Wednesday, October 30, 2013

a budget B&B in Paris

Coucou, another Special Offer for this end of Year season from Petite Paris = another blog post! :)

99euro per night for 2 guests 
for stays between now and March 2014  
...stay in our simple yet traditionally and utter cosy Parisian home in the 14th (Montparnasse), located in a paved street dating from the 18th Century, find this little gem. A haven of peace within Paris. Double bedroom, private ensuite, breakfast served daily by Janine our wonderful, warm and hospitable Parisian host.

Check out the B&B in full detail on our website - click this link:

5 NEW homes for rent in France?!

 5 new homes for rent in FRANCE 
Quintessential French Country Escapes

Our new website L'Apartment offering homes throughout ALL of France... has landed 5 new amazing cottages and apartments  last month! We now have a sprinkling of 20 homes around France, aiming for a thick layering soon :)! If you're looking for a bigger French experience, not only Paris, then we can help you with exploring the stunning French country - offering region information, directions and homes.

Located in various villages and regions in the SW France, these NEW homes are quintessential French homes, Australian owned and beautifully renovated and kept! Cosy, comfortable, practical in the midst of the Dordogne, Gascon, Pyrenees, Languedoc surrounds taking you from country to coast! Enjoy the rolling hills, medieval castles, chateaux, valleys and hostoric sights yet not far is the blue azur of the Mediterranean ocean at the Spanish/French border.

As featured in the L'Apartment Newsletter this month, BELOW are little snippets of information and images for of our 5 NEW apartment/cottages...
 PLUS a SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER from one of our new homeowners.

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CLICK IMAGES BELOW of each home to be taken to the webpage for that home with more details, descriptions, information about the village and surrounds,  etc...

+5 French Homes
1. A Ceret Apartment

In picturesque Ceret village, 10 mins from the Spanish border, 30 mins from the Mediterranean Sea, this apartment takes up the 3rd level of a  250yr old French home boasting gorgeous southern views, overlooking the main street - each Saturday the market boasts local delights, gifts and bustling street fun. Accommodates up to 4 guests in 2 bedrooms. See it HERE

2. A cottage in Provence
In a quaint pedestrian only street, in a historic beautiful village in Drome Provencale/Provence, this 4 story cottage, nestled in a spectacular setting of mountains, olive and fruit groves, is in perfect position to explore the Luberon Valley, Lavender fields and Provence. Bustling market festivities at your door and spectacular mountain views. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 WCs, dining/kitchen, living room. Accommodates up to 5. See it HERE

3. A cottage in the Pyrenees
A sunny 3 story cottage in an ancient town in the Pyrenees. Classified ‘un village normale’ as numerous festivals, shops, cafes, restaurants stay open year round in this very popular town. Famous weekly market draws crowds from surrounds. Nearby many famous sights/cities: Carcassonne, Toulouse, 90km to Andorra (ski village) and Spain.  3 bedrooms accommodate 6 people, kitchen, 2 living rooms, bathroom, 2x WCs, See it HERE

4. A Gascon Cottage
In the unusual and interesting village of Tillac, a tiny fortified 13thC settlement surrounded by rolling hills studded with old Gascon farms. 38 kms SW of 'Auch', 10km from Haute-Pyrenees mountain ranges, Lourdes, the Spanish border and in the center of the distilleries of Armagnac unique wine region, this cottage looks over the quaint street in an ancient arcaded terrace. Living/dining, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom/WC. See it HERE

5. A cottage in The Lot
 A rustic stone house in a tiny high village in ‘the Lot’ region, next to Dordogne surrounded by some of the most beautiful villages and famed attractions. Perched on a very high hill, enjoy tranquility in this small village, 2km away from picturesque medieval towns and bustling market and street life. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining, living room, terrace, BBQ and magnificent views. See it HERE


Guests who book 3 weeks or more in either
1, 2, 3 or all 4 of our new cottages

- Provence, Pyrenees, The Lot and/or Gascon cottage - as above 
 receive 10% OFF their total stay!

Our lovely Australian homeowners, Geoff & Karen, are proud owners of our 4 new cottages. They've been travelling to France since early 80s & purchased their first cottage 'The Lot' in the 90s. 
"We particularly enjoyed the cottage experiences, as we found we could go at our own pace. We returned several times (to France) and each time found we were more and more attracted - the history, the magnificent scenery and the change of architecture as we moved from region to region"... "We stay about 10 days in each cottage, once or twice each year. One of the things we most enjoy, is driving between the cottages, one region to another"...

With Kathy as decorator, and Geoff the handyman, our hosts say bonjour, welcome and please enjoy their wonderfully restored and well-kept cottages!
Enquiries to:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A+ for Chantals B&B in the 9eme Paris

It just one after the other, fantastic review after fantastic review for our highest rated B&B. Chantals immaculate B&B and her proud hospitable service as loved by our latest Australian guest.
Indeed we have had a wonderful stay. So glad you recommended Chantal's B&B. she is fantastic. Can not fault anything. Very professional, warm and caring with such charm and grace. Breakfasts were always sumptuous explorations of French bread, pastry and of course, fromage!

Thank you to Petit B&B and of course huge thanks and gratitude to Chantal and Joe who made our stay so memorable.


See her B&B in full detail on our website HERE

Thursday, October 24, 2013

a L'Apartment for you in France!!!

Bonjour dear friends, followers and francophiles. Just a little reminder about our NEW Website...the sister site to Petite Paris:

  L'Apartment is the sister site to travel service Petite Paris and is an online directory of Australian owned homes (and some French owned) throughout France.

Australian homeowners can list their homes online and travellers can book them! It’s simple…


So far we're thrilled with the rapid progress of L’Apartment already. After just 1 month securing hundreds of followers and subscribers, made famous in the weekend travel papers (see below) and 5 new french homes added to the website (more about that coming).  

Please Enter our WEBSITE  (click le bleue door)
and subscribe to our newsletter!

Subscribers will recieve the L'Apartment bi-monthly newsletters covering latest news, new homes, special offers, and interesting, fun and cultural facts, features about various regions of France where our homes reside and travel tips, thanks to our partners French Moments!

L'Apartment in Le News

L'Apartment featured September 2013 in ESCAPE travel - weekend papers nationwide and in The Australian Traveller.

Read the newspaper feature HERE

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SPECIAL Offer #2 - a Paris B&B on SALE!!

If it seems that we are on a 'Special' roll you are right. Bit by bit we're selecting and revealing certain Paris apartments and B&Bs for discounts and sales from now until the end of March 2014! See ALL our Special Offers on our Promotions Page on our website HERE.

Aujourd'hui, we are presenting:
B&B96 - Marie Francoise's place
a quaint Paris B&B 
in the charming Latin Quartier!

 Located in the sought-after Left Bank In the Latin Quarter, just in from of the garden ’Jardin des plantes’, (5 mins walk from the Seine and a metro ride (10 mins) from the Louvre, Tuileries centre) your calm bed and breakfast room offers one double bed with private bath. Your experienced and warm hostess Marie-Francoise knows how to welcome guests well and will be delighted each time you return home to share with you fresh drink, coffee, tea or an aperitif if you wish.

115euro per night - for 1 guest (FROM 130euro)
125euro per night - for 2 guests (FROM 145euro)
Includes fresh and delicious French breakfasts served daily by Marie Francoise

A lovely Recent Review
 Marie was lovely and very accommodating with all of our requests. Our room was lovely and it felt like home. Marie provides everything you need to make your trip in Paris a special one. Croissants and baguettes were baked fresh every morning and they were delicious! Overall: Our room and breakfast was exceptional. We couldn't have asked for a better host in Marie. She was very helpful and a wealth of knowledge. Easy to chat with and lovely lady”
Wendy Chu October 2013

See more details for B&B96 on our website HERE
See our specials page for more discount offers regularly featured through the year HERE

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Paris latin quarter apartment SPECIAL DISCOUNT

 A special OFFER at our Petite Paris private apartment in the 5eme.
On NOW until end March 2014

Located near the beautiful Jardin des plantes in the Quartier Latin, Marie-Françoise welcomes you to an unhosted self contained apartment, available just for you, close to her own home right upstairs. 
Rare in Paris you will have at your disposal a private terrace of 7 m2 flowered and arranged, giving way to a green and quiet garden of the residence. Calm, in the full heart of Paris, this accommodation is perfect for your family (it can accommodate 6 people - or up to 10 possible with the use of Marie Francoise's exrta guestroom upstairs and her extra studio apartment a moments walk away) and especially if you seek the assistance of a warm, friendly hostess whilst still maintaining independence and privacy. Enjoy space, light, a living area, a small kitchenette to prepare your breakfasts and meals (basic breakfast ingredients will be left for you), free wifi.
Read more details about this home on our website by clicking HERE (includes approximate location map too)

Special Rates:  
(excludes Christmas and New Year period)
2 guests: 150euro per night WAS 190euro
3 guests: 170euro per night WAS 230euro
4 guests: 200euro per night WAS 265euro
5 guests: 225euro per night WAS 295euro


Sunday, October 20, 2013

a dark mysterieux Paris

Mysterieux Paris!

Paris may be the City of Love but the French capital has a dark side that lurks far below the pavement. Halloween favourites!

1. The Catacombs

In Paris, right below your feet is a series of catacombs that stretches almost 300km, housing the remains of  6 million corpses. Walking through the non-descript door and climbing down the dank steps into this maze is like stepping into another world. Walls lined with bones stacked up to 2 metres high and several metres thick in places in a bizarre, grotesque tribute to the millions of Parisians that died from disease, starvation or violence who could not afford a grave. Bones have been fashioned into elaborate designs. website

2. The Paris Sewer Museum

The Paris Sewer Museum, Musée des égouts de Paris is a fantastic and icky attraction, especially great for anyone who knows and loves Les Misérables, based in these long sandstone corridors. Located beneath Quai d’Orsay. Open 11am to 4pm. Closed Thurs and Fri website

3. The Dark Heart of Paris

Paris has a very dark and bitter history and there are elements of Parisian history that are well-known - French revolution, the guillotine that claimed so many heads, including Marie Antoinette’s, or Bartholomew’s Day massacre. The Mysteries of Paris Ghost Tour takes you through the streets of Paris under a cloak of darkness, winding alleyways and cutting through the hushed silence of the night. website

4. Le Guillotine Bar

 Tucked on a narrow street in the Latin Quarter La Guillotine bar looks like a typical hangout. Below the bar lies a little room called
Le Caveau des Oubliettes ("the cave of the forgotten") - steep stone stairs lead into the cave that once held prisoners awaiting the guillotine, now filled with small wooden tables and at 10 p.m, an unannounced mix of jazz/blues groups seduce an eclectic crowd. 52 Rue Galande Website