About the property
- Apartment462 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 5 nights
Luxury double Bedroom apartments, sleep two, town centre, all amenities
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.
Alex and Pipa Francis
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- Apr 02, 2018
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
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.
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Great value stay in Carcassonne
This is the second time we have had an extended (1 week) stay in this lovely period style apartment a stones throw from Place Carnot in the old bastide. Apart from exploring the local area the town has much to offer. The flat is comfortable to a fault with everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The markets in the square are great ( twice a week), good places to eat and drink an easy walk away. Some beautiful towns around and about as well. The canal is also very close. The owners have always been well organised and easy to deal with. They are a wealth of knowledge with regard to the town and surrounds. We enjoyed our stay the first time and the second time around was just as good. A very cosy flat that occupies the whole floor with a spacious lounge dining room, a big kitchen, comfortable bedroom and good bathroom facilities. The renovation and saving of the building is a great story in itself. An excellent opportunity for us to be “home away” - eat in, eat out, visit places around us or idle away some time with a coffee and a French pastry in one of the cafes in the square or an afternoon drink in one of the small and oh so French brasseries and little local bars that are dotted around. We do a lot of self accomodating travel when in Europe and in our opinion these flats are great value for money. Thanks again Alex and Pipa.
Exactly what we needed for the right price
Convenient location. Helpful owners. Comfortable bed. Clean everywhere.Parking worked out well! Good bottle of wine
Great 'shabby chic' apartment in 500yo building w lots of character . Modern kitchen and bathroom
GREAT market in the square; great patisserie 2 blocks away.. Go around the corner to La Cathare restaurant for a splendid dinner.
Would have loved at least 1 comfortable armchair; springs are totally sprung.
Definitely would return!
Peggy & Rog
Great location, very nice apartment right in the heart of the Bastide
We stayed in the first floor apartment for 17 days in August, 2017. The weather was very hot and because there is no air conditioning, we really relied on the fan to keep us comfortable at night.
Alex was a wonderful host and very responsive to our needs.
The apartment is very conveniently located right in the center of town, close to restaurants, boulangeries, and grocey stores.
Besides the wonders of the city itself, Carcassonne is centrally located for visiting the Pyrenees, Andorra, etc.
La situación es excelente.
La situación es excelente.
Great spot and very comfortable
Great base for exploring Carcassone and beyond. Many thoughtful touches to make our stay enjoyable. Great instructions to find the most convenient car parking close to the apartment. Many great restaurants to try nearby.
I don't usually write reviews but felt that this rental was so substandard I should let others know. I'm sure when the apartment was originally completed it was fit for rentals however it needs another update urgently. The water was hot, the heaters works but the furniture was tatty, the kitchen very old and a bit unclean, the light outside the door of the apartment didn't work, the bathroom door handle fell off, the bed was lumpy, the shutters didn't keep the noise or the cold out. We also didn't get our warm welcome as promised in the details, the wine shop was shut and the owners were overseas, no free bottle of wine or flowers for us. The owners son helped us on arrival and was very nice but he is 15 so really couldn't give us the advice on the area we wanted. Also the bar downstairs was not the best and most days on leaving the main apartment door there was someone leaning on the wall smoking from the bar which you could smell in the entrance hallway. All in all we were disappointed, I realise that you get what you pay for however I feel that I didn't even get that while staying in this apartment. We only stayed for 3 of the 4 nights and gave up on the last night and checked into a hotel....
We are always disappointed when guest do not have the stay that they expected and if there are short comings that should have been address at the time. We have read Ms Green's review and would like to address the points she makes.
We called John and Debbie the day of arrival to explain that check in would be made by our son as they lady who normally would be there was at the doctors but would come by at 1930. Our son did his very best but he not a local guide and he showed them the guide book we supply and internet access. When Laurence then came by at 1930 as agreed to check everything was OK she also explained some local details for them.
That evening we received a very strange and rude email from John and Debbie saying "Rhubarb Rhubarb". Perhaps some kind of joke but not very pleasant. I tried to contact John and Debbie that night by telephone and text to check if everything was OK. In the morning I received a text to say all good and that Laurence had been to see them.
1) The kitchen is not very old and was not dirty. It was inspected in full before we left. It was fitted in 2010, is in immaculate condition.
2) Door handle to bathroom. Frankly someone has to really wrench a handle for it to come off the bathroom and this was cleanly snapped off. Even if did come off by accident it could have been replaced immediately but we were not informed about this until the guests had left. We have a maintain man available for accidental repairs.
3) The light switch on the landing outside the apartment was repaired on the 10th March and replaced with a motion detector this week, but at the time it should have been functioning. Again a quick call and our electrician would have been there to check.
4) We cannot legislate who stands outside the entrance to the apartment but frankly the customers from the bar next door are mostly polite and considerate and are part of the local character.
5) We are sorry that the shop was closed but we do have to travel for business and sorry that Debbie did not receive the bottle of wine she expected on arrival.
6) The windows and shutters close perfectly. We have had guests staying in this apartment over most of the winter when it has been very cold and without any complaint, just compliments, so we do not accept this criticism.
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A security deposit by cheque is required of £100 or €100,00 on arrival which will be returned on departure. There is a charge of €28 per rental for linen, towels and cleaning of the apartment for guests on departure. Additional sets and changes of linen are charges at €15,00 per set or per change.