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.
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.
1 Sitting room
1 Hall / Library
1 large kitchen
Power shower room
Laundry room (with Washing Machine & Drying machine)
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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 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.
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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Delicatessen La Ferme
LA FERME FIOROTTO
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.
Prices include use of the whole three bedrooms 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.
"Séjour très agréable, appartement spacieux et confortable situé en plein cœur de Carcassonne.
Lucie est quelqu'un de jovial et TRÈS souriant. Nous avons pu choisir nos horaires d'arrivée et de départ et tout a été très facile. Je recommanderai cet appartement autour de moi."
Hemos pasado un fin de semana estupendo en casa de Sophie. El apartamento es muy espacioso y tiene una distribución muy original, dejando entrar mucha luz natural desde diversos puntos de la casa.
El apartamento era muy completo y estaba situado en pleno centro, con varios restaurantes y tiendas alrededor.
En los días anteriores a nuestra llegada Sophie estuvo muy pendiente de contestar todas nuestras dudas de forma casi inmediata.
Un apartamento muy recomendable para toda persona que visite Carcassonne!
This apartment was beautiful. Three bedrooms, very large family room, kitchen, and large outdoor terrace. The location was great. It was right in the heart of the "new" city and a 10-15 minute walk from the old city. I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone. My wife also was very pleased at a full sized bath tub rather than the many small showers in Europe. The only down side was that there was an additional fee for sheets and cleaning, so be prepared for that, but overall the cost was still well worth it.
Nice host, friendly staff (thank you very much, Cecile!!) and lovely home. Very well situated in the heart of the old bastide and walking distance to everything.
La casa es muy espaciosa y confortable. La localización es perfecta, a sólo unos 20 minutos a pie de la Cité, con tiendas y restaurantes interesantes en la zona. Recomiendo un supermercado de productos ecológicos: Bio-Vivre en la C. Verdun y un restaurante que está en la misma calle Aimé Ramon, justo al lado del Bar Des Halles. A pesar de que era muy tarde para los horarios franceses nos ofrecieron el menú del día y lo adaptaron a mis necesidades, ya que padezco intolerancia al gluten (no apto para celíac@s ya que contenía trazas). Por cierto, según mi experiencia es complicado comer por allí siendo celíac@.
Lo peor es el tema del aparcamiento. Es difícil parar delante de la casa para descargar. Aparcamos un momento en la calle de detrás y tuvimos que hacer viajes para llevar las cosas. Después los conductores fueron a aparcar a una zona de pago (bastante barata comparada con Barcelona) a unos 10 minutos a pie. Cuando nos fuimos, pudimos parar justo enfrente sólo un minuto para cargar los maleteros.
La persona que se encargó de darnos y recoger las llaves fue Lucy. Un encanto. Thanks Lucy for your help.
Sophies apartment was perfect. THE BEST location for anything. grocery stores, market, museum, the castle, all very close by.
I would not recommend to go by car, since it is very difficult to stop in front, even if it is just to unload the car. But we did manage somehow, even though it was PURING rain.
We were two couples with two kids and a dog. The size and all that you find in the apartment is exactly what you need!
I’m not sure how it works with the cleaning, not sure who and how is the cleaning done before someone enters, but one of the toilets and sinks was not really cleaned.
I did not understand the option later on to pay the cleaning, but overall we found it clean without the option to pay for cleaning (we did clean before we left in detail, but also because we had a dog with us).
Lucy who was letting us in and took care of all, was VERY helpful and SUPER nice! (huge thanks to Lucy!)
I would DEFINITELY recommend Sophies place!!!! THANKS for letting us stay here.
We had a lovely week and after an initial hick up no fault of host we settled in quickly and enjoyed our time in Carcassonne. The only slight disappointment was that the outside area did not live up to the expectation we had having looked at the advertising photographs. The apartment contains everything you would possibly need.
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Irish and English couple Living in beautiful French country side. We are renovating a renaissance (email hidden)ry slowly and love beautiful hill herb garden. We have been welcoming people to this beautiful part of the country since 1997.