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Gorgeous light spacious Penthouse. Situated in the heart of the Renaissance Bastide. Easy walk to the Medieval City. Close to free and paid parking, superb markets and Carcassonne's best theatres and restaurants. Easy access to countless sites.

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Larger living room with Television sofas and leading to terrace

Larger living room with Television sofas and leading to terrace

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The Space
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: $219
Weekly discount: 33%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

Exceptionally light loftwith large south facing terrace in the historic centre of Carcassonne's Renaissance Bastide. Parking is nearby both free and paid. Available all year round.
Ideal for groups of friends, families or couples. Equipped for baby. Equally ideal for a holiday with or without a car. Near by swimming, lakes, markets, vineyards cathar catles and much more. Well equipped kitchen. All three bedrooms are included in the apartment rental. It is private and self contained as is the beautiful calm south facing terrace. Good free broadband wireless connetion.

The apartment is minutes awy from Carcassonne's best markets, delicatessens, restaurants and theatre and the Cathedral of St Michel and a pretty walk to the Medieval city.

The train station is 500 metres walk and the local buses are a block away. The apartment has all the benefits of being in the city centre without being on a busy road.

Apartment Information
3 Bedrooms
1 Sitting room
1 Hall / Library
1 large kitchen
Power shower room
2 WC's
Laundry room (with Washing Machine & Drying machine)
Rooftop terrace
Air conditioning
DVD player
Video player

After a small laundry room you come to a large vestibule equipped as a comfortable library. Beyond the library is a large living room that leads directly onto the large rooftop terrace. It is magic to sit there in the evening, an oasis of tranquility above the streets. The terrace looks over the canal tile roof tops of the bastide and the spires of the Cathedrale Saint-Michel, yet is private.

At the east end of the apartment are the three bedrooms and the two bathrooms. There is a bath, a power shower and great wardrobe space. All the windows are double glazed. There is air conditioning and electrically controlled blinds and shutters. The whole apartment is very light and well equipped. It also looks onto the terrace.

There are child gates on the stairs. Cot and high chair can be provided.

In the winter the people of Carcassonne regularly take to the nearby slopes and historical, archaeological and wine destinations are within easy reach. Toulouse and Barcelona are also popular destinations. Watersports, bird watching, hiking and Orchids are all nearby.

Guest Access

There is access to great restaurants, markets, theatre, castles, museums galleries and beautiful walks are all within easy walking distance. Paid and free parking is available close by. Some examples of distances are below.

Don`t forget the skiing.

Medieval Cité 1.2 miles
Canal du Midi 0.4 miles
Mediteranean sea 46.3 miles
Cathar castles Cabaret closest 12.7 miles
Bathing Lake Le lac de la Cavayère', Mont Legun 9 miles
Mirepoix 33.1 miles
Markets 0.1 miles
Golf 4.4 miles
Limoux 16.6 miles
Narbonne 37.6 miles

Interaction with Guests

Usually I will meet the guests but this is not always possible but in which case somebody will take my place to properly welcome and show the appartment.

The Neighborhood

Opposite the Mairie and behind the theatre in the centre of town. The apartment is a quiet haven from the hustle and bustle. Easy walk to the Medieval city; public transport and swimming pool. It is a block away from Les Halles, an indoor market where fine local foods and prepared dishes such as Cassoulet and blanquette de veau are on sales every morning for five days of the week (closed Sunday and Monday) . There are excellent cheese shops and high quality restaurants in all the price ranges. It is also well located for the post office, little supermarkets, Tourist office banks etc.

Getting Around

Short walk from bus stops and train station. There are also shuttles throughout the day to the medieval city. Navette very close by to Carcassonne airport.

Other Things to Note

Welcome to the Carcassonne Penthouse

Just a few little local tips and directions for your stay.. We are also happy to be informed of other appropriate equipment that would have added to the pleasure and convenience of your stay.
The visitors book
The visitor’s book is a good resource for recommendations and tips. It is kind if you can also make a note of things you have particularly enjoyed or any great adventures you have discovered while out and about.

Don’t forget that there are many more restaurants on the Boulevard around the Bastide and in the Cité. The cards of recommended places are with our cards. Please pick up a card or a flier for the apartment if you are very satisfied with a restaurant or entertainment.

The Medieveal Cité has many very decent restaurants with agreeable out door settings and very reasonable prices. It tend to stay up later than the Bastide.
The brown bins on the street are communal for house hold rubbish. The ones nearest to the apartment are outside the ‘Hotel de la police’ just two doors along to the left. Plastic bin bags are stored in a white dispenser under the kitchen sink. There is a compost on the terrace. It is good for tea bags, all vegetable waste, citrus. Please NO BREAD OR MEAT.

Any watering of the plants greatly appreciated.

Do not worry unduly about throwing away perishibles. We always keep an eye to detroy things which are past it and otherwise people are generally happy to finish up the odd bits an pieces left over from a visit between the cleaner, the dogs, the next visitors and ourselves usually nothing is wasted.

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Washing and Ironing
There is an ironing board in the cupboard under the stairs, next to the washing machine. In the laundry room there is a washing machine and a drier. The instructions are in the laundry If there is washing powder in the laundry you are welcome to use it but it is not provided as a rule.

Cleaning and linen
Please do not worry about making the beds the day before you leave. Please strip them if you have a chance and leave dirty linen in a heap in the bath. Please leave clean linen folded. If you need to do clearing up during your stay will find vacuum cleaner, buckets and mops rags detergent etc in the little room beyond the bathroom.

If you have opted to do the clean please make sure bathrooms are vacuumed and washed, bins emptied, kitchen items put away and surfaces dusted. Do not worry about vacuuming and the mop everywhere, or windows unless there has been exceptional usage.

You are very welcome to use the vacuum cleaner should you need it.

Please be careful to keep lights switched off when you are out. The television has a plug board with a switch so that it is easy to disconnect the standby current which we are told consumes a lot of electricity.

The electricity panel is at the far right end of the little room behind the bathroom.
Hot water is at the bottom right. It is a small black switch and has off position, auto and 1 which means constant. Hot water is on automatic for you when you arrive Automatic is usually fine for visitors without children or who do not all bathe at the same time.

Should the electricity trip during your stay the trip levers are the orange switches on the top left..

Hot weather
The window in the kitchen makes a nice through breeze in warm weather. There are two airconditioning units. Another trick is to leave the french windows open in the day when you are out and the shutters shut to encourage cool breeze.

The Terrace
Terrace electric shutters are electronically operated with a toggle switch first two top right hand switches on the left of the French windows.
The terrace light is controlled by a switch next to the switches for the electric shutters.
Feel free to use the barbeque. You may find left over charcoal in the bucket marked « charbon ». Please clean the barbeque thoriugly after use. Long tongs are in the kitchen.
We make an effort to water plants adequately between visits but in very hot weather plants can suffer. Please sllp them a little water if they seem to be suffering or let us know.

The siren
The first Wednesday of every month at Midday the town tests the sirens. Do not be alarmed I suppose it is something to do with the barracks but be warned it emmanates from the police building next to the apartment so sounds pretty loud but be assured that it does not occur regularly.

Internet connection
Full details for client access are in the telephone cabinet along with a CD

We grow an abundance of mediterranean herbs at the château. We intend to one day sell them but in the meantime have more than we know what to do with so we always have a selection in the kitchen. They are grown organically. If you would like to order some to send as a gift just say the word. We do have a price list and they are freely available while you are in the apartment.

We are raising money to repair the roof of the Château de St Ferriol. Any visitors contributing in this way are of course very welcome to visit the site when it is open and are kept up to date with renovation progress.

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Special recommendations
Delicatessen La Ferme
55 Rue Verdun

Tourist office, Right and then left out of the front door.

Market, Saturday morning in Place Carnot

There are 3 food halls nearby. One is on the far side of place Carnot, one is in the Monoprix,,situated on the left on the pedaestrian mall leading from place Carnot to The SNCF station, and another (which has the longest opening hours ) is found if you continue to the top of this Mall to the Boulevard on the SNCF side of the bastide and turn left.

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House Rules

Prices include use of the whole three bedroom apartment.

Three bedrooms; two double bed rooms, one bunk bed room/ office (all with high quality mattresses), two living rooms, large terrace and well equipped spacious kitchen with dining table and chairs.

Trundle bed and cot available

The apartment is baby safe and non smoking (except on the terrace). Ashtrays available on the terrace.

One en suite bathroom WC, and one family bathroom with double vanity sinks, bath and WC.

ADSL (Broadband), heating and all taxes and utilities are included in the rental amount.

A full set of linen and towels when required is charged at 10 Euros per person stay
An optional cleaning service is available at the end of or during your stay.

Bookings may start and finish on any day of the week. (minimum stay is usually three nights). For exceptions worth enquiring.

A security deposit of 200 Euros is paid in cash on arrival and returned in cash on departure.
For arrival and departures times, when possible we are flexible. Standard times are
Arrival after 13 :00 hrs and before 20 :00 hrs
Departure after 11 :00 hours

There is composting on the terrace. No meat or bread but all vegetable matter good and reduces trips to the bins. Recycling available in nearby Place Carnot.

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2 nights minimum stay
Television and sitting room

Television and sitting room

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Quillan, France
Member since November 2011


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