la Petite Maison

Languedoc-Roussillon

Property summary & features

Our romantic townhouse in the centre of Carcassonne is perfect for couples. The house dates back to 1624 and although recently renovated, retains many original and charming features.

It's our 'home from home' rather than just a rental property so there's lots of home comforts like the king-size bed with luxury mattress and Egyptian cotton linens.

There's a roll-top bath in the en-suite bathroom in addition to the large walk-in shower and fluffy towels - we even provide you with bathrobes to lighten your luggage.

The spacious living area leads out onto a sunny terrace with shaded eating area - giving you the option of eating indoors or out. It's perfect for relaxing at the end of the day with a glass of wine and observing daily life in this delightful French town.

Guests have left these comments in our Guest Book:

"Fantastic townhouse in a perfect location. We couldn't think of a better place to spend our honeymoon. Thank you for making it so special."

"We've had a wonderful and relaxing two weeks, enhanced by your superior accommodation. We have also used your suggestions for trips and your library extensively..."

"We came here with high expectations for the holiday and were not disappointed one bit! Fabulous home from home and a wonderful time in Carcassonne."

"We felt very at home. Thank you to Shelley and Simon for time and trouble taken to give us advice and make us feel welcome. We will definitely recommend la Petite Maison to our friends."

"Thanks for providing such lovely accommodation in such a delightful place. We have felt the warmth of your hospitality right from the moment we booked and that just continued. The house is a real credit to you and a perfect home from home. This is a truly special place with fabulous memories for us... Thank you again."

You'll find our little house in the heart of the historic Bastide St Louis, just a five minute walk from the train station / airport shuttle bus stop / taxi rank so we’re not just ‘near Carcassonne’, we’re central for everything! You don't need to hire a car unless you really want to... You can walk to both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the medieval city (la Cite) and the Canal du Midi.

The location is convenient for daily essentials and also exploring. There are many charming shops nearby as well as a cashpoint and chemist at the top of the road. It will take you about 2 minutes to walk to Place Carnot; here you will find many restaurants as well as a fabulous market 3 times a week. There's also a covered market 'Les Halles' selling fresh fish, meat, pate and several local supermarkets. Plus of course there are many tempting bakeries to choose from - great for popping out for fresh, warm croissants in the morning.

Carcassonne is a town of festivals and events, wonderful food, wine and friendly local people. Steeped in history and that golden light that comes with beautiful South of France sunshine!

The address:

Carcassonne, Aude, 11000, France

Of course you'll want to venture beyond the shops and markets of the Bastide Saint Louis and explore other parts of Carcassonne. And no visit would be complete without exploring the magnificent 52 towered medieval city - la Cite.

Dominating a hilltop overlooking the River Aude, this living city still has homes, shops, restaurants and galleries within its cobbled streets and fortified walls. The Chateau Comtal is well worth exploring as are the museums and the impressive Basilica Saint-Nazaire. You can even enjoy some wine tasting. Although obviously now a draw for tourists, the gates to the city never close and when dusk falls and the walls are dramatically lit, it's an especially magical time.

The Canal du Midi can be explored in several ways - a stroll along the plane-tree shaded banks, a cruise in one of the tour boats or you can hire a bicycle or self-drive boat from the marina. Whichever you choose, it's a perfect way to relax. We're also just a short stroll from the River Aude which again provides some good walks with a variety of wildlife to spot along the way. If you follow the path past the gardens then you'll reach an open-air swimming pool, or of course you can brave the cooler waters of the river itself! For zip-lining and water sports (and more lovely walks) - just catch the local bus to the Lac du Cavayere, it's perfect for picnics.

Carcassonne always seems to have activities organised for its residents and visitors throughout the year, making it a great destination at any time.

There's Jazz Week in April each year but perhaps the most well known is probably the 'Festival of two towns'; a series of musical events right throughout the summer featuring opera, dance, theatre, French and international music - many of the performances are free.

The date in everyone's diary is Bastille day, July 14th because every year at 10.30pm, the skies above la Cite are set ablaze with an amazing fireworks spectacular lasting over 25 minutes.

Then, during the last week of August, it's the turn of 'Spanish Week' when shows, events, concerts, dance performances, and gastronomic specialities combine to make a great party atmosphere.

There's lots to explore outside of the town as well including the impressive Cathar trail taking in Peyrepertuse, Lastours and of course Montsegur. Medieval abbeys and churches including Saint Hilaire and Fontfroide as well as caves and canyons like the Grotte de Limousis and the Gouffre de Cabrespine are easy to find.

Local towns of interest include Castelnaudary - famous for its Cassoulet, Mirepoix, Lagrasse and Alet-les-Bains. You could also plan a day trip to Toulouse or Narbonne - both easily reached by train.

If you like wine then remember that Cabardes, Corbieres, Fitou, Limoux, Malapere, Minervois etc are all produced here and there are many vineyards open for tasting and tours.

You can also be at the coast in about 45 minutes... there's so much to do that the list is endless but we tailor information for our guests to help you have the best holiday possible in this fascinating region.

You can fly direct to Carcassonne from London Stansted and many regional airports from the UK - all with Ryanair.

Carcassonne airport is a ten minute drive from the centre of town. An airport shuttle bus meets each flight (5 Euros per person) and will drop you at the train station (Gare SNCF) - just a few minutes walk from the house.

We are flexible when it comes to changeover days to enable guests to take advantage of flight offers. Some French public holidays are excluded from this.

If you decide to book with us then a 50% deposit is payable in all cases. The balance is due one month before arrival.

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance as we cannot offer refunds - we are happy to negotiate alternative dates though if the property is available.

Our prices are inclusive of VAT, Tourist tax, linens and a general clean between bookings. The only additional charge is for the laundry collection service which is 30 euros payable locally at the end of your stay.

Owner details

Ms Shelley Andrews

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Availability & Pricing

Seasons & Prices

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Jan / Feb / March / April 2014 Jan. 1, 2014 April 30, 2014 £375 p/w
May / June 2014 May 1, 2014 June 30, 2014 £420 p/w
Summer 2014 July 1, 2014 Sept. 14, 2014 £450 p/w
Autumn 2014 Sept. 15, 2014 Oct. 31, 2014 £420 p/w
Nov / Dec 2014 Nov. 1, 2014 Dec. 31, 2014 £375 p/w

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