Close to the Vieux Pont (Old Bridge) that crosses the River Aude and just a 10/15-minute walk to the fascinating medieval City of Carcassonne, this spacious 2nd floor apartment of 100 sq.m. is in a large traditional fully-renovated town house. Ten minutes walk in the other direction brings you into the heart of the Bastide St Louis - Carcassonne's 'newer' town commissioned in 1260 AD and with a lovely, vibrant main square - Place Carnot.
A hire car isn't always necessary here as a free transfer from Carcassonne Airport can normally be arranged for you with prior notice. However should you want to hire a car, there are free car parking spaces just a few minutes walk away.
With high ceilings, large windows, spacious rooms, and comfortable furniture you'll find this apartment bright and airy. It is decorated in the French style. There's a sitting/dining room with large windows which fill the room full of light. This room has a dining table and chairs, a comfortable sofa and armchairs and a television. Internet access is available.
The modern, well-equipped dining kitchen has all facilities and you'll find a small welcome pack on arrival.
There are 3 bedrooms; one double, and two twin rooms and a bathroom and a further separate WC.
Through the windows of the main living area and the master double bedroom, you can enjoy the lovely view over the River Aude to the Medieval City beyond.
The location of this property allows you to walk freely to both the Medieval city and the Bastide St Louis where you'll find shops, supermarkets, cafe-bars, restaurants, banks etc.
Living/Dining Room: A high ceiling room with a large French window comfortably furnished with two sofas. You'll find the main living room very bright and airy. The satellite television receives some news channels in English, and French channels; there's also a DVD player. There's a spacious dining area with a table and chairs for 6 people.
Kitchen: Large and well-equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher - and a further dining table and 6 chairs. You'll find a small welcome pack on arrival for stays of 7 nights or more. In a utlility area, there's a washing machine, a clothes dryer, an iron and an ironing board.
Bedrooms: There's one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms.
Bathroom: With a bath, WC and washbasin. Also a further separate WC.
Outside: If you are hiring a car there are a number of free public car parking spaces within 2 minutes walk of the apartment.
Other accommodation: There are alternative apartments here one with 2 bedrooms and another with 3. Please see Apartment Beau-Sejour 1 & 2.
Internet: You can access the internet here via a free WiFi connection and your own laptop.
Telephone: There is no landline telephone - but mobile signals are normally quite good.
Baby Facilities: A cot and a high chair are available upon request.
Electric, Gas and Water: Are all included in the rental price.
End of stay cleaning: Is included in the rental price.
Bed and Bathroom Linen: Is included in the rental price.
Taxe de Sejour: In France it is necessary to pay a 'Taxe de Sejour' (tourist stay tax) and this is calculated based on the number of adults (over 18yrs old) in your group, and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. We will advise you of the tax due at the time time you make your reservation. Please note that this French Tax cannot exceed €2.53 per night per adult.
Damage Deposit: The owners do not currently request a damage deposit for this apartment.
Change over day: Flexible according to availability except for the high season months of July and August when Saturday-Saturday bookings are preferred where possible.
Mini-breaks and long weekend stays: Are accepted subject to availability and a minimum of a 3 or 4 night stay and not over a full weekend, e.g. Monday - Friday, or Tues - Saturday, or Sunday to Wednesday. Please enquire for the price and availability.
Pets: Your small dog may be allowed here with prior permission - please enquire.
About the local area
Carcassonne has been the backdrop to a number of films such as 'Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves' and is the setting for 'Labyrinthe' the successful novel by Kate Mosse. The medieval city is indeed a fairy tale location with lots to see and do, with festivals in July and August each year, concerts by top stars, and a fabulous firework display on Bastille Day, the 14th July. In December, in the Bastide St Louis, there's a great Christmas market. The Canal du Midi also passes through the town offering the opportunity for walks or a boat trip on this fascinating waterway built in the mid-1600's.
The bastide area of Carcassonne is full of interesting architecture and is rich in history dating from the 13th century. Just relax and have a coffee or a glass of wine in the sun-drenched main square enjoying the French art de vivre.
Activities: You can swim in the public outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months - it's just a short walk away. There's also the 'Lac de la Cavayere', a lake with a beach that's safe for swimming and nature reserve - it takes approximately 10-15 minutes by bus to get there. Strolling or cycling along the Canal du Midi watching the boats pass by is very enjoyable. Carcassonne also has a golf course if you fancy a round of golf.
Sightseeing: Your can certainly spend lots of time in the City itself visiting the Chateau Comtal, the ramparts, the Museums etc. If you are hiring a car, the Mediterranean beaches are less than 1 hour's drive away. They can also be reached by train to Narbonne and then by bus to the coastal resorts. In the region around Carcassonne you can also visit the Cathar castles, Rennes-le-Chateau, the medieval towns of Foix and Mirepoix, the giant caves at Cabrespine and Limousis, the Montagne Noir, and area of outstanding natural beauty, and the fantastic African nature reserve at Sigean.
Market: Carcassonne has a great market, full of colourful, local produce in Place Carnot on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Restaurants: There are many in the city to suit all budgets and tastes. Joie de Vivre can make some recommendations for you.
Supermarket and Shopping: The local supermarket is a 5-minute drive away and, for the ladies, both the bastide area of Carcasonne and the medieval city have some lovely, interesting and individual shops.
Roomy, light, airy, plesant decor, warm, lovely views and helpful hosts. JM, Staffordshire, England, January 2014.
We both loved the apartment and its location was amazing. The owners were very helpful and welcoming. Mrs W, Nottinghamshire, England. May 2013.
Spacious, clean, great views. Owners very helpful - we were very satisfied with this apartment. Ms M McL, Essex, England. October 2011.
Very nice. Very clean, stylish and spacious. Well-situated. Owners very kind and helpful. Mr & Mrs H. Warwickshire. July 2011.
Excellent! We were very satisfied with this apartment. Mrs McK, Scotland. October 2010.