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Farm House with pool, Guest House, parking, mature gardens, below Castle. - Guest House

Bedrooms 1
Space 581 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights



Guest House

There are high timber ceilings and exposed beams throughout.

The Lounge/Kitchen is a lovely space with a glass door to the rear courtyard.

There is one double bedroom and 2 small rooms with optional fold out beds.

The large sofa in the living room also folds out as a comfortable queen size bed.

There is a dining table which seats 6.

The modern kitchen is well-equipped and includes oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher as well as basic cooking utensils and cutlery.

There is a new wood-burning cast-iron stove (provided with fuel for your stay).

The courtyard has a table, two chairs and a 'Weber' BBQ.

The house generally has tiled floors, with a wood floor in the double bedroom.

Prices include: electric radiator heating, wood-burning stove and fuel, wifi internet, HDTV, washing machine, linen included.

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About the property

2 houses, 1 with Pool, gardens

Right below the historic Castle, also known as La Cité, we have restored a medieval farm. It opens on three streets and has two separate simple but architect-designed properties to rent: the two-storey Farm House (WITH POOL); and the single-storey Guest House.

At the centre is a large landscaped garden, accessed and shared by both our houses and offering SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF THE CASTLE, especially in the evenings when the ramparts are illuminated year-round. The garden has fig, mulberry-plane and olive trees, an ancient well, two stone-paved terraces, and also provides parking off-street behind tall metal gates from Rue Barbacane.

Our semi-restored barn stands on the north side of the garden framing the castle view and a huge raised deck area, with a spreading fig-tree and the swimming pool. Although open to the shaded garden, this is for exclusive use by our guests in the Farm House. Many of our summer visitors rent both properties and the pool, with friends or extended family - we too have found that this is an ideal arrangement for our family and friends.

The main garden has mature trees and 2 terraces, with large (motorised) double gates and space for parking 2 cars off-street, in front of the historic barn (yet to be modernised).

The Farmhouse:

With a front door onto Rue Longue, this is a simply-modernised two-storey 18th century property, with a large double bedroom and a twin bedroom sharing a family bathroom on the first floor, and a large open-plan living ground floor.

It has its own private rear tree-shaded courtyard opening off the kitchen/ dining room - a great place to escape the afternoon heat in summer.

This house is let with the pool - just outside the garden door set in a large wood deck, shaded by a giant fig tree and raised 2-steps above the main shared garden.

The Guest House:

With a front door onto Traverse Rue Longue this is a charming one storey property converted from the old stable building, with a generous double bedroom. The 3 other rooms all have fold-out sofa-beds so it is possible to sleep up to 6 people.

It has its own modest south-facing courtyard, decking and gravel, which opens from the main shared garden via a gate that can be closed for privacy. Please note that this property does not have use of the pool - unless you are renting the Farm House as well.

Our properties are a 10-minute drive from Carcassone airport at Salvaza, or 6 minutes from the Motorway that runs from Toulouse to Narbonne.

We are just around the corner from where Kate Mosse wrote her inspiring historical trilogy set in Carcassonne and the surrounding Cathar country (

Located at the foot of the Medieval Cité in the historic Barbacane quarter, our house is ideally placed in walking distance both from the old and new towns of Carcassonne; local bakers/grocers are even nearer, as is the Aude river. It’s a pleasant stroll over the Pont Vieux, the historic stone bridge with dramatic views of the ramparts and the Pyrennees in the distance, to the excellent market held three days a week in the central square, Place Carnot.

There is a huge variety of palces to eat and drink, including the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Parc a few minutes walk from the house, and Carcassonne golf course 6 minutes drive away, similarly Lac de Cavayere with beaches and many outdoor activities - including O2 (a local version of GoApe), Ski-Nautique with a great cafe, and a watersports centre, all excellent for children and grown-ups alike.

The city is famous for its Bastille Day firework display (on the evening of the 14th July), a narrative of the Cathars being besieged in the Castle, and our graden is right below the walls with a fantastic view.

A major tourist attraction is the annual Tour de France stage finish, rest-day and next stage start, all in late July.

There are great concerts (usually with a few international headliners) and cultural events in the Castle in July and August.

Wonderfully situated on the Canal du Midi and the river Aude, Carcassonne has a TGV connection with Toulouse and Marseilles. Toulouse is under an hour away by car or train, Narbonne and Mediterranean beaches just over an hour in the other direction.

It's an area with wonderful walks, scenery, cathar castles, Minervois, Corbiere and La Clape wines.

Our property is looked after by our friendly and warm-hearted local french-speaking 'gardien' Pierre - who will welcome you and deal with any problems (and who also speaks Catalan) - and his wife Chantal who takes care of hospitality, cleaning and making sure the accommodation is comfortable for your stay.


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robert dye & lucinda montefiore
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, our 'gardien' speaks catalan
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About robert dye & lucinda montefiore

I'm an architect, my wife Lucinda is a radio producer, we have 3 boys aged 13 to 25.

robert dye & lucinda montefiore purchased this house in 2001

Why robert dye & lucinda montefiore chose Carcassonne

We fell in love with Carcassonne on our way to the Costa Brava when visiting friends at the foot of La Cite in late July 20 years ago.

There was music floating down from this amazing castle as we got out of our car, and over 3 days we had a magical visit - lakes, Canal du Midi, market in the main square, historic villages and ruined Cathar castles - we couldn't believe we didn't know about this wonderful area of France.

We heard form our friends that by chance a derelict farm was available at the foot of La Cite and we ended up buying it 17 years ago.

The site of our twio rental properties opens onto 3 different streets. It's been a gradual process of restoration and conversion: farm house, pool and large decking surround, gravel garden, guest house, and we are still working on the 15th Century barn - one day it'll make a third house we hope.

We have loved coming here for family holidays and romantic weekends every year and still are finding new things to do, places to see, lots of great food - and annual visits to our favourite beach at Leucate.

And of course the Carcassonne summer festival highlight is the incredible firework display on 14th July. What better place to sit and eat supper in the courtyard on our terrace looking up at the castle walls!

Last summer we cleared and renovated around the ancient well to make another garden sitting area, and planted two (150 year-old) olives and 3 cyprus trees.

What makes this house unique

Off street parking inside a large gravel-garden giving access to 2 charming, private 1 and 2-storey houses. The overall property opens onto 3 different streets.

The 2 bedroom 2-storey C18th Farm House opens onto Rue Longue, with its own rear courtyard shaded by a mulberry-plane tree.

The 1-storey Guest House has a street door onto Traverse Rue Longue. It has its own private gravel courtyard & deck that links from the shared main garden / parking.

The swimming pool (4 x 8m, with motorised pool-cover, heating available) is surrounded by a huge hardwood deck under a spreading, shady fig tree. This is all raised 2 steps above the large shared gravel garden and paved terraces. The pool is just outside the back door of the Farm House, so is rented only with the Farm House for the exclusive use by our guests staying there. We open the pool between May and September.

We have a number of friends and returning guests who rent both houses, gardens and pool as one large shared unit. Regrettably, we are not a 'gite' so cannot let the pool to different clients sharing the garden (unless you are booking both houses together).

There are 2 paved terraces either side of the entrance gates on Rue Barbacane; both have fantastic views up to the Castle Ramparts (which are flood-lit at night). Summer eating on these terraces is highly recommended!

Our garden and grounds are unusually large for a property in the middle of such a dense old 'quarter'. This came about because it's a renovated farm and we've decided not to build more - we love the outside space and garden so much. We have a 'gravel' garden planted with cyprus, fig, mulberry-plane, silk and olive trees.

The garden has one of the oldest wells in the area, and a stone barn (as yet unrenovated) dating back before the 16th century.

The main garden is entered from Rue Barbacane through tall motorised double gates, giving security and privacy.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Carcassonne around the Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 581 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • shower-in bath with glass shower screen, wc, basin, counter and full height mirrored vanity unit, radiator, towel rail, shelving column with towels and linen, hot-water cylinder cupboard, bathmat, osbcured openable window with external shutter.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , double sofabed in living room
    Dayroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , ideal for a child, can be open or closed to Bedroom 1
  • Double bedroom 1, queen size bed (new mattress), shuttered window to courtyard, full height curtains over glazed entrance partition, 2 bedside drawer units and lamps, tower fan. The Dayroom is a through-room with a roll-down electric shutter over the glass doors for nighttime.; it has a single bed that folds up to make a comfortable chair. It can be closed off from Bedroom 1. There is a further fold out single chair/bed in the Hallway/Dressing area as well. All three rooms join together and we have found make an ideal arrangement for example for a couple with 2 younger children. We make Bedroom 3 in the living room from the double sofa bed, sleeping 2.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
In this quiet village-in-town neighbourhood, the house is suprisingly secluded, private and hidden away in this romantic location right under the castle. The property is part of our larger garden (which contains the parking) onto which opens our own 2-storey 2 bed house with swimming pool; when we are not there, the whole may be rented or alternatively the pool also could be rented as an add-on (to the one-storey house as advertised). The owners are happy to discuss availability of any of these other options.


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average rating of 4.529412 based on 17 reviews

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Location was perfect. Lovely yard where we had breakfast every morning in the sun. Flat was basic but had everything required. Was a little grubby around the edges but mostly clean.

Biggest disappointment was the check in/out process. As the caretakers spoke no English whatsoever. I did try texting (as everyone can use Google translate right?) But never received a response. Managed to get a later check in time confirmed by asking homeaway to confirm for me. Once arrived everything was ok. It was a crash course french lesson on household items which was fun. Using a phone and mime we agreed a check out time of midday on our departure day, only to have the caretaker arrive at 10am! And behaving quite distressed that we were not ready to leave (even check out on the ap was 11) so unfortunately our very relaxing long weekend came to a very abrupt and rushed ending.

But overall I would recommend the apartment if you are looking for something basic but comfortable in a great location. If you speak French or Spanish you will have the added benefit of clear communication!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alanna It sounds as though you had communication problems with our 'gardiens'. Only rarely have we ever had dissatisfaction with them as they are lovely helpful warm people (we are told frequently). But unfortunately for them they cannot vary the check-in times or check-out times without some difficulty. I spoke to them and they accommodated your different arrival time. I asked therm (after you had left) about arriving early for your check out, and they didn't understand from you that you wanted to leave later than the set time. I'd have been surprised if they had agreed that as they have to clean and do all the laundry for new guests arriving (at the agreed check-in time). Anyway, we are really sorry if your stay was a bit marred by this mix-up, but perhaps now you can appreciate the difficulty they face in being more flexible. Kind regards Robert & Lucinda
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Well placed but unwelcoming.

  • 3 of 5

Apart from its position close to the old city this property had little to recommend it, being devoid of any character or homely touches, however it was clean and well equipped. The 'house' appears to be a converted outbuilding and the whole place smelled of, and was, damp - especially the bedroom (inc bed and bed linen) and bathroom. There is inadequate lighting in the bathroom made more noticeable by it having the only mirror in the whole house. The french doors didn't close properly and therefore wouldn't lock so we had to leave the shutter down for security, which made the very dark house even darker. The garden has a great view of the city walls one side but contains a derelict building site on the other. Oh! and the neighbour opposite mends, and has friends with, motorbikes so it gets noisy at times.

All in all a well placed and equipped but unwelcoming house.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Karen Thank you for your review and comments. Oh dear! we are most sorry you found it unwelcoming. It's not the house we live in year round, true, so it's not as soft and homely as it would be if you were staying in someone's own home. But we have put up original paintings, there are rugs, and there's a new log stove that gives out amazing heat very quickly, as well as electric radiators in all rooms. There are 2 sets of lights in the bathroom - 3 spots overhead, as well as a pair of halogens built in to the generous cabinet and mirror over the sink - perhaps you didn't find the swittch for these which we grant you could be confusing as it's 2-way with the switch outside in the Hall. We've not had a complaint before about the Guest House being damp. We think you had a lot of rain around the time you were there, and also wonder whether a window or door had been left open inadvertently. The sliding glass doors are modern alumininium with a lever lock in the shut position but maybe you were unable to make this work. Either way, we will ask our friendly 'gardiens' Pierre & Chantal to check the linen and the whole place generally, particularly if rain has got in somewhere. We will run a dehumidifier, particularly as you say in the rear bedrooom to make sure it is fully dry. Lastly, the neighbours. There are only a few people living in the street and they are not particularly well-off, but we've not had a problem with the neighbours opposite so it sounds as though it was a one-off, which is most unlucky for you. Fortunately the sleeping areas are all at the back and away from the street. Thank you again for your thoughts which are useful and will be acted upon.
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Lovely Well equipped houses, great location, had a wonderful holiday, would highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five - four adults and one child really enjoyed our 12 nights in carcassonne. The houses were both lovely and well equipped. Our older children stayed in the studio and ourselves and our younger child in the farmhouse. The houses offer the best of both worlds - they are a lovely ten minute walk from the city and just below the magnificent castle - you can spend lazy days by the pool or enjoy exploring the city and castle. The garden and pool are beautiful with plenty of shaded areas to sit and read if the sun gets too hot. Both houses also have private courtyards which is ideal if travelling with another family. Pierre and Chantal who look after the property are really nice and despite their lack of English and my book learned French we managed to communicate quite well. We really enjoyed our holiday in this beautiful part of France which is largely undiscovered. There are plenty of restaurants and patisserie's on the nearby Rue Trivalle so if you don't want to cook or barbecue at the house you have a great choice of places to eat. The houses are about 7km from the airport - we hired a car but being so near the city and airport you could manage without one. The owners Robert & Chantal are very easy to deal with and answered all our questions making booking very easy. We highly recommend this property and hope to return again one day .

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you had a lovely time. Thank you for your helpful notes about where to go etc Do come again soon!
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A lovely holiday in a lovely house in a lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

Having been to Carcassonne before we knew what to expect from the town and Cite and hoped that the location of the two houses we rented from Robert and Lucinda would be as good as the photos suggested and indeed they were. As other reviewers have already mentioned the houses are located less than 100 metres from the walls of the old Cite with steps and a path to the Cite's rear entrance being only a minute or so's walk away. The houses are well equipped and very comfortable, yet typically French in certain respects. With the temperature on the outside reaching the mid 30's the insides remained cool and comfortable during our stay. The pool is perfect for family use and once inside the remote gates with easy parking you feel safe, secure and still yet in the middle of things. We spoke very poor French and yet we managed to understand (in the main) the information provided by the owners two very pleasant house keepers, Pierre and Chantel. The couple of queries we had during our stay that we were unable to address with Pierre and Chantel were dealt with by Robert within an extremely short period of time and his attention and desire to ensure we enjoyed our stay was clearly the most important issue for him. There are too many good restaurants to recommend one in particular but if you wish to visit a little further afield a trip to the Lac, Lagrasse and even the Mediterranean Coast are well worth doing. Thank you Robert and Lucinda for letting us borrow your home and I was even tempted to leave a bad review to try and ensure that there might be vacancies when we try to rebook in the future. All the best Guy, Julie and family.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Geweldige locatie en prachtige woning

  • 5 of 5

Hebben genoten van ons verblijf in de woning van Robert

We zijn hartelijk ontvangen door Chantal en vanuit de woning hebben wij

prachtige wandelingen gemaakt in en om Carcassonne.

Zowel Carcassonne als de woning zijn aan te bevelen voor enkele indrukwekkende dagen.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great spot for a city break

  • 5 of 5

Perfect spot for a city break. Sitting a few minutes walk from the medieval city, and a few minutes walk from the river and the main city, this is in a perfect location.

The accommodation is modern and well equipped. Great log burner for the evenings, and plenty of towels and blankets provided. Chantalle was extremely helpful, and lovely. It was really nice to have such a lovely garden area to sit out in and read our books, looking at the wild flowers and views of the castle. Plenty of good places to eat a short walk away. We will be returning. Fabulous!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the accommodation so much. We'll hope to welcome you again! Robert and Lucinda
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Golf de Carcassonne
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
A61 Autoroute du Sud
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Le Jardin d'Ete, Au Jardin de la Tour, Le Parc
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Puy Valador, Mont d'Olmes, Camurac Les Angles
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
narbonne plage
Car: not necessary

You are in the centre of one of France's most rich and diverse cultural and tourist areas, all accessible by car, and with a good train network (inc. TGV), to find the following - history (particularly the Cathars, try various ruined castles, Peyrepeteuse, Lastours-Cabaret, Montségur, and Romans, try LaGrasse, Limoux); wine (Minervois, Cabardes, Corbiere, our favourite La Clape); nature and walking (Black Mountains, Pyrenees, and their lakes, regional nature parks); skiing (France, Spain, Andorra), Toulouse has a wonderful historic city centre packed with shops, restaurants, culture; mediterranean seaside towns and beaches (Cape d'Agde, Perpignan, Narbonne Plage, Gruissan, Leucate, Collioure, to name some favourites!); cycling (Canal du Midi, and the Tour de France comes into town most years!); fresh and seawater fishing; a beautiful golf course at Domaine d'Auriac minutes from our poroperty. The main square has an open air market 3 times a week, particularly on Saturday, and is a 10 minute walk from our property either over the Pont Vieux or across the causeway - both are picturesque walks with differing views of the Castle.


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