Description from owner
Description from owner
2 Full baths
PICASSO SLEPT HERE, WHY NOT YOU?
Villa Picasso is a vintage town-house in the same leafy courtyard as Picasso's Montparnasse studio. Five minutes' walk from the Luxembourg Gardens, it is very central with easy access in mere minutes to all the sights via public transport literally at your door step.
A DUPLEX HOME WITH LIGHT, SPACE AND CHARM
This spacious, high-ceilinged, 2,200-sq-ft duplex drips with authentic Parisian charm. Villa Picasso is not a sterile “rental property”, but a cozy family home built 110 years ago. The bright and spacious 6-room duplex sleeps up to 8 persons on 4 double beds in 4 separate rooms.
THE ART OF LIVING WELL
The entire house is furnished with antiques and original period paintings, but with free hi-speed Wi-Fi and digital printer for your computers, i-Phones or tablets; cable TV with international channels; free telephone to land lines anywhere; stereo; fully equipped kitchen; central heating and ventilators for all rooms. Three rooms have working fireplaces which you are welcome to use.
A GUIDED VISIT
The 580-square-foot artist's studio has 16-foot ceilings, a bibliophile's library, and a huge music collection for every taste. Or you can make your own on our 1906 3/4-concert-grand piano (the same model Ravel used to compose his famous "Bolero”). One couche conveniently contains a very comfortable double bed.
A wall of heavy folding doors separates the artist's studio from a big master bedroom with double bed overlooking the quiet garden. Imagine a cozy evening curled up in bed before a crackling fireplace.
A living/dining room is hung with original paintings by 19th century French minor masters, and is filled with antique "objects d'art". The room has a working fireplace and a dining table for 8 persons in front of a full wall of French windows. A beautiful Chesterfield sofa hides a 5th double bed for 2 additional guests.
From the living/dining room, a pantry leads to an eat-in kitchen that comfortably seats 8 persons and is full of old-fashioned country charm, but with all the conveniences: dishwasher, washing machine with built-in drier, gas stove with oven, microwave, 2 toasters, every cooking utensil you could ever need, and a full stock of condiments, oils & vinegars, coffee, teas, flour, sugar, salt, etc. There is an adjoining WC in the hallway.
ONE FLIGHT UP THE OAK STAIRCASE there is a large bedroom with double bed and working fireplace overlooking the quiet courtyard/garden. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with full shower and washbasin.
Across the landing there is a smaller bedroom with a double bed, a closet and a rare baker's box from the French Revolution. The room has a direct view into Picasso's ex-studio where he did his first cubist work, a paper collage called The Guitar.
Finally, a family bathroom includes a large tub, full shower, toilet, twin washbasins, three hair dryers (don't lug your own) and storage space full of extra towels and linens.
A NEIGHBORHOOD FOR STROLLING
Villa Picasso is ideally located for visiting all of Paris on foot or by public transport. It is a 5-minute walk to the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens, an easy 20-minute stroll to St-Germain des Près with its renowned cafés and high-end shopping, 25 minutes walk to the historic Latin Quarter, 30 to Notre Dame Cathedral, 30 to the tree-shaded quais of the Seine.
GETTING AROUND IS WONDERFULLY EASY
If you prefer to ride, the house is well served by public transport: It is 10 steps from 2 Metro (subway) lines at the Raspail station. The number 6 line will whisk you directly to the Eiffel tower in 7 minutes, to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees in 15 minutes. The number 4 line (with a quick change) takes you to picturesque Pigalle and Montmartre in 25 minutes, or directly to Saint-Germain des Près in 6 minutes and the Latin Quarter in 8. In 30 minutes you'll reach the world's most famous flea market.
A public bus that stops just across the street from the house will take you to the Quai d'Orsay Museum in 10 minutes, to the Louvre Museum in 12 minutes, or to Paris's most famous department stores in 20.
A double-decker sightseeing bus also stops just across the road every 15 minutes. Hop on for a guided tour of Paris. You can hop on or off at any stop. It is the easiest and quickest way to get acquainted with all the sights of the city.
A VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF PARIS
Immediately around the house you will find plenty of food stores, bakeries and supermarkets; literally dozens of restaurants for every taste and pocketbook; as well as museums, theaters, cafés with sidewalk terraces, cinemas and, of course, the studios of famous artists and writers of the past (and present!): Picasso, Gauguin, Modigliani, Max Jacob, Henry Miller and many more. You can virtually step into their lives by discovering their favorite neighbourhood haunts.
Hundreds of happy guests often say Villa Picasso is not a house, it's an experience. Enjoy!
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Book this 4 bedroom villa in Paris today! A total of 8 people can sleep here comfortably.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 4.5/5 thanks to an average of 55 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $6500, depending on travel dates.
The owner responds to 100% of inquiries and last updated the property’s calendar Sep 19, 2018, so this rental may not be available for your requested dates, but please inquire to confirm.
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About the owner
About the owner
- Response rate:
- Calendar last updated:
- 19 Sep 2018
- Overall rating:
Languages spoken: English, French
- Check in time:16:00, Check out time:11:00
- If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your vacation rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
Damage deposit: $1,500.00
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Paris-ile-de-france Attractions
- Central heating
- Clothes dryer
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet access
- Wireless Internet
- High chair
- CD player
- DVD player
- Satellite TV
- Table tennis
- Bicycles available
- Shared garden
- Tennis in town
- Smoking not allowed
- 2 Full baths
– based on 55 reviews
- Very Good
“Very nice, ideal location”
Steve was very helpful and gave us a lot of advice and recommendations. The townhouse is right by a train station, and there were a lot of wonderful restaurants near by. We had a wonderful time in Paris. The town house is full of antiques and interesting memorabilia. I would recommend staying there.
“This townhouse epitomizes Paris!”
This townhouse epitomizes Paris! I wholeheartedly recommend this house to anyone who is looking for genuine Parisian charm without having to sacrifice convenice. Steve, the owner, was very helpful and flexible. The size makes it ideal for larger families and groups of travelers. Both the adults and the kids in our company loved the place!
Response from the owner Hello Moa, Thanks so much for the beautiful review. You were beautiful guests! Best regards, Steve
“Villa Picasso is Quintessential Artist's Paris”
I stayed at Villa Picasso with four of my women friends. We loved everything about this apartment, which is more like a house; a rarity in Paris. The light from the huge windows is inspiring, the architecture old and authentic. Steve is a gracious and helpful host, answering every question about our first visit to Paris. The neighborhood is ideal, being out of the noisy touristed section but still convenient to all the sights. We loved this unique and authentic artist's abode and felt like locals. The Metro is just outside the front door, and Steve graciously called us a large taxi for our trip back to the train station when we left. I highly recommend this villa for a Parisian getaway.
Response from the owner Thank you for such a nice review. Best regards, Steve
“perfect paris interlude!”
Seven of us stayed for 5 days in september, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. With large public rooms, a grand piano, and curiosities everywhere, it really is much, much more than just overnight accommodation, and for a group it works out cheaper than most hotels. We had different agendas by day, then reassembled for a long and musical happy-hour before walking to nearby restaurants recommended by our gracious host Steve. The location right beside Raspail metro station made trips within Paris and to and from the airport very easy. Lots of helpful advice from Steve ahead of the stay helped us with our planning. We all felt we would book here again in a flash.
“great place to stay”
My family and I stayed at the Villa Picassa for a week, last June. We had a great time. The apartment is amazing and the neighborhood is wonderful. Plan to stay there again some day! Carol Lavin
“unmissable ambience, authenticity and location”
Villa Picasso proved to be the perfect choice for experiencing Paris with our family of five, although we weren't new to the city. There is a distinct atmosphere in Steve's artfully lived-in home, a uniquely Parisian vibe. His home is full of charm, personality and history transporting you back to the Montparnasse of the 1920's and '30s--an aura and depth rarely accessible for a tourist. The immediate surroundings of the house offer an abundance of restaurants, and Steve will provide you with suggestions on the best of them. Several boulangeries and large supermarkets [2 Monoprix stores close by] will make your breakfasts and dinners delicious when you wish to stay in. There are street markets nearby, one of them is home to an organic farmers' market on Blvd Raspail each Sunday. The two metro lines that stop right in front of the house will take you, without transfer, to a host of monuments and some major train stations. The Orlybus to ORY is also one metro stop or a five minute walk away, and so is the RER to CDG. Villa Picasso itself is an experience on its own right, with its period features and Steve's immense collection of art and books. The huge loft window looking out on the street lend an inimitable ambience to the home, as do the bedrooms' windows opening onto a lush, private inner courtyard that is shared by the immediate neighbors. The Villa is equipped exacly as if someone was living there--this was one of our family's favourite aspects about the house. We found the beds really comfortable, the linens crisp and clean, the bath spotless and spacious. Upon arrival, Steve shows every detail you need to know, and he's always a phone call away should you need help during your stay. Our family had an incredible stay, and can only recommend Villa Picasso to anyone in search of authenticity, history, charm, ample space, flexibility and freedom in experiencing the authentic Parisian way of life.
“Don't miss this perfect home!”
My friends and I stayed here in September 2010 after finding on Trip advisor. We were nervous about booking because of the limited number of reviews at that time, but let me put your mind at ease...I've been to Paris four times and this is the best accomodation in Paris. Steve, the owner, is an extremely accomodating and helpful host. He greeted us at the house after our red-eye flight from PHL in the am with fresh fruit, a tour of the house, and helpful recommendations for neighborhood restaurants and events. He was available to us the entire time we were there, and kept in great contact with us prior to our arrival. From the moment you step foot in this amazingly decorated, spotlessly clean home you'll be glad you came. The house is filled with beautiful art and hundreds of books (French and English), and music lovers will appreciate the vast collection of CDs of all genres to enjoy. (And if you happen to play the piano you'll be right at home with the 19th c. concert baby grand -- in fantastic condition...just bring your own music!) Though the house has wi-fi, a TV and a gaming system, we never had use for them. Sitting in the artist's studio with the big windows open on the street, watching the people go by was far more entertaining. (Besides, who comes to Paris to watch TV?) The beds are the most comfortable I've slept in while in Europe. The bathroom was incredibly spacious and came complete with soap and a hair dryer (thank goodness...one less thing to pack!). The house is only a few steps from the Raspail metro stop making it terrific location. You can easily be at Notre Dame in ten minutes, Monmartre in about 20. The neighborhood is friendly, safe, and filled with shops, cafes, and a terrific open-air market on Saturdays and Wednesdays (not to be missed!). You simply can not miss this home if you're looking for rental accomodations while in Paris.
“If you want to immerse yourself in Paris...”
My three girlfriends and I just returned from a long weekend in Paris. It sounds decadent, but with the affordability of the Paris Villa Picasso, it was completely doable. Two of the girls had never been to Paris, and we said repeatedly, there is no better way to do it than at this residence. It is quirky, eclectic, a bibliofile's dream and absolutely perfect to immerse yourself in Parisienne culture. I have backpacked to 56 countries, and stayed at hundreds of establishments, this by far is among my top 5. We spent each night sitting at a 6x10 street level window looking out enjoying cheese from the Maitre Frommage around the corner and champagne, fruit and wine from the local shops. Having the metro merely steps from the front door, all of Paris was immediately accessible if you wanted to leave this wonderful neighborhood. The Open Tour Bus also picks you up right across the street, if you wanted to ride around the city and see all the sights, particularly if you are limited on time. Saturday morning was spent navigating the street markets that were about 2 blocks away...and the food. A foodies dream footsteps away. Across the street and down the road a bit is La Mere agitee...she is fabulous. Ask her if she has room, sit down, she decides the menu each day, you eat what she brings you, including wine for 30 euro each!!! Perfection. This is not a luxorious palace, but it is a roomy, wonderful residence, accessible to all of Paris, big enough for up to 7 to stay and enjoy the beauty and magnificence of one of the world's most spectacular cities. The owner Steve is cool and responsive (I blew a circuit our first morning he was there within a half) He greeted us with fruit, cheese and wine...does it really get any better than this?
“Comfortable, convienent and good value”
We stayed here in august 2010 and were very satisifed. Steve's house is conviently located right next to a Metro station with a market, bakery, laundry, good restaurants and other shopping very close. It's a couple of blocks from Montparnesse Tower (must see...best view of Paris). It was easy to be in and out of the house and about town with the great location. The house is not luxorious, but it is indeed pleasant and homey with plenty of room and comfortable beds. Steve was a great host, meeting us on arrival and respectful of our privacy when he needed to get into the house while we were there. I recommend this rental.
“Extremely convenient location!”
I stayed here with 4 other people and absolutely loved it! The property is actually adjacent to the Raspail metro stop, and this fact earned me praise from my travel mates for finding this rental after each day of touring the city's many sights and getting back with ease. There are numerous restaurants nearby as well. There are also no transfers to get to this property from Charles-de-Gaulle airport! The RER line from the airport takes you to Denfert-Rochereau station, and you can walk a block north from there with your bags easily! That was a pleasant surprise for me! Check it out on google maps! The apartment is also very spacious, making it incredibly comfortable for 5 people. The home was just as described by Steve. We all thought it was very quaint, and my friends said it was a perfect pick with a Paris feel! He was there for our arrival to greet us and show us his home, and even left us fresh fruit to eat! We all agreed Steve was very accommodating and kind. The wireless internet was very fast and did not fail once. In one of the upstairs bedrooms, I noticed there was a new video game console that I imagine a teen would have fun with. After the heat that we've been experiencing this summer of 2010 in DC and the rest of the eastern U.S., I was a little worried about the fact that I couldn't find any listing with air conditioning on Trip advisor. Well, I can now tell you, don't worry about it! It's a different climate here. It felt cool like Maine does in the summer. In fact, I just checked something. Paris is near the 49th degree parallel, which is north of Maine. This is also the line that divides the United States from Canada. So I guess that is why it is so refreshing in Paris. Bring a light jacket! In summation, we enjoyed our stay very much and would definitely recommend this vacation rental to any group looking for space and an excellent location that is steps from the metro!