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.