Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Troubadour has one double bedroom and a bathroom and utility room. There is a large reception area with sofa and chairs, coffee table, bookcase and a large display cabinet one end, and an inlaid dining table with tapestry chairs the other, plus a fully equipped kitchen area. 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 2, 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, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|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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20 Aug 2013
"A lovely apartment in a beautiful spot. Couldn't be a better location."
The apartment had everything we needed for a week of exploring the area, as is very homely and comfortable. The location couldn't be more ideal to get to the cite, the canal or to catch a train, … More
As usual I am delighted to hear of another satisfied client! And I was interested to hear of their trip on Le Petit Train Jaune. We have done this trip ourselves and it is very special - I will be adding it to the "Places to Visit" section of my information pack.
28 May 2013
"I would love to live here!"
Just returned from a 2nd, long awaited visit to Carcassonne. Having stayed in the apartment below (Les Platanes), I knew what high standard to expect in Troubador. The apartment is so well equipped and furnished in a delightful French style. Fabulously comfortable bed! The house managers, Carole and David, are so efficient and the apartment was absolutely spotless. The pack sent prior to departure is so informative and definitely very helpful when you do not have a long time to explore and want to enjoy the highlights of Carcassonne on a short break.
Place Carnot is a great place to people watch and one of the highlights is the fabulous market. There is an element of noise when the market is being set up but considering the amount of stalls which are covering the square, the noise is minimal. The stall holders are so friendly and tolerate very inadequate attempts at conversing in French.
The weather was unseasonably wet and windy, but the apartment is so close to some good restaurants , that we could be only out for a minute or two in the rain before settling down for lovely long lunches or dinners. The pizzeria just below the flat, on the corner, was good and there is seating upstairs.
We felt as though we were staying in a friend's home and would like to thank Caroline for the privilege! We look forward to returning at some point in the future.
Thank you for this great review. The reviewer clearly shares everything we as owners love about the apartments, Troubadour in particular, and the location. We look forward to welcoming her back for a third visit.
27 May 2013
"Our stay at 'Troubadour' in Carcassonne"
"Troubadour" overlooking Place Carnot in Le Bastide, Carcassonne is a delightful, comfortable apartment for two, classically furnished and comprehensively equipped. Corner kitchen in lounge, good size bedroom and refurbished bathroom. This second floor flat is accessed via a spiral staircase which may not be suitable for anyone with poor mobility. However, its prime location is a great advantage for easy access to the station, restaurants, shops, museums and of course La Cite, and all that the Carcassonne has to offer. We would have no hesitation in recommending this charming apartment to anyone wishing to visit the Carcassonne and its environs.
7 May 2013
"A great place stay and feel part of the local culture"
We stayed for four weeks in Troubador, a beautifully furnished apartment in a building overlooking the square in La Bastide in Carcassonne. It was well equipped and had friendly personal touches like … More
Thank you to these clients for their review of Troubadour. It is not that often that we have had people who stay a whole month so we are particularly delighted they clearly had such a good time. They have already mentioned to me that there was not enough storage space for clients staying that long, so we have decided to look around the town on our next visit for an additional set of drawers for the bedroom - a good excuse to have yet another poke around the fascinating shops in the Bastide!
31 Mar 2013
"Excellent place to stay in Carcassonne"
We spent 8 days in March at this apartment and everything was positive. First we received a packet of incredibly helpful information. The location is perfect, and the apartment is lovely and charmin… More
15 Oct 2012
"First class apartment in excellent location"
My wife and I stayed in this wonderful apartment overlooking Place Carnot for one week in October. A great location to savour the atmosphere of La Bastide and within easy stroll or local "Touc&qu… More
15 Oct 2012
"This is a high quality apartment, well equipped and tastefully furnished."
From the outset, the booking and payment process was well organised and convenient. Keys were sent in good time, together with as much information as anyone could reasonably require, relating to the apartment, the immediate location and the Carcassonne area more generally.
We travelled by train (Eurostar to Paris, TGV to Montpellier, TER to Carcassonne), and found we could easily walk from the station to the apartment, even with large cases.
On arrival, we found fresh flowers, a bottle of Blanquette de Limoux, and (as an additional thoughtful touch) milk in the fridge.
Having deliberately chosen to stay in a bustling urban centre, with easy access to the rail station, we were not generally disturbed by the background sounds from Place Carnot, where we found plenty of places to eat, drink, and enjoy just looking around. The one caveat was the very early morning street cleaning: if you are not a heavy sleeper, then earplugs might be advisable. Alternatively, try a nicely soporific red (I found a suitably full-bodied Faugeres in the Carrefour) before bedtime.
We can certainly recommend the location to anyone wanting to explore this part of France without a car. We visited Quillan (where we enjoyed a picnic by the higher reaches of the Aude, watching dippers and grey wagtails), with time to explore Limoux on the way back. We also went to Toulouse, and, on another day, travelled on the petit train jaune into the Pyrenees (from Vernet-les-Bains via Narbonne and Perpignan). All this in a five night stay, with a morning exploring the Old City, and an afternoon boat trip on the Canal du Midi.
2 Oct 2012
"A delightful and well equipped apartment in a wonderful location"
We were delighted to have found the Troubador apartment and to have had the opportunity of staying there in this wonderful part of France. We found the attention to detail and the equipment provided in the apartment was of very high quality and indeed among the best that we have experienced in France. Caroline really has equipped and furnished the apartment in the style of a second home rather than as a rental apartment - nothing that we needed seemed to be missing. Moreover we found that Caroline was always very willing to be of assistance and keen to ensure that we could have a really enjoyable stay. Thank you!
We found that the central location made it ideal for exploration of Carcassonne on foot, both during the day and in the evening, and to collect freshly baked croissants, pastries and bread for breakfast. We also enjoyed watching people and performers in the square below, particularly on market days. The location does result in some noise in the apartment, particularly during early morning cleaning in the square and setting up of the markets, although we found that by closing the windows and shutters and utilising the air conditioning this was barely audible and was far outweighed by the many advantages of having such a centrally located place to stay.
During our stay we also hired a car and travelled extensively in the surrounding area, ranging from alpine scenery and mountain gorges to the mediterranean coast with many lovely cities, towns and villages along the way. It really is a very diverse and beautiful area! We took advantage of the secure underground parking that Caroline mentioned, which was only a short walk from the apartment, where we found the attendants to be most helpful.
A truly wonderful place to stay!
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