Bijou de Bellefond
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Located in central Paris, this is an ideal location from which to explore Paris, either on foot or by public transport. The metro station is less than 1 minute's walk from the door and the local bakery is just 30 seconds away for those early morning croissants. There are also plenty of neighbourhood shops close by and of course food markets within walking distance at Anvers and Cadet. Rue des Martyrs, one of the best gastronomical experiences in Paris, is just over five minutes walk away.
It’s a fifteen minute walk to Galeries Lafayette, which is worth a visit just to see the wonderful dome, and Printemps. If you prefer to take the metro, these Grands Magasins are just three stops away.
With two double-size bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen with dining area, a bathroom, separate WC, and a dressing room, this wonderful Parisian apartment has all the comforts required for a relaxing stay.
Lovingly restored and maintained with period ceiling moldings, original herringbone parquet flooring throughout, and a modern fully-equipped kitchen, this lovely apartment is a perfect pied-à-terre. With windows both to the courtyard and facing south to the street, it is filled with natural night all day.
On entering the apartment, the first thing you may notice is the pretty bright red crystal chandelier in the hallway. There is also a Louis XV-style, half-moon, inlaid table with a gilt mirror above.
The living room features an original marble fireplace and has a double window looking onto the quiet street below. There are three armchairs along with a leather sofa which converts into a full-size double bed with spring mattress which can sleep two adults very comfortably. There is also a Louis XV-style desk and the walls are decorated with early 20th-century prints of 18th-century French engravings.
With a Philips LCD TV, a home cinema system with surround sound, a collection of DVD movies which were filmed in Paris, and over 100 TV channels including CNN, Sky News and BBC World, this is truly a home-away-from-home. There are games and plenty of English books to browse through.
The kitchen has been completely renovated and is fully equipped with full-size oven, ceramic hob, dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer. With double windows to the courtyard, a round antique "lion's paw" dining table, antique crystal chandelier, and seating for up to six people, it is the perfect spot to enjoy a few bottles of wonderful French wine with a delicious dinner.
The first bedroom is tastefully decorated in red with a double-size bed beside which stands an original, art-deco, marble-topped locker. Just behind the door, there is a glamorous gilt Louis XV-style chaise lounge with two gilt-framed silk paintings above it. A charming inlaid chest of drawers, also in Louis XV style, and built-in shelving provide storage for clothing. There is a pretty red armchair by the window and an original caricature from the well-known early 20th century Alsace artist, Jacques Gauchot.
The second bedroom also has a double-size bed along with a large Louis XV-style inlaid chest of drawers. There are two beautiful antique Louis XV armchairs and two bed-side lockers which are convenient for storing personal items. Two prints by the English artist William Q. Orchardson, which are over 100 years old, hang on your left as you enter the room.
With wonderfully luxurious goose-down duvets and almost no noise from the street outside, it is extremely easy to collapse into bed and enjoy a restful night's sleep after a strenuous day of sightseeing and shopping.
There is a PC with internet access and wifi and also a phone with unlimited long distance phone calls if you can't bear to be out of touch with home.
This perfectly proportioned apartment has everything you need to ensure a wonderful holiday in this beautiful city.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Charles de Gaulle, Nearest railway: Gare du Nord 1 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Paris/Ile de France region
Sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking...
There's really very little you can't do in Paris and it's such a compact city that it's very quick and easy to get around on foot or by public transport.
This is the Grands Boulevards area of Paris. With the lovely 19th century grandeur of the Grand Boulevards and the Haussmann buildings, not to mention the wonderful Grands Magasins of Galeries Lafayettes and Printemps, it is a lively, diverse area which plays host to typical working Parisiens, shoppers, bankers, lawyers and tourists. The apartment is excellently positioned with great transport links to all of the famous sights of Paris. The immediate neighbourhood is very pleasant and safe to wander around and there is a myriad of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the apartment.
There is a bakery at the end of the street just a one minute walk away. There are also plenty of neighbourhood shops close by and of course food markets within walking distance at Anvers and Cadet. Rue des Martyrs, one of the best gastronomical experiences in Paris, is just over five minutes walk away. With five boucheries, a couple of charcuteries, three fromageries, two wine shops, several boulangeries and a few pâtissieries, it's almost impossible not to give in to temptation.
It’s a fifteen minute walk to Galeries Lafayette, which is worth a visit not just to shop but also see the wonderful dome, and Printemps. If you prefer to take the metro, these Grands Magasins are just three stops away. Music lovers will definitely not want to miss all the musical instrument shops lining Rue de Douai, about ten minutes walk away. You can even participate in the lively auctions of objets d'art at Paris's most famous auction house at Druout, Rue Drouot where auctions have been running since the 1800's.
The Sacre Coeur Basilica and the wonderful village streets of Montmartre are just a ten minute walk away and there are mutiple museums with the Musée Grévin (wax museum), Musée de la Vie Romantique, Musée Gustave Moreau, Musée de l'Érotisme and Musée du Parfum Fragonard all close by.
The famous Folies Bergères is just over five minutes walk away. This theater opened in the 1860's and is said to be the birthplace of modern musical review. This is the place to see traditional cancan numbers and lots of scantily dressed dancers. The Moulin Rouge at Pigalle is also within walking distance.
Not to be missed of course is the Opéra Garnier, also about a fifteen minute walk or short metro ride away. The interior is almost most impressive than the exterior with its exquisitely decorated auditorium.
You can eat well almost anywhere in Paris. The Grands Boulevards area has a whole host of restaurants worth visiting and the neon-lit Boulevard Montmartre and Rue du Faubourg Montmartre make up one of Paris' most animated dining and cafe districts. Within a ten minute walk, you'll find Italian, North African, Columbian, rustic French, chic French and even vegetarian cuisine. The latter can sometimes be hard to find in Paris!
The metro stop is almost on the doorstep, just at the end of the street and less than a minute's walk away. From there on the 7 line, it's just five minutes to the Opéra and the major department stores, ten minutes to the Louvre and the Palais Royal and fifteen minutes to the Marais. There are also some excellent bus routes on Rue La Fayette.
Convenient to Gare du Nord, it is just a six minute walk so if you’ve had enough of Paris, you could consider taking the 2 hour 15 minute trip on the Eurostar to London for lunch. Brussels is only 1 hour 20 minutes away.
To travel to Charles de Gaulle airport, both the train from Gare Du Nord and the Roissy bus from the Opera are easily accessible by public transport or by taxi from the stand just around the corner on Rue Montholon.
If you'd like to try cycling around Paris, there is a station for the self-service bicycle system just across the street. You can just look out the window to check that bikes are available.
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