As if pulled from the pages of a fairytale, Hôtel de la Cité is situated between a pair of historic landmarks, and was once the home of reigning bishops - and now plays hosts to international celebrities and privileged guests alike. Protected by the fortified walls of a medieval citadel, this majestic retreat in Carcassonne, France truly has a dream-like quality, with its stained-glass embellishments, aged gardens and solid walls crafted from stone. Both gorgeous and Gothic in design, the rooms are flanked with authentic antiques as well as replicated pieces, and open up onto the ramparts and gardens. Nod off at night beneath a regal four-post bed, imagining the pleasures that your next day will bring.
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