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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,075 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This is my second home. It is more a home than a rental. I take great pride in decorating it with warmth and luxury.

As you look for an apartment rental, consider the size. 1075 sq. ft. is large. Which floor is the apartment on- the higher the better. We are on the fifth floor, US. You do not want to be on the lower floors because of the street noise and security. Is the apartment secure? We have two coded secure doors and a concierge. And you want to have an elevator. We have one.

I chose this apartment for its location. It is only steps to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance where there are pony rides, a super children's playground, a world famous puppet theater, tennis and basketball courts, a jogging track, 'petanque' players, chess matches , a huge fountain and a carousel. It feels like home, not a rental, because it is my home four times a year when I'm in Paris.

If you have young kids this location next to the Gardens is a must. They will discover the Gardens just as my kids did -- feeding the ducks and fish in the fountain with a fresh 'baguette', sailing a boat, riding the carousel and spearing rings, swinging on the ropes in the playground, watching a world-renown puppet show and riding the ponies.

We are a block from Gertrude Stein's former apartment on 27 rue de Fleurus. Picture Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Hemingway and other artists just around the corner having an aperitif before they stroll to the Montparnasse brasseries. You can't beat the location.

This two bedroom, two bath, two balcony, spacious luxury apartment is in Paris' most desirable quarter known for its peaceful central location. You will enjoy quiet night's sleep in the cozy rear of the building. There is no noise coming from our narrow one-way street. Two coded security doors to the apartment and a live-in concierge insure safety. A brief walk takes you to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance, world-reknown gourmet restaurants (Coupole, Dome, Closerie de Lilas, Helene Darroze), the Luxembourg Museum, Latin Quarter cafés, Montparnasse, St. Sulplice Church, the Odeon theater, the Raspail open air market, gourmet food and high fashion shopping at Bon Marche, the Alliance Francaise, Poilaine (best bakery in Paris), theaters, the Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Boulevard St. Germain, movies and other monuments. Our scenic street set the stage for a recent French 1920's period movie titled 'Les Faux Monnayeurs'.

Joe, our English speaking local manager, meets and greets visitors with a smile, helps orient you and can coordinate various services including baby sitting, cleaning and food delivery.

The neighborhood is extremely safe because we are near the French Senate where security is ever present.

Everything you need from green grocers, pharmacies, bakeries, chocolate, gelato and pastry shops, cafes, tabacs, hairdressers, a late night grocery store, movies and theater are all within a few minutes walk.

Three metro stops, five bus lines and a taxi station are close to the apartment. The location affords easy access to the entire city and its monuments.

The 'beaux-arts' building was built in 1900 with high ceilings and elaborate wall/ceiling moldings. The fifth floor apartment with an elevator is a spacious 1075 square feet and has two balconies.

Why do I say 'luxury'? The decorator designed apartment is furnished with expensive antique furniture, oriental carpets, fine bone China, original oil paintings and Japanese woodblock prints. An artist painted a mural in the WC. In 2010-11 I completely remodeled two bathrooms and installed a Japanese washing toilet. The drapes are custom-made heavy velvet. In the European tradition, one bedroom's walls are covered with blue velvet, ensuring a peaceful sleep.

The apartment is well-appointed with all modern conveniences. The kitchen is new and features the highest quality built-in appliances by Miele and Bosch and a Nespresso coffee machine. We have top-of-the-line cooking utensils, pots, pans, high thread count and Frette sheets, bath sheets, luxurious bathrobes from Bloomingdales, silver candlesticks, 19th century gilded mirrors, an antique mantle clock, board games and lots of reading material for rainy days. Everything is NEW except the antique furniture. The apartment is wired with WiFi and a new MacBook Air connected to a wireless PRINTER, two large flat panel screens, a Bose sound system, free worldwide telephone service (except Africa and South America), and Bluetooth to connect to the music system. There are also two air conditioning units.

We also provide a GPS navigator to help you around the city and countryside should you travel.

So you do not need to bring guidebooks, hairdryers, adapters, computers , an iron, IPhone/Pad chargers or umbrellas. We have all for your use.

Please be sure to click the "VIDEO" tab to further see the apartment.

You will enjoy your stay. We want you to return.



Keywords: luxury apartment

More Details

Peter de Castro
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Peter de Castro

I first fell in love with Paris when I attended the American University in Paris. Now I am on the board of trustees of AUP and am fortunate to have my own apartment in the 6th. I have had two careers, first as a US diplomat, now as a private banker. I plan soon to work remotely from my apartment. Eventually I intend to retire in Paris and this will be my second home.

Peter de Castro purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Peter de Castro chose Notre-Dame-des-Champs

Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. My grandparents spent many months in at a hotel two blocks from this apartment and I visited them there. Now this is my second home.

The proximity to Luxembourg Gardens was a dream of mine-- to leave my apartment and play tennis in the middle of a park in the center of Paris!

What makes this apartment unique

Access to Luxembourg Gardens, jogging in the park, free tennis courts, organic open air market, central location, restaurants, 'Bon Marche' best shopping, Alliance Francaise, Gertrude Stein's former neighborhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here is another review which a guest family left in the "livre d'or":

Dear Peter

We thank you for while we are in Paris and before we return home to California.The lovely chatter of children going to and from school each day, the view of the blue sky every afternoon, the breeze that cooled the apartment in the evenings, the restful quiet of the nights, the elevator, refrigerator, and washing machine, the patisserie, epicerie biologic-- all these splendors of the apartment and "les environs" made our stay at 8 rue Huysmans more than memorable. Oh! and we loved the buses ! While we saw and experienced so much of Paris in general, we will henceforth think of th is little "quartier" as our home.

PS We never watched TV no time!
Sep 2010
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Notre-Dame-des-Champs Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1075 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Refund policy. If I can rebook, you will receive a refund for nights I rebook.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large vanity and sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small sink with mirror, the toilet is in a separate room-WC
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin beds can be combined for a king
    Convertible bed(s) - convertible in the living room - great for kids
  • King size beds (1) top quality, firm mattress with feather cushion, 2 square meters, Twin or Single Beds (2) feather cushions, Baby Cribs (1) available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.9863014 based on 148 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Fabulous apartment in beautiful Paris! Our family of 5 lived comfortably during our stay. The apartment couldn't be located any better. It's on a quiet street, minutes walk to attractions, groceries, restaurants, bus and metro. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you.
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Perfext trip

  • 5 of 5

Host was really wonderful, our family had a perfect trip and we hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well maintained, very comfortable apartment.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for 9 nights and found the apartment to be great for the two of us. We could have easily and comfortably also accommodated our 24 and 26 yr old daughters or another couple. Great layout of space nicely separated the bedrooms from the common area and the living room, dining room combination worked well to not feel cramped. Peter has also thought of every little detail, there is nothing we needed that wasn’t there and were able to cook dinners and relax at home several nights after long days of walking around Paris. Finally, location is outstanding in the nicest district of Paris. Thanks Peter for being a wonderful host!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We enjoyed the lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Located at the heart of Paris, this tastefully decorated apartment can hold more than 4 people but is absolutely comfortable for two couples. The place is nice and neat with hard floor covers by many pieces of beautiful carpets. The owner has thought of every little detail that helps staying in the apartment enjoyable. kitchen contains more than sufficient amount of pots and pans and dishes, glasses, etc. The dining room contains even more formal dishes and glasses, which often are not even needed unless you have a formal guests.

we have rented apartments in the heart of Paris before. While we enjoyed them all, this apartment is now on the top of our list as we loved this place. It made our Paris visit more enjoyable than in the past.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Parisian Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of four had a wonderful stay at this tastefully modernized, completely outfitted apartment. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood there is a Metro stop two minutes from the door of the building and major shopping areas ten minutes away either by walking or by Metro. The endlessly pleasant Luxembourg Gardens are a ten minute walk in another direction, with bakeries, bistros, and small food stores along the way.

The apartment itself was a peaceful place for all four of us. The bathrooms were modern, the kitchen was completely outfitted with dishwasher, washing machine AND dryer, full refrigerator and freezer, the dining room has a large table that we used and enjoyed, all of the beds were comfortable with good linens and bedding. And everything that we needed--from fresh soaps in every soap dish to basic condiments in the kitchen, electrical adapters and converters, guides and books about Paris and environs, even tennis rackets and balls for the courts in the Luxembourg Gardens--was provided by the owner. For five days we had the chance to experience the texture of living in Paris. This is a gem. Many, many thanks for a foot on earth in Paris.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do our best to take good care of our visitors.
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  • 5 of 5

Nice house, nice place

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Charles De Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Gare Montparnasse
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
boulevard Raspail open air market
Nearest Point of Interest
pony rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Monop grocery store to midnight
Nearest Point of Interest
la Coupole, le Select, le Dome
Nearest Point of Interest
6 public tennis courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Bon Marche department store
Nearest Point of Interest
Vavin Square
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Sulplice church
Nearest Point of Interest
Gertrude Stein's "salon"
Car: not necessary

Luxembourg Gardens which were built for children is 5 minutes away. There is a large children's playground with pony rides, a famous puppet show and free tennis courts.

We are also 2 minutes from the 'Alliance Francaise' to study French language and culture. 5 minutes walk to the famous nightclub and brasseries in Montparnasse.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

$300 extra for stays less than 7 nights
If you cancel and I can rebook your dates, I will refund your money

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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