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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Superbly restored and stylishly decorated, this characterful property sits at the foot of the castle mound, 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. Carcassonne castle itself is one of the world's most magnificent medieval fortified cities, housing a basilica, outdoor theatre, shops, and a wide range of restaurants offering excellent local cuisine, as well as fantastic original battlements to explore.
The castle ("La Cite") was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1997, and is the setting for Kate Mosse's historical novel (now a TV mini-series) 'Labyrinth'. Carcassonne also boasts a second world heritage site in the Canal du Midi.
The property dates from 1689, occupies three levels, and retains original character features like beams, staircases, and even a safely-covered well in the main lounge! Following a sensitive and high-spec restoration, the property offers:
- Three en-suite, double bedrooms, with storage.
- A large hallway and dining area.
- Fully-fitted kitchen, with oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge freezer and washing machine.?.
- Spacious lounge area, with comfortable seating for six, LED TV, FreeSat and Blu-Ray/DVD player, and French doors leading to patio/garden area.
- Two single put-up beds suitable for children. These can be easily accommodated in the two larger, upper-storey bedrooms, and bed linen for these is provided. There is an additional laundry charge of £7.50 per bed per booking.
- Outdoor dining in main split-level garden, and separate courtyard area with bistro table and chairs.
The surrounding area is famous for Cathar castles and vineyards, and the local radius (30 minutes' drive) features a number of beautiful, famous villages like Mirepoix and Lagrasse. The coast near Narbonne is less than one hour away by car. And skiing in the winter is well catered-for, with the Pyrenees just a couple of hours away.
25% deposit required to secure all bookings with the balance payable no later than 4 weeks prior to commencement of stay. Additional security deposit of £200 is required for all lettings, payable in advance and refunded in full, normally within five working days of checkout, providing there are no significant breakages or damage. Please note, if the property is left in a poor state of cleanliness, I reserve the right to retain a sum at my discretion from the security deposit to cover any additional cleaning charge incurred. To date I have refunded all deposits in full.
A separate flat rate cleaning/laundry charge of £70 per letting is also payable in advance.
Check in time is 3pm, check out by no later than 10am. Please note we may be flexible on times depending on whether the property is booked pre and/or post your stay.
The adjacent property (ref: 303918), which is under separate ownership, sleeps up to 10 people, so for larger parties, perhaps to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary, it may be possible to book both properties together. Please contact either owner to discuss.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Cavayere - lake, accessible by bus 7 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne 5 km, Nearest railway: Carcassonne 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Beautiful French countryside, with vineyards, historic villages and none of the crowds usually associated with the South of France. Warm throughout the summer, with lovely al fresco dining, the region boasts majestic castles and ruins, rolling hills, and stunning scenery at every turn.
The castle itself, with its quirky shops and lovely restaurants, plays host to year-round festivals and world-class live music ( 2014's summer festival concerts have recently been announced and include Elton John, James Blunt, Madness, Massive Attack, Lana Del Rey and Franz Ferdinand ). 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.
The castle is the setting for the world-renowned Bastille Day firework celebrations in July, which can be seen from the property's private garden - glass of wine in hand!
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2 Jan 2015
"Beautiful, cozy house in a magnificent location"
Our family of four had a wonderful time staying in this very comfortable house in Carcassone. The views from the windows looking toward the Carcassone Cité walls are spectacular! The house itself i… More
19 Oct 2014
We had been enthusiastically recommended this property by a friend who had stayed there last year and were not disappointed at all. It was exceptionally clean and regardless of the fact that it is abo… More
17 Oct 2014
My friend Jane booked this house for the 4 of us to stay in from 6 October to 12 October 2014. The location is just perfect with easy access to the old cite. The secret stair passage is a bit daunting… More
13 Sep 2014
"Home from home"
House was amazing. Well equipped and a view to die for! Location was perfect with a short Walk to La Cite and 20 min Walk to centre of Carcassonne. Great tapas bar in La Cite called L'Escargot. … More
6 Sep 2014
"Beautiful property with fantastic view from the garden."
Having had numerous short visits to Carcassonne we booked this property for a special occasion. Gail was incredibly flexible when I first enquired, and allowed us to add an extra day after we had mad… More
24 Jul 2014
"Magical and fabulous"
Details of how to get to the property and how to get in were clear and emailed well before our holiday. Property is lovely. Everything you need for a self catering holiday. Information book explained … More
23 Jul 2014
"Home from home"
Had a fantastic 3 day break at Rue Longue, only down side was that I didn't stay longer. So much to see and do and all on your doorstep. The house is so beautiful and I found that as nice as th… More
22 Jun 2014
"Relaxing centrally located lovely house"
We stayed for 7 nights in June. It was a lovely surprise opening the door to a house full of character with fabulous views of the Cite from the garden and bedrooms. All the rooms are large and clean … More
28 May 2014
"Little piece of heaven"
Just returned from Carcassonne & stayed at 28 Rue Longue. What a find! Gail the owner has thought of everything to make your stay totally relaxed & enjoyable.The house is ideally located making it eas… More
26 Apr 2014
Excellent location. Tastefully restored and furnished and very fresh and contemporary. Bedrooms spacious with beautiful views up to the medieval city. Spacious open plan kitchen / sitting area with h… More
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