About this listing
IDEAL FOR STUDENTS
BE AMONGST THE PRIVILEGED FEW TO STAY IN THE QUIET AND SAFE GARDEN ROOM(for the price of a noisy youthhostel!)
We live in a nice city HOUSE in the eastern part of Paris:NEXT TO THE METRO STATION"CHATEAU DE VINCENNES" (line 1)or RER A "VINCENNES"only MINUTES AWAY FROM THE INNER CITY CENTER OF PARIS.EASY TO REACH FROM CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT and FROM GARE DU NORD(Eurolines and Thalys) . EASY TO GET TO(and FROM) PORTE MAILLOT(Ryan Air).
We rent a SMALL, SUNNY(oriented south),QUIET and CHARMING INDEPENDENT BEDROOM (ideally for 1 person but the bed can accomodate 2 if necessary)at the end of our little PARISIAN GARDEN (which you are offered to enjoy anytime.Hammocks available)!.It has authentic 18th century tiles on the floor (and bathroom) and a warm panelling ceiling.
It is 15m2(161ft), has a CUTE TINY BATHROOM (shower with 18th century stone basin+small sink+toilets) from which you have a nice opening on the garden bamboos ...
There is a VERY COMFORTABLE MEZZANINE BED which you reach by a retrievable ladder.Beddings and towels are provided.
The desk and book- case (see photo) are part of the same Art Deco set..
In the room, you will find: a hoover,hair dryer,fan,scale,radio,iron,ironing board and electrical heating(in room and bathroom).
IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET: No need to go to the restaurant everyday!You also have everything you need in it to COOK :a small oven,a microwave, 1 hob,toaster, kettle, coffee machine,rice cooker, juicer,plates,pans,cutlery etc.There is also a silent MINI FRIDGE.
I don't charge anything for the clean up and there is no deposit. I prefer a minimum of three nights but 1 or 2 nights are sometimes negotiable(ask me!)
The INTERNET works very well now!
I have left many leaflets and brochures on Paris in your room.
BASIC BREAKFAST: I will leave everything for you in your room(cornflakes,milk,bred,orange juice,coffee, tea, jam !).
When you enter our house, you walk through the living room, walk through the garden(on the Japanese cobblestones) and you have reached your little abode! Note that it is far from the family noise and thus very calm and quiet.
The room opens onto the garden and has a view on the maple.Why not have a cup of tea in the garden if weather permits?
The house is very close to the METRO STATION LINE 1 "chateau de vincennes" and to the RER A"vincennes". Metro line 1 goes straight through Paris and it connects to all the other lines.
Our home is ideally situated:it is a CLASSY,QUAINT,VERY SAFE and GREEN area. We are close to NATURE:The PARC FLORAL DE PARIS(- with its tree skytrolleys and four -wheel bicycles-;its mini golf representing all the monuments of Paris, rare species of plants and trees) is simply gorgeous ...
The beautiful BOIS DE VINCENNES(one of the two woods in Paris) is 5mn by walk from the house:you can easily jog ,picnic, cycle in the woods or even row a boat on the lake!
THE ZOO DE PARIS will reopen in April. It will be brand new and worth a visit(5 mns by bus from the house)
A brand new swimming pool has just opened (10 mn by walk from the house) and is worth a visit (it includes a hammam, jacuzzi)!
DISNEYLAND is only 20 minutes away from the house direct by RER A.
Vincennes is famous for its national and INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACES (it is also sister city with Vincennes, Indiana).Why not go to a horse race in Vincennes?
For THEATER BUFFS, the offbeat theater company of Ariane Mnouchkine(La Cartoucherie) is also next door.
For CLASSICAL MUSIC BUFFS, there is a brand new auditorium next door(1 mn by walk) with great classical music musiciens. The 2 main Parisian OPERAS(music and danse) are direct by metro and RER (Opéra Bastille and Opéra Garnier)
We are surrounded by all the shops you might need or want (boulangeries, fromageries,boucheries,2 great organic shops etc),there is a big market every 2 days.We will recommend you some great restaurants.
There are many "locals" in our area so you won't be bumping every 2 seconds into tourists; you will feel French!!
If you like history, you will be charmed by the Château de Vincennes which was the FIRST ROYAL CASTLE before Versailles(the keep is one of the biggest in Europe).
There is a huge public library next door for intellectuals (which includes a rich music/ cinema and English books section).
The metro line 1(the historical metro line) will take you to INNER PARIS WITHIN MINUTES and to all the main monuments you want to visit! LOUVRE, CHAMPS ELYSEES,MARAIS etc ARE NEXT DOOR (it takes you directly there, no need to change trains).
FOR NIGHT BIRDS:It is also important to know that there is a NIGHT BUS(Noctilien 11 and 33) that goes to our area after 1am at night(everywhere in Paris, the metro closes at 1am):the night bus ("noctilien") is very safe and cheap(no need to take a taxi which is expensive in Paris).
FRENCH LESSONS:Note that there are some Parisian French schools close by easily reachable by metro or RER(Lutèce Langues or Institut Parisien for example).
TIP:If stay over three months, you also have the possiblility to take 3 hours per week of French lessons in a nearby school for only 20 euros of enrollment fee(but you have to stay for a minimum of Three months)
Our area is IDEAL FOR TRAVELLERS who want a safe place to stay and don't want to be troubled (some areas in Paris can be rough).
You will feel independent while at the same time having all the benefits of a " French family atmosphere".
We are a serious,warm,open-minded ,reliable family(I teach in a Secondary school) .
My English level is good so communication will not be a problem. I also speak some Russian and some German.
We are all eagerly waiting to meet you!
You will go through our living room before arriving to your bedroom in the garden. Thank you to make as little noise as possible when coming in late(the kids are sleeping).Thanks!
Interaction with Guests
I am a busy secondary school teacher(I teach full time, have three
children) and will thus have little time to give you or to help you book your taxi, hôtels etc. Thank you to take this into account before booking(some guests prefer hosts who have plenty of time for them which I completely understand!)
Leafy(bois de Vincennes/Parc Floral), very safe(you can come back anytime at night time), historical(chateau de Vincennes). Excellent restaurants, markets, huge library, auditorium. Swimming pool close by.
Very good transport in our neighbourhood:metro, RER and buses.
Other Things to Note
Please, make the most of our garden when weather permits!
DON T HESITATE to ask me or our au pair if need be(if you need more milk, bread etc).
We are very friendly and are used to hosting foreign guests.
We are also trusting people and don't ask for a deposit.
Please let me know in advance at what time you are arriving;check in and check out is flexible as long as it is within reasonable hours(no check in/check out at 5am please, no arrivals at midnight!...)
Thank you not to smoke in the room please but you can smoke in the garden.
No other guest is allowed in your room.
You will have the keys to the house(we will charge you 50 euros-the price of the keys- if you lose them).
Free use of wifi in your room but it can be a bit slow(it also depends on your computer).It works great in the garden!But if you are a computer addict you will feel frustrated..
Beddings and towels are provided and a basic breakfast is offered.
Laundry services are available at a cost of 5 euros per load.
Thank you not to use our personal phone,computer and printer:don't forget to bring your laptop and mobile along.You are able to print your flight tickets at the airport.
Note that I am a busy professional and the mother of three young children(between 3 and 10 years old) and that, unfortunately, I have no time to be your tourist agent or your concierge:thank you to book your flights, museums passes etc in advance.
IMPORTANT:don't forget that "check out" means the day of your departure(not your last night!) so,for example, if "check out" is on the 18th it means that your last night will be on the 17th.I advise you to double check the number of nights!
See you soon!