About the property
- Apartment320 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
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
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- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
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.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Property immaculate, and every possible comfort most thoughtfully provided. Ideal position.
Thank you so much for a wonderful, hospitable stay. We loved everything about it.
You're welcome! We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed it.
A la prochaine!
Another happy family!
Adding to the chorus of so many who have experienced Chris’s hospitality. He is an amazingly available (even when he’s offsite!) host, with helpful advice—he compiled a thorough guide to Paris & his home, which we used several times. The property caretaker, Sveta, was prompt and very helpful to settling us in. Really, our family of four had the best time. The neighborhood, the apartment ... even the weather! Thx so much, Chris.
Thank you, Stephanie, for taking the time to leave comments. I'm glad that I was able to help make your stay a special one. You put a lot into planning such a trip, so it's only right that I do my part!
All the best,
Perfect location, great place, great price
This apartment was perfect for our 15-year anniversary trip to Paris. Extremely well located and surrounded by outstanding restaurants, cafes, and bakeries in the northern Marais. What a great place. The owner was very helpful and everything from booking to check out was seamless. He even recommended an outstanding restaurant for us.
Wonderful, perfectly located, beautiful cottage!
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!
Beautiful property! Cozy and quiet, yet in the middle of a great neighborhood
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!
Location, Location, Location! Design, Design, Design!!
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 ...
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.
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
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!