18th century oak shutters and a Renaissance shell…
For many years, the owner of this apartment has scoured flea markets, antique fairs and brocantes throughout France for decorative and architectural elements. Many found a home in this apartment that he restored himself with the help of a team of skilled professionals: 18th century interior oak shutters and oeil de boeuf oval windows, and details such as doorknobs, hooks, latches, etc. The pièce de résistance is a large Renaissance shell carved from a single block of oak.
While working these authentic antique elements into the restoration, the owner’s priority remained preserving and enhancing existing features of this original late 18th century apartment. Fortunately, the original windows with their unique crémone closing mechanisms were still intact. The owner meticulously stripped off centuries of paint to reveal the metal mechanisms and the solid oak window frames underneath.
This same respect for history and attention to detail is apparent throughout this one bedroom apartment. In keeping with the ‘Old World’ feel of the apartment, modern day amenities are worked into the decor as harmoniously as the antique elements, hidden behind oak shutters, for instance. The sofa, too, pulls out from the woodwork to provide an additional two single beds for guests. The end result is a aesthetically pleasing, highly functional environment, reflecting France herself.
Midway between the place St. Germain-des-Près and the historic Bon Marché department store
A tranquil haven in an exclusive part of the 6th arrondissement with a security entrance, this apartment is situated two flights up with no elevator. First, a cobblestone courtyard buffers the street sounds beyond, while garden courtyard behind, planted with trees, provides a cool retreat and view in summer and a touch of greenery in winter.
The Rue du Cherche-Midi, or “looking for the noon-time sun” street, was named as early as 1595 after a shop sign picturing a Greek astronomer with compass and quadrant that hung here. During fashion week it might more aptly be called “looking for the limelight” as fashionistas from around the globe converge to raid the shoe stores, and the famous Poilâne bakery, whose traditional breads are made in wood burning ovens is just a few doors down, . Expect to wait in line for your bread at any time of year, but you’ll be in good company – Catherine Deneuve buys hers here.
Taxis can be had within 30 yards of the building, and three major metro lines are a three minute walk away. One of these metro lines lies on a direct line to the Porte de Versailles exhibition hall, as does one of the many convenient buses nearby. Restaurants abound. Suffice it to say it would be difficult not to find a good restaurant in the area. If you prefer to cook, a farmer’s market provides fresh produce three times weekly one block down on the boulevard Raspail. Sundays draw the city’s trendy crowd when the market turns “organic only”.
- Number of bedrooms: One bedroom
- Number of bathrooms: One bathroom
- Number of beds: Queen bed in bedroom and trundle bed in living room.
- Sleeps: 4
- Rate: US$285 per night plus US$125 one time cleaning fee. The cleaning fee varies according to the number of beds used and the number of people using the apartment.
- Minimum stay: 4 nights
- Access: 2nd floor European. 3rd American. No elevator.
- Closest Metro: St. Sulpice
- Kitchen with full-size oven, vitro ceramic stove, microwave, full size refrigerator/freezer
- Bathtub with shower attachment, WC and sink
- Washing machine and dryer
- Linens, paper products, hairdryer and soap provided
- Air conditioning
- Cable TV
- Broadband internet with wifi and ethernet cable connection.
- No pets and no smoking
Check-in: Between 2pm and 7pm. Earlier arrival possible if apartment is vacant. Arrivals after 7pm incur a late arrival fee. A representative will be waiting to greet you at the apartment and to give you your introductory tour.
Payment: By credit card only. Mastercard/Visa (no credit card fees apply). 50% deposit is required at time of booking to secure the reservation. The balance is required 8 weeks prior to arrival.