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Ashley Seager

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german

Maison du Château - magical location at foot of castle in Labyrinth country

17 Reviews
Sleeps14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview

Carcassonne House Rental Photos and Description

Huge luxury House With Garden, Aircon and heated Pool By Castle

Maison du Château is a superbly renovated and extremely spacious 4 bedroom property in a world class location, nestled at the very foot of Carcassonne castle. The views from the house of the floodlit castle at night are simply breathtaking and the house sits on a quiet street in the ancient district of La Barbacane, just two minutes' walk via a secret stairway to the Port D'Aude entrance to the castle. New for 2016 is air-conditioning!

The large garden has its own heated pool.

The Castle itself is the one of the world's most striking medieval fortified cities, housing a basilica, outdoor theatre, shops, restaurants with superb and varied local cuisine, as well as fantastic original battlements to explore.

All bedrooms are luxurious appointed with generous en-suite facilities (3 have minimalist wet-rooms), the large lounge has a huge L-shaped contemporary sofa and 55 inch TV with blu-ray player and powerful hifi giving amazing home cinema experience. The large kitchen, and adjoining dining area, is extremely well equipped and offers every modern convenience.

The house extends over three floors. The ground floor has a garage and entrance hall at the front, a huge dining room with exposed stone walls and adjacent kitchen to the rear, both of which open onto the garden and pool. The first floor has a large living room at the rear, again with exposed stone walls and access to a covered roof terrace with views of the castle, then two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms at the front of the house. The top floor has two very large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, the rear one of which has unrivalled views of the castle.

All our guests have thoroughly enjoyed staying in the house, please take a read of our reviews which have been excellent! For dining at the house there is the elegant indoor dining room with wood-burning stove, and outdoor area with French shingle and pretty olive trees, or the large balcony with breathtaking views of the Castle towering above.

The house also has 2 powerful wood-burning stoves, which allows guests to stay any time of year, with many of our winter guests combining a cultural trip to historic Carcassonne with skiing in the nearby Pyrenees mountains.

The house and gardens boast a host of unique features including an outstanding internal medieval well (in the kitchen itself) and stone walls dating from the Romans which run along the back of the garden.

The nearby castle plays host to year-round festivals and world-class live music (this summer's festivals included concerts by Elton John, The Arctic Monkeys etc). Outside of the historic city, the Bastide St Louis -- a grid of shops, historic buildings, and the Place Carnot marketplace, with its Saturday market and outdoor cafes -- is just a short walk across the beautiful Pont Vieux.

Fantastic scenery nearby with swimming lake on edge of town and Mediterranean beaches 45 minutes drive away. The French countywide around Carcassonne is superb, with rolling hills, historic hilltop villages with historic churches and abbeys.

This is an ideal location for an extremely relaxing family holiday. In addition, Carcasssonne offers a huge variety of day trips within 30 minutes drive, such as the wonderful villages of Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse which are internationally acclaimed for their history and beauty.

The house is easily spacious enough to accommodate two families, with two super-King beds and two double beds, and space in the lounge for extra people to sleep on the sofa bed. There are also extra occasional beds available.

The local streets are the setting for the current Channel 4 series Labyrinth, based on the celebrated novel by Kate Mosse.

Special note: secure bookings via the website. Half the rent is due up front to secure a booking and the other half, along with a €400 refundable damage deposit, is due a month before you go. Prices are fully inclusive of all linen, towels and local taxes.

Higher price for Bastille Day week in Carcassonne, with incredible world-renowned fireworks display over the Castle.

PLEASE NOTE -- The adjacent property (on holidaylettings.co.uk REF 371733), which is under separate ownership, sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, so for larger parties (like weddings etc) it may be possible to book both properties together. Please contact either owner to discuss.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE - The house is in a peaceful residential area and so is not suitable for loud groups and so noise should be kept to a minimum in the garden after 11pm please!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Ashley Seager (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german

About Ashley Seager

I purchased this property with a friend to enjoy as a holiday home and to rent out. We just fell in love with the location as it's right at the foot of Carcassonne Castle, and the view of the house by day and night (when it is floodlit) are spectacular.

Ashley Seager purchased this house in 2011

Why Ashley Seager chose Carcassonne area

We love the fact the house is on a peaceful road but very near a really lively area with lots of superb restaurants and bars. The nearby countryside is, in my opinion, some of the very best in France and extremely varied. And the sun shines so bright and all day long in this region, at least it seems that way!

What makes this house unique

Very comfortable, luxurious house. Swimming in nearby lake (car journey) is exquisite, and the Mediterranean coast is only 50 minutes drive away. In Winter, excellent quality Skiing is available Approx one hour drive away.

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

Maison du Château - magical location at foot of castle in Labyrinth country
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
5

House exactly as described + clean and welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed the two weeks we spent here. Good base for exploring the Cathar castles. We also hired a motor boat one day and went for a cruise and lunch on the Canal du Midi.

I am hard pressed to fault this house but some way of securing the garage doors open would be a good idea as it can be a bit windy.

I certainly would return.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A luxurious house at close hand to the historic Cite of Carcassonne

  • 5 of 5

This must be one of the best equipped holiday rentals we have have ever found. The owners have anticipated nearly everything one might need or want, and the local representative is friendly and helpful.

The property description was completely accurate.

We have nothing negative to say about the house, the owners or the local representative. We would have no hesitation in rcommending the house to our family and friends.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This house surpassed all our expectations

  • 5 of 5

Maison du Chateau, Carcassonne, is every bit as good as it appears in the photos in a wonderful very quiet central location between La Cité and La Bastide The house is within a stone's throw of many local shops and cafés. Particularly good is Le Jardin d'Eté restaurant near the end of the Vieux Pont which has a splendid garden behind it for outdoor eating. Maison du Chateau is close the minor branch of the RIver Aude where you can wander on shady riverside walks beside dramatic weirs and rapids. Walk upstream to the first road bridge and back down the other side of the main branch of the Aude.

The house is very spacious as you can see in the photos with three French windows on the ground floor opening into the garden. The beds are very comfortable and the bed linen immaculate. Wonderfully scented Le Petit Marseillais liquid soap made from olive oil is on every sink and basin in the house making it a fantastic sensory experience simply to wash your hands! There is plenty comfortable garden furniture and a pool which is kept immaculate by twice weekly visits from a husband and wife pool maintenance team. Spare sets of house keys are provided so no-one is without the means of access. In a marvelously equipped and spacious kitchen there is room for a team of guests to work in unison to create meals from the great local produce.

Buy your meat, fish and cheese in Les Halles close to Place Carnot. If you miss the outdoor fruit and vegetable market in the morning at Place Carnot there is a marvellous green grocers at the end of Rue Verdun. There is a small Carrefour supermarket on Place Carnot, too, which is surprisingly well stocked, and a branch of Monoprix nearby. If your shopping is heavy you can get a taxi back home from the nearby rank at the railway station.

Six complementary bottles of wine are supplied at your host's expense by the next door neighbour who is also a wine merchant.

Within a few yards at the back of the house there are three pedestrian routes up to La Cité which is particularly charming at night. Go on to the Vieux Pont to view La Cité from a distance at night with all its floodlit fortifications and towers and then compare it with the the ancient drawing reproduced in the dining room of the house.

There is absolutely nothing negative to report concerning this house, the owner or his conscientious and helpful agent, Nicola Harrington.

HIGHLY recommended!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful house and views

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house in a fantastic location. It has plenty of space inside and out and all the facilities that you could need, including a ping-pong table!

Plenty to do in the surrounding area such as the Canal du Midi, vineyards, Lastours, Peyrepertuse and Villefranche.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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A real Five Star Experience!!

  • 5 of 5

My immediate and extended family, travelling from the UK and America, chose this property for our reunion, and could not have enjoyed our stay more! This is an amazing 3-floor apartment which truly sits in the shadow of the magnificent ramparts of Carcassonne. It is a wonderful accommodation, plenty of room, tastefully decorated, well equipped, beautifully laid out with plenty of room for our 10-person party. We were off-season visitors, and were thrilled with the coziness of the place - a combination of central heating and very efficient wood stoves in the living room and dining/kitchen areas kept us toasty warm! For the summer visitors, there is a wonderful backyard area with a pool and outdoor seating/eating arrangements. Carcassonne is a memorable destination - lots to see and do, and the restaurants are excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly love to return. Thanks, Ashley and team!!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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wonderful property in an amazing location

  • 5 of 5

I have rented many properties throughout the world and this compares with the best. The owner was the most efficient and helpful I have experienced, as was his local agent (Nichola - so friendly we invited her and her family on Bastille day, to watch the amazing fireworks display from our back garden). Fascinating town, wonderful property, perfect location - a great experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lake
Car: not necessary

Unique location at the very foot of Carcassonne Castle, Europe's largest Castle and a celebrated Unesco World Heritage site, immortalised in Kate Mosse's Labyrinth. Set on a quiet, medieval street the house is adjacent to the house Kate Mosse has in Carcassonne. It is just a few minutes walk away from a huge array of cafes, bars and restaurants set within the Castle walls. The house has a big garden with sitting and dining areas and a swimming pool.

Just a 15 minute drive from the house are lovely lakes with first-class beaches for swimming and water sports activities. Carcassonne also offers a huge variety of day trips within a 30 minute drive, such as the wonderful villages of Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse which are internationally acclaimed for their history and beauty.

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Rates & Availability

Carcassonne House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 16 2016 - Sep 2 2016
5 night minimum stay
$3,709
 
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
5 night minimum stay
$2,360
 
 
Winter 2016
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
5 night minimum stay
$1,686
 
 
Xmas/New Yr 2016/17
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,023
 
 
Winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 24 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,686
 
 
Early Spring 2017
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 28 2017
5 night minimum stay
$2,023
 
 
Late Spring 2017
Apr 29 2017 - Jun 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
$2,585
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
$3,709
 
 
Bastille week 2017
Jul 8 2017 - Jul 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
$4,214
 
 
Summer 2017
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$3,709
 
 
Autumn 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
$2,585
 
 
Winter 2017/18
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$1,686
 
 
Xmas/New Yr 17/18
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
$2,023
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $450

NOTE - WE OFFER 10% OFF EACH ADDITIONAL WEEK YOU BOOK AFTER THE FIRST ONE - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE IF YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE WEEK!!!
Changeover day is flexible for most of the year but Saturday in July and August. Please don't be confused by the website's green patches of "Available arrival", both green and white dates are fully available. You have to arrive in one of the green dates so as to meet our minimum stay requirements.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Carcassonne House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Newly refurbished house has four modern bathrooms with good showers throughout. There are also two separate loos, including one on the ground floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Huge bedroom with ensuite, facing castle at rear, bed 160cm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , huge bedroom with living area and ensuite, bed 180cm
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Smaller bedrooom with ensuite, front of house, bed 140cm
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Smaller bedroom with ensuite, front of house, bed 140cm
  • Two very spacious bedrooms, two are huge. In addition, there are two smaller compact doubles. All bedrooms have excellent en-suite facilities: 3 have walk in wet rooms, the other a roll-top bath. All rooms are quiet because there is almost no traffic in the street
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
Excellent location, super tourist sites in easy reach with some of the very best French countryside on your doorstep. The Castle is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a short walk from the house. Plenty for children to do in the area, and they will love playing on the nearby Lake beaches which are a short 15 minute drive from the house. The swimming is excellent here and shallow on the beaches with lifeguards and there is a total wipeout style water sports facility also on the lake which children aged 7-18 will love.

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