Your perfect holiday home 'en Pays Cathare'... sun, skiing, sports, culture, and over 2600 years of history. Mediterranean beaches, the Pyrenees, and the most beautiful scenery year round. Music festivals, gourmet cuisine, and the wines of Languedoc Roussillon.
Self-catering holiday cottage in the old town of Carcassonne. This little stone house was reconstructed in 1820 and renovated in 2005. Tucked away in a charming and tranquil old village square with trees and a fountain at the foot of 'La Cité' yet only a few minutes walk from the River Aude, the Bastide St Louis, and all the facilities and attractions the medieval city of Carcassonne has to offer.
Sensitively restored to preserve the character of local construction methods the house has exposed beams and the original floor tiling characteristic of the area. It presents a cosy and comforting interior for all seasons.
There is no need to hire a car to enjoy the two cities of Carcassonne. All of the following are within a 15-minute stroll:
- La Cité, the medieval fortified citadel of Carcassonne is only 500 yards away and truly it is a fairy tale castle of epic proportions. La Cité is free to enter and inside you will find plenty of quality gift and craft workshops, restaurants, and cafés, plus the Chateau Comtal and the St Nazaire Cathedral with its fantastic stained glass windows. There are also guided tours and animated museums to bring the history of La Cité to life for you. During the summer months there is a full programme of musical entertainments including street musicians, an open-air theatre where the history of Carcassonne is re-enacted, and all the pageantry and excitement of medieval jousting displays.
- The ancient and picturesque rue Trivalle with its café’s, restaurants, antique and gift shops passes within 25 yards of Les Troubadours, connecting La Cité to the Bastide St Louis via the old bridge, the Pont Vieux.
- At the foot of the Trivalle is the river and the Pont Vieux with its beautiful stone arches and views of the Pyrenees, the Black Mountains, and of course La Cité itself.
- In the Roman built Bastide St Louis you can shop to your hearts content among the boutiques, antique shops, jewellers and parfumiers, chocolatier/patissiers, drapers, cookware and interiors shops, and of course the delicatessens stocking the speciality produce and vintage wines of the region. Place Carnot with its celebrated Neptune marble fountain and marvellous architecture is at the heart of the Bastide and is an excellent spot from which to base your shopping spree and it is to the many bars and cafés of Place Carnot that the Carcassonnais come to socialise and relax in the sun on market day.
- Carcassonne is proud of its green spaces and all along the river there are parks, gardens, play areas for children, and of course the wide tree lined banks. The river is home to a family of otters and a colony of herons.
- The Quai Bellevue makes a pleasant evening stroll especially if you stop for dinner at La Paicherrou restaurant where they cook over a wood fire and have live music and dancing in the garden.
On the Quai Paicherrou you will find tennis courts, a beautiful lido with sunbathing terraces and full lifeguard surveillance, and landscaped leisure areas for relaxing on the bank of the river.
- The gastronomic pleasures of the region are celebrated worldwide and Carcassonne has plenty of bistros and restaurants from which to choose. We can direct you to excellent local restaurants where you can explore Occitan cuisine.
Keywords: Townhouse. Traditional charm in a stone built cottage with exposed beams.
"Perfect place to enjoy a beautiful city"
This house is an absolute gem, situated in a very quiet courtyard, perfect for our little boy to run about in, but almost under the old city walls. It's less than ten minutes walk to the old city gates, and the same into the Bastide, with a brilliant market and great shops. We travelled on public transport so the location was ideal. The house is very comfortable and well equipped, the kitchen has everything you'd need for cooking up the local produce, and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. We would love to go and stay here again.
Les Troubadours was created in 2004 by resident owners Amanda & Andy Sheridan and run by them for 8 happy years before deciding to move on to new adventures. The house and business transfers to new owner/managers Martine & Thierry PATIN from January 2013 who, together with the help of their english speaking daughter Betty, will give you a very warm welcome. We wish them every bit as much pleasure and success as we have enjoyed.
Martine & Thierry come to Les Troubadours with a wealth of experience in the hotel and catering industry. They fell instantly in love with Les Troubadours and are looking forward to both a better quality of life for themselves and the opportunity to provide their guests with the warmth of welcome and personalised approach which has made rentals by owners so very popular.
The South of France, and Carcassonne in particular, has a mediteranean culture and is set in extraordinarily beautiful and varied landscape. Carcassonne itself, despite having city status and being Prefecture town for Aude, Languedoc is actually a small community of only 50k resident population. It retains a strong sense of community founded on the Occitan heritage and traditions which have survived centuries of invasion and retreat. Colourful, magical, and rapidly becoming the cultural beacon of the south, Carcassonne is truly a beautiful place to be.
From Carcassonne we are privileged to enjoy both mountain and seascape within easy reach. Our landscape encompasses every type of outdoor leisure activity from rambling to extreme sports, and of course we have the climate to go with it. Here in the town we enjoy year round cultural and musical entertainment, all within a compact and easily walkable environment:
Les Troubadours itself is located in a surprisingly quiet and tranquil little square where you'll sleep easy all year round. Just a few steps however, will take you out onto the Trivalle and right into the heart of all that Carcassonne has to offer. Come Bastille day (14 July) and you can get an excellent view of our incredible annual firework display culminating in 'L'embrasement' - the burning of La Cité. Be here on the first Sunday in September and you'll be spot on for the annual Trivalle Fete, 'vide grenier' (loft sale) by day and village dinner and dance by evening. The week before christmas could have you iceskating in Place Carnot - with the help of roasted chestnuts and plentiful mulled wine of course. The mad mad month of May is often the scene of 'Lance Beret' and other traditional Occitan games taking place in the rue Trivalle just 25m way. As unpredictable as they are crazy, they have to be seen to be believed! And then of course there is the very bizarre water jousting tournament, not to mention the Spanish festival at the end of August, and the music festival in June when you'll find organ recitals in all the churches and a jazz, folk or rock band tucked into every street corner of La Cité.
400m from Unesco world heritage site La Cité de Carcassonne. 1km from Unesco world heritage site, Canal de Midi. Bathing lake resort and tree top adventure Parc with high wires and tyroleans 5kms (shuttle bus service).