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Rustic Apartments In The Heart Of Carcassonne - apartment 1(merlot)sleeps2 (4)

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights



apartment 1(merlot)sleeps2 (4)

This is a beautifully restored apartment on the top floor, where mellow character and lovely original features are allied to contemporary light and creature comforts. It is the ultimate getaway, with the lovely private peaceful sun terrace where you can sit and watch the sunset and views of St Vincent Cathedral in all its glory whilst enjoying an aperitif.

There is an open plan layout .The kitchen is fully equipped with all you need to create a gourmet meal (although the restaurants are plentiful in the vicinity) or just have a simple snack.

Following on from this is the comfortable lounge which extends onto the sun terrace. There is British_French TV avilable DVD player, music centre (including ipod docking station) and a range of books and magazines to enjoy.

There is a good sized double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and vanity unit with hairdryer supplied.

There is a modern twist to the bathroom with an ergonomic luxury power shower with body jets and and overhead spray

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About the property


Les Bottes Cachees,(the hidden boots) Free pick up from the airport

Situated in the Bastide de St. Louis in the center of Carcassonne This 16th century house with original features and modern facilities, has separate secluded sun terraces. Carefully restored into separate apartments, with lots of original character. The perfect location to reach La Cite, Canal du Midi, cafes, restaurants and places of interest. Toulouse, Narbonne and the Mediterranean all within an hours reach.

raymond hainey
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About raymond hainey

After holidaying in the area for many years, we decided that the laid back French way of life was definitely for us. We came across the property a few years ago. It was in a terrible, run-down state and we have worked hard to lovingly restore this property to its former glory. We hope our guests enjoy the area and that they appreciate the hard work we have put in to restore this charming 16th Century house and retaining most of the original features.

raymond hainey purchased this apartment in 2010

Why raymond hainey chose La Bastide Saint-Louis

We loved the fact that the property was right in the heart of Carcassonne, with all the amazing shops, restaurants and cafes on our doorstep.

We love spending weekends down on the Mediterranean which is just 45 minutes away.

There are many lovely villages to explore nearby, especially the famous book village, Montolieu and Saissac with its amazing Chateau.

What makes this apartment unique

We spent a lot of time making sure that the property retained its original features but also had all modern facilities.

The lovely terrace is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine or simply enjoy the views of St.Vincent Cathedral. It is very rare to get outdoor space in the heart of Carcassonne and that is one of the reasons that we were attracted to this property.

La Cite is just a 15 minute walk away, and there are so many restaurants and shops to explore nearby. Place Carnot is particularly nice to sit and enjoy a drink and watch the locals going about their business.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"we had a fantastic time and will definitely be coming back to stay here . The apartment was everything we needed and a great location , raymond and julie could not be more helpfull. "

thanks for a great time martin and jane stott.

;the apartment were superb and immaculate and our hosts were so helpful

the sunterrace was perfect to sit out and chill with a glass of wine

we will be back had a lovely time thank you

paul &anne

"apartment was perfect, loved the terrace and the place had a je ne sais qui

a home from home loved the place . "ann & robert Laing

Fantastic time with lots to do stayed 10 daye but not enough will be coming back next year to do the rest The apartments were superb in every way

A very big thank you from us both. Gary and Gemma Barton
Jun 2012
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Booking Notes:
We are offering a free pick up from carcassonne airport
we would be happy to arrange reservations to resturants or have flowers , cards prepared for any special occasions.
booking by email or telephone (to be confirmed by email). A deposit is required at the time of the booking with final payment on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Guests must depart by 10.30am.

Notes on prices:
We do a free pickup from carcassonne airport and take you to the apartment.

The prices are for 2 persons in apartment one and 4 persons in apartment two.
There is a supplement of 10 pounds per night for extra persons.

we have no smoking policy except on the sun terrace


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in La Bastide Saint-Louis in Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Power shower with body jets
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Light and bright with vanity unit hair dryer and plenty of storage. comfortable beds with matching bedding.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We offer a free pick up service from the airport and the train station Bed linen, towels, dishtowels, iron, ironing board, hairdryer provided within price.(no extra charges for cleaning) There is a washing machine dryer available. Welcome pack with every arrival. Free computer broadband available (Wifi) Please visit our website for more Outside: The Grenashe and the Merlot have their own seperate sun terraces.


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apartment 1(merlot)sleeps2 (4)
average rating of 4.882353 based on 18 reviews

An Amazing Find

  • 5 of 5

We booked a short break to Carcassonne. Raymond the owner picked us up from the airport and showed us around the area before taking us to the apartment. On arrival we were not disappointed this apartment has everything you could wish for to make your stay comfortable even a coffee machine. The top floor apartment has french doors opening out onto the balcony which we used each morning to have our breakfast listening to the birds and the bells from St Vincent Church and each evening to share a bottle of wine before going out to dinner. The apartment is centrally based within a short walk to the centre and 20 mins from the Castle which we visited during the day and again at night. We took a taxi to Trebes and walked back along the Canal du Midi (approx 9 miles) taking in the lovely scenery and watching the boats coming through the locks. I would recommend this apartment and we will certainly be returning in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent holiday property

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Raymond's apartment. Very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Breakfast each morning on the balcony listening to the nearby church bells was a particular treat. Only a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Carcassonne.

Well equipped kitchen (except we couldn't locate a chopping board - maybe we missed it?). We made good use of the coffee machine.

We certainly hope to return to Carcassonne and would have no hesitation in booking this apartment again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We also want to thank you for the lovely bottle of special gin you gave us it was very kind of you. My wife forgot to put a nèw chopping board into your appartment it is the utility room downstairs. Glad you had a comfortable stay and enjoy Carcassonne and we would welcome you back anytime. Many thanks Raymond and Julie
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Quiet, but close to the square. Nice outdoor sitting area.

  • 4 of 5

Nice and spacious. Raymond is a great owner who cares a lot. Kitchen has all you need. Great WiFi! Lovely deck looking at the old church. Parking is fine.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review glad you had a great time . Over looking St Vincent cathedral from the terrace is very popular with our guests. Regards Raymond and Julie .
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Welwyn Garden City


  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a short break of 4 nights. The apartment is in a great location, 5 mins from the main square in Carcassone for food and drink, 20 mins gentle walk from La Cite, and also just a few minutes from the train station and canal. We had the ground floor apartment which was perfect for what we needed. Very comfortable, nicely decorated and very clean. No noise issues from the street so we had a good night's sleep every night. As everyone has commented Ray was very helpful and the airport pick up was a bonus! You can get a very easy coach transfer back to the airport from outside the train station for 5 euros so we found that very convenient too. They build the coach timetable around the flights in and out of the airport. Finally go to Limoux and treat yourself to some Champagne to enjoy during your holiday. Will recommend to my family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Natalie Thank you for taking the time to give us a review it is very much appreciated. We are glad you had a comfortable stay and enjoy Carcassonne lt make it all worth while when our guests have a good holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back. Regards Raymond and Julie
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Great apartment!

  • 4 of 5

Raymond met us at the station at 9.00 pm and drove us there even though it was only a 5 minute walk. He was excellent, showing us all facilities and letting us know about the sights of Carcassonne. He even let us stay until 1.00 pm on our third and final day when we were delayed due to a train strike. The apartment was clean, well maintained, had everything we wanted and was quite roomy. We would recommend it to others and would certainly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review.We like to help our guests settle as soon as possible. Picking up our guests up from the airport or train station is all part of our holiday package We are glad you had a comfortable stay in our apartments Thank you Raymond and Julie Hainey
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Pleasant Apartment in a good location

  • 5 of 5

The place was clean, well finished with modern appliances and benefited from a secluded balcony. The location was ideal for walking to the Cite, the Canal du Midi, the Aude, railway station and shops. Raymond was kind enough to collect us from the Airport saving us time and had even laid on basic food provisions (for late arrivals). The owner was more than helpful, the place felt comfortable and so I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review It is very pleasing to us that our guests have had a good time and enjoyed their stay.We would welcome you back any time. Many regards Raymond and Julie Hainey
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
10 kilometers
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
15 minutes
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
5 minutes
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
35 kilometers
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
5 kilometers

Special interest holidays:


Golf is available near this property.

Nearest golf: Carcassonne, 3 Kilometres


Skiing is available near this property.

Nearest skiing: Pyrenees, 100 Kilometres

Car not necessary


Nearest TRAIN - Carcassonne: 1/4 Kilometres

Nearest MOTORWAY - Carcassonne: 2 Kilometres

Nearest AIRPORT - Carcassonne: 3 Kilometres

Nearest BEACH - Carcassonne Plage- Cavayere: 3 Kilometres

Nearest BARPUB - Carcassonne: 50 Metres

Nearest RESTAURANT - Carcassonne: 50 Metres

Nearest SKI - Pyrenees: 100 Kilometres

Nearest GOLF - Carcassonne: 3 Kilometres


The Mediterranean coast is about one hour by car.

A large choice of beaches like Narbonne Plage, Gruissan, Porte La Nouvelle and Leucate. Fresh fish at the harbours of Gruissan (mussels and oysters at its pier) and Porte La Nouvelle. Good fresh seafood restaurants at the quay's.


Carcassonne airport is only 10 minutes away,especially beneficial for cheap Ryanair flights. Direct flights to many destinations in Scotland, England, Ireland, Belgium and Germany. Toulouse's international airport, Blagnac, is about 45 minutes by motorway. Car hire available at all airports.


Right in the heart of Carcassonne. Within walking distance of all amenities like bakery, butchers, supermarkets, restaurants.

Limoux, Montolieu, Saissac, Lac de Cavayere all within half an hour.

Further Details:

Shopping available in the centre of town in several small supermarkets, or go to the large supermarkets which are just 5 minutes drive.Several very nice restaurants nearby. Local Carcassonne market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.


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