“Gallic-chic suites in historic Carcassonne, with a warm English welcome and self-catering options”
Though small, this elegant townhouse offers flexible accommodation options with 3 individually designed suites, which more closely resemble self-contained apartments.
The stylish yet comfortable Apartment Suite is the largest option and has original oak parquet flooring throughout. You enter through large double doors, and the living spaces unfold off a wide corridor. To the left is the bedroom and bathroom; straight ahead, the salon and kitchenette. The salon has huge windows that let the light flood in, while the marble fireplace has a pretty rococo design. Sink into the large sofa and watch a film, or put the iPod on shuffle and relax with a glass of wine (don't worry if you've forgotten your own iPod; a fully loaded one is here for your convenience, with music to suit every taste!). There's a vast kingsize bed in the bedroom (made up with sumptuously soft 400tc bedding, naturally) and the ensuite wet room has a trendy walk-in shower, luxurious toiletries, bathrobes, a hairdryer and a chic walnut vanity unit.
Our favourite was the Mezzanine Suite. Simpler and more contemporary than the other spaces, it has a dining area, slate flooring throughout, and steepish wooden steps up to the sleep deck (with a kingsize double bed). It’s compact but cosy and the entrance way has been blocked off and soundproofed, so you won’t be disturbed by other guests. The downsides are that it’s not suitable for guests with limited mobility and the sleeping area lacks headroom.
The Master Suite offers a slightly different experience. It's more like a traditional hotel room, with an open-plan bedroom and living space, plus an ensuite shower room (with a double entrance). Luckily if you’re craving a bath after a day of exploring, there is a bathtub in the additional bathroom next door. This suite has access to the full kitchen and dining area across the hall - but be aware that Peter uses this kitchen to prepare breakfast for guests and also uses the space to undertake changeovers - but most of the time it is entirely yours. The style credentials remain excellent: high ceilings, original floors, petrol blue walls and vintage artworks all help to create a sense of effortless elegance.
The Apartment and Mezzanine Suites each have a kitchenette with a fridge-freezer, a microwave, a hob and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The Master Suite has access to the full kitchen and dining area (used for breakfast).
If you don’t want to cook, you’ll have to dine out for other meals. There are lots of great restaurants and eateries in the Cité for lunch, most of which claim to serve "the best cassoulet in town". A good dinner option is Le Petit Couvert (18 rue de l'Aigle d'Or). The menu soir includes a wide range of starters (salads, seafood, charcuterie), a fish or meat dish, dessert, and a quart (250ml) of local wine. Peter knows the city very well - pick his brain or take a look at the list provided in your suite.
Local markets run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Saturday is the busiest, so it’s a little more full-on, but the produce is often more varied so it might be worth braving the crowds if you fancy picking up some tasty snacks and ingredients.
The townhouse isn't really suitable for children as the suites have been designed as luxury boltholes for couples. However, small babies can be accommodated.
Babies (0-1 years)
All the rooms either have a kitchenette or access to a full kitchen.
Baby monitors are available on request.
Baby cots and baths are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking