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Caroline Quentin

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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APARTMENT NEPTUNE: 1 BEDROOM, SLEEPS 3

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Carcassonne City - Les Appartements

1 & 2 bedroom apartments sleeping 2, 3 and 6

The apartments are in a listed building overlooking the historic Place Carnot with its famous plane trees, fountain, cafes & picturesque market. Fantastic view of everything that takes place in the square. The market takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays, & covers the whole square on Saturdays. Grandstand view of all the festivals and other events. One minute walk from shops, cafes, restaurants, brasseries, ATMs etc. Bear in mind that being right in the town centre it can sometimes be noisy. Short walk to the Canal du Midi & the fabulous medieval Cite, & numerous excellent restaurants. Very near bus and railway stations. All apartments are beautifully & comfortably furnished & equipped, in a very French style but each with a different character. Les Platanes (2 bedrooms) is elegant & traditional, Troubadour (1 bedroom) is luxurious and romantic, & Neptune (1 bedroom) is modern and stylish.

Further details: Direct flights to Carcassonne from UK, apartments are 7 minutes from the airport. Wonderful holiday summer or winter (heating is included) -& you don't need a car.

If you would like to know more about this apartment and all the things to do in Carcassonne, please contact us and we will give you the address of our very comprehensive web site.

Local festivals - the summer: The Carcassonne Festival takes place throughout July, both in the Cité and in the Bastide St. Louis. Many of the events take place in the Place Carnot and can be viewed from the apartment. The programme contains opera, dance, theatre, jazz, salsa, country and western and other concerts, folklore, street-theatre and comedy. If you don't fancy a rock concert in the Place Carnot, go up to the Cite for some opera. In August a re-enactment of the days of the troubadours takes place. Knights and horses in full costume, along with processions of jugglers, acrobats, mime artists, gymnasts, dancers and musicians will entertain you with jousting and processions. There is an organ festival that takes place from mid-June to mid-September, with concerts on the famous organ at the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire in the Cite. And on Bastille Day (14th July) there is a truly spectacular firework display - the Cité looks as though it is being set on fire with 25 minutes of fireworks.

Local festivals - the rest of the year: There is a Christmas market in the Place Carnot with a stage, a skating rink (3 euros an hour!) with a huge ice spectacular one of the evenings, artificial icicles on the fountain, and artificial snow on Christmas trees and the wooden stalls. There is a huge ferris wheel with views of the town and Cite just outside the Bastide walls, sledging, trampolines, fireworks and many other activities including the Foie Gras fair the Sunday before Christmas. It is quite magic, and clients who have been there over Christmas have been enchanted.

There are three big fairs in Carcassonne during the year, on 6th March, 6th September and the Fair of Ste Catherine on 25th November. These fairs are huge events, with crafts and produce from the region and elsewhere. The Dame Carcas Pig Fair is at the beginning of March and at the end of March there are the antique fairs. The flea market takes place in September each year in the streets of La Trivalle, the district directly underneath the Cite.

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Details for holiday apartment Neptune, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, 1 Bathroom

Neptune is a delightful, bright and airy apartment. All windows overlook the Place Carnot. There is a small entrance hall, and a large living room with kitchenette one end. There is seating for four in the dining area and for three in the lounge area. It has one bedroom with a double bed, and there is also a folding single bed if needed and an additional mattress available (no divan base). There is a smart modern bathroom and WC leading out of the living area. The decor of the apartment is very attractive. It is smart and modern in style, having been bought fully-furnished and recently refurbished from a French lady who furnished and equipped it for her granddaughter. A number of additions have been made to bring it in line with a rental apartment suitable for short-term clients, and the whole effect is delightful, particularly the bird's eye of the Place Carnot. It's a wonderful place to visit at Christmas or the New Year festivities as so many take place directly below
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Caroline Quentin

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I taught infants and Juniors for many years, including two years at an English school in Kuwait, which was a wonderful experience. My own education was entirely in England as I went to a girls' boarding school in the 50s - also quite an experience and one I greatly enjoyed. I left the teaching profession in the late 80s to help my husband set up our own business, a training company that ran courses internationally in the then pioneering field of software testing.

Shortly after we purchased a small Flemish farmhouse in northern France which we still own. It is in a plot of about one acre so we have a large garden to look after and we go over there at least 15 times a year. Our other main hobby is sailing, and we have a 40 foot boat that we keep in Turkey. We don't belong to any local sailing clubs, but are enthusiastic members of the Little Ship Club in London. Tuesday night is Club Night and we go up there as often as we can.

We are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 15. Three of them are very musical and play the saxophone, the clarinet and the violin. We take them all over to France when we get the chance, and they also come sailing with us and occasionally skiing.

We live in Southend, in Essex, and are lucky enough to see our grandchildren fairly frequently. The three oldest live just across the Thames, in Kent, the next two live in London, and the youngest and his parents actually are living here with us at the moment, although not for much longer as they will be moving about ten minutes away to their own place very shortly.

We acquired the first apartment in Carcassonne in 2003 and the other two in 2005.

Caroline Quentin purchased this apartment in 2003

Shortly after we got back from Kuwait we took our children on a holiday in France. We stayed partly in camping sites and partly in Logis, and drove everywhere in our white van (well, we do live in Essex, after all!). There were so many highlights of the trip but one of them was undoubtedly our visit to Carcassonne, a place I had read about and seen photographs of, and was desperate to go there and see it for myself. We were all, including the children, bowled over by the place, and years later when retirement was not so far off, we decided to invest in a property there. We came for an initial trip to look round the place again and also drive into the surrounding area. We soon decided that the best place to look for a property was in the delightful main square of the Bastide. Initially I had decided to look for somewhere in the Cite itself but soon realised that this would be a little like living in Disneyland! But the Place Carnot is only a short - and very attractive - walk from the Cite, and has all the advantages of being in the town centre. Living there even for a short time as a visitor, makes you feel as if you are part of the local community.

Once we had decided this was where we wanted to be, we perused all the estate agents and left our details, and then came down for several more visits before finding the ideal place. Mind you, as with English estate agents, several of the property details we were given were not even in Carcassonne, let alone in the Place Carnot! But in the end we found exactly what we were looking for. So ideal did we find it that when the opportunity arose a couple of years later to buy the two apartments above it, that this is exactly what we did.

We were undoubtedly very lucky to find exactly what we were looking for. And we do love to share our little bit of Carcassonne with our clients. We have furnished and equipped all the apartments as though they are solely for our own use, including a handful of family photographs. Many clients remark that they feel as though they have borrowed a friend's apartment rather than a rental apartment and this is just the impression we want to give. There are so many extra touches, such as alarm clocks beside the beds, sewing boxes, typical French shopping bags so that you can wonder around the market below feeling like a genuine local! However many times we visit we still love the moment each morning when we open the shutters and look out over the square below, particularly on market day - you couldn't be anywhere else but France.

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday apartment rental in Carcassonne City, France

14 Reviews Write a Review
Neptune
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
business
Neptune
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p56065?uni_id=56587
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Tonbridge Kent
5

Our stay in Carcassonne

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2008
  • Date of Stay: May 2008
This is a delightful apartment beautifuly decorated and everything colour co-ordinated to match the name of the apartment!The apartment is very well equiped with everything you could possibly think of. The situation is first class, in the main square and only a short walk to the railway station and many good and reasonably priced restaurants. We had an excellent few days here as part of a' girls getaway' and intend to return later in the year with our husbands.
Barbara and Rosemary
Tonbridge Kent
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It's nice to hear from a 'girls getaway'. They clearly enjoyed the apartment just as much as couples and families. We also sometimes get singletons staying in the apartments, and they particularly appreciate the location, with so much activity happening in the square below. We look forward to welcoming Barbara and Rosemary back with their husbands later this year.
Helpful votes: 7/7
business
Neptune
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p56065?uni_id=56587
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
5

Stay in Neptune

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
We had a one week stay 19th-26th October and were blessed with bright sunshine though did need to wear a jacket. The apartment is everything it says with beautiful decor and located on the top floor of a period building looking directly down on the main square. It has lots of bright sunny windows and is extremely well equipped. No need to pay ryanair to carry the toiletries as all there. Met with bottle of wine on the table, fresh flowers, milk in the fridge and lots of cooking essentials stocked in the cupboards. Our stay coincided with the wine festival in the square below which was amazing. Only 10 euros for the two of us by taxi from the airport so no need to hire a car. Also only 5mins on foot to the station so we took trips to Narbonne and Castelnaudary. The old Cite is amazing and we treated ourselves to meal at 2 michelin star restaurant within the walls. Probably cost as much as the flights but well worth it!
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Another satisfied client - and many thanks for letting us know, so we can pass your comments to other potential guests. The client has told us she hopes to make a return visit in the not too distant future and we look forward to welcoming her again.
Helpful votes: 4/4
business
Neptune
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p56065?uni_id=56587
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Stockport, Cheshire, U.K.
5

Our great holiday in Carcassonne.

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
The Neptune apartment was well situated and very cosy, with everything on the doorstep, a great place to relax with a beer and just "people watch". We found Chez Felix our favorite with regards to great service, although we did not eat there. Chez Fred was a superb
restaurant, especially the duck breast and the beef dish, which was complimented by a superb sauce. Le Cite was a great experience and well worth a visit. It was a pity the strikes were on and we were limited with regards to train journeys. The Celt bar was a good place for a night-cap, which was open until 2-00am. We will certainly be returning to Carcassonne in the near future.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Neptune was the apartment we stayed in last ourselves and had a great time so it is gratifying that this client was so happy there too. Thank you for the accolade for Bar Felix, as a few months ago we had one or two unfavourable reports. We shall just have to go out there again very soon just to check up on it ourselves! We have always been very happy with Chez Fred, which is one of the restaurants we recommend in our information pack.
Helpful votes: 6/6
business
Neptune
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p56065?uni_id=56587
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Hastings
4

Our four night stay at The Neptune

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
An excellent location for holidaying in Carcassonne. Very comfortable, clean and well equipped. A welcoming bottle of wine and flowers were a pleasant surprise. The information lists sent to us were helpful, especially the directions for finding the appartment. We both would most certainly like to holiday there again.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lara2 for this nice review of Neptune. Delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back some time.
Helpful votes: 2/2
business
Neptune
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p56065?uni_id=56587
+44 01702585038
Carcassonne City Carcassonne area
Northwich, Cheshire, UK
5

Great apartment in a great location

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
Neptune apartment overlooks one of the main squares in Carcassonne where there are many cafes and bars with tables spreading out onto the square, it's a brilliant location, very central and within walking distance of the old city and castle.

The apartment is neat, tidy and well maintained and equipped. It's easily big enough for two people and I think it would manage another (child?) easily. It is on the fourth floor and acessed by a steepish spiral staircase so would not be any good for anyone who would struggle with this.

Excellent service, communication and information from the owner.

I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Carcassonne.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased these clients enjoyed their stay in Carcassonne, particularly as they thought at one stage that they would not be able to come.

Yes the apartment is definitely big enough for a third person, and has been used by a group of three adults, not just an extra child, on a number of occasions.

Neptune is actually on the third floor and not the fourth. However we do warn on the web site that it is not suitable for anyone who would struggle with three flights of stairs. For the rest of us of course we feel it justifies the wonderful local food we have been indulging in!
Helpful votes: 5/5
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Location

Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Salvaza Airport, Carcassonne
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
0.5 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Lac de la Cavayere
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Celt
Nearest Ski
160 Kilometres
Masela (Catalan Pyrenees)
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Golf Club de Carcassonne
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Le Saint Roch
Car: not necessary

Step straight into French provincial life in one of our beautiful apartments. The apartments are right in the centre of Carcassonne's Bastide St. Louis, and just a short walk from many sights, including the fairy tale medieval Cité and the Canal du Midi. By far the best place in town to stay for the Christmas festivities, overlooking the beautiful ice rink, icicle-covered fountain and pretty Christmas market. Grandstand view of Ice Spectaculars and the illuminations each evening at dusk. Numerous restaurants and cafés in the square itself and around. Boulangeries, pharmacies, supermarket, ATMs in the square. Internet cafes 5 mins walk away. Easy train ride to other towns - Toulouse, Narbonne, Albi, Limoux and many more. In the summer take a half hour bus ride to a popular recreational lake nearby. Car not necessary but if you have one explore the Cathar castles and the vineyards of Languedoc (coaches go to both in the summer), the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast.

Other Activities: canal trips

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Availability & Rates

Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Carcassonne City, Carcassonne area

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate Minimum Stay
 
Mid
1 Apr 2014 - 30 Jun 2014
£65
£350
3 nights
 
 
High
1 Jul 2014 - 31 Aug 2014
£75
£420
3 nights
 
 
Mid
1 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
£65
£350
3 nights
 
 
Low
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
£60
£315
3 nights
 
 
Christmas/New Year
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
£65
£350
3 nights
 
 
Low
3 Jan 2015 - 31 Mar 2015
£60
£315
3 nights
 
 
Mid
1 Apr 2015 - 30 Jun 2015
£65
£350
3 nights
 
 
High
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
£75
£420
3 nights
 
 
Mid
1 Sep 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
£65
£350
3 nights
 
 
Low
1 Nov 2015 - 18 Dec 2015
£60
£315
3 nights
 
 
Christmas/New Year
19 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
£65
£350
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit £150.00
Notes Compulsory cash payment of 75 euros for final cleaning to be left in the apartment at the end of the holiday.

There is an extra charge of £20 PER STAY for a third guest.

The charge for six days is the same as the weekly rate. For a complete week add £25 for an extra guest.

A baby in a cot (provided free of charge) does not count as an extra guest.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Neptunein Carcassonne City in Carcassonne area

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 38 m²
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • town
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
General:
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Linens Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Local Maps
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Thermos Flask
  • Internet
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shampoo
  • Backpack
  • Towels Provided
  • Basic Soaps
  • Iron & Board
  • Paper Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating
Kitchen:
  • Kitchenette
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Coffee Maker
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , WC in bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , There is also a good quality folding single bed if needed.
  • This apartment is ideal for a couple, however there is a folding single bed available and also an extra mattress (but no divan), so it is also suitable for a couple with a child, or for two single people. There is a cot available on request. As with the other apartment, Neptune has been carefully furnished, decorated and equipped, with coordinating bed linen and curtains, and many little touches that make it comfortable and homely, such as goosedown pillows - synthetic available for those with allergies. The duvets are synthetic, and the duvet on the double bed is an all seasons duvet, so you will be warm and snug in winter, and in the spring and autumn, when it is not quite hot enough to dispense with your duvet altogether, there is a light-weight option.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Radio
  • Games
  • CD Player
  • Books
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
  • caves
  • churches
  • winery tours
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • fitness centre
  • medical services
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • golf
Notes:
The apartment is on the third floor; it's an easy climb as the steps are shallow and there is a robust, attractive and typically French iron balustrade - and and it is certainly no problem for elderly clients who are fit. We are late 60s and 71 respectively and love staying there. However if climbing stairs is a problem then it is not suitable as there is no lift. Other electrical items provided: electric kettle, coffee filter machine, stick mixer, electric toaster. PARKING: The street has recently been pedestrianised although you can hover to unload your luggage at the end of the street for a few minutes, two doors up from the entrance to the apartment. There are several free car parks very near and also two large secure car parks (also very near) at 20 euros for the week and a 24/7 swipe card (our preferred option). A detailed map showing the location of the apartment, parking facilities and much more besides, is included in the information pack.
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