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Elegant and romantic apartments in Medieval Carcassonne, free wifi - Willy Ronis Apartment

Bedrooms 1
Space 462 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Willy Ronis Apartment

The Willi Ronis Apartment is located on the third floor of this beautifully restored 18th century town house in the centre of old historical Carcassonne on Rue Barbes, which itself leads off the famous market square in the heart of the old town. The rooms are all furnished with beautiful antiques beds and armoirs and in the sitting room a deep Rouche Bobois sofa and armchairs. There are fine paintings, prints and and photos in all rooms and oriental carpets on the floors.

The Apartments at 38 Rue Barbes were newly restored in 2010.

Each apartment shares a private entrance with intercom.

This is the quietest apartment being on the third floor. It is the lightest and sunniest aparmtment and the original wooden floors also have the warmth and rich deep patina of a hundred years of history. The windows have original internal regency style shutters to allow guests to have the privacy and quiet enjoyment of the apartment as well as delicate curtains for warm summer evenings.

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About the property

The Apartments 38 Rue Barbes

The apartments at Rue Barbes are three beautifully restored apartments located in the heart of Carcassonne old town in La Bastide, just off the market square in Place Carnot. Each of the individually decorated apartments occupies one entire floor of the property and is named after a famous French photographer.The apartments are perfectly located for the weekly markets, shops and alfresco dining. The property dates from the 1730's and the owners have kept the character of the property but with all the benefits of modern fittings, antique furniture and fine art. From the moment you walk into the apartments you will be transported to the elegance and romance of 18th century France, but with all modern comforts. Classic french beds, luxurious linen, deluge showers, antique furniture and modern kitchens. The apartments are perfect for couples wanting a romantic break or for small group bookings of up to three couples.

Carcassonne La Cite: Carcassonne is has one of the most beautiful fairy tale castles to be found anywhere in the world. It is the cultural and historical capital of the Aude region sitting upon the Aude river and crossed by the breathtakingly beautiful Canal du Midi.

During the summer it is host to innumerable festivals, and has the largest and most spectacular firework display in France on the 14th of July. Even in low season and winter there is plenty to do with the winter markets, truffle and duck fairs and antique fairs. The Carcassonne Festival takes place from June to August with many of the events taking place in Place Carnot. The famous market on Saturday is a must for all those visiting this beautiful and unspoilt part of France.The town is thronging with visitors discovering the Cathar castle and the fabulous history as well as the wines and restaurants of the region. With the spectacular fireworks in July, the fairs and festivals the apartments are perfectly located.

Cathar Country: The region around Carcassonne is world famous for the Cathar history, and for the many castles that were built from the 12th to the 14th century. Many of these have survived and worth visiting especially for anyone interested in the legend and myths of the Holy Grail. Within an hour you can be walking or skiing in the mountains of the Arriege, and within two hours in the Pyrenees. The number of places to visit in one week is almost unlimited and there is plenty to occupy you in Carcassonne alone for a week.

For Golfers there is a superb golf course at Carcassonne, as well as Mazamet, Perpignan, Toulouse and Bezier. A selection of men and ladies golf clubs are available for rental.

Eating and Dining: Carcassonne sits on the edge of the Langedoc wine region and is literally surrounded by vineyards and wineries. We can organise wine tasting tours for our guests and advise you on local restaurants and local specialities. Carcassonne has a number of Michelin starred restaurants as many superb bistros especially in the old town and la Cite. For those with a car we can recommend several wonderful restaurants in the surrounding region.

Each apartment has a library of guide books and directory of local events.

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Alex and Pipa Francis
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Alex and Pipa Francis

Pipa and Alex moved to France with their young family in 2003. Having been often disappointed with the quality of holiday apartments where we had stayed, we decided to start our own business in Carcassonne providing holiday lettings for visitors to this historic City.

We bought this town house in 2008. At the time it was an almost derelict building. Today it has been patiently and lovingly restored keeping the character of a 18th century town house but with all modern conveniences. The ground floor is now a delightful and bright wine shop and art gallery.

We have lived in France for 10 years, brought up six children and want to share our love of France and Carcassonne with our friends and guests. The apartments were first rented out in 2010; the final part of the project has been the restoration and opening of the boutique wine shop in December 2012 which also a gallery and tasting room. Located at 38 rue Barbes on the ground floor, this wonderful and warm locale has quickly become a favourite meeting place for guests and customers alike. We live in the heart of the Minervois countryside about 15 minutes form town but we are always on hand. This family run business is on hand to help our guests make the most of their holiday.

Alex and Pipa Francis purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Alex and Pipa Francis chose La Bastide Saint-Louis

Rue Barbes is close to the centre of old Carcassonne town. It is an historic district with lots of shops, and the street itself is rapidly up and coming with new boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and a chocolatiere. The main market is a few paces away and it is safe and friendly place with lots of bustle. We love the atmosphere, the sound, colour and local characters, the wonderful bakeries and delicatessens and outstanding bistros and cafes are all with minutes of the apartments.

What makes this apartment unique

If you like wines or just want to learn more this has to be the best location for your holiday. In our shop on the ground floor we have an excellent selection of wines from local growers plus wines from further afield in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with some new world wines joining us in the Spring. We are partnered with several wine tour companies and the local wine school who offer days tastings and courses.

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A security deposit by cheque is required of £100 or €100,00 on arrival which will be returned on departure.
There is a charge of €28 per rental for linen, towels and cleaning of the apartment for guests on departure.
Additional sets and changes of linen are charges at €15,00 per set or per change.


Accommodation and facilities for Willy Ronis Apartmentin La Bastide Saint-Louis in Carcassonne

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 462 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has a full walk in 'deluge' shower that can accomodate two people. We also offer complimentary soaps, gels and shampoos and top quality fittings with soft cotton towels. There is a towel rail, mirror, shaver point and wash basin. We also supply a hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bedroom in Apartment Willi Ronis has a classic antique French double bed with carvings and scrolls; it is cosy, beautiful, comfortable and elegant. Fitted with a quality mattress, Frette cotton sheets, duck down duvets and soft pillows. Sheets and blankets are also available on request. There are bedside lamps, an antique wardrobe, reading armchair and dressing table and oriental carpets on the floor. The French windows have the original internal regency style shutters which traditionally keep the rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Light voile curtains also keep the apartment cool during summer.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
The Kitchens of the apartments are all furnished to a very high standard with solid marble work surfaces, butlers sinks, traditional terracotta floors and ample storage space. Each kitchen has a modern microwave oven, electric hobs, fridge freezer and washer/drier machine. Cartier Bresson apartment also has a built in oven for guests requiring longer rentals. There is a small library of books provided in the entrance hall to the apartments as well as a selection of DVDs in each apartment. The apartments have electric heating in all rooms. Fans are also available for all the apartments if needed. Please ask and these will be supplied on request.


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Willy Ronis Apartment
average rating of 4.4375 based on 16 reviews

Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Carcassone. The apartment was perfect, clean, bright and airy, with lovely furnishings, very comfortable bed and good shower. We ate out during our four days, so didn't need to use the kitchen, but had we stayed in, we would have had everything we needed to cater for ourselves. The apartment was in the best location, within a few minutes of a wonderful selection of restaurants and of the main square with its bars and easily close enough to walk to explore the magical Cite. We met several members of the family who were all very friendly and helpful, recommending places to eat, letting us continue using the apartment until we left for our late afternoon flight on the last day and sorting out a taxi to the airport for us. We would thoroughly recommend this apartment to anyone visiting this lovely city.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent location, apartment had everything we needed and beautifully decorated

  • 4 of 5

Located right to carnot square which is full of decent places to eat and everything else you need, within walking distance to the medieval city. The apartment was lovely decorated and romantic. People who have it are wonderfull and made sure we had everything we needed. Would definetly recomend it over other local accommodation

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely apartment in great location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Willy Ronis apartment for 10 days & were very pleased with the accommodation. Booking & contact with Alex & Pippa was extremely easy & any queries were answered quickly. The apartment was on the 3rd floor so be prepared for the steps but it didn't trouble us. It had a fully equipped kitchen & the bed & linen was the comfiest we'd come across in rental apartments.

The location was great, being very close to Place Carnot, & with all the shops & restaurants on your door step. The train station & Canal du Midi were 10 minutes walk in one direction & the old bridge with easy access to La Citie 10 minutes walk the other direction. Some street noise was experienced, but staying in what I would say is one of the best positions in Carcassonne, out ways this.

We had a fantastic time & would love to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Carcassonne and staying in Willy Ronis apartment and we look forward to meeting you again. Alex and Pipa
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Something different!

  • 3 of 5

This was a cosy apartment ideally situated in the town of Carcassonne. The furniture is clearly designed to reflect French style however some items, particularly the bedroom furniture, were impractical/tired.

Other minor negative observations were a lack of a proper oven and ill fitting lighting (wiring exposed).

Our main adverse comment was the apartment, whilst not dirty, was dusty and we felt it was not properly prepared for our arrival. Cleaning products were provided including marigold gloves, but the insides of the gloves themselves were old and mouldy. It was clear the floor under the bed had not been cleaned for some considerable time. There were assorted items left within bedroom drawers which presumably belonged to previous occupants.

However, on a positive note, the bed was clean and extremely comfortable.

If the above issues were addressed this would be a perfect bolthole for any visitor.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful flat in the heart of the city

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in a number of the owners properties when in Carcassonne and have never been disappointed, and this was no exception. The flat was on the top floor, which despite the stairs was quieter and had no flats opposite for privacy. As with all the apartments in this building it is clean, very well appointed and tastefully decorated. The reception from either Alex or Pippa or there daughter who's name temporarily escapes me is always warm, and because they own the wine shop downstairs you can get a little flat warmer with great ease. I will be staying here again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment in a central location.

  • 4 of 5

This apartment was easy to book and very comfortable (and well equipped) for two people. The owners were very helpful in settling in and our stay was most enjoyable. Carcassonne has lots to offer and, being very central, the accommodation gave an ideal base from which to explore the town and the surrounding area. The only drawback is that it's on the third floor which gives an ideal opportunity to get a little fitter but it would be difficult for the less able-bodied.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Carcassonne Plage
Car: not necessary

With Carcassonne airport only 10 minutes away with flights from London, Bournmouth, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool and Belgium, Frankfurt and Dublin and Toulouse, Bezier, Perpignan and Girona airports a mere hour and half away Carcassonne is the perfect place for a weekend escape, short breaks and holidays. The apartments are located just off Place Carnot, the traditional market square of Carcassonne in the medieval heart of the fortified old town, the Bastide. For visitors to the town a car is not required but is recommended for anyone wanting to visit the region in full. For drivers there is long term secure parking close by. Here you can find a paradise of street cafes, excellent value restaurants and Michelin starred restaurants as well as markets and shops galore. For history lovers and readers of Labarynth there are Castles, and Cathars, for gastronomes the local wines and food, for nature lovers some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in the South of France.

Other Activities: Canal boat trips, wine tours, gastromic events, fireworks, historical