42 Rue Victor Hugo

  • Location: Town / Village
    Restaurants and markets: In walking distance
    La Cité, largest medieval city in Europe, World Heritage Site: In walking distance
    Gruissan Beach: 75km (55 mins by car)
    Toulouse for shopping: 93km (1h 15 mins by car)
  • Carcassonne Airport (CCF): 4km (10 mins by car)
    Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (TLS): 94km (1h 15 mins by car)
    Good public transport
    Free parking

The Languedoc region is stuffed with riches, in nature, artisan food and its sophisticated wines.
You can buy all the necessary fresh ingredients for your lunch or dinner at the local markets.
Experience pure joie de vivre in charming old Carcassonne in the beautiful south of France.
You'll be within walking distance to World Heritage Site La Cité, Europe's largest medieval city.

Living in the city centre is great, but that also means that there is no good parking nearby.
As a protected monument, there is no air conditioning, but there are fans and strong shutters.

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An introduction to 42 Rue Victor Hugo

How would you describe 42 Rue Victor Hugo in a nutshell?

With 42 Rue Victor Hugo in Carcassonne we wanted to create a place that is exceptional, with beautiful 18th-century features and contemporary interior design. It has all the luxuries and comfort of a small boutique hotel while guests will also enjoy having their private spaces as in a regular holiday home. It is sort of a hybrid between a boutique hotel and a holiday home. Our three luxury apartment rentals are self-catering and therefore the ideal stylish city getaways in beautiful Carcassonne and to explore the south of France. On the first floor of a grand French townhouse you can choose the apartment that you like best, with 18th-century features, contemporary designer furnishings and decoration.

How does a British couple end up running a ‘hotel particulier’ in the south of France?

It was more of an accident. We bought 42 Rue Victor Hugo a few years back as a holiday home and over time, when we renovated the place, we were thinking how we could make better use of it. It was not even planned that we would live here all the time.

Is there anything that you miss about your previous life?

There isn’t a whole lot that I miss. We wanted to have a change in lifestyle. And while we probably work the same hours here, it is our own business and that is giving us a lot of pleasure.

Who is responsible for the interior design at 42 Rue Victor Hugo?

My wife is a designer and she is in charge of the interior and the design — the combination of the beautiful 18th century features and the contemporary furniture.

My background is in finance but I have worked in the advertising and media industries, so there is an affinity to design as well. I am more the hands-on guy, running the business, taking care of the day-to-day. We are actually complementing each other perfectly.

You invite your guests to your home for dinner. Where is your passion for cooking coming from?

I have had a passion for cooking for many many years. I have enjoyed cooking for as long as I remember. On the night our guests arrive we usually serve some canapés and cocktails and we also offer a gourmet dinner as part of a package. It isn’t so much a dinner in our home, we try to celebrate the food and wine of the region with our guests. I think this is really interesting as different guests from different parts of the world sit together enjoying the food and they usually find out that they have many things in common. We have conversations about Carcassonne, the region, France, the food and wine etc. And they don’t have a long way home, just two yards and they are back in their own apartment.

What memories would you like your guests to have after they have left?

We would want them to tell all their friends about the relaxed and enjoyable time that they have had with us at 42 Rue Victor Hugo, and in Carcassonne. That there is plenty to see and do just around the corner, that we made their stay as pleasant as possible, helped them where we could and that they felt like at home.

You are offering gourmet or gourmet wine breaks as well?

Yes, we have put together a perfect package for our guests to enjoy all the good food and wine of the region. The break is usually for 3 to 5 days and we pick the guests up at the aiport and then invite them for canapés and cocktails on the first evening. On one of the other days we organize a wine tour with our qualified Master of Wine to taste everything from white wine, red wine, rosé and sparkling and visit some vineyards. And on the last night I usually cook a four-course gourmet meal that we serve around our dining table, obviously matching the perfect wines. There is also a delicious breakfast included with patisseries and bread, fresh fruit, homemade jam and cheese that we bring to the suite every morning. And there is wine and snacks in the kitchen for in between.

And if our guests want to cook themselves, there is that option as well. We will go to the local market and then prepare a range of classic French dishes together.I read on your blog that you had to cook for a Michelin star chef?

Yes, that was actually when we first opened, he was our first paying guest. His girlfriend made the reservation and I was not even aware of it until they had arrived. I thought, well, he might just flip burgers but would not have expected him to be a Michelin star chef.

On his first day he went to the market and he came back with an array of food to cook for his girlfriend. I told him that he should use our big kitchen, when he invited me to join him. It was a wonderful experience and I was given a masterclass in my own kitchen.

But I still had to cook for him the next day and I was incredibly nervous. I had never cooked professionally for guests before, and the first guest to do that for was a Michelin star chef. I think I was actually ready with dinner 3 hours before I had to. He was really nice and it turned out to be a great evening. He was very complementing giving me a lot of confidence. I thought, if I could cook for him and he liked it, I could cook for other guests as well.

42 Rue Victor Hugo
Fireplace Apartment Suite
Bedroom Apartment Suite
Dining area
Kitchen Mezzanine Studio
Bedroom Apartment Suite
42 Rue Victor Hugo staircase

42 Rue Victor Hugo rooms & rates

The three apartments are all very stylish, with high ceilings, contemporary design, and of course private entrances. The Apartment Suite is the largest one and has one bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a salon with a marble fireplace and a kitchenette. The Mezzanine Suite, the most contemporary of all three, comes with slate flooring, it is a compact suite with steps leading up to it. Our Master Suite is more like a hotel room, with an open-plan bedroom and living room. This apartment has access to a large kitchen and dining room across the hall, which is also where we prepare breakfast for our guests.

  • The Mezzanine Studio for 2 people / 45 m²
    115 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The mezzanine studio offers over 45m2 of space. Huge main room area with kitchen and living space downstairs and sleeping on a mezzanine level above. The kitchen has a large fridge freezer, ceramic halogen domino hob and microwave grill plus all you need for tea and coffee.

    The sleeping level has a huge superking bed with anti-allergenic duck down duvet and luxurious 400 thread bed linen. Wet room with power shower, big fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries.

    You will find an bluetooth music player, flat screen tv and dvd player. Feel free to choose a film from our library or to use the wirefree broadband.

  • The Apartment Suite for 2 people / 50 m²
    125 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    A truly romantic and luxurious apartment. The huge main room has a beautiful original oak parquet floor and a rather magnificent carved marble fireplace. Two enormous double windows open onto the street and allow the light to flood in.

    The mini-kitchen has a fridge, ceramic halogen domino hob and microwave grill plus everything you need for tea and coffee. The bedroom is accessed through grand double doors and has a king size bed with anti-allergenic duck down duvet and luxurious 400 thread bed linen.

    The ensuite shower room is small but perfectly formed with power shower, big fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. You will find a bluetooth music player, flat screen tv and dvd player and free wifi for your use.

Included in the rates
Rates are per two people and include Wi-Fi, linens and towels, and on longer stays a linen and towel change on the fourth day.
Optional extras
Services on request: daily cleaning.
Children & Extra beds
Babies up to 1 year old can be accomodated and a cot is available. However, the suites are not suitable for young children and there is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Closed November 1 to February 28

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Fireplace
  • Central heating
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

We really wanted to create a place that is sort of a hybrid between a boutique hotel and a normal holiday home. We offer many of the services a small hotel offers. For example a concierge service, catering and the luxury and comfort you would not neccessarily expect in a regular holiday home, while at the same time having the benefit of privacy and feeling home away from home.

We also offer a concierge service. We keep up to date with all the information on what is going on in the region, on the latest restaurants, the most interesting vineyards. We help with any bookings or reservations or with ideas on what to do. So we try to do whatever we can to make the stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Things to do in Languedoc-Roussillon & Carcassonne

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Boat trips

Obviously, Carcassonne with its fotified walls is a must see. Even after all these years, whenever I see the fortified walls of the medieval Cité with its narrow cobbled streets and fantasy towers, and its air of mystery and drama linked to the fate of the Cathars 800 years ago, I am still amazed. And there are many cafés, restaurants and bars to stop and people-watch over a coffee or a chilled bottle of rosé.

Then of course, there is the local market which is three times a week with all the local produce, the different colours and smells. And I would also do one of the wine tours. As I said, there are exceptional wineries and wine tastings and that is a perfect way to spend a day. You can also walk or cycle along the Canal du Midi, which used to link the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. There is really a lot to do in Carcassonne and the region around. There are Cathar castles, sleepy French villages, swimming lakes or sandy beaches and of course Montpeillier and Toulouse.

42 Rue Victor Hugo reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We LOVED 42 Victor Hugo! The apartment is huge and perfectly appointed. Everything is of the highest standard and the host is extremely responsive to questions. Would recommend highly to anyone!
Anna M.
stayed at 42 Rue Victor Hugo in August 2018

The location of 42 Rue Victor Hugo

Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified medieval town in the luscious Aude river valley in southern France. The Languedoc-Roussillon region is famous for its mountains and vinyards. It is also a region with very good wine. Unfortunately, the Bordeaux and Burgundy wine is still dominating, even in France. But many young and modern wineries have started to emerge and they have started to introduce innovative methods of producing wine away from the AOC system. The region also has a very large variety of fruit and vegetables. We have many friends all over France who always say that the market in Carcassonne is the best due to the sheer variety on offer, but also in terms of carbon footprint because much of the produce is sourced locally. From here you can take daytrips to Toulouse, Montpellier and also Spain. Since we are so close to the border, we even get asparagus very early in the year without a long transportation route.

When is the best time to visit Languedoc-Roussillon?

I would say May/June and September/October are the best time to come. In July and August it can get very hot and busy in Carcassonne. Rue Victor Hugo is also more for couples rather than families.