Send this page to a friend

Thank You

Your message has been sent.

You can send this page to up to five email addresses. Please separate each email address with a comma.

Caroline Quentin

Advertiser since: 2005
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Spanish information pack sent to Spanish clients
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Caroline Quentin

Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Spanish information pack sent to Spanish clients
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 19, 2014
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

LES PLATANES

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Details for Les Platanes 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

Les Platanes is on the first floor and there is no lift so it is not suitable for wheelchairs. However, the stairs are short and not steep. The reception rooms look out over the Place Carnot, and both rooms have large windows with traditional shutters. The lounge has 2 very smart sofa beds so one can be used on its own for a couple or both may be used as two singles for a family. The spacious kitchen diner has a large table and traditional style dresser, and is very well equipped. The microwave is a combined microwave and conventional oven. Both apartments have many extras, such as mirrors and charming prints on the walls, sewing box, emergency medicine chest, spare light bulbs, food mixer, picnic bag, thermos flask, swimming towels, traditional shopping bag and much much more. There is also a copious amount of information such as guide books, maps, leaflets, history books, plus a library of other reading matter, and various games. Wonderful views of Christmas & New Year festivities.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Caroline Quentin (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Spanish information pack sent to Spanish clients
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 19, 2014

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A most wonderful 12 days. The Christmas Fair, ice rink and entertainment on the Place Carnot kept us entertained from our prime 'front-seat' location overlooking the square. Christmas Eve was special with fire eaters, ice spectacular, Christmas play and finally fireworks display. Thank you, Caroline, for a great place to stay.' Stewart and Angela Lish, December 2005

'The apartment is beautifully decorated and equipped - I don't think there is anything you haven't thought of!' Barbara and Brian Davison, May 2006

'All the superlatives have been used up by previous visitors and appropriately so. Exquisite apartment, terrific location, truly Gallic, everything so accessible.' Deirdre and Milo Lynch, January 2006

'It has been a fabulous way to celebrate a Golden Wedding anniversary - thank you for the flowers, card and bubbly.' Edna and Ron Hockley, April 2006

'The kitchen is better stocked than mine at home and everything is so clean and tidy.' Jean and Ted Smith, April 2006
Nov 2007
  • 1 of 1

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 42 traveler reviews

Write a Review
Les Platanes
average rating of 4.8809524 based on 43 reviews
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Norfolk UK
5

Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5
Les Platanes has everything you could wish for: super position within walking distance of Carcassonne's attractions, space, comfort, a grandstand view of all the action in the Place Carnot and a wealth of information to assist with your holiday plans. The owner, Caroline, has thought of everything needed to create a wonderful home from home - we knew from the minute we walked in, that we would have a fantastic holiday.
We spent our week enjoying leisurely breakfasts with fresh bread etc. from bakers just a few steps away from the apartment, watching the comings and goings in the square, and then travelling to Niaux [prehistoric cave paintings], Montsegur, Puilaurens and Peyrepertuse [Cathar sites], Rennes le Chateau, Limoux [to sample the sparkling wine!], Narbonne and Perpignan [the Procession de la Sanche on Good Friday is not to be missed].
We would return in the evening to the comforts of the apartment, either to prepare a meal or to try some of the recommended restaurants on the list provided [ we liked Chez Fred and Le Sixieme Sens ]. We found the apartment to be very clean,well equipped and spacious for us all [ourselves plus son and daughter and their partners.
We met so many friendly, helpful people on our travels and wished we could have stayed longer - hopefully we will return to explore more of this wonderful part of France and stay in this fantastic apartment.
Finally we would also like to comment on the wonderful service we received from Caroline - from the first contact when we enquired about the availability of the apartment, to the note of thanks when we returned the keys. Everything was so well organised and we felt more like friends than clients - all in all a wonderful experience which we would wholeheartedly recommend.
  • Submitted: May 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This wonderful review summarises just about everything our apartment offers.
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Great location; lovely apartments.

  • 5 of 5
Fantastic place to stay. The information we received in advance and while there was excellent. Great customer service. The apartment has everyhting you need in it. the location is ideal; fabulous market on the doorstep. the square is lovely for sitting and relaxing over a coffee. The apartments are within easy reach of the Castle. We would highly recommend these apartments for anyone travelling to Carcassone. Joe and Nicola, Ireland
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Beautiful, well equipped apartment in Carcassonne

  • 5 of 5
The apartment was lovely and really well equipped. The location overlooking place Carnot was good and not too noisy. It was a very pleasant 15 minute walk to the old town. The air conditioning unit in the lounge was very welcome as it was very hot when we visited. The market in the square on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday was great and there were other food shops and lots of bars and restaurants. I would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to this client for a great review. We are delighted to hear they had such a good holiday and enjoyed being in our lovely apartment and appreciated how well we equipped it. We did take a lot of trouble in making it just as we would like it ourselves rather than just a holiday rental.
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Washougal, WA
5

Great location!

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed 3 nights in Neptune. Great location, well appointed apartment - loved the color coordination throughout the aptmt. I was off to the boulangerie each morning for our croissants and found the city people washing down the street. One evening we sat in Place Carnot to watch two acrobatic groups perform as part of the summer schedule. Lots of tourist info in the aptmt and we took one drive N to Lastours. We learned about the Canal du Midi and the Cite exceeded our expectations. Yea for the AC! We received an email with info package that was very thorough.
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to these clients for a great review. We are delighted they had such a good time, and especially that the apartment was such a success.
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Nottingham, England
5

Fantastic weekend

  • 5 of 5
The location of Les Platanes is perfect. In the centre of activity,it is a wonderful place to sit & relax and watch the world go by. Cafes,restaurants,bread & cake shops,supermarkets (Monoprix) all within a few yards.
The apartment is very clean and comfortable and equipped with everything you could need. The beds are very comfortable.
We caught the 'navette' to and from the airport. the stop at the railway station was a very short walk away from the apartment.
Carole & David,the local contacts gave us a warm welcome,complete with a bottle of wine and were able to answer any questions we had.
We ate at the LongChamps restaurant on the opposite side of the sqare. Food was very good and staff were friendly and helpful.
The Saturday market should not be missed!!
We also had a wonderful trip on the Canal Midi on Sunday morning.
Overall a fantastic weekend in a wonderful location. Thank you Caroline.
  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Les Platanes
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p56065
-+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Scotland
4

well worth a visit,much easier than a hotel

  • 4 of 5
Before reviewing can I say that myself and sister both work in the hotel/catering industry and there therefore ultra critical!!
The two appartments were ideally situated for our few days in Carcassonne.Having been to the city before we knew whare we were going.As we normally stay in country areas we were prepared for the city noise previous users had mentioned but found it was not a problem,even pleasant to hear the buzz of the town.
The appartment is very well equiped and although we only did breakfast in and ate out mostly there was nothing we couldn't find.We did however have a minor problem with the gas and did not find any instructions about gas bottle etc? Again no great problem as the cooker had an electric hob as well.
The rooms are comfortably furnished in a shabby chic Frech style which may not be my personal taste but they fitted in with the overall feel of the place.
Cleanliness of the appartement was as good as we could have expected although my one critisism is the whole appartment could do with a lick of paint( particularly the entrance and stairs) to bring it up to the standard that the owners are obviously striving to portray.
This however did not detract from our break and the other advantages of the place outweighs my pickiness!
As I discussed with the owner it would be simpler, as she did for us, to give one price including everything rather than have to sort out prices for laundry ,cleaning,taxes and rental.
I would use the place again and would recommend it
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you to Vixmum for her comments. It is good to have constructive criticism from a professional! We are in the process of repainting Les Platanes bit by bit, although I have to say that no other client has ever commented on the paintwork. Neptune, which was rented at the same time as Les Platanes by Vixmum, definitely does not need a lick of paint as it was re-painted throughout about five years ago.
The entrance and stairs to the apartments however are a different matter, and are in need of more than just a lick. However, unfortunately we are stuck in the middle of one of those interminable French sagas, which may sound familiar to other French property owners. Common areas of a French apartment block are owned jointly by all the owners, called a Copropriety and anything non-essential such as decorating has to be agreed at the AGM. In spite of the challenge to our French, we eventually got an agreement to redecorate, but now there is a possibility that a door may be installed where the electricity meters are currently situated, thus rendering redecorating impractical until this is done. Watch this space!

Map

Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Celt
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Golf Club de Carcassonne
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Le Saint Roch
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Masela (Catalan Pyrenees)
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Lac de la Cavayere
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

Photos

Rates & Availability

From £75 Per night

Carcassonne City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
GBP
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
3 night minimum stay
£90
£490
 
 
Low
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Mid
Apr 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
£90
£490
 
 
High
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£105
£595
 
 
Mid
Sep 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
£90
£490
 
 
Low
Nov 1 2015 - Dec 18 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
£90
£490
 
 
Low
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
£75
£420
 
 
Mid season
Apr 1 2016 - Jun 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
£90
£490
 

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.

There is a charge of £20 PER STAY for each extra guest above 4.

The charge for six days is the same as the weekly rate. For a complete week add £25 for each additional guest.

A baby in a cot (provided free of charge) does not count as an extra guest.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
Enter dates to see total
Available
Unavailable

Amenities

Carcassonne City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 64 m²
  • 4 stories
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Toile de Jouy bedroom - 1 double , Traditional bateau lit
    Rose bedroom - 1 double , Traditional bateau lit
  • * Very effective convector heaters in all rooms - snug and warm in winter. * Electric fans for summer and a mobile air-conditioning unit for lounge. * No extra charge for electricity. * 13 Amp socket in sitting room and bedroom for re-charging mobile phones. * Bedrooms with coordinating linen and accessories. * Alarm clock in each bedroom. * Hairdryer in each bedroom. * Choice of duck (medium), goose down (soft) or synthetic pillows (4 on each bed). * Bedrooms are double-glazed. * Cot available.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The bedrooms are decorated delightfully, with coordinating curtains and bed linen, and such extras as coordinating tissue box covers. The apartment is suitable for the elderly and infirm as long as they are able to climb one short flight of stairs. The staircase is easy, with shallow steps and a robust traditional iron bannister. The heating is provided by convector heaters and is very effective. The 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 car parks (also very near) at 20 euros for the week and a 24/7 swipe card (our preferred option).

Contact the Owner

Tell the owner when you would like to travel.

Tell us about your trip, then book it

Enter dates to calculate a quote