Caroline Quentin

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TROUBADOUR

Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 & 2 bedroom apartments sleeping 2, 3 and 6

The apartments are in a listed building overlooking the historic Place Carnot with its famous plane trees, fountain, cafes & picturesque market. Fantastic view of everything that takes place in the square. The market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays, & covers the whole square on Saturdays. Grandstand view of all the festivals and other events. One minute walk from shops, cafes, restaurants, brasseries, ATMs etc. Bear in mind that being right in the town centre it can sometimes be noisy. Short walk to the Canal du Midi & the fabulous medieval Cite, & numerous excellent restaurants. Very near bus and railway stations. All apartments are beautifully & comfortably furnished & equipped, in a very French style but each with a different character. Les Platanes (2 bedrooms) is elegant & traditional, Troubadour (1 bedroom) is luxurious and romantic, & Neptune (1 bedroom) is modern and stylish.

Further details: Direct flights to Carcassonne from UK, apartments are 7 minutes from the airport. Wonderful holiday summer or winter (heating is included) -& you don't need a car.

If you would like to know more about this apartment and all the things to do in Carcassonne, please contact us and we will give you the address of our very comprehensive web site.

Local festivals - the summer: The Carcassonne Festival takes place throughout July, both in the Cité and in the Bastide St. Louis. Many of the events take place in the Place Carnot and can be viewed from the apartment. The programme contains opera, dance, theatre, jazz, salsa, country and western and other concerts, folklore, street-theatre and comedy. If you don't fancy a rock concert in the Place Carnot, go up to the Cite for some opera. In August a re-enactment of the days of the troubadours takes place. Knights and horses in full costume, along with processions of jugglers, acrobats, mime artists, gymnasts, dancers and musicians will entertain you with jousting and processions. There is an organ festival that takes place from mid-June to mid-September, with concerts on the famous organ at the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire in the Cite. And on Bastille Day (14th July) there is a truly spectacular firework display - the Cité looks as though it is being set on fire with 25 minutes of fireworks.

Local festivals - the rest of the year: There is a Christmas market in the Place Carnot with a stage, a skating rink (3 euros an hour!) with a huge ice spectacular one of the evenings, artificial icicles on the fountain, and artificial snow on Christmas trees and the wooden stalls. There is a huge ferris wheel with views of the town and Cite just outside the Bastide walls, sledging, trampolines, fireworks and many other activities including the Foie Gras fair the Sunday before Christmas. It is quite magic, and clients who have been there over Christmas have been enchanted.

There are three big fairs in Carcassonne during the year, on 6th March, 6th September and the Fair of Ste Catherine on 25th November. These fairs are huge events, with crafts and produce from the region and elsewhere. The Dame Carcas Pig Fair is at the beginning of March and at the end of March there are the antique fairs. The flea market takes place in September each year in the streets of La Trivalle, the district directly underneath the Cite.

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Details for Troubadour 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Troubadour is a 1 bedroom luxury apartment with a bathroom with bath, basin & WC, & spacious living room with ample kitchen area one end. It is a luxury apartment with quality furniture and equipment, & extras such as Egyptian cotton sateen bed linen, goose down pillows (synthetic available for allergy sufferers), silk curtains, towelling bathrobes & much more. The bedroom is very romantic, with off-white painted French furniture and a lacy half tester above the bed. Living room furniture includes a comfortable elegant sofa, beautiful cabinet, & traditional polished inlaid wooden dining table with tapestry chairs. There are beautiful mirrors & prints around the rooms, all contributing to the general effect of a smart Parisian apartment. As with the other apartments there is a stunning view over the Place Carnot. There is a brand new bathroom, & utility room with washing machine. All windows overlook the Place Carnot & have traditional shutters. Ideal for a romantic luxury holiday
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Caroline Quentin (Owner)
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About Caroline Quentin

I taught infants and Juniors for many years, including two years at an English school in Kuwait, which was a wonderful experience. My own education was entirely in England as I went to a girls' boarding school in the 50s - also quite an experience and one I greatly enjoyed. I left the teaching profession in the late 80s to help my husband set up our own business, a training company that ran courses internationally in the then pioneering field of software testing.

Shortly after we purchased a small Flemish farmhouse in northern France which we still own. It is in a plot of about one acre so we have a large garden to look after and we go over there at least 15 times a year. Our other main hobby is sailing, and we have a 40 foot boat that we keep in Turkey. We don't belong to any local sailing clubs, but are enthusiastic members of the Little Ship Club in London. Tuesday night is Club Night and we go up there as often as we can.

We are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 15. Three of them are very musical and play the saxophone, the clarinet and the violin. We take them all over to France when we get the chance, and they also come sailing with us and occasionally skiing.

We live in Southend, in Essex, and are lucky enough to see our grandchildren fairly frequently. The three oldest live just across the Thames, in Kent, the next two live in London, and the youngest and his parents actually are living here with us at the moment, although not for much longer as they will be moving about ten minutes away to their own place very shortly.

We acquired the first apartment in Carcassonne in 2003 and the other two in 2005.

Caroline Quentin purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Caroline Quentin chose Carcassonne City

Shortly after we got back from Kuwait we took our children on a holiday in France. We stayed partly in camping sites and partly in Logis, and drove everywhere in our white van (well, we do live in Essex, after all!). There were so many highlights of the trip but one of them was undoubtedly our visit to Carcassonne, a place I had read about and seen photographs of, and was desperate to go there and see it for myself. We were all, including the children, bowled over by the place, and years later when retirement was not so far off, we decided to invest in a property there. We came for an initial trip to look round the place again and also drive into the surrounding area. We soon decided that the best place to look for a property was in the delightful main square of the Bastide. Initially I had decided to look for somewhere in the Cite itself but soon realised that this would be a little like living in Disneyland! But the Place Carnot is only a short - and very attractive - walk from the Cite, and has all the advantages of being in the town centre. Living there even for a short time as a visitor, makes you feel as if you are part of the local community.

Once we had decided this was where we wanted to be, we perused all the estate agents and left our details, and then came down for several more visits before finding the ideal place. Mind you, as with English estate agents, several of the property details we were given were not even in Carcassonne, let alone in the Place Carnot! But in the end we found exactly what we were looking for. So ideal did we find it that when the opportunity arose a couple of years later to buy the two apartments above it, that this is exactly what we did.

What makes this apartment unique

We were undoubtedly very lucky to find exactly what we were looking for. And we do love to share our little bit of Carcassonne with our clients. We have furnished and equipped all the apartments as though they are solely for our own use, including a handful of family photographs. Many clients remark that they feel as though they have borrowed a friend's apartment rather than a rental apartment and this is just the impression we want to give. There are so many extra touches, such as alarm clocks beside the beds, sewing boxes, typical French shopping bags so that you can wonder around the market below feeling like a genuine local! However many times we visit we still love the moment each morning when we open the shutters and look out over the square below, particularly on market day - you couldn't be anywhere else but France.

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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 35 traveler reviews

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Troubadour
average rating of 4.8285713 based on 35 reviews
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Troubadour
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065?uni_id=70793
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Wirral, U.K
5

Troubadour apartment- amazing

  • 5 of 5
This apartment is by far the best equipped apartment we have ever stayed in!! The owner's attention to detail is second to none and I cannot think of one item of equipment that was not provided. All cleaning materials, shampoo, hair conditioner were there for use. The owner's customer service was superb, as much information as could be provided about the apartment and the area was sent by letter with the keys. Our stay was 18-25 February the weather was cold but fine, the outlook on to the Place Carnot was excellent and despite the cold we were able to sit out at the cafes and bistros exactly as stated in the owner's information pack.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to friends, absolutely perfect for a couple.
By the way I am not related in any way to the owner, just happened to be an amazing find.
  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What an accolade! Many thanks to this client for passing his comments on to anyone who is looking for the apartment that has everything!
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Troubadour
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065?uni_id=70793
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
4

Classy little den in the centre of things

  • 4 of 5
Very well positioned apartment; thoughtful provision of facilities; good standard of presentation and clever use of space. This location is well-suited for those not wishing to rely on a car. The furnishings are of a quality that requires day-to-day attention, but this is all to the good since it is clear that successive tenants have respected the contents and taken care of them. The result is a classy and enjoyable little den.
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this excellent review. I am delighted this couple enjoyed their stay at Troubadour. Their comment on how previous guests have taken care of the apartment is interesting; when we equipped Les Platanes, the first apartment we acquired, we were advised to get cheap white pottery as it would get broken so often and was easy to replace. We did this, and indeed various items frequently got broken. However we really would have preferred to buy something that went with the apartment, and so decided after a while to replace it with good quality pottery in a design and colours that coordinated with the kitchen tiles. Since then not a single item has been broke - clients like, respect and look after good quality items! Troubadour in fact has bone china and again, no item has ever been broken.
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Troubadour
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065?uni_id=70793
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5
The Troubadour is a small but beautiful apartment, perfect for a couple. It was immaculately clean and beautifully furnished in what we imagine to be typically French style. The situation is ideal - even us oldies could walk almost everywhere, i.e. Le Cite, Canal du Midi, shopping etc.

The setting up of the market on Saturday morning was rather noisy from about 4.30 a.m.! but this was part of the charm and the market was very interesting. Smaller markets on Tuesday (and I believe Thursdays but we weren't there) didn't disturb us at all.

The information provided was superb and very useful. We tried some of the restaurants and also one called (I think) l'assiette which was also very good (it has a model stork outside.

We also went on a boat trip on the Canal du Midi but apart from the locks we didn't really find it very interesting.

Thank you, Caroline, for the champagne and flowers. We had a wonderful time.

Meriel & Don
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Meriel and Don for your great review. Yes, we have tried to furnish it in a typically French fashion. The aim was to make clients feel they had borrowed a friend's apartment, rather than just rented somewhere. I don't know L'Assiette - we shall have to try it!
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Glasgow, United Kingdom
5

Fantastique!

  • 5 of 5
What a fantastic apartment!

It was like staying in your very best friend's home who has gone out of their way to ensure that your stay was as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

We loved it.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that accolade - just the effect we have tried to create!
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Troubadour
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Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Location, location, location!

  • 5 of 5
My friend Susan and I have just returned from a three night stay at Les Platanes. We booked this particular apartment because of the central location, the decor and the fact that there were two separate bedrooms.

Everything was exactly as we had hoped for and more! The location is perfect, right next to the central square of the town. Five minutes walk in one direction to the Train Station, five minutes in the other direction to the bridge at the base of La Cite, with another 10 minute walk taking you directly to the gates of the castle itself.

The beds were very comfortable and we slept very well. As it was St Patricks weekend there was plenty of partying going on late into the night. Light sleepers might find the noise outside somewhat disruptive, even with the windows closed, but we had no trouble sleeping on the three nights that we stayed. I don't think it would be possible to sleep with windows open but I note that fans are provided to keep guests cool in the summer.

The front of the apartment overlooks Place Carnot, and it has two large windows in both the sitting room and the kitchen. The two rooms are bright, airy and very nicely decorated. The kitchen is very well equipped and Caroline has provided everything under the sun that you might require to live in Les Platanes for months on end if necessary!

We were delighted upon arrival to see that the owners had left us a lovely bottle of wine, a litre of milk, and fresh tulips that stayed perky all through our stay! It was all these little extras that made our stay so perfect.

Caroline was really great to deal with from the initial enquiry, through the booking process, right through our visit and beyond. She provided us with "sackloads" of information which really helped us make the most of our short stay.

If I were to recommend Carcassonne to friends or family, I would certainly send them in the direction of Les Platanes. It definitely ticked all the boxes for us.
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely comments! I'm delighted these two friends had such a good time, and it sounds as if they enjoyed the apartments as much as we do ourselves when we go. One thing I would add to the comments is that as well as having fans in the bedrooms for the hot weather, we also have an air-conditioning unit in the reception rooms at the front.
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Troubadour
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065?uni_id=70793
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Rotterdam(The Netherlands)
4

Geweldig

  • 4 of 5
Wij huurden 1 week het app. Troubedour en het is een aanrader.
Heel mooi ingericht,stijlvol,maar ook zo compleet.Alles is er .
Van toiletpaier,badschuim tot allerlei keuken-attributen.Mooi en gezellig uitzicht over het plein.Carcasson zelf ,heel erg gezellig stadje.
En zo schoon.
Er is ook een nadeel,'snachts gaan gemeente-werken het plein schoonmaken,dus...oordopjes in.
Wij hebben het heel erg naar ons zin gehad.
Jan en Mieke Nuijten
Rotterdam
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Lac de la Cavayere
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Celt
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Masela (Catalan Pyrenees)
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Golf Club de Carcassonne
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Le Saint Roch
Car: not necessary

Step straight into French provincial life in one of our beautiful apartments. The apartments are right in the centre of Carcassonne's Bastide St. Louis, and just a short walk from many sights, including the fairy tale medieval Cité and the Canal du Midi. By far the best place in town to stay for the Christmas festivities, overlooking the beautiful ice rink, icicle-covered fountain and pretty Christmas market. Grandstand view of Ice Spectaculars and the illuminations each evening at dusk. Numerous restaurants and cafés in the square itself and around. Boulangeries, pharmacies, supermarket, ATMs in the square. Internet cafes 5 mins walk away. Easy train ride to other towns - Toulouse, Narbonne, Albi, Limoux and many more. In the summer take a half hour bus ride to a popular recreational lake nearby. Car not necessary but if you have one explore the Cathar castles and the vineyards of Languedoc (coaches go to both in the summer), the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast.

Other Activities: canal trips

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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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
 
Mid
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
3 night minimum stay
£65
£350
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Low
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£65
£350
 
 
Mid
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
High
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£85
£455
 
 
Mid
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
£65
£350
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £150
Notes Compulsory cash payment of 75 euros for final cleaning to be left in the apartment at the end of the holiday.

The charge for six days is the same as the weekly rate.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Carcassonne City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 38 m²
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Backpack
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is brand new with white bath, basin and WC, and white tiles with a pretty blue and white frieze half way up. There are towelling bathrobes, and the towels are bath-sheet size and good quality. A matching face cloth is provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
  • The bedroom is romantic & luxurious. It overlooks the Place Carnot. The bed has beautiful white Egyptian cotton sateen sheets & duvet, with two sets of pillows per person: a large square continental pillow & a standard pillow, all of Hungarian goose down, (synthetic pillows available). Pillows have Oxford pillowcases. There is also a pretty cushion & attractive blue throw on the bed. There is a beautiful half-tester above with lacy curtains. There are pretty little French bedside cabinets & 'frou-frou' bedside lamps. All furniture is traditional distressed off-white painted style. The French style bedhead has a wooden frame & cane back (see photograph). Other furniture includes a dressing table and mirror, & a beautiful Louis XV style cane-backed chair in white & burnished gold. There is a large ornate mirror in a similar distressed style. The bedroom is painted buttermilk with a blue and cream frieze. There is a full-width cream silk curtain with a large ornate tie-back.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
The apartment is suitable for the elderly and infirm as long as they are able to climb to the second floor. The staircase is easy with shallow steps and a robust traditional iron bannister. There is no lift. The washing machine and drier are in the utility room, not the kitchen. Heating is provided by convector heaters and is very effective. Air-conditioning is provided by a mobile air-conditioning unit and is also very effective. Other electrical items provided: electric kettle, coffee filter machine, stick mixer, electric toaster PARKING The street has recently been pedestrianised but there is a slot two doors up from the entrance to the apartment where you can hover for a few minutes to unload your luggage. There are several free car parks very near and also two large secure underground car parks (also very near) at 20 euros for the week and a 24/7 swipe card (our preferred option). A detailed map is sent showing location of the apartments, the parking options and much else.
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