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Elegant and romantic apartments in Medieval Carcassonne. - Cartier Bresson Apartment

Alex and Pipa Francis

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Alex and Pipa Francis

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Elegant and romantic apartments in Medieval Carcassonne. - Cartier Bresson Apartment

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 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 Cartier Bresson Apartment 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Apartments at 38 Rue Barbes are newly restored in 2010. Each apartment shares a private entrance with intercom. Apartment Cartier Bresson is located on the first floor . 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 double french windows open onto a long balcony with flowers and window boxes. The french windows have original internal regency style shutters to allow guests to have the privacy and quiet enjoyment of the apartment. The sitting room is comfortably furnished with oriental carpets, deep sofas, arm chairs and paintings. There is a flat screen television with DVD, hi fi and free wifi. There is a selection of books and a library of films is also available. The kitchen is fully fitted with marble worktops with all modern conveniences. Rue Barbes is located just off Place Carnot with its lively markets, cafes and restaurants.
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)
Member 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:
April 29, 2015

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.

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Reviews

4.6
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Cartier Bresson Apartment
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews
3

Location, location, location!

  • 3 of 5

This is a snug apartment right in the heart of the Bastide de Carcassonne, a perfect location for sampling French town life. The apartment is as described, and is comfortable, although

spare light bulbs would be really useful and the bed's footboard presents a challenge to guests over 6 feet like me. But generally the apartment is well maintained and well equipped. We liked the curving stone stairs and the high ceilings! We went for a winter two week break in February and the apartment was beautifully warm.

The owners are friendly and efficient, and the nearby parking in a well lit and secure underground car park worked really well. 24 hour parking at less than 3 euros a day.

This is a great place to base a holiday, and we would certainly recommend the apartment to friends.

As we were there in the early season, some restaurants were closed or extremely quiet, but there is a wonderful choice in the town and the Cite and we enjoyed some great meals.

The nearby Haut Languedoc and the Pyrenees are wonderful places to explore, as are the many little towns tucked away in the hill. Visit Limoux and discover Blanquette de Limoux!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
4

Brilliant value.

  • 4 of 5

We found the apartment utterly charming and full of character, loved the original French doors and the wooden floors, there is just about everything you could possibly need in it. The kitchen is great with all mod cons (the oven controls took a bit of working out but we got there in the end) and the bed was very comfortable. Although we didn't find any English TV programmes, Pippa the owner leaves some DVDs in the lounge and says that she has quite a selection at her home to choose from should there not be anything to your taste in the room.

The location is great, we found the street below was sometimes a bit noisy with the occasional scooter passing by but the village square was 2 mins away with lots of places to eat, indulge in a glass of wine and soak up the atmosphere. The Old city is 10 mins walk away and we visited it quite a few times, again there are plenty of places inside the City walls to sit with a glass in between strolling through the narrow streets trying to imagine how it has been preserved so incredibly well.

If there is to be any negative comments I would say that the entrance hall could do with refreshing as it appeared a bit `tired', the building is very old and I loved all the features but the first impression of the hall did have me a little concerned. I needn't have worried though.

In the end we had a lovely holiday, very relaxing, most enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate booking again. Thanks Pippa.

Mick & Lyn

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Hated to leave

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to stay - about 15 minutes on foot from the old city, a block from a square where farmer's markets are held thrice weekly, and close to dozens of restaurants and bakeries. The apartment itself is exactly as it is portrayed on the owner's website - sunny, spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and set up with everything one needs for cooking in the lovely spacious kitchen. Great WiFi and TV connections, good heaters in every room, thick towels and a modern shower, too. We had a friendly and efficient reception from the owner that included a complimentary bottle of wine from the family's wine shop next door, and he and other family members were always willing to answer questions. We were able to store our luggage with them our last day after check- out until our train left. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Excellent - Charming, tidy, central apartment

  • 5 of 5

We booked this apartment as a last minute getaway and were so pleased we did. This was the first time using the HomeAway website and we had never 'rented' accommodation before therefore we were feeling slightly wary as to what we would actually find when we got there.

We pre-booked a taxi from the airport (tel number supplied to us by the owners Alex & Pippa) and our transfer to the apartment was quick and easy. Alex was kindly there to greet us. As soon as we met him (we had spoken to him on the phone beforehand - as advised) any apprehensions we had entirely disappeared. The apartment was just as it is in the photographs, clean, tidy, charming and central. There is some noise with traffic at night time but that didn't deter from the enjoyment of our stay. We would say a lot of time and effort has been put in to making sure there is nothing lacking from the apartments. Alex gave us a list of local restaurants which we found extremely helpful and could not fault any of the ones we visited.

The town and area are perfect surroundings in which to spend a few days eating, drinking and relaxing. Such a short flight and transfer time will definitely ensure we will be wanting to visit Alex and Pippa again.

ps I forgot to tell you, Alex & Pippa we watered the plants as well!! :)

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you will come again soon. Thank you for watering the flowers on the balcony, it makes all the difference in the summer.
5

Perfect for elegant relaxation and exploration

  • 5 of 5

We don't like crowds so we timed our stay for after Easter (so things were open) and before the height of the summer crowds. What we wanted was a base from where we could explore the Bastide Medieval town and the Citadel by foot. These apartments are perfect for that.

You can eat out as much or as little as you like - with good kitchen facilities we could also relax in the flat with a simple salad, bread and cheese meal if we wanted; and some wine of course. Luckily Alex and Pipa's wine shop is on the ground floor so there isn't far to go for that either. You could cook a full meal if you desired, but we were on holiday.

There is a very good tourist info 50 yards away and Alex and Pipa are very knowledgeable about the area. They are fluent in French, English, wine, food and probably much more. Their recommendations for eateries were great, although the standard was generally high everywhere. It's always welcome to have a recommendation.

Of special note were the Creperie near the tourist info on Rue de Verdun and particularly Le Grand Bouffe near the station and canal - so good we went back on the last night as well. I shall be going to the effort of highly recommending it separately (to non-vegetarians).

The Bastide (the medieval town) is great to explore with vibrant markets, beautiful churches and architecture. One has a tower where you can get fantastic views of the town and across the river to the Citadel. You can see right from the snow capped Pyreneese to the black mountains.

The Citadel is exactly what any child from 5 to 105 expects and more. A great place to explore if you are able bodied and don't mind climbing a few steps for the reward of great views. The tourist information centre there runs free tours in several languages to give you the history and take you around. You can also pre-book these from the TI in the Bastide. The only place you need to pay (€8.50) to get in is the Chateau itself but that is well worth it because you can walk around a good third of the battlements with the same ticket. Another third of the battlements are being developed and will be open in the next year or so I think.

The main historical attractions can be seen over a long weekend but there is a lot more to do in and around Carcassonne. We had a relaxing week mainly eating, drinking reading and watching the world go by and for that the apartment was absolutely perfect. Thanks Alex, Pipa.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to receive good reviews and we do our very best to ensure that all guests enjoy their stay. It is made especially pleasurable when guests take the time and effort to discover the best of what Carcassonne has to offer and to let us know what has really worked for them. Thank you!
New Jersey, USA
4

Comfortable Apartment For Two

  • 4 of 5

Very nice, comfortable apartment near Place Carnot, perfect for a couple exploring Southwest France. Apartment is clean and well-maintained, although a bit more worn out than the pictures show. Parking is close by, just a few blocks, and we paid 20 Euros upon arrival for our entire stay (ask the cashier if you can get a weekly rate and a key card for entry/exit). Pippa and Alex had been traveling and not present upon our arrival, but their son Matthew got us situated and helped us with our bags up the stairs to the apartment. We had some trouble with the washing machine, and Pippa let us use the one in the 3rd floor apartment, which was vacant at the time.There was more street noise at night and early morning than we expected, maybe the upper floors would be quieter. Overall, we were very happy with the apartment and would recommend it to others.

We visited the Fontfroide Abbey near Narbonne, the villages/towns of LaGrasse, Castelnaudary, Albi, Cordes sur Ciel, Gaillac, Lautrec, Nimes, Uzes. In Carcassonne, our favorite restaurant was L'Ecurie. We also enjoyed Restaurant 37, L'Als Assiette, and L'Oueil de Resto. Visiting the Old Cite is a must but one afternoon is all you need there (a bit touristy for our taste). Overall, a beautiful part of France to visit in the fall!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • 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 £60 Per night

Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring
Mar 29 2015 - Jun 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
£60
£375
 
 
Festival de Carcassonne
Jun 26 2015 - Aug 8 2015
3 night minimum stay
£70
£460
 
 
Summer
Aug 9 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
£60
£395
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£60
£350
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linen £35
Notes A security deposit by cheque is required of £100 or €100,00 on arrival which will be returned on departure.
There is a charge of €28 per rental for linen, towels and cleaning of the apartment for guests on departure.
Additional sets and changes of linen are charges at €15,00 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:
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walkin deluge shower
  • The bathroom has a full walk in 'deluge' shower. 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. Our aim to offer you facilities as good as you will find in a quality boutique hotel.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Classic French bed
  • The bedroom has an antique French double bed with quality mattress, Frette 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 full length French windows have the original internal shutters which traditionally keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The French windows can open to lead out onto the sunny balcony.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
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:
Arriving by plane or train is simplicity itself as the apartments are a short taxi journey or bus transfer away. We also can offer our own transfer service to and from the airport. The railway is within a short walking distance and for guests arriving by car there is 24 hour secure underground car parking three minutes from the apartment. The cost is €23,00 per week. For guests that require a daily maid service this is available at an additional cost of €20 per day. 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 in the summer.

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