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Charming townhouse in the heart of Carcassonne - Perfect for couples

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Townhouse with terrace in Carcassonne, Languedoc, France - Excellent location, furnished as a 'home from home'

Our much-loved little townhouse is perfect for couples looking to spend quality time away together in romantic and comfortable surroundings. This is our own second home which dates back to 1624 and has been sympathetically renovated to retain its original features and character. You'll find many personal touches and real personality here, which we hope will help you to quickly relax, kick off your shoes and feel completely 'at home'.

You'll be in a great location - situated just off the main shopping street in the historic and vibrant Bastide Saint Louis. Ideally placed for exploring, with the medieval city (la Cite), Place Carnot, Canal du Midi, the River Aude, the train station and shops all within walking distance.

There's lots to see and do but it's good to know that at the end of the day, you can relax on our sunny terrace with a glass of wine and continue to soak up the atmosphere of this charming French town.

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Shelley Andrews
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Shelley Andrews

Simon and I are lucky enough to be balancing two adventures - our new home and renovation project on the stunningly beautiful Isle of Wight and our second home in Carcassonne in the South of France, which captured our hearts during a summer holiday there years ago.

We're now able to welcome couples to stay in our newly available Garden Apartment here in Ventnor (OD E13567) and of course continue to visit our little house in beautiful Carcassonne (OD FR5911).

Shelley Andrews purchased this house in 2008

Why Shelley Andrews chose Carcassonne City

We love the fact that we can load up our backpacks in the morning and after a short flight, be relaxing on our sunny terrace in the afternoon! The airport shuttle bus is almost door to door for us and our spirits always lift as we cross the bridge over the Canal du Midi and walk into the Bastide. We never tire of exploring the area and seem to find something new with each visit. I tour each of the Brocante shops looking for bits for the house but always find time to visit our nearest 'beach' - just 10 minutes away at the peaceful Lac du Cavayere, or we drive down to the sun-soaked beaches around Narbonne. Carcassonne is surrounded by vineyards as well as remnants from its Cathar past so there's plenty to explore!

What makes this house unique

We've renovated the house as a home rather than a typical rental property so there's lots of charming features that you may not find in other accommodation. The king-size bed has a luxury mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. There's a roll-top bath in the en-suite bathroom in addition to the large walk-in shower and fluffy towels - we even provide you with bathrobes to lighten your luggage. The spacious living area has lots of books and games as well as a flat screen TV to watch DVDs on, DVD player and CD/iPod docking port. There's a terrace to enjoy that glass of wine or simply look down and watch the people go about their day to day business in this delightful French town.

Ryanair flies straight to Carcassonne and if you just bring hand luggage, you can keep the costs really low!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We loved your house. The location was superb, more than that it was the cosiest haven one could imagine; decorated with taste, flair and practical style. We had a wonderful time and used your excellent facilities (wanted for nothing) cooking, reading and relaxing. You've done such a great job on this place - keep on doing what you're doing."

"Too many special memories to recount, but thank you for allowing us to share your special home and making our visit inspirational. Thanks also for all your helpful advice pre our arrival! Enjoyed and savoured every minute of our nine days!"

"Fantastic townhouse in a perfect location. We couldn't think of a better place to spend our honeymoon. Thank you for making it so special."

"We felt the warmth of your hospitality right from the moment we booked and that just continued. The house is a real credit to you and a perfect home from home."

"We would love to return! Happy memories of our first wedding anniversary in Carcassonne."
Dec 2009
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La Bastide Saint-Louis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • En-suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Plus heated towel rail
  • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with roll-top bath, large walk-in shower, basin, WC, shaving point, exposed brickwork, luxury towels, heated towel rail, bathrobes and some toiletries also provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master - 1 king , Luxury mattress and linens
  • Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Spacious master bedroom with king-size bed, luxury linens, original fireplace, solid oak floor, 2 shuttered windows, ceiling fan and heating.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is our 'second home' and we have invested much love and care into the renovation. We specifically rent to other couples who are looking for something with charm and character - a special place in which you can relax and spend time together in comfort. The photographs we display on our advert and website will give you an idea of what the house is like rather than showing you every cupboard and corner. We love to keep some of the details as a surprise for your arrival and always aim to exceed your expectations. If you would like any specific information about the house then of course we are always happy to provide it. And, if you are celebrating a special occasion and would like our help in planning a surprise for your partner then please do get in touch. For safety reasons we do not permit smoking anywhere in the property or on the terrace. As our home is just for couples, we do not accommodate children or pets. We have a sunny, paved terrace accessed from the living area - a rare space to have in the Bastide! Table and chairs are provided for dining / relaxing. There is parking available immediately outside the house - this is metered at certain times of day. There are also some free parking spaces about 5 minutes walk away and we can provide easy directions for finding these if you're not familiar with the area. If you prefer secure underground parking, there are several locations to choose from also within easy walking distance. You're welcome to use our washing machine, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, cool bag, beach mat and umbrella, beach towels, umbrella, shopping bags and basket, torches, sewing kit and UK / EU adapter plugs. The property is cleaned at the end of each stay and this is included in the rental price. High quality bed linen, towels, face cloths, bathrobes, tea towels, napkins etc are all provided and the laundry cost is included in your rental price. We have a large downstairs storage room where you can keep bicycles if you decide to hire them during your stay. This space is also useful for storing heavier cases if you are staying with us as part of a longer trip and have lots of luggage.


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Charming townhouse in the heart of Carcassonne - Perfect for couples
average rating of 4.96 based on 26 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Clean, welcoming, sympathetically furnished and adequately equipped for a holiday for two.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical moments in La Petite Maison in Carcassonne

  • 5 of 5

Despite some initial difficulties due to our late arrival, once we eventually got to La Petite Maison they were quickly forgotten. The photos do not lie. It is a delightful little house, as cosy and romantic as Shelley described it. Although we didn't use it, there is a lovely little terrace.Everything has been carefully thought out to make guests feel comfortable and at home, with an abundance of useful information from places to visit, how to get to them on foot and by other means it transport, as well as restaurant recommendations. The only criticism is no television, not from me, but by husband. However there was a lovely variety of CDs, and you can connect to the Internet to watch online movies, news etc.(Although secretly, I know my husband would have liked the option of television.) it is spotlessly clean and well maintained.

The location is fantastic being right in the middle of Carcassonne. Shopping is practically on the doorstep, and places to visit within easy walking distance. Even parking is not a problem, as it is free from 6.00pm until 9.00am, and you can find places to park for free in the streets a bit further away, although we never needed to.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house with everything you could possibly need in a really interesting city. Carcassonne is perfect for a couples' trip - so much to see and do with great places to eat and drink. The house was the perfect base. Returning home in the evening to cook dinner in the cosy kitchen diner was always a pleasure and we had the best sleeps in the enormous bed. Only downside is that parking is a bit of a pain.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for two

  • 5 of 5

This homely house in the centre of the Bastide is perfect for a holiday. We stayed 4 days and had a lovely time. The house has everything for a very enjoyable stay. As we travelled with only hand luggage I really appreciated the hairdryer and the towels. The terrace is very welcome to enjoy a glass of wine on at the end of the day. The bed was perfect, plenty of hot water and a great shower. We didn't cook but think all was there that would be needed to cook a meal. Carcassonne was perfect for a break, we cycled along the canal, thoroughly enjoyed a wine tasting day and explored the city. Enough to do but easy and relaxed. Many thanks

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A perfect little town house for a relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We decided to drive to Carcassonne and found the property very easily after following the instructions given to us by Shelley.

Parking outside to unload our luggage was no problem and we then left our car across the road in the residential parking, free, for the whole week.

The little house is decorated beautifully and had everything we required for a perfect holiday.

The roof terrrace was so nice we spent most of our time eating and drinking there.

The proximity to the bars, shopping and restaurants is only a few metres.

We used the small tourist "train" to visit the old part of town and it was very cheap to purchase the tickets.

Beautiful bathroom and very comfortable bed.

We would highly recommend this holiday house to our friends and urge you to give it a try.

Walking around the whole area seemed very safe and at night became lovely and quiet.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A truly delightful stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a wonderful week in late August 2016 in Carcassonne. The weather was wonderful, and the temperature was in the mid 30s Celsius each day, I think we saw two clouds the entire time.

The property is excellent. It's centrally located in the town and is very handy for shops, bars and restaurants. The property itself is beautifully styled and furnished and has all the luxuries (and indeed necessities) of home. In fact it was so nice and comfortable, and the produce in the local markets and shops was so good that we ate in most of the nights during our stay (being a frugal Yorkshireman I was very happy with this).

We spent some time up at the castle which is a truly beautiful piece of history, both during the day and at night (it's very beautiful at night). We ventured on foot to the lake (although you can bus it). We also walked routes along the canal and the river (many hire bikes and go that bit further).

The lake was great, there are two beached areas where swimming is allowed and where life guards patrol.

We ended up spending a lot of time in the lido in Carcassonne because it was so handy, and the weather was so good. Fellas - be warned! You need tight/clingy shorts in order to swim at a public baths in France, I had to swallow my pride and buy a pair of cheap speedo style pants, and they took quite some time to track down in the shops in Carcassonne. I'm still trying to delete the photographic evidence that it ever took place.

Shelley - our hostess was wonderful. She kept us up to date and informed at every step of the process - through booking, paying, sending out the key and information about the stay. We had all the information that we needed to make our stay a great experience.

I would not hesitate to recommend Carcassonne to anyone considering a wonderful relaxing holiday, and I would especially recommend this property to anyone who wished to stay in this area.

Thanks to both Shelly and Simon.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Place Carnot
Nearest Ferry
547 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5.2 Kilometres
Golf de Carcassonne
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Place Carnot
Nearest Ski
102 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
74.5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Ask someone to imagine a French marketplace and they'll probably conjure up images of bright awnings, colourful fruit, vegetables, flowers, breads, cheeses and pates of all description. The thrice weekly market held in Place Carnot, Carcassonne is one of the best we've seen and a true feast for the senses. Relax with a coffee and pastry at Bar Felix and people-watch the morning away!

Place Carnot is a two minute walk from the house and you'll find many great restaurants, shops and facilities here too including banks, chemist, patisseries and chocolatiers. There's also a covered market just a few streets past the square, selling fresh fish, meat and pate. With all of the tempting boulangerie nearby, you'll be spoilt for choice on where to buy your fresh, warm croissants in the mornings!

The Canal du Midi is also just a five minute walk away. You can hire bicycles locally (we have space for you to store them), walk, take a boat along the waterway or just relax on a bench and watch the boats go by. A ten minute stroll in the other direction will bring you alongside the River Aude, cool water perfect for dipping hot feet into! There are lovely walks along this route, including the lesser-known path up to la Cite.

The tranquil Lac du Cavayere is located in the beautiful hills surrounding the town and combines a sandy beach with water sports, walking, tree-based activities (climbing, zip-lines etc) as well as relaxing walks and swimming. You can cycle there, take a bus, drive there in ten minutes or walk there in about an hour and a half.

Carcassonne always seems to have activities organised for its residents and visitors throughout the year, making it a great destination whatever the season. Spring brings Jazz Week, a must for any jazz enthusiast.

In Summer it's the 'Festival of two towns'; a series of musical events featuring pop, rock, opera, dance, theatre, French and international music - many of the performances are free.

The date in everyone's diary is July 14th, when at 10.30pm, the skies above la Cite are set ablaze with an amazing fireworks spectacular lasting over 25 minutes, it's an incredible display and reputed to be one of the best in Europe.

Then, during the last week of August, it's the turn of 'Spanish Week' when shows, events, concerts, dance performances, and gastronomic specialities combine to make a great party atmosphere.

We love Christmas in Carcassonne when the town is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice-skating rink, festive market, big wheel and rides, toboggan run and a fireworks display. You'll find the location of our house very convenient for all of these events and more.

Getting here is easy with Carcassonne's airport less than a ten minute drive from the centre of town. The airport shuttle bus meets each flight (5 Euros per person) and will drop you at the train station (Gare SNCF) - just a few minutes walk from the house. If you fly to Toulouse or Beziers then you can catch a direct train to Carcassonne.

Carcassonne is surrounded by vineyards but you don't have to miss out on wine tasting if you're travelling without a car. You could join one of the excellent local tours we recommend or walk to one of the 'caves' here in town. You will need a car or to join a small tour group if you'd like to visit the Cathar sites such as Montsegur, Lastours, Queribus, Peyrepertuse and Puilaurens,

The beaches along the south coast are a 45 minute drive away. Head to Narbonne and turn right to explore the coastline towards Perpignan and Spain or left towards Montpellier and the Cote d'Azur.

There's so much to do in this beautiful and impressive region and we hope you love it as much as we do.


Rates & Availability

La Bastide Saint-Louis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 16 to Apr 17
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
May 17
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
Changeover Day: Wednesday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 17 to Aug 17
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sept 17
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 17 to Apr 18
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $256.73

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance as we cannot offer refunds - we are happy to negotiate alternative dates though if the property is available.

Changeover days are flexible* to enable you to take advantage of the best Ryanair flight deals but does not include Bastille Day, Christmas Day or New Year's Day. * This excludes May 2017 when preferred changeover day is Wednesday.

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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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