I want to introduce you to my favourite landlady — ever.
This is Mme. Dominque Carrez who very kindly rented her lovely Paris apartment to me in September.
Under French law, homeowners in certain districts of Paris can rent their residence for no more than 120 days a year, and so Dominique rents her Paris apartment from May to October while she spends the summer at her country home, which is two and a half hours southeast near Vézelay in what is known as the Bourgogne|Burgundy area of France.
And what a grand residence that is!
An Estate in Burgundy
Val En Sel, as it is called, is a charming eighteenth century manor surrounded by extensive gardens listed among the top luxury private gardens of France.
Gardening is Dominique’s passion and she loves to share it with visitors. In addition to the 15 rooms that Dominique and her family share, she runs a B&B with the additional rooms at the manor. Here is the link: Val En Sel,
Guess what I will be doing someday soon!
The Paris Apartments
Back in Paris, Dominique’s apartment is none too shabby either.
It is a very comfortable two bedroom in the 9th arrondissement, which is very quickly becoming my favourite new neighbourhood in Paris. The apartment is about 900 square feet with a spacious living room and an eclectic display of art.
It’s also on the top floor of a seven-story building. Thankfully there is an elevator to the sixth, then you walk up the last floor and wend around, actually going outside onto a balcony before heading back inside to the long narrow hallway that arrives at the apartment door. It is sandwiched between two doors on either side to other apartments. Soooo Paris!
Once inside, the place opens up with six windows facing south and west providing more light than I could have dreamed of.
AND, guess what the rental company failed to mention? That every single window has a view of the Eiffel Tower!
You think that might be a selling feature? You cannot imagine how excited I was to find this out!
The View from Paris
Bells chime at noon from the church down the street as I am making my lunch. At night, I wait for the twinkly lights from the Eiffel Tour to sparkle like diamonds for five minutes on the hour as I sip wine from the bottle of white Burgundy that Dominique has left me.
Best landlady ever!
You will not find this apartment on any of the short term rental sites. I discovered it working with a company called Paris Attitude that specializes in rentals for a month or more.
Video of the Apartment
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Love to hear about the apartments that you have rented in Paris?
We are all always looking for the perfect place to stay for a week, a month, or (sigh) more, much more in Paris aren’t we?
Diana’s Paris Potpourri
PPS – I have been noticing how lovely some people smell in Paris. Men and women walk by and imprint lovely light scents that linger just for a few seconds. A little jasmine, cocoa, or is it coriander? This prompted me to visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris where I discovered the world of French perfume and I will be writing about that soon.
But in the meantime, if you love Chanel, I am smitten with the new fragrance Gabriel. You can buy it here.
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.