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.
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.
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.
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.