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Chris

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french

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

56 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Enfants-Rouges Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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

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RARE APRIL 2016 CANCELLATION! APRIL 4-20 NOW AVAILABLE. These dates are always reserved a year in advance!

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Le Marais, 3rd arrondissement, Paris, France. On Rue Charlot. Ground floor on garden courtyard. Sleeps two to four.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: We have OVER 140 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.

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THE BEST ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY IN THE MARAIS. That's our goal, and judging by over 140 POSITIVE 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 new and of the highest quality. For bedding, there are down and synthetic comforters, 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. Please just fill out the VRBO form. 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.

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Chris (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french

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 3rd Arrondissement Le Marais

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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Marais - Unique 'Country Cottage in Heart of Paris' Romantic Garden Apartment
average rating of 4.982143 based on 168 reviews
Canberra, Australia
4

Marais: Cottage in Paris

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at the Marais: Cottage in Paris in July 2016 was really lovely.

The cottage met our needs very well and while we did not do any cooking everything was there if you want to self cater.

I was with my sister and we used the sofa bed for our 6 night stay and I found it very comfortable. While I think it would be a little cramped for 4 adults it is perfect for a couple.

Returning to the Cottage each evening gave us a much needed escape from the busy streets and the heat of a Paris summer. Tucked away as it is, the apartment is peaceful and with the beautiful outlook onto the courtyard the sense of a tranquil retreat is lovely.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio
5

Lovely

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was just as described and pictured. We were met at a nearby cafe and taken to the apartment. It was clean, well-stocked with linens, kitchen items, and bath things. The bed was very comfortable and the sofa bed was very easy to use. Neighborhood is charming and we hit several of the cafes for dinner and drinks. Very nice!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. It's very helpful! Here's to your next Paris escape! :) All the best, Chris
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5

charming character apartment

  • 5 of 5

This little gem of an apartment is perfectly located for all Parisian excursions local or otherwise. It is only blocks from great museums, restaurants and cafes. The apartment is outfitted with everything you'd need for a comfortable stay while vacationing in Paris, especially the great bed, kitchen and well stocked travel library. It has so much unique character and It offers privacy and quiet, comfort and security which is welcome after a full day of city life. Chris cares that his guests are happy and comfortable and he is genuine in wanting to make your stay the best. I consider ourselves lucky to have found this apartment and look forward to a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy that the apartment added something special to your time in Paris. That's our goal! We'd be happy to have you back. You should know that we consider our return visitors to be our VIP club. :) All the best, Chris
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Lawrence, KS USA
5

Cozy and quiet well located gem in the Marais

  • 5 of 5

While I am reluctant to provide effusive praise as this will contribute to even longer book in advance times :) I would highly recommend this apartment. My only regrets are that we we only there for a 3 day stay and I ended up having to leave a Belgian beer for the next occupants :).

Chris was very professional and thorough in our dealings and was able to arrange an early bag dropoff for us as well as make taxi arrangements to the airport for our departure. This was our third trip to Paris and the first to use an apartment. The apartment was well laid out with attractive lighting and very homelike. It made me feel like a Parisian to walk to the bakery in the morning for the traditional baguette, visit the local grocery stores for supplies and visit the Caractère du Cochon for a traditional jambon-beurre at a very reasonable price returning to the apartment to listen to some classic jazz.

Art lovers will appreciate the proximity of the Picasso museum, the Musee Carnavalet and the Musée Cognacq-Jay with the latter two having free admission. If your stay includes a Sunday it certainly is worthwhile to walk over to the huge Bastille market. We certainly hope to be able stay at the apartment again on our next visit and explore the charming neighborhood more thoroughly.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words, and I hope you'll be able to come back and feel like it's your home in Paris. And you should know that our regular visitors get VIP treatment! :) All the best, Chris
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5

Life as local in the Marais!

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect and the apartment is a Parisian charmer; from the exposed stone walls to the old world beamed ceiling, outfitted with all of the most modern conveniences (including great wi-fi). It's more like borrowing a friends apartment for the week, that you want to treat with the utmost respect.

Chris is extremely profession in dealing with the rental and is very clear on his expectation on how you will treat his gem. This is definitely not a party house. However, It's a perfect place for 1, 2 or perhaps even 3 people who want a quiet refuge in the midst of the Maris. A wonderful place to cook a meal, sleep or share a glass of wine or two. I will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. We would be pleased to have our place become your home away from home in Paris. Our return visitors are given VIP treatment. :) All the best, Chris
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Kinston, NC USA
5

Higly Recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Do you know a place that is so wonderful that you think of it on the plane ride home, and begin to plot your return? This is that place. We loved everything about our stay on Rue Charlot. The proximity to everything, the corner cafes, the market, the darling apartment, adds up to the perfect vacation. We had everything we needed . Kitchen..perfect, bathroom...perfect. The whole rental experience was perfect. Christopher was very thorough with all directives, could not have been easier. Day 2, we took a Paris by Mouth tour of the Marais, it was so helpful! We learned our neighborhood, which we hardly ever left. We explored everything around us and loved it all! This is a wonderful studio, very spacious. Absolutely love the touch of the flower bouquet! Thanks Chris!

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's heartwarming to know that our modest place helped make your visit perfect. That's really our goal, to make it not just a place to sleep but a place that enhances your time in Paris. And we also try hard to make the renting experience 100% stress-free, so I'm happy to hear we succeeded for you. Do let us know if you plan another visit as we'd love to have you back. Kind regards, Chris
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle or Orly
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Lyon
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Many!
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
Nearest Point of Interest
Quartier du Carreau du Temple
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Museum of Hunting and Nature
Nearest Point of Interest
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

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Rates & Availability

Enfants-Rouges Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High season
Mar 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$158
$1,105
 
 
Low season
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
$135
$947
 
 
Holiday
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$158
 
 
Low season
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$135
$947
 
 
High season
Mar 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$158
$1,105
 
 
Low season
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$135
$947
 
 
Holiday
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
$158
$1,105
 
 
Low season
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$135
$947
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$158
$1,105
 

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Enfants-Rouges Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 320 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Notes:
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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