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Romantic 1 Bedrm Apartment on Cobbled Mews

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round table in main room seats 4 or 6


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom (Sleeps max 5)

A renovated, bright, comfortably furnished one bedroom apartment (two rooms measuring 33 square meters = a one-bedroom of 110 square feet), up one flight of stairs on a cobbled courtyard in the Butte Aux Cailles (a neighborhood of little buildings backing on place d'Italie, a major hub for public transport).

- four double-glazed south-facing windows, sunshine and trees
- entire bright apartment was renovated August 2009
- new white oak parquet floors, tasteful antique furnishings
- ideal for couple or one person for long stays
- for a family on a shorter stay, sleeps maximum 5 : 160 cm bed (for 2 persons, larger than a US queen), and two sleeping couches (2 x 1 person), plus a fold out child's cot
- small open kitchen with double stove top, fridge, microwave, coffee press, electric kettle, all utensils and tableware, tea coffee salt sugar in stock,
- linens and towels, hairdryer,
- washer /dryer, iron, ironing board,
- a beige-stone walk-in shower room, and a separate toilet room
- cable television, broadband internet (wifi - wireless internet)
- DVD player, CD player and quality speakers,
- Comfortable oil-filled electric radiators in winter, excellent insulation for keeping warm, soundproof windows, air conditioning in summer,
- Excellent transport links, bike storage in courtyard, bike rental at the corner, and car rental nearby.

Rates include rent, charges, utilities including internet, taxes.

By a link below, you can see a Boston Globe travel article (July 2010) describing one renter's stay in this apartment with some remarks and even photos (via a link) about the neighborhood.

About the Butte Aux Cailles:

One of Paris’ largest open-air markets (on Blvd Auguste Blanqui), many shops, restaurants/bars, cinemas, bookstores, a good bakery, the public square with an unusual spring-water public swimming pool, and a few art galleries. The Butte Aux Cailles is Paris for Parisians, comparable to any urban 'up an coming' area.

The cover article of a French news magazine Le Point (February 2011, see link) called it new Latin Quarter, but it is tiny and off the beat of tourists. A large Chinatown an all of old and new Paris is nearby. Reading the links, map, 'unique benefits' and reviews below may help you choose this neighborhood.

Keywords: Sunny One Bedroom Apartment
Suitability: Best for young singles and couples (due to cobblestones, uneven stairs, city feel); best for people who know Paris' main sites already (a lively French neighborhood without much tourism); can work for families with teens and kids.
Noise level: this is a city apartment in a residential building: street and pedestrian noise is attenuated by modern windows when closed; while can hear the occasional passing of a neighbor in the stairwell (4 apartments share it), otherwise, very little if any can be heard from other apartments.


Member since: 2009

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 33 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome:

    not child proof. The courtyard allows space for playing. There is a potty, and extra child fold out cot available....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    due to cobbled courtyard and stairs, this apartment is not suited to anyone with difficulties walking...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    the main bed is 160 cm wide -- wider than a US queen ...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed

    in main room are 2 single beds + for a kid: 1 convertible...moreless

  • Queen size Bed (1): 160 x 200 cm bed with a new spring mattress and down pillows. The apartment most comfortably suits a couple. But there are also 2 Sleep Sofas (single full depth matttresses of 90 x 200 cm) and a fold out cot (80 cm wide, best for a child over age 4) in the main room: so, a family could sleep 5 in this apartment....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • a beautiful stone walk-in shower room is completely separate from the toilet room. Both rooms have sinks....moreless

Other Amenities

  • bike parking in private courtyard.


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    some jazz and French chansons...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    with quality speakers...moreless

  • Television


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    This apartment is in an URBAN setting, in the Butte Aux Cailles neighborhood near Place d'Italie....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    comfortably seats four, and there are 2 extra chairs....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    in summer months only...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    in unit...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

    optional, on request (not included)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    in unit...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker:

    a coffee press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils


  • Deck / Patio:

    courtyard area is shared with neighbors...moreless

Building Type

  • Building


Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring to Fall
Apr 1 - Oct 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$744 $1,969
Oct 31 - Mar 31, 2018
5 night min stay
$722 $1,860
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$722 $1,969
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $218.83


Longer term stay (3+ months) at reduced rate; please contact owner.

Rates include utilities, charges and taxes.

Min 5 night stay. Usually the turnover day is usually Saturday; I will try to make exceptions.

A calendar month is the basis for a monthly rate.

Refund for cancellation if apartment re-rents.

Usual entry time: 3 p.m. Usual departure time: 10 a.m.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Maison-Blanche, Paris, France
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Montparnasse, Austerlitz
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
A4, A6, A3, Peripherique
Maison-Blanche, Paris, France
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Not Necessary

typical Parisian cafes, concerts, nightlife, open air market, and children's playground nearby. Great public transport links to Paris sights, plus car access to out of town sights e.g. 35 minutes to Versailles or Disneyland with rental car services right at place d'Italie.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: A New Yorker who migrated some 17 years ago to Paris, I share many people's love for this city. Hemingway's 'movable feast' Paris is very welcoming for those with an appetite for simple pleasures, e.g. croissants, old stones, and humor.

Why the Owner Chose Maison-Blanche, Paris, France:
Lovestruck by the courtyard on a sunny day, I bought this property to live in it at some point. The neighborhood's an important draw from my point of view: it is authentic, a Paris for Parisians, with good bakeries, great restaurants of all kinds, and a lot of artists, families, thirty something professionals, and handy shops. Because I myself try to avoid hotels when traveling, I sympathize with people to whom I rent this apartment -- and I hope that those who choose to come will feel at home, and see this apartment as both charming and a good value. I realize it is a bit off the beaten track, but I think it offers something extra because of that.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Convenience; authenticity; history; streetlife; novelty; comfort and value. This apartment is a very good base for Paris exploration especially if you want an authentic neighborhood: while close to the center with excellent transportation links, the Butte aux Cailles feels far apart--it has local charm and history (formerly working-class neighborhood; the buildings are mixed, small large old new). Workers from the Gobelins factory themselves built this apartment's building around 1850, for their families. The courtyard used to be a street. I'm told that Victor Hugo had a mistress (a dancer) in one of the apartments on my stairwell-- if you can believe that. (Note that my mews generally has a run down look -- very urban, only very slowly being renovated by residents in the cooperative; stairs are uneven as if they date from 1860.) Residents of the Butte took part in the Commune uprising. And until as late as 1970, there were some twelve factories in the area, making everything from bras to surgical tools. Today, the winding streets, kitchen gardens and many of the families remain and the area attracts young professionals to live: there is a lot of urban street life (cafes, restaurants, and bars) day and night, including excellent restaurants, French and ethnic. The convenience of the location also merits mention, for those who walk, use metros/buses or bikes, or for those who might want to leave town by car (30 minutes to get to Disney or Versailles; a rental car is available at Place d'Italie). For those interested in Paris' continuing and newest developments, Chinatown (and all its restaurants), the new National Library (GBN), the Parc de Bercy (with its Frank Gehry building) are within 10-30 minutes walking distance.

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Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • round table in main room seats 4 or 6

    round table in main room seats 4 or 6

  • couch-day beds in main room for guests

    couch-day beds in main room for guests

  • walk-in stone shower

    walk-in stone shower

  • separate toilet

    separate toilet

  • one flight of stairs up from courtyard

    one flight of stairs up from courtyard

  • another view of the main room

    another view of the main room

  • main bed in bedroom (with shower room behind sliding door)

    main bed in bedroom (with shower room behind sliding door)

  • shower room

    shower room

  • neat corner kitchen

    neat corner kitchen

  • at far end of cobbled courtyard

    at far end of cobbled courtyard

  • the bedroom

    the bedroom

VRBO #273521

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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