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Le Marais, 3rd arrondissement, Paris, France. On Rue Charlot. Ground floor on garden courtyard. Sleeps two to four.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We have OVER 130 REVIEWS, all positive! Recently, VRBO made a change and separated all reviews that were sent to us directly from those sent to them. As a result, they removed the majority of our reviews and buried them below, calling them 'Guestbook Comments'. They are NOT guestbook comments, but reviews sent to us by visitors, requesting us to post them on the site. We have been with VRBO for more than 10 years, and this was the way things were done then. We feel it is very unfair to impose this misleading change now! YOU MAY STILL READ THE REVIEWS by scrolling down to the bottom of the listing. (If you feel, as we do, that it is unhelpful to separate and bury the feedback you depend on to find good places, PLEASE let VRBO know! Tell them to change it back to the way it was!)
THE BEST ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN THE MARAIS. That's our goal, and judging by over 130 POSITIVE REVIEWS, we hope we have succeeded. What is more, from detailed instructions for arrival to reserving restaurants or taxis for you, we go out of our way to make your stay easy and trouble-free.
FORMERLY A 17TH c. ARTISAN'S WORKSHOP! This beautiful completely renovated garden apartment is located in what was once an artisan's workshop in the days of Marie Antoinette. Located on the historic courtyard of a classic Parisian building in the Marais, it is among the oldest in Paris. The age of the building will be obvious when you first see the exposed posts and beams -- called 'colombage' -- in the courtyard itself, recalling the way all of Paris looked in the 17th century.
LIKE A COUNTRY COTTAGE IN THE HEART OF PARIS. With its short pitch of tiled roof and its double French doors and French windows opening onto the garden, it's a one-of-a-kind, romantic oasis of calm in the Marais. The old world charm combines with modern amenities, a high quality bed, a luxurious bath, and a well-equipped kitchen to make an ideal Parisian retreat.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY QUIET GARDEN APARTMENT, you will forget that the center of Paris is just outside, and feel as if you are in the countryside watching the birds out in the garden. The exceptional quiet means GOOD SLEEPING on the high quality bed that's been fit into a French antique, hand-crafted frame. Please read our visitors' comments -- many mention how quiet it is.
RENOVATED BY A DESIGNER with international travelers in mind, the result is a successful amalgam of old world noble materials and modern style. The apartment consists of one big room that serves as bedroom and living area, a separate and fully equipped kitchen, and a full deluxe bath. In the main room and bath are beautiful exposed stone walls, and the original thick oak beams are exposed on the ceiling as well. In fact, the beams are older than the building -- there are signs that they were recycled when the building was built.
DETAILS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. The floor has wide oak boards in the main room, with a welcoming antique killim rug, and antique stone tile in the kitchen and bath. Throughout there are clean lines and harmonious touches of color, giving a very aesthetically pleasing, peaceful ambience.
QUALITY BEDDING. Hand carving graces the antique bed frame, while the bed itself is new and of the highest quality. For bedding, there are down and synthetic comforters, 100% cotton blankets, 100% cotton sheets, and six French pillows. The exceptional quiet of this apartment will further enhance sleep. The sofa is large and comfortable, and hides a comfortable full-sized bed should it be needed. An antique Paris bistro style table sits by the window for meals (expanding to seat four) and a wooden table serves as a small desk. (There are extra folding chairs available.)
WIFI -- AND LOW TECH, TOO. The high speed WiFi works flawlessly. Hidden away is a flat screen TV with more than 40 digital channels including CNN and BBC, and a DVD/CD/MP3 player with radio. There is an iPhone compatible alarm clock, a phone, and an answering machine. There is a whole library of Paris guidebooks. You will also find classical, jazz, and other CD's, many DVDs (including classic Paris movies), shelves full of interesting books, and reading lamps.
A VERY WELL EQUIPPED KITCHEN, AND MORE. The kitchen has lots of charm and modern appliances: a full-size oven, four burner stovetop, built-in refrigerator with freezer, microwave, toaster, hand mixer, and coffee maker. It is also well-equipped with all utensils for cooking and eating -- more than you will find in most rentals. The bath is beautifully done with deluxe modern fixtures, a large bathtub, a deluxe shower (it's superb!), and both a washing machine and dryer tucked away in a closet. A hidden extra is a double-size hot water heater, so you should not run out. There is also a hair dryer, iron and ironing board, and vacuum cleaner. All linens, towels, and soap are supplied.
AN EXCEPTIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD. Steps away on the corner, you will find the wonderful open air Marche des Enfants Rouge, the oldest market in Paris. Rue Bretagne has its own offering of excellent shops including butchers, bakers, traiteurs, wine, fruits and vegetables, and right on the corner one of the best fromagers (cheese shops) in the city. There are also two supermarkets conveniently nearby. The neighborhood is chock-full of antique shops, funky designers, and art galleries on the narrow streets. There are many great little restaurants and cafes with terraces, as well as charming Parisian parks.
IN THE CENTER OF PARIS. The Picasso Museum is literally just around the corner, as is all the rest that the Marais has to offer, from the magnificent Hotels Particuliers (17th century city mansions), many housing museums, to the famous Place des Vosges. You can easily walk to Hotel de Ville in about 15 minutes, and then Notre Dame and the other major sites along the Seine. The Pompidou Center is also right close by. There are several Metro stations nearby, and bus lines that run through the Marais.
SAFE AND SECURE. The apartment is very secure: To get in the building requires both a code to get in the main door and then a key to get through an iron security gate. The door of the apartment itself has a high security lock. The windows have security blinds that close tightly over them if you want to leave for any length of time, and the windows themselves also have locks. In short, there are more security features than you need! Especially for this lovely, safe and quiet upscale neighborhood.
WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE YOUR VISIT A PLEASURE! We will answer whatever questions you have before you arrive, and provide detailed instructions for getting to the apartment. The day you arrive, someone will meet you, help with your luggage, and show you into the apartment. We accommodate early arrivals and late departures. We also routinely organize taxis for the day of departure -- they come right to the door to pick you up. In the apartment, you will find loads of guidebooks, other information on Paris, and a binder full of detailed information on the apartment, the neighborhood, and more -- where the best bakery is, nearby restaurants we recommend, how to get a taxi, where to park, and so on. We are happy to help make reservations for you. If you have any problems in Paris, we'll try to help. Our goal is to help you live in the neighborhood like a local French person -- an experience you would never have in a hotel -- while minimizing hassles and maximizing your enjoyment.
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION: The best way to contact us initially is by email. Please just fill out the VRBO form. We will respond as quickly as possible, usually within 24 hours. If you do not receive a reply, please call us as there may have been a problem with the reception of the email.
Keywords: Paris Marais, Vacation Apartment, Garden Apartment, Holiday Flat, Large Studio
From the street, there are just three steps up and three steps down to get to the apartment door. Contact us if you need specific information regarding the bathroom, etc. Note that while we do NOT list the apartment as wheelchair accessible, some visitors in small wheelchairs have found it to be ok. Again, contact us if you need specific information....moreless
The dining table is an antique wooden table such as were found in Paris bistros in the past. It is of ingenuous Italian design, with extensions that pull out. 2 wooden chairs, and 2 folding chairs....moreless
Small and large plates, bowls, glasses, wine glasses, and utensils for 4-6 people. There are other items as well, such as coffee mugs, champagne glasses, a teapot and tea kettle, and so on....moreless
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Jan 5 - Feb 28, 2015
3 night min stay
Mar 1 - Nov 30, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 1 - Dec 19, 2015
3 night min stay
Dec 20 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
Jan 5 - Feb 29, 2016
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Minimum number of nights varies by season and circumstances. For high season, usually 5 nights is required, but at any time of the year short stays can be possible if they fill holes or otherwise fit well with the calendar. It's best to send a request and we will let you know.
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Car: Not Necessary
Fine dining, Cafes, Antiques, Galleries, Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou, Other Museums, Place des Vosges, Hotel de Ville, Open Air Markets, Marais Street Life, La Seine
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Joelle is French, and a professor of French literature. Chris is American, but has spent most of his adult life here in France. We like to make this apartment available to travelers, like ourselves, who wish to immerse themselves in the local culture and would not have it be changed to suit them. And we want to make it the way we'd like to find an apartment in another city -- beautiful, clean, with a very good bed, and outfitted with everything one might need. Voila!
Why the Owner Chose Paris Arrondissement 3:
This will be our 'pied-a-terre' when we move from Paris. It is a wonderful little island of calm in the center of the city -- and our favorite neighborhood. We love the old world stone and beams -- the way a Paris apartment should be -- and the garden outside the windows makes you feel as though you could be in the countryside.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Having the center of Paris at your doorstep! And the Marais and our neighborhood, in particular. It is like a little village in the heart of Paris. Plus, the apartment is truly quiet -- a haven of peace in the middle of the big city.
French window and French doors opening onto garden courtyard.
Antique hand-carved bed, with new high quality mattress, 100% cotton sheets
View from the kitchen to front door, windows, French doors.
Modern appliances, plenty of space for cooking wonderful meals.
Large bathtub w/hand shower wand, and separate luxurious overhead shower
Rare 17th c. 'colombage' in the courtyard -- the way all of Paris once looked!
Just around the corner from the apartment...
The splendid Picasso Museum, just steps away
3 minutes walk from the apt! Ask me about accessing the secret gardens here.
In the window of the same boulangerie on another day.
Organic bread stand, Marche des Enfants Rouges.
The convivial Cafe Charlot. There are many other cafes on the same street.
The ideal Paris vacation apartment.
17th century stone walls and oak beams characteristic of the Marais
The charming, well-equipped kitchen
Elegant, modern bath
View from courtyard toward apartment door (open) and windows.
The Rue Charlot, a narrow street in the Marais full of interesting shops
A few doors down, the oldest open air market in Paris! A real treat.
Romantic! This famous fountain is less than ten minutes walk from the apartment.
Your local boulangerie -- so good, there's sometimes a line out the door.
Inside the fabulous cheese shop, right on the corner. One of the best in Paris.
Lunch inside the Marche des Enfants Rouges, a vibrant spot!
One of 17 (yes, 17!) gardens within a few 100m of the apt. Several are secret!
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This listing was first published here in 2004.
Date last modified - Thursday, January 29, 2015
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