Location, location, location
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
New to the market last year, this spacious 300 year old property is in a fairytale location.
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 within five working days of checkout. A separate cleaning/laundry charge of £77 per letting is payable in advance. Calendar is always up to date.
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), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
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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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
8 Jan 2014
"Everything you need in a Beautiful House in a Beautiful Setting!"
Very unassuming from the street, the house itself was a wonderful surprise. The photos simply do not do it justice, and it was much larger than expected. Gail has thought of everything, anyone could… More
20 Sep 2013
"Charming understated luxury in a simply outstanding location - no car needed!"
It isn't easy sometimes, trying to book a holiday for three friends when two are non-drivers and the third doesn't want to, and you are trying to get your head round the street map of the ar… More
13 Sep 2013
"Book this one and you will have no regrets."
When you start to write a review you think what could have been better? - the answer in this case is nothing.This is perfect holiday accommodation. You step out the door, you climb some steep steps an… More
5 Aug 2013
"Gorgeous House in Great Location"
This is such a lovely house which is actually even nicer than the photos suggest. As 3 couples , the 3 good double rooms with en suites were perfect. the living areas are spacious with plenty of room to sit and chat with a glass of wine in hand.
The outstanding feature is the wonderful view of the wall as you head out of the lounge in to the garden - you could spend many hours just looking at this beautiful cite from the garden! We were lucky to experience the festival whilst there and could here the music from the garden which was wonderful. Equally, the fabulous eletrical storm with the cite as a back drop to the lightening was spectacular.
Gail has beautifully restored the house and everything you could want is provided. The kitchen is very well equipped and a lovely place to cook. It really is a great place to stay.
The location, with a 10 min walk into the cite was perfect, although you can leave your heeled shoes at home with the steep cobbled walk up! The area is lovely too and well worth hiring a car and exploring.
The transfer from Carcasonne airport makes this a really easy desitnation to get to and so nice to land, and be in the house with luggage 30 mins later. Gail's details instructions and helpful welcome book were also much appreciated.
All in all, a lovely house in a great location. I would definitely recommend and look forward to going back again!
27 Jun 2013
"Location, Location, Location - Says it All!!!"
My husband and I stayed in this property in June this year and we would recommend anyone to stay here. The location of the property at the foot of Carcassonne Cite is stunning. It was wonderful to wake up each morning and see the castle walls from the windows. The property was very clean and well appointed. Just about everything seems to have been thought of. Amazingly it was very quiet at night and great to eat outside when the weather allowed in the small back garden which is all that was needed.
The property is very French and tastefully renovated. The wooden spiral staircase although a bit steep was easy to use as there are plenty of firm handrails. I have arthritis in both my hips and managed the staircase fine. One bedroom is downstairs so someone with mobility problems could still enjoy the property. It was great to have an ensuite shower or bathroom for every bedroom. The kitchen was modern and well equipped. It was also great to see an old well had been made a feature of in the lounge floor. A good sized TV with English satellite channels was a home comfort and the lounge seating very comfortable.
The property is perfectly located as it is so central for everything, even driving out of Carcassonne. The centre of Carcassonne Cite is a short 5 minute walk away up quite steep steps. Great to have the exercise! Carcassonne Ville Basse is just a 10 minute stroll over an old bridge with great views of the Cite. Lots of shops here and bigger supermarkets 5/10 minute drive away by car on the ring road. There were no problems parking as we always found plenty of spaces. It was great to have a small patisserie, newsagent/tabac and restaurants within a 2 minute walk away.
The Languedoc area is such a great place to visit although there is plenty to do just in Carcassonne itself. There is just so much to see, do and experience. We have come back with hundreds of photos. We would recommend Carcassonne Cite (obviously, although it can get quite crowded with tourists during the day, much better to visit in the evenings), bohemian Mirepoix, the many Cathar Castles and in particular Peyrepertuse (top of the world!), Rennes-le-Chateau, white water rafting on the River Aude!, wall to wall vineyards, a bike ride along the Canal du Midi to Trebes (we hired bikes by the train station), Cremant di Limoux (sparkling wine!), and further afield Pont du Gard, Sete and Collioure.
The owner of the property Gail was incredibly helpful and from the moment I made an enquiry about the property to our return she communicated freely without prompting and was very helpful.
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