Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Neptune has one double bedroom and a folding bed on wheels that can either be used in the bedroom or wheeled out into the living area.and a bathroom and utility room. There is a large reception area with sofa and chairs, coffee table, bookcase and display shevles one end, and a dining table and four chairs the other, plus a kitchenette. All windows overlook the square.
There are a dozen or so brasseries, restaurants and cafes around the square and many of the town's festivities take place there. These range from exhibitions of Spanish dancing during the summer to a skating rink in December. The apartment is the perfect place for people-watching!
The fabulous Cite is a 15 minute walk across the River Aude and the Pont Vieux, with stunning views of the walls and turrets. In the summer you can watch jousting in the lists, exactly where it took place in the age of the medieval Troubadours.
It is a short walk to the railway station, with trains to Toulouse, Narbonne, Beziers, Perpignan, Agde, Sete, Monpellier and further afield, and there are coaches in the summer to the Cathare castles.
The Canal du Midi is directly in front of the railway station and in the warmer weather you can take a two hour trip along the canal. You can also walk along the tow path with views across to the Cite, or along the banks of the River Aude.
For swimming and sunbathing there is a bus service to a beautiful local recreational lake, and a big plus - no motor boats are allowed!
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de la Cavayere 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne 3 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne station 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is beautifully equipped, with many things you would not expect to find in a rental apartment. We have furnished and equipped it as we would a second home, rather than a rental property and several guests have remarked that it feels as though they have been invited to borrow a friend's flat. We have furnished it in a French style and absolutely nothing came from Ikea!
|Further details outdoors|
There is no parking immediately outside the apartment as the road is pedestrianised. There are parking spaces in the surrounding streets and two free car parks. However we always use one of the three secure underground car parks (5 minutes walk away) - you buy a swipe card that costs 20 euros for the week - even if we are only there for less time - which allows you to enter and exit 24/7.
There are public swimming pools in Carcassonne and a beautiful recreational lake half an hour away by bus.
Flowers and a bottle of bubbly are provided on arrival, and there is milk in the fridge.
The apartment is managed locally by an English couple.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Carcassonne was one of the centres of the Albigensian heresy of the Middle Ages. When the heretics were finally beaten the Cite was destroyed and the inhabitants driven down to live in the ville basse,or Lower Town, where the apartment is situated. If you haven't read the novel 'Labyrinth' by Kate Mosse, before you stay, there is a copy in the apartment. It is a novel set in this era and is a wonderful introduction for visitors to the area.
The Cite fell into an increasing state of disrepair until it was restored in the nineteenth century by Viollet-le-Duc., and it is now one of the most visited places in France.
Carcassonne is a wonderful place from which to explore the Languedoc and the Cathare country. There are many abbeys, museums and castles to visit dating from the era of the Cathars, and many of the castles such as Peyrepetuse, Queribus, Lastours, Montsegur and others are an amazing sight, perched precariously and dramatically on the summits of rocky peaks.
The 14th July fireworks are truly magnificent. When they are viewed from across the River Aude the fireworks explode in rapid succession along the entire line of the walls of the Cite.
You can also visit the gorges and mountains of the Pyrenees, and don't miss the PETIT TRAIN JAUNE, which links the mountain villages on the French side of the Pyrenees and runs throughout the year.
Historic cities, towns and villages to visit include Toulouse, Albi, Perpignan, Montpellier, Beziers, Narbonne, Mirepoix and Limoux - and many more. Guide books are supplied in the apartments.
Seaside towns and villages to visit include Sete and Agde to the south east, and Collioure and Port Vendres towards the Spanish border.
The Canal du Midi is a must, and there are short trips available from Carcassonne during the holiday season that will give you a taste of canal life. Several clients have combined a stay in the apartment with a week on the canal. It is also very pleasant to walk or cycle along the canal.
There are numerous excellent restaurants in the area, both in the Cite and in the lower town, including a couple of 2 Star Michelin restaurants.
There is also a Salon de The immediately below the apartment with ice-creams and smoothies to die for!
There are a couple of supermarkets a minute's walk away that are open from 7.00 in the morning until 9.00 at night most days except public holidays, and in the streets of the Bastide there are lots of wonderful little shops to explore.
There are a couple of swimming pools in the town as well as the lake mentioned earlier; there is a golf course, there is is riding available, and it is an excellent area for walking and cycling.
??There are annual summer festivals in Carcassonne, both in the lower town and in the Cite, featuring both national and international stars. They feature pop concerts, jazz concerts, plays, opera, exhibitions and all sorts of other activities. Look out of the window of the apartment in July and August and you may see strolling minstrels, a brass band, acrobats, dancers, and other entertainers.
There are many other festivals throughout the year, such as the wine festival, the Spanish Week, the jazz festival and others.
And of course the magnificent firework display on July 14th is the most spectacular in France (although I dare say Parisians would dispute this!).
At Christmas there is the ice rink in the square, which has at least a couple of displays by professional skaters, including a display on Christmas Eve that ends with Santa abseiling down into the Square. There are many other activities, such as the Foie Gras fair, a ferris wheel, sleigh rides and much more.
Throughout the year there are other festivals, such as the Wine Festival, a jazz festival, a Spanish week and many more.
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4 Jul 2014
This apartment is beautifully furnished in keeping with it's french origins. It was comfortable and had everything needed for our nine night stay. Carcassonne is a stunning city with so much to e… More
These clients had already told us that they hope to make a repeat visit - we look forward to welcoming you again!
9 Oct 2013
"Homely and well, Perfect!"
We stayed here from the 27th of September - 2nd of October. We arrived on a Friday afternoon and climbed the spiralling staircase to our apartment and were welcomed by fresh flowers and a bottle of (r… More
What a terrific review. It summarises beautifully everything that we love ourselves about Neptune, and that we hope our guests will love as well. Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
22 Aug 2013
"UN APARTAMENTO PERFECTO CON SÓLO UNA DESVENTAJA"
El apartamento Neptune está perfectamente ubicado en el centro de la nada bonita Carcassonne (tan sólo merece la pena la cité). Está perfectamente equipado hasta lo más trivial, limpio y muy cuid… More
9 Jun 2013
"Great spot for a short break!"
We enjoyed a lovely autumn break in this little flat, apart from one problem. More about that later. It is smack on for the main square of Carcassone and in a great position for watching the world go… More
Many thanks for this great review. Since this client stayed in Neptune we have acquired a slow cooker, which is a great addition to the cooking facilities - I can thoroughly recommend the cow au vin in the slow cooker recipe book that comes with it!
19 May 2013
"Comfortable apartment overlooking square and within walking distance to chateau"
We really enjoyed our 5-day stay at the Neptune. It is comfortable and lovingly yet informally decorated, andthe apartment has all the appliances needed. It was a joy to watch the comings and goings in the square below. Carcassonne castle is a short (15 minute) walking distance from the Neptune. Around the apartment, there are plenty of patisseries and small supermarches, and much to see on evening walks. Carolyn is very organized and very helpful. Her information sheet is really comprehensive. Arrival and departure were easy. Carcassonne itself is in a good central locaiton to see the nearby small towns, vinyards, and castles. We will return.
Many thanks to this reviewer for the comments - they really bring out what makes the apartment special. We look forward to welcoming him back.
15 May 2013
"Well-equipped apartment in central location"
We were comfortable in the apartment and loved the extra useful things, like the bathroom scales (to comply with the Ryanair restrictions!), the library of guide books and the all-important washing ma… More
Many thanks for this review. It is good to hear you may visit Neptune again, and many thanks for your tips, which future clients will find very helpful.
13 May 2013
"Neptune - a perfect find for us - we loved it!"
We have just returned from our travels and looked at “our” apartment in Carcassonne on the website. We were so astounded at the comment written on it on 30 April that we felt we simply had to offer a very different point of view.
Never having been to Carcassonne before, the apartment was for us the most perfect “find”. Firstly, it was so comfortable and so obviously well-looked after. It was spotless. And it was so well-equipped too. It seemed to have all things that one takes for granted in one's own home and, as we were there for a week, that was much appreciated. And it was wonderful to walk in on the first evening and find flowers on the table and bubbly in the fridge! Secondly, and this was a real plus for us as we didn't have a car, the apartment is so conveniently located . It overlooks the delightful Place Carnot, with its friendly bars and restaurants, and its thrice-weekly markets – the Saturday one, with its cheeses, salamis, fruit, etc, etc, is wonderful! And it is an easy walk to everywhere in Carcassonne, including to the fascinating old Cite, to the Canal du Midi for a delightful walk along its banks, and to the train station. There is lots of information in the apartment on places of interest in the area, and on recommended local restaurants - tried and tested by Caroline and her husband and by her clients. It was a daily toss up for us – to eat out or eat in. The kitchenette was so well-equipped that taking full advantage of all the local good ingredients was a doddle. One given of course were fresh croissants every morning from the local boulangerie! We went in February, thinking of our visit as a one-off. But we are now considering a return, as the apartment would be a delightful place in which simply to relax, at any time. Caroline's management of all the arrangements for us was spot on and unfailingly helpful. So, yes, Neptune comes with a strong recommendation from us! .
I am delighted this client found Neptune such a great place to stay. I very much hope we will see you again - quite apart from anything else it looks like a good excuse to provide some updates on the restaurants, backed of course by serious personal research!
12 May 2013
"Centrally located delightful apartment"
We really enjoyed our one week stay at this apartment. It is very centrally located, overlooking the main square. The railway station is only a short walk away. The owner sends out very detailed ins… More
I am delighted this reviewer enjoyed his stay in Neptune. There is a good selection of books in the apartment, including several guide books of the area, as well as maps of course. But there is so much to do in Carcassonne and around, as well as people-watching in the square below, that we never have much time for reading when we are down there!
11 May 2013
"Living with the locals"
We stayed in this property in April, a very good time of year to be in this part of France.There are three apartments here and Neptune is one of the two smaller ones. Ideal for two people. Nicely furn… More
Thank you for that review - I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience of feeling part of the local community. We tried to give all the apartments a 'French' feel and each has its own particular characteristics - Les Platanes is traditional, Troubadour is luxurious and Neptune is modern, but all of them very French. This is particularly the case with Neptune, because we inherited one or two items that the previous owner had left, as she had originally furnished the apartment a year earlier for her granddaughter. (The granddaughter then decided to go to Martinique, which was how we were lucky enough to acquire the apartment!)
9 May 2013
"Response to Neptune review"
I have just read the review on the Neptune apartment in Carcassonne, and although I didnt visit the apartment, I was staying in the Platanes apartment which is in the same block and owned by the same … More
Thank you to this reviewer for her support. I have to say I was very upset with the review she is referring to and it is so nice to know that this client - like most - loved her stay at the apartment, and appreciated that we go the extra mile to provide the things that make for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
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