Les Platanes has two en suite double bedrooms, one with a bath and the other with a shower. There are two reception rooms, a sitting room with 2 sofa-beds and a spacious kitchen-diner. It is ideal for 2 couples and is also a wonderful base for a family holiday.
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 6, 2 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|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels 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 wine are provided on arrival, and there is milk in the fridge.
The apartment is managed locally by an English couple.
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.