Spacious two-bedroomed apartment for up to four people in the heart of Carcassonne’s Bastide, with lounge looking onto the central square, double bedroom and twin bedroom, dining kitchen, lounge and shower room. The 70sq.m. apartment occupies the whole of the third floor of this 19th Century building in the conservation area. It was completely refitted and furnished in 2015 to modern comfort standards, and has free secure Wi-fi throughout.
The light and airy south-facing lounge has two balconies where you can sit in the sunshine with a morning coffee looking down on Place Carnot or at night enjoying the lights with a glass of wine. The room is furnished with leather sofas, a rocker chair, 50” TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, CD player, a desk, bookshelf, coffee tables and lamps.
Both bedrooms have large wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside chests. The beds are comfortable with deep, semi-firm mattresses, a choice of quilts and pillows, and soft cotton bedlinen. There are bedside lamps and electric fans (and wall heaters for the cooler seasons) .
The recently-fitted kitchen is very well-equipped with four-ring induction hob, full-sized oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer-dryer and fridge-freezer, coffee machine, kettle, toaster and everything you need to produce and enjoy a meal – right down to the wok, the spaghetti gauge and the champagne glasses.
The shower room has a rainwater shower plus a hand-held shower-head in a wide compartment with sliding doors; a heated towel rail, small drawers and cupboards, over-mirror lighting and a shaver socket. A hairdryer is provided, and towels of course.
There are lots of delightful restaurants within a few minutes’ walk, but the ability to do a certain amount of catering “at home” is often welcome, and food shopping here is both easy and pleasant. The famous Place Carnot fruit and vegetable market is on Saturday mornings, with smaller markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays – and there are specialist food shops for other fresh provisions, and three small supermarkets with a good selection, all within five minutes’ walk. The other amenities of the town such as pharmacies, ATMs, tourist information, local transport and car parks, are also within five minutes’ walk. The town centre has many attractive cafes with terraces, and quality shops within the traditional buildings.
The main attractions of a visit to Carcassonne are within easy reach, many of them without the need of a car. The Canal du Midi is a five-minute walk to the north and the medieval Cité is about a 20-minute walk to the south. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Cité is one of France’s most visited sights and quite fascinating, whilst the Canal is so lovely and peaceful you could forget it was also an incredible engineering project when it was built in the 17th century. Local buses and trains will take you to the city of Toulouse, to the foothills of the Pyrenees, or to Narbonne, gateway to the Mediterranean resorts. Discover the 1 Euro fares to the lovely Lac Cavayère, with its beaches, its walks and its adventure activities, or to local towns such as Limoux, home of sparkling Blanquette de Limoux, Esperaza, home of France’s largest dinosaur museum, or Quillan and other points along the river Aude on the way to the foothills of the Pyrenees from where you can go canoeing or white-water rafting. With a car, you can explore the Cathar castles or relax on a Mediterranean beach among many other delightful destinations. Either with a car or on one of the local tours you can visit the amazing prehistoric caves in the Black Mountains, or tour local vineyards.
In December, Place Carnot is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice-skating, Christmas market and lights, of which the apartment has a lovely view.