Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A French Country Escape. La Maison L'Escapadou

L'Escapadou to our NEW
Maison in France

Available now for bookings!

The ultimate French escape is at L’Escapadou – a NEW L’Apartment maison in medieval hilltop and gorgeous French village Cordes Sur Ciel. A golden town for artists in the Midi-pyrenees region of France, dating back to the 13th Century.

Accommodates 10 guests
1500euro (low season) for 1 week

Wake up to the sun shining with a fresh coffee and crispy baguettes to the spectacular valley view below from this impeccably stylish, cool, open and spacious 3 storey 5 bedroom home with large outdoor living area with pool, pool house with kitchenette and fridge, eating and relaxing area, bbq, garden, gazebo and balcony and furnishings to enjoy long lingering French lunches…over cordes!  Click HERE to read more about Cordes-sur Ciel village and the region in which it stands.

Owned by an Australian/French couple, our home mixes past with present, original parts of the home date back to 13th century when Templar knights roamed the cobble stoned streets, beautifully restored with vintage antique pieces your hosts have ensured an authentic yet personable and practical environment for your stay.

Other features include 2 large living rooms, fire place, fully equipped kitchen with all modern conveniences including dishawasher, large laundry, cable TV, plenty of books to enjoy, board games, a computer and desk with free wifi in the study.

SEE this home on our website HERE for more details, images and rates.

Enquire about availability with us today:

no luxury, just authentic Paris charm

Welcome to the very heart and history of Paris and step into an exquisite piece of Paris living. Steeped in richness, no luxuries but utter old world charm is this NEW (yes we have another 'NEW') Petite Paris Apartment located on the border of the Republique and Marais neighbourhoods of Paris, Two lively, historic prestigious locations.

Tucked away on the fourth floor of an historic building (without a lift), dating from 1780, which , from the entrance hall assumes with pride it’s great age, with it’s handsome stone staircase with the wood worn by the passage of innumerable pairs of clogs, boots and all manner of footwear. For this old building, a witness to it’s times, there is no luxury, just authentic charm as seen in the timbers and tiles over two centuries in age.

Our Republique apartment is a charming colourful 27sqm apartment ideally situated for a stay in the heart of the capital. You will find the comfort when you enter into the apartment, cosily furnished and equipped to welcome up to three people. With one main bedroom with 2 balconies letting in lots of light and offering fun street views, kitchenette and lounge room with sofabed and bathroom. 

The studied décor in the warm tones of the East brings out all the warmth of such a snug place. We think a traveller will love to put down his bags in a welcoming place that feels like home ... but in Paris.

99euro per night for 1 guest
125euro per night for 2 guests
150euro per night for 3 guests

See this apartment on our website by clicking HERE
Enquire about available dates with us HERE

Monday, March 30, 2015

Le Tower House in Medival village in France. Book it today!

Bienvenue Le Towerhouse
Available now for bookings!

Another NEW home in FRANCE for you!
An easy 4hr direct drive from Paris right off the motorway. We would like to introduce you to Jan an Australian Francophile and owner of our new home, who shares with us a quick story of how she came to own her own dream French country home, this 4 storey historic and renovated home in Souillac Village, in the Midi-Pyrenees France, accommodating up to 6 guests!

Accommodates up to 6 guests
 $1325 AU per week
$3683AU per month

“We have had a lot of trips to France— can’t remember how many.  I first came in 1980 and first came with my husband in 1993.  We love the French lifestyle- specially how they treat food with respect and the attention to detail.  We get to France once or twice a year.  When we retire we plan to split our time between France and Adelaide. We also like how the French are polite and organised; the supermarket check out doesn’t start until an exchange of ‘bonjour”s. 

"We bought the house in 2011 after I spent 8 years convincing my husband we needed a house in France.  We have visited a lot of different regions (around Lyon, Burgundy, Brittany, Alsace, Provence, Perpignan area, Loire valley) but fell in love with the south west because of the climate, food and spectacular scenery.

In February 2011 I sent my sister off with a list of houses to view. She rang me and said “I’ve found your house”.  And she had!"

'The house was already renovated in 2005, so just needed a few touches'

Souillac is close to lots of natural attractions and is just off the motorway from Paris.  It was important to us to be in a living town, not an empty hamlet (one holiday rental experience) and we didn’t want to be in an English enclave.

That being said, we know 4 other Australian couples with houses here, so clearly Australians feel at home in the area.  It is great being on the river.  There is a town swimming pool and a water park for summer.  We have had 2 Christmases at Souillac but not yet a white one."

CLICK HERE to see our tower house on line with more details and for village/region information.

EMAIL US for availabilities/booking:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Paris apartment LIMITED TIME Offer - 99euro!!

MEET our Superb new Paris Apartment


99euro per night for 1 guest - normal rate 129euro
115euro per night for 2 guests - normal rate 145euro
135euro per night for 3 guests - normal rate 175euro

Email us QUICK and book your this gorgeous colourful private apartment THIS MONTH and get these discounts, for any dates in Paris

See the apartment in full detail on our Website HERE!! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

a new day a new Paris home!!

We love it when we find new Paris apartments to add to our growing online list on our website @ www.petiteparis.com.au - because they are always amazing homes that we fall in love with in one way or another as they are all so wonderfilly unique in their own ways. All impeccable quality and authentic real homes owned by real Parisians who either share a guestroom in their home with you OR leave you to their home privately. Eitherway we are not a rental service, with more boringly furnished apartments that all look the same and have no soul. Our homes are authentic cosy lived in homes, but of the cleanest, most stylish, beautiful kind...

Here is our NEWEST Paris apartment. Just secured this week and just added to our website - click here

In the heart of the Latin Quarter, a few hundred yards and only 2 blocks from the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, in one of the shortest but oldest streets in Paris, the famous ‘RUE DE BIEVRE’ where President Franois Mitterand once lived when he ruled French Government, you will find this bright and stylish 1 bedroom apartment. 

The streets remains blissfully quiet and authentic you will find an extraordinary house, like none other in Paris. Built in the 16th Century in beautiful stone and wooden beam ceilings, which has been home to several historical figures our historic apartment is a little gem and an oasis in the 5eme, Latin Quarter of Paris and next to the St Germain des Pres. 

Anne offers you a very stylish classy Parisian apartment of 40 m2 (about 430 feet) on the 1st floor through a narrow staircase. There is no elevator in this traditional historic building built at a time where elevators were not used or factored into the design of the building.  

Rate: 275euro per night for up to 4 guests (high season)
225euro per night (low season - November, Jan and February) 
Min 2 nights
10% off the total for 6 night bookings  or more

Click HERE to see it on our Website! 
ENQUIRE HERE for more information, availability and bookings

Within the apartment find the living room offering high ceiling and wooden beams with a queen convertible sofa bed, an American fully equipped kitchen, and a table with 4 chairs. 

The bedroom offers a queen size bed and a built-in dressing. TV, including some english language channels (cnn, bbc, movie channels) - The shower room has a sink and WC

Additional amenities include: 4 burner stove, refrigerator/small freezer,  coffee maker & kettle, sink, washer/dryer combo, wi-fi, towels & linens provided, all dishes, cutlery & glasses, iron/ironing board.

About the neighbourhood:
The superb location of our studio means that your visit to Paris starts from the front door of the house being the very sought after Latin Quarter bordering the sophisticated, chic and bustling St Germain des Pres neighbourhood and within walking distnce to the seine, the Ile de Cite and the Notre Dame and easily beyond to the Louvre and Marais (right bank).

Within a 2 minute-walk: typical French open-air market every 3 days,  great shopping, restaurants, banks, metro, bus, taxi station, batobus (boat buses), the Seine river and Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Within a 5 minute-walk:  Ile-de-la-Cité and Ile-Saint-Louis Islands, the Pantheon, direct trains to Versailles and airports. Within a 15 minute-walk: Le Louvre, Le Marais,  Jardin du Luxembourg garden, Hotel-de-Ville, Les Halles, etc

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Romantic Dinner spots in Paris - from Splurge to budget options :)

Paris Romantique Restaurants

Where to rendezvous your loved one;
fr. splurge to mid-range to budget



1. Le Jules Verne

On the 2nd floor of the Eiffel tower enjoy amazing views in one of Paris' finest French contemporary gourmet restaurants. A unique dining experience by Michellin star chef Alain Ducasse.
Sample menu: start with crispy brioche and creamy butter, cucumber jellee amuse bouche, duck foie gras, purslane, toasted country bread...

Salmon marinated with lemon/caviar/vodka with mimosa garnish, farm rabbit, tender potato and Swiss chard, French Truffle Cubes with French Marshmallows, Raspberry Pallette, and petit fours, and cheese of course...Bon appetit, bring your wallet!

Av Gustav Eiffel 75007. MAP Book a table: +33 1 45 55 61 44

2. Le Meurice

 One of Paris' grandest known hotels and restaurants, who's interior is reminiscent of Versailles, with crystal chandeliers, antique mirrors and large bay windows overlooking the stunning Jardin des Tuileries. A set lunch menu 75 Euros (approx. $99). Allow for 100 Euros/approx. $132 à la carte.
Hotel Le Meurice 228 rue de Rivoli 75001

3. Georges Restaurant

Sitting on the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou (modern Art Museum) this is our favourite lunch splurge! But also a gorgeous dusk cocktail and evening dinner spot too. Enjoy sweeping Paris views in a chic beautiful atmosphere, sipping and biting on quality food, not the most inventive but superb quality. Drinks and light lunch or snacks will set you back approx 40euro. 19 rue Beaubourg 75004 MAP

4. Paris Dinner Cruise

Enjoy stunning views of the Seine river, monuments and attractions from the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. seeing the city all lit up at dusk is absolutely magnificent from this vantage point. Add wine and dinner and this is as romantic as it gets...

Click HERE for website and bookings


1. Brasserie Gallopin

A traditional brasserie with traditional French food served in a spectacular setting. Located off the tourist trail slightly, serving classic dishes and set menus at reasonable prices. 40 Rue Notre-Dame des Victoires, 75002 MAP

2. Laperouse

Dine in a sumptuous old  17th century mansion (you can even reserve a private "niche" room for two). This is a mythical regal place overlooking the seine river. Feel like you have just stepped back into old world Belle-Epoque Paris! The food is good, the atmosphere is the drawcard! 51 Quai des Grands Augustins 75005 MAP


1. Chartier

This legendary Belle Epoque restaurant (since 1869) draws constant crowds for its elegant turn-of-the-century dining room (seating over 300 people), gregarious wait staff and above all, the inexpensive, traditional, and decent fare. Classified a historic monument in 1989. The menu is classic (beef bourguignon, sauerkraut, sea bream, etc.). Sides are as low as approx. $3, main dishes are about $10-$15, and three courses can be enjoyed for approx. $20-$30. Arrive early: this one's very popular with tourists and locals. 7 Rue du Faubourg Paris 75009 MAP

2. Chez Gladines

This relaxed and always-bustling kitchen in Paris' village-like Butte aux Cailles neighborhood (MAP) offers quality French Basque-style meals for around $10-$20. Hearty dishes like potatoes with ham and cantal cheese, enormous mixed salads, or cassoulet await. Two caveats: neither reservations nor credit cards are accepted, so arrive early and bring cash. 30 Rue des cinq Diamants 75013 MAP

a fab Fall B&B suite in Paris for les artistes

Coucou... if you are an art aficionado looking for creativity in Paris, Petite Paris' gorgeous, tranquil and quirky characterful home in the 6eme is parfait pour vous! AND on Sale for the months of September and October. Watch the crispy golden Fall leaves 'fall' from your own Parisian courtyard and private B&B suite...(more details below)

An utterly unique home and comfortable B&B with a special open and artistic and rustic style mood. Very Parisian! Created and renovated by your hosts with care. 

The renovated house was once an antique artists studio located in the famous chic and trendy St-Germain-des-pres near Jardin Luxembourg and Mythical Montparnasse. Your hosts Anne and Jean-Pol offer your own private suite over 2 levels; a private bed, living room and bathroom and private entry into the suite via a gorgeous garden - for your complete independence and privacy - where there is another private entry. The bed is made up of 2 mattresses and therefore can be made up as a double or for two separate guests.

You will be welcomed like family - Anne and Jean-Pol are professional and experience lovely hosts with over 20 years B&B hosting experience.

Welcome to THE B&B SUITE

Breakfast is served by your attentive hosts in the dining room or on nice days in the courtyard.

ONLY 129euro per night - 1 guest
139euro per night - 2 guests
159euro per night - 3 guests

CLICK HERE to see this B&B on our website in full detail and with more photos!

ENQUIRE with us HERE: about availabilities and bookings or more information.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Go to frenchclass.com.au

Petite Paris Guests
Special OFFER

To help you brush up on your French before Paris, guests who book a Petite Paris B&B or apartment receive a:

FREE French Introductory Language Recording
from Sydney French Language school: frenchclass!

Frenchclass is based in Paddington, Sydney and offers French language classes each term, from beginners to advanced!


Term 1 - Saturday 31st January to Thursday 2nd April - 9 weeks
April Intensive 13-17th April – Beginners and advanced courses.
Term 2 - Monday 20 April to Saturday 27th June - 10 weeks
Term 3 - Monday 13th July to Saturday 19th September - 11 weeks
Term 4 -Tuesday 6th October to Saturday 19th December - 11 weeks


Monday, March 16, 2015

Paris Bebe!! A family guide to Paris with Kids....

Paris is for Kids!

Parents heading to Paris with their little ones, meet our NEW Paris eBook!

'Paris Bébé'
A Paris Guide for Families
Making traveling with Kids easier, lighter, 'funner'!


A un
ique travel resource to be used on-the-go in Paris to help plan kids activities and daily itineraries. Kids gardens, amusement parks, playgrounds, kids museums and exhibitions, ice creamery, pony rides, puppet shows, kids ballet, child-friendly restaurants, outdoor pools, ice skating and more...PLUS helpful essentials: toilets, changing, breastfeeding, transport, safety, Paris apps...

ONLY $3.99
for ipad, iphone, smartphones
BUY IT on our website Bookshop HERE


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Calling all Francophile Mamas...

Calling all Francophile Mamas...

Indulge in French inspired gifts
by Australian service:



Spirited Mama is the trader of French provincial gifts, toys and decor for the young and young at heart.

'because childhood is only once'

The appeal of Spirited Mama's products is their exquisite craftsmanship, unique creativity and their lasting value.

Drawing on traditional French fairytales and fables, the gifts and decor by 'artisans of childhood' L'Oiseau Bateau capture the essence of make believe in its pure and lovely magic - whimsical decorative mobiles, music boxes, wallclocks, French dolls, exquisitely embroidered personalised backpacks and aprons and art smocks.

The handmade boats are fully seaworthy and crafted by third-generation French toy boat atelier Bateaux Tirot, which was established in Brittany in 1946. The award-winning company is the last of the boat makers to manufacturer each boat entirely in France.

 Exclusive to Petite Paris,

save 15% on purchase at Spirited Mama.

Simply use coupon
code PETITE (Offer ends 30 Oct).

* Visit the PETIT MOBILES page

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* Visit OBJECTS DE MODE page
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

We're booking OUT!!. Paris won't wait...

Apartment #465 Guisarde

Our 1 bedroom chic apartment in the St Dermain (next to Cafe de Flore and Jardin Luxembourg) is going so fast for Summer we best post about it...

Summer dates left available:
June 1st - 4th
June 24th - 28th
July 20th - 31st
August 1st - 15th
September BOOKED OUT

View this apartment on our website HERE

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Follow Us to Paris...

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...Petite Paris
in Paris April/May 2015


We have our Petite Paris apartment booked, apartments inspections lined up and a ready thirst for croissants, baguettes, fromage et vin.

Each year we live in Montmartre, our quaint most romantic old-world village. We post LIVE Facebook posts with all the latest from Paris and about living la vie...

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