Come by train. This large stone house dates from 1860 and is on a quiet row of terraced houses leading down to the main square of La Bastide St-Louis, the 13th-century “new town” below the medieval Cité of Carcassonne.
At the back, a garden with a shaded terrace and a small swimming pool are perfect for lounging about. You’ll feel quite independent in bedrooms with seating areas, and you can help yourself to tea and coffee on the landing. Breakfast is at separate tables in the dining room or on the terrace: croissants, breads, home-made yoghurt and jams, fruit and ham.
It’s a five-minute walk to shops and restaurants and a lively Saturday morning market. Amble along the scenic Canal du Midi or take a boat trip, explore the magnificent medieval fortress of the Cité of Carcassonne, soak in the very French atmosphere.