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

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

Overview


Details
Property
apartment
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
Studio
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 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.

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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.

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

More Details

Owner
Chris
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2017

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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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
  • photography
  • 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

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Marais - Unique 'Country Cottage in Heart of Paris' Romantic Garden Apartment
average rating of 4.983051 based on 171 reviews
5

Best Escape - Most memorable

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I escaped on our own for the first time in 10 plus years. It was truly one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. The location was truly perfect! We explored every inch of Paris with this as our home base. It was such a welcoming and cozy retreat!!!

Chris was the most helpful of all. Everything was seamless. We will be recommending to all we know and will return there on our next escape for sure. I can't say enough and am not too great with words - just please take my word - you must stay here!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Shelley, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad we could help make your trip extra special. You can be sure that we'll give the same treatment to anyone you send our way. Also, for your next visit, you should know that we consider our return visitors as our VIP club. :) All the best, Chris
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5

Fantastique!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at rue Charlot was wonderful. The location is superb and the apartment is tucked into an extremely quite charming street. The neighborhood is lively and filled with boutique food shops and grocery stores. It is within a five minute walk to the heart of the Marias (my husband and my favorite area)! The apartment has everything anyone could desire - modern kitchen and bath, WiFi, English speaking news channels and a wonderful assortment of video and CD's. The owner provided extensive instructions and suggestions for the apartment and surrounding neighborhood. Excellent find and I'm sure we will return to rue Charlot very soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for leaving the kind words. I'm glad that we managed to make your stay memorable! And we'd love to have you back. FYI, we think of our returning guests as our VIP club! :) All the best, Chris
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5

Beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is exquisitely designed and appointed with exceptional attention to detail and maintenance.. Ideal for couples - secure, ground floor location.

Moreover, the hospitality and service of Chris (owner) is five star. We unreservedly recommend it to all who seek the best self contained accommodation in Paris.

Rob and Anne Thompson

Tasmania, Australia"

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind comment about our "service". It's helpful because it's something you can't see in the photos! :) As I mentioned, we just feel it's important to do our best to make everyone's stay as positive and stress-free as possible, since so much time and money goes into planning such a trip. There's a lot riding on it! We would want the same as travelers, so it's only natural that we treat others as we would like to be treated. Voilà, our (not so original) philosophy! :)
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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
Owner's Response: Hi Sue, Thanks for taking the time to leave such nice comments. You will have to send me an email to let me know what I can do to earn the fifth star! :)) All the best to you and your sister, and we'd be happy to have you back someday.
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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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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Charles de Gaulle or Orly
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Many!
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
Nearest Point of Interest
Notre Dame
Nearest Point of Interest
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
Nearest Point of Interest
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
Nearest Point of Interest
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:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low season
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$127
$887
 
 
High season
Mar 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$148
$1,034
 
 
Low season
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
$127
$887
 
 
Holiday
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 4 2018
3 night minimum stay
$148
$1,034
 
 
Low season
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$127
$887
 
 
High season
Mar 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
$148
$1,034
 
 
Low season
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 19 2018
3 night minimum stay
$127
$887
 
 
Holiday
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 4 2019
3 night minimum stay
$148
$1,034
 
 
Low season
Jan 5 2019 - Feb 28 2019
3 night minimum stay
$137
$961
 
 
High season
Mar 1 2019 - Nov 30 2019
5 night minimum stay
$158
$1,108
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$148
$1,034
 

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.
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