REASONABLE - SAFE - FUN & ADVENTURE
BICYCLE & WALKER'S PARADISE
Enjoy French country village life and the excitement of Paris at the same time! The historically classed village of Carrières sur Seine is a bicycler and walker's paradise. It was a favorite of the impressionists who painted its little winding streets with quarry stone houses built up along the Seine. You can live in a village house as the only American in town and yet be only 20 minutes by public transportation from the Champs Elysées and 30 minutes from the Latin Quarter. And if you want to visit Versailles, Giverny, and destinations west, staying in Carrieres means you are already on your way!
In Carrières, you can walk everywhere. Shop in the open air town market, and be known by the boulangère. Spend time in the little jewel of a Parc across the street, designed by Le Nôtre, gardener to King Louis XIV. Walk the lovely miles along the Seine on a pedestrian path past the old lavoir (now an art gallery). Or head to the café by the river and watch the local folks playing boules.
Our little, one bedroom apartment is on the ground-floor of a three-story house in the center of the old village, two steps from a beautiful park on the Seine. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, tile floors, and functional IKEA style furniture. There is a double bed in the bedroom and a pullout couch in the living room. A washer and dryer are available in the cave with plenty of storage space for suitcases.
We have adored living in Carrières and have kept it a special secret. We’d be glad to share our special place with travelers who are bound to appreciate it the way our family has. We have left lots of information in the apartment about how to enjoy the area. We accept payment in dollars, which we hope will reduce your expenses while giving you an unforgettable trip to Paris.
You will find enclosed some attachments of photos of Carrières and of our apartment. If you are interested in a vacation rental, please return this e-mail with your projected dates of stay. We will return information about rates and rental conditions along with a full set of pictures of the apartment and the neighborhood.
Roger and Andrea
When one opens the door to the apartment, he/she is greeted with a musty smell. Then you realize the reason there were no interior pictures of the apartment. A high tuition lesson can be learned here. Never! Never rent a place without seeing interior pictures. The Ikea type furniture as mentioned in the description of the apartment is for the most part broken down cheep uncomfortable furniture. To further add to our discomfort; the apartment was filthy. Cob webs, mouse droppings, slugs, rat poison that had been chewed at and tumble weed type dust under the bed accompanied by a previous renter`s sock were all discovered while we cleaned the apartment. The floors, the walls, the windows the bathroom were all in need of a thorough washing. We could leave our initials on any and every part of the apartment.
The vent to the dryer vented inside the building adding to the humidity of the basement apartment. At any given time, you could discern the smell of sewerage. We bought air freshners to mask the smell and went through 3 bottles of spray disinfectant.
We had rented the apartment for a month and could not afford to just give up the rent. We did get hotels for 8 of the days we spent in France in order to make the best of a poor situation.
VRBO should not allow such a sub standard apartment on their listings.
Roger and Andrea's apartment is perfect for anyone wanting to visit both Paris and the surrounding villages. There's free street parking within a five minute walk of the apartment and, when going to Paris by train, there's very cheap parking in lots next the station at only 3.30 euro for the whole day. If you get there and all the spaces are taken you'll only need to wait a few minutes before someone arrives to drive away and leave you their space. The train station is only a five minute drive from the apartment and the train ride to Paris is less than twenty minutes. By car, the great sites around Paris can be reached in under two hours. Most of them are half an hour to an hour and a half away.We visited Versailles, Fontainbleau, Giverny, Vaux-le-Vicompte, St. Germian-en-Laye, Chartre, Chantilly, Compiegne, Senlis, and Pierrefonds. We even made it up to the resort towns of Trouville and Deauville on the Normandy coast in just two hours. We interspersed these trips with day trips into Paris. The apartment itself is very cute, clean, and fully equipped and Roger was very helpful and promptly replied to my email messages when I had questions. We stayed for three weeks in July 2012 and my wife and I are very happy that we chose this apartment and highly recommend it.
My wife and I stayed here for a week in October 2008. It was lovely and comes with the highest recommendation. The community is quiet, yet has all necessary amenities. The location is an ideal place from which to explore Paris, yet be able to enjoy quiet at the end of the day. If you are staying in Paris, please consider staying in this apartment.
A very, nice fully furnished apartment with a well furnished kitchen and large shower. Washer and dryer add an improtant touch. Comfy double bed. Easy transportation to and from Paris (bus,RER). Info packet from owner can't be beat. Very quick, complete responses from owner throughout rental process. Would stay here again. Very affordable. Would
We just returned from a lovely stay in Carrieres-sur-Seine. Roger and Andrea's apartment was great. Perfectly situated just outside Paris. Charming and nicely appointed. Spotless clean when we arrived. We loved the excellent bus service to the RER train station and could go from the living room of the apartment to central Paris in 35 minutes! Which we did every day! The town is gorgeous, great for walking. The people were friendly and helpful. The market and nearby supermarket were within walking distance. The neighborhood is also amazingly quiet! It was a heavenly week - we only wish we could have stayed longer!
September is a great time to visit Carriers-sur-
siene! The location was perfect.....especially for the
price. Everything was in great working order and
the apartment was very clean and neat on our
arrival. We rented a car and had no problem
parking every day. We either took the car to the
RER to go in to Paris or went on day trips. Because
of the great location we had a head start on our day
trips to Giverny, Versailles, and Rouen. Very quaint
town with very friendly and helpful people!