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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,075 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This is my second home. It is more a home than a rental. I take great pride in decorating it with warmth and luxury.

As you look for an apartment rental, consider the size. 1075 sq. ft. is large. Which floor is the apartment on- the higher the better. We are on a high floor. You do not want to be on the lower floors because of the street noise and security. Is the apartment secure? We have two coded secure doors and a concierge. And you want to have an elevator. We have one.

I chose this apartment for its location. It is only steps to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance where there are pony rides, a super children's playground, a world famous puppet theater, tennis and basketball courts, a jogging track, 'petanque' players, chess matches , a huge fountain and a carousel. It feels like home, not a rental, because it is my home four times a year when I'm in Paris.

If you have young kids this location next to the Gardens is a must. They will discover the Gardens just as my kids did -- feeding the ducks and fish in the fountain with a fresh 'baguette', sailing a boat, riding the carousel and spearing rings, swinging on the ropes in the playground, watching a world-renown puppet show and riding the ponies.

We are close to Gertrude Stein's former apartment , where many artists of the "Lost Generation" gathered. Picture Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Fitzgerald and Hemingway having an aperitif at Gertrude's home before they stroll to the nearby Montparnasse brasseries. You can't beat the location.

This two bedroom, two bath, two balcony, spacious luxury apartment is in Paris' most desirable quarter known for its peaceful central location. You will enjoy quiet night's sleep in the cozy rear of the building. There is no noise coming from our narrow street. Two coded security doors to the apartment and a live-in concierge insure safety. A brief walk takes you to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance, world-reknown gourmet restaurants (Coupole, Dome, Closerie de Lilas, Helene Darroze), the Luxembourg Museum, Latin Quarter cafés, Montparnasse, St. Sulplice Church, the Odeon theater, the Raspail open air market, gourmet food and high fashion shopping at Bon Marche, the Alliance Francaise, Poilaine (best bakery in Paris), theaters, the Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Boulevard St. Germain, movies and other monuments. Our scenic street set the stage for a recent French 1920's period movie titled 'Les Faux Monnayeurs'.

Joe, our English speaking local manager, meets and greets visitors with a smile, helps orient you and can coordinate various services including baby sitting, cleaning and food delivery.

The neighborhood is extremely safe because we are near the French Senate where security is ever present.

Everything you need from green grocers, pharmacies, bakeries, chocolate, gelato and pastry shops, cafes, tabacs, hairdressers, a late night grocery store, movies and theater are all within a few minutes walk.

Three metro stops, five bus lines and a taxi station are close to the apartment. The location affords easy access to the entire city and its monuments.

The 'beaux-arts' building was built in 1900 with high ceilings and elaborate wall/ceiling moldings. The high floor apartment with an elevator is a spacious 1075 square feet and has two balconies.

Why do I say 'luxury'? The decorator designed apartment is furnished with expensive antique furniture, oriental carpets, fine bone China, original oil paintings and Japanese woodblock prints. An artist painted a mural in the WC. In 2010-11 I completely remodeled two bathrooms and installed a Japanese washing toilet. The drapes are custom-made heavy velvet. In the European tradition, one bedroom's walls are covered with blue velvet, ensuring a peaceful sleep.

The apartment is well-appointed with all modern conveniences. The kitchen is new and features the highest quality built-in appliances by Miele and Bosch and a Nespresso coffee machine. We have top-of-the-line cooking utensils, pots, pans, high thread count and Frette sheets, bath sheets, luxurious bathrobes from Bloomingdales, silver candlesticks, 19th century gilded mirrors, an antique mantle clock, board games and lots of reading material for rainy days. Everything is NEW except the antique furniture. The apartment is wired with WiFi and a new MacBook Air connected to a wireless PRINTER, two large flat panel screens, a Bose sound system, free worldwide telephone service (except Africa and South America), and Bluetooth to connect to the music system. There are also two air conditioning units.

So you do not need to bring guidebooks, hairdryers, adapters, computers , an iron, IPhone/Pad chargers, soap, shampoo, conditioner or umbrellas. We have all for your use.

Please be sure to click the "VIDEO" tab to further see the apartment.

You will enjoy your stay. We want you to return.



Keywords: luxury apartment

More Details

Peter de Castro
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Peter de Castro

I first fell in love with Paris when I attended the American University of Paris. Now I am on the board of trustees of AUP and am fortunate to have my own apartment in the 6th. I have had two careers, first as a US diplomat, now as a private banker. I plan soon to work remotely from my apartment. Eventually I intend to retire in Paris and this will be my second home.

Peter de Castro purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Peter de Castro chose Notre-Dame-des-Champs

Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. My grandparents spent many months in at a hotel two blocks from this apartment and I visited them there. Now this is my second home.

The proximity to Luxembourg Gardens was a dream of mine-- to leave my apartment and play tennis in the middle of a park in the center of Paris!

What makes this apartment unique

Access to Luxembourg Gardens, jogging in the park, free tennis courts, organic open air market, central location, restaurants, 'Bon Marche' best shopping, Alliance Francaise, Gertrude Stein's former neighborhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here is another review which a guest family left in the "livre d'or":

Dear Peter

We thank you for while we are in Paris and before we return home to California.The lovely chatter of children going to and from school each day, the view of the blue sky every afternoon, the breeze that cooled the apartment in the evenings, the restful quiet of the nights, the elevator, refrigerator, and washing machine, the patisserie, epicerie biologic-- all these splendors of the apartment and "les environs" made our stay at 8 rue Huysmans more than memorable. Oh! and we loved the buses ! While we saw and experienced so much of Paris in general, we will henceforth think of th is little "quartier" as our home.

PS We never watched TV no time!
Sep 2010
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Notre-Dame-des-Champs Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1075 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Refund policy. If I can rebook, you will receive a refund for nights I rebook.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large vanity and sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small sink with mirror, the toilet is in a separate room-WC
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin beds can be combined for a king
    Convertible bed(s) - convertible in the living room - great for kids
  • King size beds (1) top quality, firm mattress with feather cushion, 2 square meters, Twin or Single Beds (2) feather cushions, Baby Cribs (1) available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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average rating of 4.986755 based on 153 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Fabulous apartment in beautiful Paris! Our family of 5 lived comfortably during our stay. The apartment couldn't be located any better. It's on a quiet street, minutes walk to attractions, groceries, restaurants, bus and metro. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you.
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We loved this beautiful and convenient apartment!

  • 5 of 5

All the amenities and recommendation from airport shuttles to neighborhood restaurant recommendations made our stay wonderful. There was internet access, FREE phone service to the US, fully furnished kitchen, washer and dryer. Air conditioning in the bedrooms. Great breeze through the windows in the other rooms, quiet street, We had a wonderful time visiting all the sights of Paris and Versailles. Our Son came home engaged to the lovely Molly. We have already recommended this apartment to our friends. Fantastic Vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming & Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is exactly as the pictures present it. Gorgeously decorated, large (by Paris standards) and comfortable. Very clean, linens were very good, has all the needed ameneties. Excellent location. Metro near by takes you everywhere. The building itself is very well taken care of. It is safe. We had our two boys (7&9) with us and our sitter and we had no problem leaving them for evenings out. We definitely recommend this place if you want a true Parisian living experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a wonderful pied-a-terre!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this perfectly appointed, spacious apartment. It is situated on a small, quiet avenue with conveniences and sights close by. We enjoyed short walks to shopping, neighborhood restaurants and the incomparable Luxembourg Gardens. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone looking for a Paris home away from home for families, couples or a nice group of friends. Thank you Peter and Joe for ensuring our stay was a pleasant one!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for a family of four

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the apartment was perfect. We recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like they are living in Paris, not just visiting. The decor is beautiful, the kitchen and baths are modern and easy to use, and the living areas are charming and homey. We had the most wonderful time. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And thank you. Peter
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Atlanta, GA

Well appointed apartment in a serene, convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment suited our family’s needs perfectly. The owner has taken much care to anticipate the traveler’s every need. Our stay was delightful beginning with excellent communication and instructions upon booking to our departure. We enjoyed staying in a home with kitchen and laundry while having many of the amenities of a fine hotel such as fine linens, luxurious towels, robes, soaps, shampoos, etc. One of the the bathrooms is very small - particularly by American standards. Water pressure was excellent though. We easily walked to most every site we wanted to see. A metro stop is just a short bit away. We enjoyed the neighborhood bakeries, cafes, grocers, wine shop, Raspail market. We were amazed at how peaceful and quiet it was. We appreciated the many guide books, board games, books and DVDs. I will highly recommend this property to friends and family and hope that I will have the opportunity to return myself.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Charles De Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Gare Montparnasse
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
boulevard Raspail open air market
Nearest Point of Interest
pony rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Monop grocery store to midnight
Nearest Point of Interest
la Coupole, le Select, le Dome
Nearest Point of Interest
6 public tennis courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Bon Marche department store
Nearest Point of Interest
Vavin Square
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Sulplice church
Nearest Point of Interest
Gertrude Stein's "salon"
Car: not necessary

Luxembourg Gardens which were built for children is 5 minutes away. There is a large children's playground with pony rides, a famous puppet show and free tennis courts.

We are also 2 minutes from the 'Alliance Francaise' to study French language and culture. 5 minutes walk to the famous nightclub and brasseries in Montparnasse.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

$300 extra for stays less than 7 nights
If you cancel and I can rebook your dates, I will refund your money

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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