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Marais - Unique 'Country Cottage in Heart of Paris' Romantic Garden Apartment

Bedrooms Studio
Space 320 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Apartment, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Le Marais, 3rd arrondissement, Paris, France. On Rue Charlot. Ground floor on garden courtyard. Sleeps two to four. MINIMUM STAY: Generally 5 nights for advanced reservations for high season, and 3 nights for low season. However, we are open to any stay that fits well with the existing calendar. Just ask by SENDING EMAIL -- NOT by requesting to book!!

THE BEST ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN THE MARAIS. That's our goal, and judging by over 150 FIVE STAR 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 high quality. For bedding, there are down and synthetic comforters (your choice), 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. 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.


IMPORTANT NOTE: We have OVER 150 REVIEWS, all positive! After the HomeAway takeover, VRBO erased a large number of our reviews and they refuse to put any back that are more than one year old. We've been renting our apartment for longer than most others in Paris and feel their policy is misleading and unfair. If you'd like to see the other reviews, just let us know.


Keywords: Paris Marais, Vacation Apartment, Garden Apartment, Holiday Flat, Large Studio

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Chris

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!

Chris purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Chris chose Paris Arr. 3 (Marais, Picasso Museum)

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Romy and I just wanted to thank you for your hospitality and professionalism in helping us arrange our holiday and for your recommendations for our stay in Paris. We both loved the apartment and our stay in the Marais. By the time we left we were really starting to feel at home and although our French was pretty average we got by and were made to feel welcome by so many of the local store and cafe staffs. I have recommended your apartment to several friends who are planning a similar trip to ours at the end of the year. I don't think they could find much better. Thanks too for your recommendation for New Years Eve. The restaurant was great and the food was pretty amazing.

Anyway thank you again, Chris, for everything. You are a credit to Paris tourism.
Dec 2013
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Enfants-Rouges Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 320 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • A full bath with a generous full-sized bathtub, and a large deluxe shower fixture. A normal size clothes washing machine and a separate dryer are in a closet. A stack of thick towels, bath mats, and a full sized bar of quality soap are provided. Laundry soap and toilet paper are also provided.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Main bed - 1 double , A high quality mattress, firm but not hard.
    Sofa bed - 1 double , Quality sofa bed of ingenious design. Double, good support.
  • Double Bed: A hand-carved French antique bed, with a brand new mattress set of the highest quality. Width is 140cm. Sleep Sofa: A very comfortable full-sized sofa bed with excellent support. The same size as the main bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Luxurious bathroom with American tub & Deluxe Shower, CD/DVD/MP3 player, Radio, Cordless Phone, Answering Machine, iPhone/iPod compatible Clock Radio, Fans, Refrigerator with Freezer, Oven, Stovetop, Toaster, Coffee Makers, Hand Mixer, Iron & Ironing board, 100% Cotton Linens & Towels, Original Oak beams & Old Stone Floors, Access to Garden Courtyard


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average rating of 4.9846153 based on 177 reviews

Delighted from the minute I stepped into the apartment.

  • 5 of 5

Charming, clean, well-situated with great info provided about the area.

Chris was available if I ever needed him, which I didn't because he left instructions about everything. What I really loved, among the many things I loved, was the attention to detail. Lovely linens, fine soaps, dishes, etc, that matched instead of just whatever happened to be left over slopped together. It was clear that they want their guests to feel special and welcome.

This was my second trip to Paris so I had crossed off my list several of the 'BIG' have-to-see places but I still spent a great deal of time out of the Marais. Don't skip over this area. It is like a haven to come home to after spending time in the other arrondisements. I loved watching families interacting with one another, especially the closeness I witnessed between parents and their young children. I saw many dads alone with their little ones. It touched me so much because I was seeing real Parisians living their real lives, not just Parisians engaged in the tourist industry. I didn't see parents dragging their kids along, talking on their phones, driving (who drives?) through a fast food window and plopping down in front of a screen of some sort. The little ones talked and talked and the parents engaged in return.

Sundays are very busy days in the Marais. It was a great day to wander around the Rue de Rossier (sp) if you want to see diversity at it's best. For one of my FB postings, I sat in a cafe and just took picture after picture of people passing by the door just to show the diversity. I wish I could have just wandered more but I was traveling alone (BTW, the apartment feels very safe even coming home after dark) and get turned around in a heartbeat. People say that somewhat as a cliche but I can use the same Metro day after day and still get turned around when I come up the stairs. Wander if you are able. The Marais is a great place to wander and, like I said, to live among Parisians going about their daily lives.

I don't know about you but when I plan a trip, I do a lot of investigating. When I head out I have my 'picture' together of what my trip is going to look like. When I stepped into the cottage, I felt like I had stepped exactly into that picture. OK, I'm gushing now, but it's all for real!

Thanks for this wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy to hear that you had such a wonderful stay. Thank you for taking the time to leave comments, and especially for mentioned how safe you felt, and how relaxing and welcoming the neighborhood is. You are right: Sunday's are special -- everyone comes out for a stroll, and to visit the many parks, cafes, and shops. I agree; it's a very heartwarming scene, and it's been a constant for many years. All the best to you, Chris
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Well equipped Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here. Very comfortable and ideally placed. A great week.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lisa D.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Marais Garden Apt.. We had everything with the bonus of a tub AND a washer and dryer. The location is perfect for walking to many of the big sights, a few museums along with loads of unique boutiques. It's a short walk to the metro or taxi. The price is right and it fit our family of four with such a cozy French feel as opposed to a hotel. Chris made sure we had everything we needed and was happy to answer questions. There was loads of info for us to read through about area restaurants, etc. He also offered to book us our ride to the airport, basically going above and beyond. Thank you Chris! I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write, and we're thrilled to know that we contributed in some measure to a memorable and trouble-free time in Paris, allowing you to live like a local. That's our goal! Au revoir, which literally means, See you next time! :) Chris
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Mount Pleasant, SC

Charming - like you imagine an apartment in Paris to be.

  • 5 of 5

Not many places we visit live up to the postcard pictures you have in your head. This apartment in Paris is a postcard moment in and of itself. Its very small but I was amazed at how efficiently they have used the space. I have a few ideas I'm going to bring home when we remodel.

Great location, great vibe and just like the pictures appear.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words, and I hope the apartment helped contribute to a very special anniversary for you. On the size, small compared to a house, perhaps, but compared to a typical Parisian hotel room, it's about 2.5 X the size! :) All the best, Chris
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San Francisco, CA. USA

Quiet and quaint

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time in Paris at a wonderful, quiet apartment, in a great neighborhood. Everything you might need is already there and Chris is just a phone call away to answer any questions. We will definitely stay here again and suggest it to any friends traveling to Paris.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Richard! Thanks for mentioning the quiet -- it's something that doesn't show in the photos! We're happy to hear that you had a great time. All the best, Chris
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rome, italy


  • 5 of 5

We loved the location, the actual studio apartment And the neighborhood offerings. Small but sweet and perfectly appointed french studio apartment. We would also love to come back and stay but this time for longer! The host is impeccably organized and available and we foubd the apartment clean and well stocked. Overall AMAZING experience

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle or Orly
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
The Picasso Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Le Marche des Enfants Rouges
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Notre Dame
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The famous Place des Vosges
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The Pompidou Center
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Rue Bretagne
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Square du Temple
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Hotel de Ville
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Musee Cognac Jay
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Musee Carnavalet
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Rue des Francs Bourgeois
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Rue des Rosiers
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Rue Vielle du Temple
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Cloitre des Billetes
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Quartier du Carreau du Temple
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Museum of Hunting and Nature
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Musee des Arts et Metiers
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Maison de Nicolas Flamel
Nearest Point of Interest
Cirque d'Hiver
Nearest Point of Interest
The Bakery -- La Fougasse
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Since we have visitors from all over the world using different payment methods, we ask that everyone pay whatever fees are associated with getting payment to us. We feel this is the most fair since fees vary widely, from zero for Europeans to quite high for those who insist on using old fashioned wires. Alternatively, we could raise our rates to cover the average fees, but this would not be fair to those who do not have to pay them. For many, currently PayPal is the most rapid and reasonable in terms of fees, and therefore our default choice. If you have a better method, just let us know!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.