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Elegant and romantic apartments in Medieval Carcassonne, free wifi - Robert Doisneau Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Space 462 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Robert Doisneau Apartment

The Robert Doisneau Apartment is located on the second floor of a beautifully restored 18th century town house in the centre of old historical Carcassonne on Rue Barbes which itself leads off the famous market square in the heart of the old town. The rooms are all furnished with beautiful antiques beds and armoirs and comfortable sofas and armchairs. There are fine paintings, prints and and photos in all rooms and oriental carpets on the floors.The Apartments at 38 Rue Barbes were newly restored in 2010.

Each apartment shares a private entrance with intercom.

With high ceilings and tall windows the apartment is light and airy and the original wooden floors have the warmth and rich deep patina of a hundred years of history. The windows have original internal regency style shutters to allow guests to have the privacy and quiet enjoyment of the apartment as well as delicate curtains for cool summer evenings.

The apartment has TV, DVD, radio, and internet as well as a small library.

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About the property

The Apartments 38 Rue Barbes

The apartments at Rue Barbes are three beautifully restored apartments located in the heart of Carcassonne old town in La Bastide, just off the market square in Place Carnot. Each of the individually decorated apartments occupies one entire floor of the property and is named after a famous French photographer.The apartments are perfectly located for the weekly markets, shops and alfresco dining. The property dates from the 1730's and the owners have kept the character of the property but with all the benefits of modern fittings, antique furniture and fine art. From the moment you walk into the apartments you will be transported to the elegance and romance of 18th century France, but with all modern comforts. Classic french beds, luxurious linen, deluge showers, antique furniture and modern kitchens. The apartments are perfect for couples wanting a romantic break or for small group bookings of up to three couples.

Carcassonne La Cite: Carcassonne is has one of the most beautiful fairy tale castles to be found anywhere in the world. It is the cultural and historical capital of the Aude region sitting upon the Aude river and crossed by the breathtakingly beautiful Canal du Midi.

During the summer it is host to innumerable festivals, and has the largest and most spectacular firework display in France on the 14th of July. Even in low season and winter there is plenty to do with the winter markets, truffle and duck fairs and antique fairs. The Carcassonne Festival takes place from June to August with many of the events taking place in Place Carnot. The famous market on Saturday is a must for all those visiting this beautiful and unspoilt part of France.The town is thronging with visitors discovering the Cathar castle and the fabulous history as well as the wines and restaurants of the region. With the spectacular fireworks in July, the fairs and festivals the apartments are perfectly located.

Cathar Country: The region around Carcassonne is world famous for the Cathar history, and for the many castles that were built from the 12th to the 14th century. Many of these have survived and worth visiting especially for anyone interested in the legend and myths of the Holy Grail. Within an hour you can be walking or skiing in the mountains of the Arriege, and within two hours in the Pyrenees. The number of places to visit in one week is almost unlimited and there is plenty to occupy you in Carcassonne alone for a week.

For Golfers there is a superb golf course at Carcassonne, as well as Mazamet, Perpignan, Toulouse and Bezier. A selection of men and ladies golf clubs are available for rental.

Eating and Dining: Carcassonne sits on the edge of the Langedoc wine region and is literally surrounded by vineyards and wineries. We can organise wine tasting tours for our guests and advise you on local restaurants and local specialities. Carcassonne has a number of Michelin starred restaurants as many superb bistros especially in the old town and la Cite. For those with a car we can recommend several wonderful restaurants in the surrounding region.

Each apartment has a library of guide books and directory of local events.

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Alex and Pipa Francis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Alex and Pipa Francis

Pipa and Alex moved to France with their young family in 2003. Having been often disappointed with the quality of holiday apartments where we had stayed, we decided to start our own business in Carcassonne providing holiday lettings for visitors to this historic City.

We bought this town house in 2008. At the time it was an almost derelict building. Today it has been patiently and lovingly restored keeping the character of a 18th century town house but with all modern conveniences. The ground floor is now a delightful and bright wine shop and art gallery.

We have lived in France for 10 years, brought up six children and want to share our love of France and Carcassonne with our friends and guests. The apartments were first rented out in 2010; the final part of the project has been the restoration and opening of the boutique wine shop in December 2012 which also a gallery and tasting room. Located at 38 rue Barbes on the ground floor, this wonderful and warm locale has quickly become a favourite meeting place for guests and customers alike. We live in the heart of the Minervois countryside about 15 minutes form town but we are always on hand. This family run business is on hand to help our guests make the most of their holiday.

Alex and Pipa Francis purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Alex and Pipa Francis chose Carcassonne City

Rue Barbes is close to the centre of old Carcassonne town. It is an historic district with lots of shops, and the street itself is rapidly up and coming with new boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and a chocolatiere. The main market is a few paces away and it is safe and friendly place with lots of bustle. We love the atmosphere, the sound, colour and local characters, the wonderful bakeries and delicatessens and outstanding bistros and cafes are all with minutes of the apartments.

What makes this apartment unique

If you like wines or just want to learn more this has to be the best location for your holiday. In our shop on the ground floor we have an excellent selection of wines from local growers plus wines from further afield in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with some new world wines joining us in the Spring. We are partnered with several wine tour companies and the local wine school who offer days tastings and courses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in Rue Barbes from 25th - 29th March the second floor

apartment, which was ideal for two, very clean and well equipped. The

apartment is very central and a car is certainly not necessary - in fact we flew

from Bournemouth airport and within 2 1/2 hours we were at the door to the


It was also very close to the railway station and therefore travelling around

was very easy, and it also gave my husband the opportunity to have one

more glass of wine, which if you enjoy the odd tipple couldn't be easier as

the owners also own the wine shop downstairs! Not only were they

extremely friendly but also very knowledgeable.

I certainly would return should I be in Carcassonne
Mar 2013
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A security deposit by cheque is required of £100 or €100,00 on arrival which will be returned on departure.
Linen and towels are included.
There is a charge of €28 per rental for cleaning of the apartment for guests on departure payable at the time of booking.
Additional sets and changes of linen are charges at €13,50 per set or per change.


La Bastide Saint-Louis Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 462 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a full walk in 'deluge' shower that can accomodate two people. With a glass wall and marble tiles it is a statement of pampering and indulgence. We also offer complimentary soaps, gels and shampoos and top quality fittings with soft cotton towels. There is a towel rail, mirror, shaver point and wash basin. We also supply a hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom in Apartment Robert Doisneau has our favourite regency style bed. It is an antique French double bed with deep carvings and scrolls. It is beautiful and elegant. Fitted with a quality mattress, cotton sheets, duck down duvets and soft pillows. Sheets and blankets are also available on request. There are bedside lamps, an antique wardrobe, reading armchair and dressing table and oriental carpets on the floor. The French windows have the original internal regency style shutters which traditionally keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Light voile curtains also keep the aparment cool in the summer.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The Kitchens of the apartments are all furnished to a very high standard with solid marble work surfaces, butlers sinks, traditional terracotta floors and ample storage space. Each kitchen has a modern microwave oven, electric hobs, fridge freezer and washer/drier machine. Cartier Bresson apartment also has a built in oven for guests requiring longer rentals. There is a small library of books provided in the entrance hall to the apartments as well as a selection of DVDs in each apartment. The apartments have electric heating in all rooms. Fans are also available for all the apartments if needed. Please ask and these will be supplied on request.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Robert Doisneau Apartment
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 27 reviews

Wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, light and bright apartment with loads French charm! The bedroom and living room are sizeable so you never feel cramped. Just steps away from shopping and the Place Carnot. It is an easy walk to the incredible UNESCO site of La Cite. The hosts, Alex and Pipa, are very welcoming and helpful if you should need anything. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay on the Rue Barbes, we recommend it!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Pleasant apartment on a noisy street

  • 3 of 5

This was an interesting renovation of a block of apartments in the old town of carcassone. Very traditional but wouldn't describe it as romantic!

The location was good for exploring the city but we we found it very noisey due to cars and people up and down the street until 2 am and then the street cleaners waking us up at 6am together with all the people buying cigarettes from the tobacconist next door. Sadly the renovation also meant we also heard those on the floor above us walking around the apartment.

3 bottles of wine was much appreciated as was the iron and the hair drier.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming and historical

  • 4 of 5

The location is terrific -- close to restaurants, markets, museums and there's a cute little trolley to the Cite. Look for free concerts at the Church of St. Vincent, and don't be shy about asking the proprietors for assistance. They run the wine shop on the ground floor, are charming and friendly, and sell a fabulous selection of local vintages.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint little apartment

  • 4 of 5

We were met and warmly welcomed by Miranda who was our helpful contact throughout our stay.

The apartment was very "French" functional and clean.A little tired and a bit of an unloved feeling about it.It was sadly lacking in crockery plates chipped only one wineglass! Although there were champagne glasses,a good excuse to drink the local bubbly.Complimentary wine on arrival was appreciated too.

It was very hot when we visited so hard to sleep even with the fan provided and the noise from the street being incessant.

The best thing about this flat is it's location being so handy for Place Carnot and the Cite.We also spent a lot of time in Place Gambetta watching the world go by and enjoying the sculptures ,it is right at the end of the street,

The Epicurie was a lovely restaurant in an old stable,food was great,garden peaceful.

Really enjoyed Carcassonne and the property.

One last thought though was that Miranda ordered a taxi for us returning to the airport which never turned up,so left standing on Rue

Barbes for ages,so best make your own arrangements for that!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Apartamento bien situado y bien equipado

  • 4 of 5

El apartamento Robert Doisneau está muy bien. Se corresponde con las fotos del anuncio y está bien equipado.

Está ubicado en una calle tranquila, pero próximo a todos los lugares de interés.

Los propietarios tienen una vinacoteca en el bajo del edificio de los apartamentos. Allí nos recibieron al llegar y fueron muy amables, tanto Alexander como sus hijos. Incluso nos regalaron una botella de vino.

Lo único a tener en cuenta es que en el anuncio los precios están en libras y no en euros como es habitual, así que si no te fijas bien la estancia te sale bastante más cara de lo que esperas, porque al precio hay que sumar el cambio de moneda y la comisión que algunos bancos cobran por esta transacción.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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short stay in Carcassonne

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in Alex's property for 3 nights. We were by Alex briefly at the outset of the stay. He was very hospitable and kindly provided some guidance about the local area and other information.

The property was given to us in a clean and functional state. The place has clearly been carefully and thoughtfully designed. There is even a useful 'manual' available in the flat which provides useful advice on getting the most out of one's stay.

Overall we were very happy with our experience. The only 1 gripe preventing 5 stars would be the shower function. The shower is high quality however the hot water runs out so quickly that it is difficult for two showers to be had one after another. Otherwise fantastic. Thank you.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne Plage
Car: not necessary

With Carcassonne airport only 10 minutes away with flights from London, Bournmouth, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool and Belgium, Frankfurt and Dublin and Toulouse, Bezier, Perpignan and Girona airports a mere hour and half away Carcassonne is the perfect place for a weekend escape, short breaks and holidays. The apartments are located just off Place Carnot, the traditional market square of Carcassonne in the medieval heart of the fortified old town, the Bastide. For visitors to the town a car is not required but is recommended for anyone wanting to visit the region in full. For drivers there is long term secure parking close by. Here you can find a paradise of street cafes, excellent value restaurants and Michelin starred restaurants as well as markets and shops galore. For history lovers and readers of Labarynth there are Castles, and Cathars, for gastronomes the local wines and food, for nature lovers some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in the South of France.

Other Activities: Canal boat trips, wine tours, gastromic events, fireworks, historical