Rooms and beds
Bedrooms: 2(Sleeps: 6)
Toilet · Bath with shower · Shower
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 30 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 6
Hosted by robert dye & lucinda montefioreAsk a question
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.
- english, french, our 'gardien' speaks catalan