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Maison du Château - magical location at foot of castle in Labyrinth country

People14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Huge luxury House With Garden, Aircon and heated Pool By Castle

Maison du Château is a superbly renovated and extremely spacious 4 bedroom property in a world class location, nestled at the very foot of Carcassonne castle. The views from the house of the floodlit castle at night are simply breathtaking and the house sits on a quiet street in the ancient district of La Barbacane, just two minutes' walk via a secret stairway to the Port D'Aude entrance to the castle. New for 2016 is air-conditioning!

The large garden has its own heated pool.

The Castle itself is the one of the world's most striking medieval fortified cities, housing a basilica, outdoor theatre, shops, restaurants with superb and varied local cuisine, as well as fantastic original battlements to explore.

All bedrooms are luxurious appointed with generous en-suite facilities (3 have minimalist wet-rooms), the large lounge has a huge L-shaped contemporary sofa and 55 inch TV with blu-ray player and powerful hifi giving amazing home cinema experience. The large kitchen, and adjoining dining area, is extremely well equipped and offers every modern convenience.

The house extends over three floors. The ground floor has a garage and entrance hall at the front, a huge dining room with exposed stone walls and adjacent kitchen to the rear, both of which open onto the garden and pool. The first floor has a large living room at the rear, again with exposed stone walls and access to a covered roof terrace with views of the castle, then two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms at the front of the house. The top floor has two very large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, the rear one of which has unrivalled views of the castle.

All our guests have thoroughly enjoyed staying in the house, please take a read of our reviews which have been excellent! For dining at the house there is the elegant indoor dining room with wood-burning stove, and outdoor area with French shingle and pretty olive trees, or the large balcony with breathtaking views of the Castle towering above.

The house also has 2 powerful wood-burning stoves, which allows guests to stay any time of year, with many of our winter guests combining a cultural trip to historic Carcassonne with skiing in the nearby Pyrenees mountains.

The house and gardens boast a host of unique features including an outstanding internal medieval well (in the kitchen itself) and stone walls dating from the Romans which run along the back of the garden.

The nearby castle plays host to year-round festivals and world-class live music (this summer's festivals included concerts by Elton John, The Arctic Monkeys etc). Outside of the historic city, the Bastide St Louis -- a grid of shops, historic buildings, and the Place Carnot marketplace, with its Saturday market and outdoor cafes -- is just a short walk across the beautiful Pont Vieux.

Fantastic scenery nearby with swimming lake on edge of town and Mediterranean beaches 45 minutes drive away. The French countywide around Carcassonne is superb, with rolling hills, historic hilltop villages with historic churches and abbeys.

This is an ideal location for an extremely relaxing family holiday. In addition, Carcasssonne offers a huge variety of day trips within 30 minutes drive, such as the wonderful villages of Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse which are internationally acclaimed for their history and beauty.

The house is easily spacious enough to accommodate two families, with two super-King beds and two double beds, and space in the lounge for extra people to sleep on the sofa bed. There are also extra occasional beds available.

The local streets are the setting for the current Channel 4 series Labyrinth, based on the celebrated novel by Kate Mosse.

Special note: secure bookings via the website. Half the rent is due up front to secure a booking and the other half, along with a €400 refundable damage deposit, is due a month before you go. Prices are fully inclusive of all linen, towels and local taxes.

Higher price for Bastille Day week in Carcassonne, with incredible world-renowned fireworks display over the Castle.

PLEASE NOTE -- The adjacent property (on holidaylettings.co.uk REF 371733), which is under separate ownership, sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms, so for larger parties (like weddings etc) it may be possible to book both properties together. Please contact either owner to discuss.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE - The house is in a peaceful residential area and so is not suitable for loud groups and so noise should be kept to a minimum in the garden after 11pm please!

More Details

Owner
Ashley Seager
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2017

About Ashley Seager

I purchased this property with a friend to enjoy as a holiday home and to rent out. We just fell in love with the location as it's right at the foot of Carcassonne Castle, and the view of the house by day and night (when it is floodlit) are spectacular.

Ashley Seager purchased this house in 2011

Why Ashley Seager chose Carcassonne

We love the fact the house is on a peaceful road but very near a really lively area with lots of superb restaurants and bars. The nearby countryside is, in my opinion, some of the very best in France and extremely varied. And the sun shines so bright and all day long in this region, at least it seems that way!

What makes this house unique

Very comfortable, luxurious house. Swimming in nearby lake (car journey) is exquisite, and the Mediterranean coast is only 50 minutes drive away. In Winter, excellent quality Skiing is available Approx one hour drive away.

Location

Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Carcassonne
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A61
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lake
Car: not necessary

Unique location at the very foot of Carcassonne Castle, Europe's largest Castle and a celebrated Unesco World Heritage site, immortalised in Kate Mosse's Labyrinth. Set on a quiet, medieval street the house is adjacent to the house Kate Mosse has in Carcassonne. It is just a few minutes walk away from a huge array of cafes, bars and restaurants set within the Castle walls. The house has a big garden with sitting and dining areas and a swimming pool.

Just a 15 minute drive from the house are lovely lakes with first-class beaches for swimming and water sports activities. Carcassonne also offers a huge variety of day trips within a 30 minute drive, such as the wonderful villages of Mirepoix, Minerve and Lagrasse which are internationally acclaimed for their history and beauty.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carcassonne in Arrondissement of Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Newly refurbished house has four modern bathrooms with good showers throughout. There are also two separate loos, including one on the ground floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Huge bedroom with ensuite, facing castle at rear, bed 160cm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , huge bedroom with living area and ensuite, bed 180cm
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Smaller bedrooom with ensuite, front of house, bed 140cm
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Smaller bedroom with ensuite, front of house, bed 140cm
  • Two very spacious bedrooms, two are huge. In addition, there are two smaller compact doubles. All bedrooms have excellent en-suite facilities: 3 have walk in wet rooms, the other a roll-top bath. All rooms are quiet because there is almost no traffic in the street
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
Notes:
Excellent location, super tourist sites in easy reach with some of the very best French countryside on your doorstep. The Castle is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a short walk from the house. Plenty for children to do in the area, and they will love playing on the nearby Lake beaches which are a short 15 minute drive from the house. The swimming is excellent here and shallow on the beaches with lifeguards and there is a total wipeout style water sports facility also on the lake which children aged 7-18 will love.

Reviews

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5

Loved it !

  • 5 of 5

As with the other reviews of this property, it really is a great place to stay. Very magical. Everything is well organised and it is very well serviced with all sorts of extras. You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as described and we couldn't have been more satisfied. The location is perfect and the house has it all. Would recommend it to any friend or family member. Also, Ashley the owner was very helpful the one time we asked for some assistance (the water level in the pool). If there was some way to put in better garage door that would make this one of the best houses we have rented. That stated, this house is truly amazing and deserves 5 stars without any hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning! Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

An amazing house in a stunning location - the views of the castle behind are indeed magical, particularly when floodlit at night. It is a quiet part of the city - although we also enjoyed the nightly music concerts (only end of July). The surrounding countryside is beautiful and so many sightseeing opportunities are easily accessible, including nearby steps to the castle itself. The range of resturants nearby are exceptional - from typical French cuisine and ambience to 2 Michelin * restaurant.

I have never stayed in such a well equipped house - every need has been anticipated and met. The furnishings and the kitchen are fitted to a high specification with a vast range of crockery, glasses and cooking utensils. The attention to detail is incredible. The house is spacious with so many options, and the courtyard and pool are a major part of the relaxing holiday. The experience is enhanced by having excellent wine readily available from just next door!

We stayed here as a family of 6 adults and a toddler and we all loved it! It truly felt like home from home with added luxury and hot sun! We would certainly love to return!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Victoria, BC Canada
5

Best VRBO rental ever

  • 5 of 5

Best VRBO rental we have ever stayed in. Location is PERFECT. The house is PERFECT. Everything was top notch. If you want to visit Carcassonne and you have kids, you can't beat this place. If we ever go back to Carcassonee, we will stay here for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincolnshire
5

Superb,luxurious, well-located

  • 5 of 5

A magnificent touch of luxury under the battlements of Carcassone. Arranged on three floors from an unassuming entrance, the property has four very comfortable bedrooms, each with an en-suite, and several with excellent views of the fortifications. The owners have clearly though of everything you could possibly need, from slippers and bathrobes, through to that rarity - a genuinely well-equipped kitchen. There is a very clever swimming pool, too, boosted by a heat pump which allows use over many months. Immaculately clean, spacious, and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Magnificent house, superbly appointed

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us (four couples) shared Maison du Chateau for a week at the end of September 2016. The house itself is beautifully styled and equipped (for all our in-house gastronomie) and spacious enough for us to have plenty of privacy in different areas. The owners sent us a detailed 'house and region' guide which was very helpful; and were also very attentive to our holiday-planning questions. Everything supplied was of a very high standard, and we were completely delighted in every way. The house is gorgeous, the pool is lovely, the location is perfect. We are already planning a return trip!!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Carcassonne, Aude

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Xmas/New Yr 17/18
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,481
for 4 nights
From
£370
£1,852
 
 
Winter 2017/18
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,270
for 4 nights
From
£317
£1,587
 
 
Early Spring 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,481
for 4 nights
From
£370
£1,852
 
 
Late Spring 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,764
for 4 nights
From
£441
£2,204
 
 
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£2,469
for 4 nights
From
£617
£3,086
 
 
Bastille week 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£2,786
for 4 nights
From
£697
£3,483
 
 
Summer 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£2,469
for 4 nights
From
£617
£3,086
 
 
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,764
for 4 nights
From
£441
£2,204
 
 
Winter 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
£1,270
for 4 nights
From
£317
£1,587
 
 
Xmas/New Year 18/19
15 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
£1,481
for 4 nights
From
£370
£1,852
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£1,764
for 4 nights
From
£441
£2,204
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £352.72

NOTE - WE OFFER 10% OFF EACH ADDITIONAL WEEK YOU BOOK AFTER THE FIRST ONE - PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE IF YOU WANT MORE THAN ONE WEEK!!!
Changeover day is flexible for most of the year but Saturday in July and August. Please don't be confused by the website's green patches of "Available arrival", both green and white dates are fully available. You have to arrive in one of the green dates so as to meet our minimum stay requirements.

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