A perfect little place and beautifully furnished
I was impressed with this apartment from the moment I first contacted the owner by email to the moment I walked out the door with my luggage early one morning to catch the train to our next destination. Caroline is friendly and helpful and provided us, not only with every detail we could wish for on Les Plantanes, but a good deal of information about Carcassonne, La Cite, driving in France, directions, trains and plane services and more. There were wine and flowers when we arrived and the furnishings and decor are quite luxurious and tasteful for a holiday apartment. The location is ideal and, as has been remarked upon by previous tenants, it's great to be able to sit by the window and watch the people in the square below. The beds were comfortable, the bedrooms were on the quiet side of the building, there were some nice books to read (I made it all the way through Stephen Fry's "The Liar" which I would recommend) and it is spacious.
We did have a few small issues. There is no oven for example so we were not able to take full advantage of all the wonderful produce from Saturday's market in Place Carnot or the Elizabeth David compendium which is on hand. Also, Carcassonne traffic is quite noisy, primarily because so many people seem to tear around on two-stroke motorbikes and scooters at all hours of the day and night. This can't be blamed on Caroline of course, and it must be said that the bedrooms are more than adequately insulted from the noise at night time, it's just a shame that this splendid city is adversely affected by traffic noise.
Finally, a note about Chez Fred which many people have recommended both here and on other websites. On the night we went, the service was very slow, the waiter spilt a glass of red wine over a lady's beautiful dress and my Cassoulet so so over-cooked, it was completely dried out. There are many other people who rate it very highly so they were probably just having a bad night.
Would I stay at Les Plantanes again? I most certainly would and thank you again Caroline for making the whole experience so easy and pleasant.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: I am delighted that this visitor all the way from Western Australia found Les Platanes so enjoyable.
The microwave does in fact double as an oven, so I shall have to make this clearer in the information pack. It is quite small and I would hesitate to bake a sponge cake in it, but I have roasted a chicken, which was perfectly satisfactory.
I am sorry their experience with Chez Fred was not good. Most of the restaurants have their off-days, often I suspect because Le Patron is away. However I will ask clients to report on it and try and establish if this was in fact an off-day, or whether for some reason, possibly a change of ownership, it has gone down hill.
Helpful votes: 3/3
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