About the property
- Apartment462 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 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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- May 26, 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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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Carcassone. The apartment was perfect, clean, bright and airy, with lovely furnishings, very comfortable bed and good shower. We ate out during our four days, so didn't need to use the kitchen, but had we stayed in, we would have had everything we needed to cater for ourselves. The apartment was in the best location, within a few minutes of a wonderful selection of restaurants and of the main square with its bars and easily close enough to walk to explore the magical Cite. We met several members of the family who were all very friendly and helpful, recommending places to eat, letting us continue using the apartment until we left for our late afternoon flight on the last day and sorting out a taxi to the airport for us. We would thoroughly recommend this apartment to anyone visiting this lovely city.
Excellent location, apartment had everything we needed and beautifully decorated
Located right to carnot square which is full of decent places to eat and everything else you need, within walking distance to the medieval city. The apartment was lovely decorated and romantic. People who have it are wonderfull and made sure we had everything we needed. Would definetly recomend it over other local accommodation
Lovely apartment in great location!
We stayed at the Willy Ronis apartment for 10 days & were very pleased with the accommodation. Booking & contact with Alex & Pippa was extremely easy & any queries were answered quickly. The apartment was on the 3rd floor so be prepared for the steps but it didn't trouble us. It had a fully equipped kitchen & the bed & linen was the comfiest we'd come across in rental apartments.
The location was great, being very close to Place Carnot, & with all the shops & restaurants on your door step. The train station & Canal du Midi were 10 minutes walk in one direction & the old bridge with easy access to La Citie 10 minutes walk the other direction. Some street noise was experienced, but staying in what I would say is one of the best positions in Carcassonne, out ways this.
We had a fantastic time & would love to return one day.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Carcassonne and staying in Willy Ronis apartment and we look forward to meeting you again.
Alex and Pipa
This was a cosy apartment ideally situated in the town of Carcassonne. The furniture is clearly designed to reflect French style however some items, particularly the bedroom furniture, were impractical/tired.
Other minor negative observations were a lack of a proper oven and ill fitting lighting (wiring exposed).
Our main adverse comment was the apartment, whilst not dirty, was dusty and we felt it was not properly prepared for our arrival. Cleaning products were provided including marigold gloves, but the insides of the gloves themselves were old and mouldy. It was clear the floor under the bed had not been cleaned for some considerable time. There were assorted items left within bedroom drawers which presumably belonged to previous occupants.
However, on a positive note, the bed was clean and extremely comfortable.
If the above issues were addressed this would be a perfect bolthole for any visitor.
Beautiful flat in the heart of the city
We have stayed in a number of the owners properties when in Carcassonne and have never been disappointed, and this was no exception. The flat was on the top floor, which despite the stairs was quieter and had no flats opposite for privacy. As with all the apartments in this building it is clean, very well appointed and tastefully decorated. The reception from either Alex or Pippa or there daughter who's name temporarily escapes me is always warm, and because they own the wine shop downstairs you can get a little flat warmer with great ease. I will be staying here again next year.
Great apartment in a central location.
This apartment was easy to book and very comfortable (and well equipped) for two people. The owners were very helpful in settling in and our stay was most enjoyable. Carcassonne has lots to offer and, being very central, the accommodation gave an ideal base from which to explore the town and the surrounding area. The only drawback is that it's on the third floor which gives an ideal opportunity to get a little fitter but it would be difficult for the less able-bodied.
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.