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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 2 - 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
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

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 Enfants-Rouges

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 4.987013 based on 189 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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Wonderful, perfectly located, beautiful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage was a highlight to the end of a mother/daughter trip to France. The cottage is beautifully decorated and perfectly located in the heart of a fun area of Paris. Chris thought of everything when planning, organizing, and setting up his property for travelers looking for a unique and comfortable experience. There are many books allowing for one to research daily activities, nice cookware which allows one to enjoy the goods bought at the market, and comfortable beds and furniture to provide a nice retreat from the bustling city. We were very grateful to our host for how extremely accommodating and willing to help he was with any of our questions, including recommending restaurants and setting up our taxi to the airport. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it! We look forward to returning here on a future visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property! Cozy and quiet, yet in the middle of a great neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

So much fun in a really beautiful setting. We will definitely be back! The owner thought of everything we might need plus a few extra thoughtful things. Loved the flowers, a very nice touch!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location! Design, Design, Design!!

  • 5 of 5

Great pied a terre, wonderfully designed. Fabulous location - collect foodstuffs at Marche Bastille and Marche Infant Rouges in the morning, cook up a work of art in the evening. If you don’t feel like cooking hit the bistros. There are at least a half dozen within walking distance deserving of one star. The Book tells you everything you need to know. Had some noise issues and some dryer problems but there’s a laundry across the street. Met me some pretty local Parisians drying their delicate underthings. If I was single and 20 years younger. Sigh ...

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the apartment and the location. On the dryer, the maid has confirmed that after 15 years it has given up the ghost! Apparently, it turns but no longer gets hot. A new one is already on order. On the noise you had the one night, as I mentioned in my email it's terribly rare that there is a dinner party in the building. In 15 years, there have been a total of three that I know of, counting this one! Most of the inhabitants are older, so it's usually dead quiet. Also it's worth knowing that Parisians, with a long history of living in close proximity to one another, are generally very polite about limiting noise. In these old buildings, it's easy to make too much and not be aware of it. A neighborly knock on the door or a phone call, and they will apologize and react. As indicated in our instructions, we would have been more than happy to make that call for you! In any event, sorry you had that happen the one evening, but I hope that you were able to enjoy the normal quiet for all the other nights.
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Wonderful apartment in Paris!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the apartment in the Marais. Apartment was clean, comfortable and well equipped. Lots of Parisianne character. We appreciated that is was on the ground floor and very quiet. Chris was very helpful and attentive - answered any questions promptly both before arrival and during our stay. The Marais area is filled with great restaurants, shops and lovely parks. We would highly recommend the apartment to all our friends and family and would definitely book again when we return to Paris. Thanks, Chris, for a memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A marvelous apartment in the heart of Paris.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Chris’s lovely apartment for seven nights from August 31 thru September 7, 2017. The apartment itself was very nice with a really comfortable bed, a beautiful bathroom, well-appointed kitchen and overall just exactly what we were looking for. Chris thought of everything a traveler might need and provided this for our use. The apartment location was perfect. It is in a safe neighborhood, convenient to great shopping, many restaurants / cafes, close to a metro stop, bus stop and easy to get a cab as well. It was quiet at night and we felt very safe (gated entry). Chris was wonderful to work with. He was extremely communicative leading up to our stay and made it very easy for us to quickly acquaint ourselves to the neighborhood upon arrival. He also made recommendations for places to visit in the neighborhood, which was awesome. The flowers waiting for us at the market down the street was a lovely welcoming gesture. Overall we would highly recommend this rental to anyone visiting Paris and we will likely try to stay there again on our next trip to Paris.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 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
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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
Nearest Point of Interest
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.