Maison du Château
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
MAISON DU CHÂTEAU
SUPERB HOUSE AT FOOT OF CARCASSONNE CASTLE, THE CELEBRATED WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
NEW FOR 2014 -- LARGE STYLISH SWIMMING POOL INSTALLED AT REAR OF GARDEN.
Maison du Château is a superbly renovated and extremely spacious 4 bedroom property in a world class location, nestled at the very foot of Carcassonne castle. The views from the house of the floodlit castle at night are simply breathtaking and the house sits on a quiet street in the ancient district of La Barbacane, just two minutes' walk via a secret stairway to the Port D'Aude entrance to the castle.
The Castle itself is the one of the world's most striking medieval fortified cities, housing a basilica, outdoor theatre, shops, restaurants with superb and varied local cuisine, as well as fantastic original battlements to explore.
All bedrooms are luxurious appointed with generous en-suite facilities (3 have minimalist wet-rooms), the large lounge has a huge L-shaped contemporary sofa and 42 inch plasma TV with blu-ray player. The large kitchen, and adjoining dining area, is extremely well equipped and offers every modern convenience.
All our guests have thoroughly enjoyed staying in the house, please take a read of our reviews which have been excellent! You can either rummage through our extensive wine cellar (in a spine-tingling 14th century room under the house) and decide to buy one of our own in-house wines, or the local vineyards have excellent selections. For dining at the house there is the elegant indoor dining room with wood-burning stove, and outdoor area with French shingle and pretty Olive trees, or the large balcony with breathtaking views of the Castle towering above.
New for 2014: the house is having a large swimming pool installed which will be ready from February 2014, so you can savour the local wine while watching the children splash around in the fenced-off pool.
The house also has 2 powerful wood-burning stoves, which allows guests to stay any time of year, with many of our winter guests combining a cultural trip to historic Carcassonne with skiing in the nearby Pyrenees mountains.
The house and gardens boast a host of unique features including an outstanding internal medieval well (in the kitchen itself) and stone walls dating from the Romans which run along the back of the garden.
The housed extends over 3 floors.
The ground floor has a garage and entrance hall at the front, a huge dining room with exposed stone walls, a wood burning stove and is adjacent to the kitchen to the rear, which open onto the garden and pool.
The first floor has a large living room at the rear, again with exposed stone walls, wood burning stove, and access to a covered terrace with dining table and incredible views of the castle, then also on the first floor are two double bedrooms at the front of the house with wet rooms etc.
The top or second floor has two very large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the rear one of which has unrivalled views of the castle.
The nearby castle plays host to year-round festivals and world-class live music (this summer's festivals included concerts by Elton John, The Arctic Monkeys etc). Outside of the historic city, the Bastide St Louis -- a grid of shops, historic buildings, and the Place Carnot marketplace, with its Saturday market and outdoor cafes -- is just a short walk across the beautiful Pont Vieux.
Fantastic scenery nearby with swimming lake on edge of town and Mediterranean beaches 45 minutes drive away. The French countywide around Carcassonne is superb, with rolling hills, historic hilltop villages with historic churches and abbeys.
This is an ideal location for an extremely relaxing family holiday. In addition, Carcasssonne offers a huge variety of day trips within 30 minutes drive, such as the wonderful villages of Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse which are internationally acclaimed for their history and beauty.
The house is easily spacious enough to accommodate two small families, with two super-King beds and two double beds, and space in the lounge for extra people to sleep on the sofa bed. There are also extra occasional beds available.
The local streets are the setting for the current Channel 4 series Labyrinth, based on the celebrated novel by
Special note: secure bookings on Paypal and half rental payment in advance to secure booking.. Upon booking half of weekly rent up front to secure booking, plus a cleaning and bed linen and towels charge.
Higher price for Bastille Day week in Carcassonne, with incredible world-renowned fireworks display over the Castle.
There is a cleaning charge for your stay, which also includes bed linen and towels provided, of 195 euros.
PLEASE NOTE -- The adjacent property (REF 371733), which is under separate ownership, sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, so for larger parties (like weddings etc) it may be possible to book both properties together. Please contact either owner to discuss.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake 12 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne airport 12 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 1.5 km|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 3 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Fascinating region of France with rolling vineyards and stunning hill-top historic villages, without the crowds and over-development of the Cote d'Azur, this corner of France is seeped in medieval history and has it all, Mediteranean beaches, soaring mountains, Castles and and the superb rolling hills and gorges which make the region so appealing. Offers some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of France.
Carcassonne was founded by the Visigoths in the fifth century, following on from the Romans who had first fortified the settlement. The Castle, Europe's largest, is one of the highlights of any European tour and was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.
The Canal du Midi also runs through Carcassonne, and is superb for boating or cycling along the towpaths as it runs through this magical corner of France.
The nearby Lac de la Cavayere is a beauty spot about ten minutes drive from the centre of town, and has cute sandy beaches and watersports facilities for all ages.
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30 Oct 2013
"Spacious house with perfect location"
The house was a very very positive surprise, so much space, super facilities and interior, clean and at a prime location! We were 4 couples and having our own bathrooms was just perfect. We used the c… More
14 Aug 2013
"An amazing gem in Carcassonne"
My husband and I travelled from Australia to meet our family who had flown in from the UK to Carcassonne and were overwhelmed by how perfect the Castle House was for us. We had ages ranging from 1-65 years old and the house accomodated our group perfectly.
The location is totally beautiful, so central and literally only a 5 minute walk or climb and you're actually inside the castle walls or 20 minutes walk in the other direction and your in central town. ( There are also near by local shops and resturants 2 minutes around the corner that have everything)
The house itself is stunning, all the mod cons and lovely furniture and linen
The owners and French agent were also very helpful and informative, always willing to answer questions and give directions.
We were there for Bastille Day which was fantastic! As you can see from our pictures this house had the perfect views away from the hassle and noise of the crowds. There is also a summer music festival from late June to early August all around Carcassone and to our delight we could often hear many of the concerts that were taking place within the castle walls on our veranda, everything from the Ballet to Symphony's to rock. It was excellent
Please do be warned though that during the height of summer it does get very hot, there is no air-con in the house & the upper rooms can get warm but nothing a fan or two can't handle.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this house & would definitely return if in the area, maybe in winter next time and then we could go skiing too!
15 May 2013
"Hope to stay here again!"
*I cannot say enough good things about this house and our vacation in Carcassonne. We just returned from our trip of 1 week. Seven of us stayed in the house very comfortably: 4 adults and 3 boys aged 7 and 5.
The house: Needless to say the ensuite bathrooms were a huge plus and helped us get out the door quickly in the morning for exploring. We put the grown-ups on the top floor and the boys on the middle floor, next to the tv room/salon, which they took over as their play room. We enjoyed the yard as much as the weather allowed (it was mostly cool and damp throughout the week). The large umbrella and covered porch allowed us to sit outside despite the weather. The boys enjoyed playing Boules on the gravel terrace and the enclosed yard meant we didn't have to keep a close eye on them. The kitchen facilities were well supplied and we used the grill several nights. The garage is large and would have fit our 7 passenger Peugeot, but couldn't navigate the turn in the narrow alley. There was public parking available at a nearby church, so this wasn't a problem. With older children we might have rented bicycles instead.
The location: The location was about a 25 minute walk from the Carcassonne train station, with luggage and the pace of 5-year old legs. the house is located between the castle/La Cite (with shops and restaurants) and the centre ville (with outdoor market, shops and restaurants). This was perfect as it gave us many options and was easy to find things we needed. La Cite was a little touristy, but we found a few excellent restaurants including L'Auberge Des Musees - local, organic, very fresh, and the best cassoulet. This world heritage site is much larger than we expected and it offered several days of exploration. The house location was convenient for other destinations. We took the train to Toulouse one day to visit the Space museum - thoroughly enjoyed by the boys and grownups. We could have taken the train to the coast as well, but ended up driving to Sete for a day instead to enjoy the beach and excellent oysters. The beach in this areas is perfect for young kids and there is an area that is well protected from waves and shallow, and is located next to a bouncy-castle amusement. We also drove to the caves at Limousis - another treat for the kids. If we had been a smaller group and if the weather had not been uncharacteristically damp we may have spent more time exploring Lastours or other surrounding towns and vignerons.
My only regret is that we had not booked for 2 weeks. The house, location, and activities were amazing and provided a vacation we will never forget!
P.S. The property owners and property manager were fantastic to deal with. They were very helpful and everything about making the arrangements was very easy. I was nervous about booking our stay from 6000+ miles away, but it went very smoothly!
12 May 2013
"absolutely perfect !"
Wonderful stay in Carcassonne.The house has been completely reniewed in the respect of its original character . The rooms all decorated with elegance. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need. Comfortable beds and the terrasses so pleasant for having a dinner looking at the magnificence of Carcassonne Castle. The location is perfect; very near the old town , the restaurants and cafes and in the meantime so quiet. We really enjoyed our stay and we can really recommend your beautiful home. Many thanks again for everything!!!
5 Mar 2013
"A fantastic house and a great holiday"
We simply loved this house!! It is so big, and so beautifully finished, and its location right by Carcassonne castle is to die for, although the street - Rue Longue - is lovely and quiet. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and the furniture has been tastefully chosen (sofa is very comfy and the kids loved the big TV!). We could not have wished for a better place to stay in for our holiday. The house is very warm which was great as the spring air was chilly on some days. We loved being able to view the lit-up castle in the evening as we enjoyed our dinner on the enormous antique table in the dining room. Waking up and opening the shutters to see the castle towering above was just perfect.
The kitchen is really well-equipped and even comes complete with a built-in 12th century well - truly unique!!! The exposed stone walls throughout the house enhanced its period feel, although the integral garage we could park our car in was a useful modern feature!
We could walk to downtown Carcassonne for shopping in about a quarter of an hour, and steps directly from near the house up to the castle meant that all the shops and restaurants up there can be easily reached in about five minutes. We have stayed in a number of houses in the south of France and my wife and I both agreed -- this was the best place so far. A classy house full of history and a super break. We will be back.
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