Situated at the foot of the historic fortress of La Cite, also known as Carcassonne Castle, we have restored a medieval farm. It opens on three streets and has two separate simple but architect-designed properties to rent: the two-storey Farmhouse; and the single-storey Guest House.
At the centre is a large landscaped garden, accessed and shared by both our houses and offering spectacular views of the castle, especially in the evenings when the ramparts are illuminated year-round. The garden has fig, mulberry-plane and olive trees, an ancient well, two stone-paved terraces, and also provides parking off-street behind tall metal gates from Rue Barbacane.
Our semi-restored barn stands on the north side of the garden framing the castle view and a huge raised deck area, with a spreading fig-tree and the swimming pool. Although open to the sharde garden, this is for exclusive use by our guests in the Farm House. Many of our summer visitors rent both properties and the pool, with friends or extended family - we too have found that this is an ideal arrangement for our family and friends.
With a front door onto Rue Longue, this is a simply-modernised two-storey 18th century property, with 2 bedrooms on the first floor, and a large open-plan living floor. There is a private rear tree-shaded courtyard off the kitchen/ dining room which is a great place to escape the afternoon heat in summer. This house is let with the pool - just outside the garden door set in a large deck, shaded by a giant fig tree and raised 2-steps above the main shared garden.
The Guest House, with a front door onto Traverse Rue Longue, is a charming one storey property converted from the old stable building, with a large double bedroom and other rooms with fold-out sofa-beds. It also has its own modest south-facing courtyard, decking and gravel, which opens from the main shared garden via a gate that can be closed for privacy. Please note that this property does not have use of the pool - unless you are renting the Farm House as well.
Our property is a 10-minute drive from Carcassone airport at Salvaza, or 6 minutes from the Motorway that runs from to Toulouse or Narbonne.
We are just around the corner from where Kate Mosse wrote her inspiring historical trilogy set in Carcassonne and the surrounding Cathar country (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Mosse#Early_writing_and_the_Languedoc_Trilogy)
Located at the foot of the Medieval Cité in the historic Barbacane quarter, our house is ideally placed in walking distance both from the old and new towns of Carcassonne; local bakers/grocers are even nearer, as is the Aude river. It’s a pleasant stroll over le Pont Vieux, the historic stone bridge with dramatic views of the ramparts and the Pyrennees in the distance, to the excellent market held in the central square, Place Carnot, three days a week.
There is a huge variety of palces to eat and drink, including a two Michelin star restaurant a few minutes walk from the house, and Carcassonne golf course 10 minutes drive, similarly Lac de Cavayere with beaches and many outdoor activities (including a local version of GoApe), excellent for children.
Toulouse is under an hour (car or train), Narbonne and Mediterranean beaches just over an hour in the other direction.
It's an area with wonderful walks, scenery, cathar castles, Minervois, Corbiere and La Clape wines.
Our property is looked after by our friendly and warm-hearted local french-speaking 'gardien' Pierre - who will welcome you and deal with any problems (and who also speaks Catalan) - and his wife Chantal who takes care of hospitality, cleaning and making sure the house is comfortable for your stay.