Monday, January 27, 2014

A quick glance at France

Bonjour dear frenchie folk and followers...

Fancy a french country escape? Ok then, here is a little reminder of our fabulous homes for rent in various regions of SW France (Dordogne, The Lot, Gascony, Pyrenees, Languedoc, Aquitane, Provence, Ceret etc) and a few in the upper regions (Rouen, Normandy, Lyon) ... oh and a sprinkling of more Paris apartment :) ... all found our sister website:


Some simple snippets pour vous. Pick your favourite french home, and enquire with us for availabilities and more info at

1. Home: La Cachette - Sleeps 6                      Location: Varzy Village, BURGUNDY
The perfect city escape! This stunning cottage in Varzy Village, Burgundy, is 2 hrs out of Paris. Accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms. 

Formed from two former cottages providing the generous rooms of the present dwelling which includes large living/dining room, a sitting room, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and a paved outdoor area.  

Facilities: central heating, wireless internet, linens, cooking supplies and crockery. The original cottage on the corner of rue St Pierre and rue du Moulin can be clearly seen on a town sketch dated 1570. 

CLICK here - to see this home on our website.

2. Home: Le Petit Castel - Sleeps 4-6                       Location: Olonzac, LANGUEDOC

Located in the old village in the centre of Olonzac, a bustling village in Languedoc known for its crowd drawing weekly markets, Le Petit Castel is a charming three-story house siting on a quiet cosy corner off the Hotel de Ville Square. It is a wonderful base for exploration of a diverse part of South France and Europe (Provence, Toulouse and Monpellier nearby and Spain and Italy but a few hours away). 

The home has been tastefully decorated in modern style sleeping 4 comfortably (up to 6 total) with 2 bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen/dining room, living room, outdoor rooftop terrace, BBQ facilities, free wifi, TV satellite, DVD and all linens/towels provided.

CLICK here - to see this home on our website

3. Home: Maison 20, Apartment Un - Sleeps 2/3    Location: Eymet, DORDOGNE
Maison 20 is a lovely boutique holiday home hidden beneath its ancient stone facade, offering 2 separate self contained  apartments in a quiet street in a 14th century Medieval village in Dordogne, SW France. This is Apartment ‘No Un’ (1) occupying the top floor of the building with a bird’s eye view of the neighbouring houses. Ideally suited for a couple or couple with a small child it has been sympathetically renovated to meet modern day living requirements and contains all the necessities one expects. One furnished bedroom with en suite, living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, extra bed for a small child, TV, DVD and free wifi.

CLICK here - to see this home on our website

4. Home: St Jean Apartment - Sleeps 8                Location: Meouilles, PROVENCE
Le Saint Jean apartment is one of 3 luxury apartments located at Château de Méouilles, a  grand historic castle near Saint André les Alpes in the heart of Haute Provence with 11 acres of land, part of the beautiful hill of Meouilles overlooking the lake of Castillon. The crown of the 3 apartments Le Saint Jean accommodates up to 8 adults over 2 fully furnished floors. 

Downstairs find the living room with a sofa bed and extra bed, bathroom, dining with adjoining Kitchen and marble bar. 

Upstairs are 2 main bedrooms each with ensuite, a TV room with 2 single beds. The Chateau can be rented in its entirety (all 3 apartments) for large parties, or separately as individual apartments. 
CLICK here - to see this home on our website

5. Home: Bessenay House - Sleeps 4-6                       Location: Lyon, RHONE ALPS
Just 30 minutes drive from Lyon, Bessennay house, is a three level  stone and timber house, siting in the tranquil Bessenay village square, an ideal position for touring to Burgundy in the north, the Alps in the east, Provence in the south and the Auvergne in the west. 

Accommodating 4/6 adults the house offers 2 queen bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, living and dining, extra sitting room (with a click-clack lounge that doubles as a very comfortable 3rd queen size bed) and large open fireplace to enjoy a glass of red wine from the famous Beaujolais wine area. Wifi, cable TV, telephone, heating, and all linens provided. Bessenay house is a cosy corner of the Rhone Alps..

CLICK here - to see this home on our website

6.  Home: Chateau Jonquay (Sleeps 16)Location: Epreville/Rouen, NORMANDY

In a secluded corner of Normandy, Epreville village, a short drive from Rouen village (2 hrs from Paris) lies this grand 17thC Manor Chateau. Gleaming white walls, pastel shutters, soaring roofs and a tree-lined courtyard Jonquay is a romantic French novel. It occupies 3 floors with 2 sitting rooms, 3 bathrooms, library, 8 bedrooms (pax 16), a dining room that’s great for lunches that stretch past sunset. Outside sunbeds, pool and five acres of garden. Bourg Achard village (4km), supplies the essentials of French life — bread, wine, cuisine, culture, there are markets aplenty and cycling is a cool breeze. NEW 3-4 bedroom Farmhouse available to book (pax 8) with or separate to the Chateau.

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7. Home: Farmhouse Jonq (Sleeps 8)Location: Epreville/Rouen, NORMANDY
In a secluded corner of Normandy, Epreville village, a short drive from Rouen village (2 hrs from Paris) lies this charming Farmhouse that can be rented out on its own for up to 8 guests - or together with the grand graceful 17thC Manor Chateau Jonquay that sits on the same grounds. The farmhouse is very private, separated from the Chateau by  a large hedge of trees in a beautiful 5 acre garden. 

The chateau accommodates up to another 16 guests (altogether a group of 24). view the Chateau HERE. This farmhouse, fully renovated in 2013 offers 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. living room with open fireplace, full kitchen and dining. Bourg Achard village 4km away, supplies the essentials of French life — bread, wine, cuisine, culture, there are markets aplenty and cycling is a cool breeze. 

CLICK here - to see this home on our website 

8. Studio: Apartment Paris  (1-4) Location: 5eme, Latin Quarter, PARIS
Welcome to your calm and bright studio apartment in Rue Mouffetard, the famous street known for its long line of cobblestone specialty shops and fresh produce in the historic and beautiful Latin Quartier. Get creative in the extensive equipped kitchen with your fresh purchases and live la vie Parisian. A charming unique studio with exposed timber beams and rooftop views, located in a charming historic building from 17th century, sitting right across from Hemingways old home and just in front is the Pantheon. The Mosquee de Paris with the incredible Hammam for decadent spas, Jardin Luxembourg and Jardin des plantes both also close. The studio is self contained, accommodates up to 4 guests.

CLICK here - to see this studio on our website

Don't forget to pass us on to all your friends heading to France. 
We may have a home just perfect for them. Merci

Saturday, January 25, 2014

In the Paris Neighbourhood

In the Neighbourhood
A quick NEW Year guide to the areas of Paris

The Seine & Islands
Ile de Cite is the bullseye of Paris where its history begins, home to Notre Dame and the dinky flower market. Ile Saint Louis is one of the smartest addresses in Paris.

The Louvre
The worlds largest museum, home to 35000 artworks

Opera to Les Halles
At the Western end of this stretch, its all large-scale consumerism and high-end culture. To the East are sleaze, buzz and Les Halles and Les Halles mall. Southward are the Tulieries gardens providing respite.

Champs Elysees & Western Paris
The Citys most famous thoroughfare. The west end is the Arche de Triomphe and a mix of museums and grand residences amongst the urban grit and chaos.

Montmartre & Pigalle
One of Paris' most densest concentrations of tourists. Enjoy views from the Sacre Coeur and explore the romantic side streets. Pigalle is the redlight district though its cleaned up its act somewhat and safe enough to explore.

Beaubourg & the Marais
Home to the Centre Pompidou (largest collection of Modern Art in the world), the Marais, with ancient buildings and old cobblestones streets is the boutique centre of shopping Paris, a mecca for chic bars and restaurants and is also the heartland of Jewish and gay Paris.

Bastille & Eastern Paris
Not so much a revolutionary as creative these days, find around Place de la Bastille, record shops, music venues and bars.

North-East Paris
The drab Gare du Nord and the city's most multicultural neighbourhood of Belleville are here. North East is Pere Lachaise cemetery.

Latin Quarter and 13th
Home to the Pantheon and Sorbonne, academic tradition persists here. Luxembour gardens is here.

St Germain & Odeon
Intellectual heritage and some of the most expensive coffee in the city in this chic cosmopolitan area known for its fashion houses and luxury brands.

You can still feel the artistic heyday of this area from the 20s and 30s. Lovely Parc Montsouris is here too.

The 7th & West Paris
Home to Paris finest museums and the Eiffel tower, as well as smart shops and posh homes.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Guest Review, Love from Paris

Guest Feedback

Corrine's apartment was a special place to come back to each evening, cosy and comfortable and great to wake up in the morning with everything provided for breakfast. We could walk everywhere or catch the bus at the door. It made a lovely base for exploring the left bank with its shops, parks and gardens, as well as being so close to the Seine and the bridges across to Notre Dame, Ile St Louis and the Right Bank.

Corrine was very welcoming and helpful.We felt that we could have called with any questions we may have had. Corrine spoke to us at length when we arrived with recommendations of local restaurants/brasseries as well as tips for places to see around the neighbourhood and local markets and shops.

She left full instructions if needed and also all the provisions for lovely breakfasts if we needed them.There were lots of maps & brochures for our reference.  A lovely king size bed ensured very restful nights  2 big towels each as well as a hand towel each. A variety of teas,coffee,chocolate.

The whole apartment was fresh and clean and easy to keep that way.

See this apartment on our website HERE

Sunday, January 19, 2014

We're Moving to Paris. Book Paris NOW!

Petite Paris
Moving to Paris
for 3 months

Paris Summer 2014

Enjoy LIVE Facebook posts, blog posts and newsletters sent from the city of lights May - July 2014 as we inspect our B&Bs, look for more and explore Paris FOR YOU

Our B&B + Apartments


AUTUMN 2014 1850s mansion with dining terrace perhaps?...

...or a room with a view?...

...or a garden ensuite?...

..or a quintessential Parisian balcon?..

...or a 180 degree view?...

B&Bs and Aparmtents
ALREADY Booking!

To ENQUIRE for availabilities!

click HERE


Saturday, January 18, 2014

France home rentals - NEw Year Specials gifts and deals!!

Bonjour friends, just a little New Year reminder for our sister website L'Apartment!
L'Apartment lists and offers Australian and French owned homes throught the Sth of France to travellers for booking.
Homeowners can list their homes and travellers can book them.

Our message for this year is 'Remember to Fly' ...
So for those who are indeed flying France, and may need a home in Languedoc, Pyrenees, Provence, The Lot, Dordogne or Gascony, these may be of interest to you :)  

If you havent already signed up to our France (L'APartment) newsletter make sure you do by going to the homepage of our website
. And here is the latest January New Year Newsletter to start you off - CLICK

Discover Languedoc

Castel Grand Rue is a 3 storey, 3 bedroom holiday house in the market town and Capital of the Minervois, Olonzac, in the beautiful Languedoc region of France. Lovingly renovated in 2004, Castel Grand Rue has been a wonderful home away from home for guests from all over the world experiencing the magic of rural French life. Castel Grand Rue, holiday gite, makes the perfect base to live like a local.

$750AU p/month
$125AU p/week


Enquiries to:

In Olonzac you can get off the crowded tourist track and enjoy delightful Southern France at its best! Olonzac is also perfectly situated for visits to Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, Pont du Gard and the Mediterranean.

Rooftop Terrace view from Grand Castel home

For more images and information about our Castel Grand home click HERE
To discover and find out more about the Languedoc region of France click HERE


4 Cottages in France

Two lovely L'Apartment Australian homeowners Karen and Geoff Richards, are proud owners of 4 cottages in France. In Provence, Pyrenees, The Lot and Gascony. L'Apartment is proud to feature all quaint cottages on our website. Their homes are featured in the current issue of French Living magazine, on stands now. As featured within...

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

- Provence, Pyrenees, The Lot and Gascony -

 receive 10% OFF their total stay!

Geoff & Karen have 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:

START with:

La Maison de Trois Chapons
Cottage in Haute Provence
(and navigate through to all cottages online)