, we walked everywhere. Be aware there are 44 steps up to the apartment, even more to the one on the next floor. Should we visit Carcassonne again we ŵill definitely come back here.
  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Robert Doisneau Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p409193
+33 -468109704
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Excellent base to explore Carcassonne

  • 5 of 5
I arrived at midday and was able to leave my luggage in the wine shop below. When I returned after lunch the apartment was ready. I was made very welcome by the owners. The apartment is well equipped, clean and comfortable. It is very convenient for the railway station and shops. The is a Carrefour nearby which is ideal for buying food supplies. Tourist Information and a post office are very close. The old town is about a 20 minute walk away. Thank you Alex and Pipa for making me welcome in this lovely apartment.
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Robert Doisneau Apartment
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
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5

Everything we expected

  • 5 of 5
The apartment was everything we expected very French !! Location is fantastic !! Carcassonne is an amazing place no photos do it justice. But the noise especially in the evening and night is unbelievable!!! This is due we think to narrow streets. The whole town is noisy. We had an amazing time and would recommend the place and apartments.
  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
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Jo-Anne

  • 5 of 5
The parking was an short walk, very reasonably priced and secure. We were greeted by daughter Gabriella at the wine shop next to the apartment. She was charming and informative - wine suggestions excellent. The apartment had old world charm and the basics for a comfortable stay. The location was perfect for walks to shopping, cafés, the canal and the very impressive castle. We had a rental car and enjoyed drives to surrounding villages including Montolieu and Aragon (both lovely).
  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Robert Doisneau Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p409193
+33 -468109704
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Perfect! This place is like a dream.

  • 5 of 5
The location is great. The space is roomy. Everything you needed is there. English speaking Owner wine experts Alex his son Mathew and daughter Gabriella are super friendly and helpful. Weekly parking is cheap and not far. Farmer market and la Cite are all just around the corner within walking distance.
We spent 2 months in France every year and been thru a lot. This is one of the best we stayed. Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Robert Doisneau Apartment
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p409193
+33 -468109704
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Hated to Leave

  • 5 of 5
This place is everything promised on their website - lovely property in a great location. It's an easy walk to the old city but in a part of town with much more available - cafés, bakeries, and other shops, plus a wonderful farmer's market held 3xweekly in the square only one block away. The apartment itself is clean, spacious, and charming, a nice combination of comfortable furniture and period pieces. The kitchen and bath are stocked with all the necessities (although I didn't find the hair dryer for a few days - in a bedroom dresser drawer). The owner and family are friendly and flexible. Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Carcassonne
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Carcassonne
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Ariege
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne Plage
Car: not necessary

With Carcassonne airport only 10 minutes away with flights from London, Bournmouth, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool and Belgium, Frankfurt and Dublin and Toulouse, Bezier, Perpignan and Girona airports a mere hour and half away Carcassonne is the perfect place for a weekend escape, short breaks and holidays. The apartments are located just off Place Carnot, the traditional market square of Carcassonne in the medieval heart of the fortified old town, the Bastide. For visitors to the town a car is not required but is recommended for anyone wanting to visit the region in full. For drivers there is long term secure parking close by. Here you can find a paradise of street cafes, excellent value restaurants and Michelin starred restaurants as well as markets and shops galore. For history lovers and readers of Labarynth there are Castles, and Cathars, for gastronomes the local wines and food, for nature lovers some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in the South of France.

Other Activities: Canal boat trips, wine tours, gastromic events, fireworks, historical

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Rates & Availability

From £45 Per night

Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
winter
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
£45
£265
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£55
£350
 
 
Carcassonne Festival
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 8 2015
7 night minimum stay
£420
 
 
Summer
Aug 9 2015 - Sep 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
£60
£395
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£60
£350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Linen and Cleaning £30
Refundable damage deposit £100
Notes A security deposit by cheque is required of £100 or €100,00 on arrival which will be returned on departure.
Linen and towels are included.
There is a charge of €28 per rental for cleaning of the apartment for guests on departure payable at the time of booking.
Additional sets and changes of linen are charges at €13,50 per set or per change.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Carcassonne City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 48 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a full walk in 'deluge' shower that can accomodate two people. With a glass wall and marble tiles it is a statement of pampering and indulgence. We also offer complimentary soaps, gels and shampoos and top quality fittings with soft cotton towels. There is a towel rail, mirror, shaver point and wash basin. We also supply a hair dryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom in Apartment Robert Doisneau has our favourite regency style bed. It is an antique French double bed with deep carvings and scrolls. It is beautiful and elegant. Fitted with a quality mattress, cotton sheets, duck down duvets and soft pillows. Sheets and blankets are also available on request. There are bedside lamps, an antique wardrobe, reading armchair and dressing table and oriental carpets on the floor. The French windows have the original internal regency style shutters which traditionally keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Light voile curtains also keep the aparment cool in the summer.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
The Kitchens of the apartments are all furnished to a very high standard with solid marble work surfaces, butlers sinks, traditional terracotta floors and ample storage space. Each kitchen has a modern microwave oven, electric hobs, fridge freezer and washer/drier machine. Cartier Bresson apartment also has a built in oven for guests requiring longer rentals. There is a small library of books provided in the entrance hall to the apartments as well as a selection of DVDs in each apartment. The apartments have electric heating in all rooms. Fans are also available for all the apartments if needed. Please ask and these will be supplied on request.

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