Gambetta Top Floor

Paris
Self-catering


Space and sunsets on the top floor of a quiet building near Père Lachaise cemetery. Lively, unpretentious quarter, good markets, real Paris

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

The luxury of so much space and light in Paris is worth every one of the four flights to this top-floor flat. Don’t miss the neo-gothic portal as you turn the key in the 1950s lock. The generous luminous hill-top place has sky to the front, sky to the back: early birds can watch the sun rise in the east, birds of all sorts will glory in the evening light-and-cloud show in the west. Inside, you know it’s Ann’s home: all is white, antique meets modern, oak floors gleam, eclectic pictures spark interest. Spread yourselves in the big front bedroom – there’s masses of cupboard space – or the more intimate back room, kick off your shoes (the friend below who showed you in will bless you for this) and waltz round the living room. The newly-modernised kitchen has a contrasting rustic table and a window onto the sitting room so the cook can join the conversation (no microwave, no telly). The bathroom has an excellent bath/shower and there’s a second, separate loo. Explore the cafés of lively Gambetta, visit celebrities in the Père Lachaise cemetery, hop on a bus or a metro – it’s 15 minutes to the centre. A civilised place.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
12.30pm-7.30pm
Check out
12pm
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights. Over 16s welcome.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €100
Weekly price
from €650
Surcharges
€100-€150 per night.
1 Apartment for 4
From €1003 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

After many visits to central Paris, this year we stayed in Gambetta and loved the experience of a real working home in a real Parisian neighbourhood. Good local transport will take you anywhere you want in Paris. But don't neglect the pleasures closer at hand: the magical Pere Lachaise cemetery, great food shops around Place Gambetta and an excellent street market twice a week. The apartment is spacious, light-filled and functional, with an easy modernist feel. Ann is an excellent host, unobtrusive but very helpful about what counts. We stayed for 10 days and could happily have stayed for 20.

John, Sydney

[From my blog post of 24 Sept. 2016[ Our landlady, Ann buzzed us in and up the four flights of stairs we went. I had spoken with Ann on the phone a couple of months back and she struck me as amiable, congenial, friendly and someone keen on enjoying life. Those first impressions were confirmed when we met her face-to-face. Indeed, between her lovely and spacious apartment in Paris that was to be our home for the next 10 days and a home in Provence, she seemed to live life to the fullest indeed. We found this a warm and comfortable place to call home. 10 min walk to the Metro and Franprix nearby

Steve, Grand rapids

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ann Flanagan

  • The lively Gambetta neighbourhood slides past cafés, restaurants and alternative boutiques into trendy Ménilmontant where ephemeral up-to-the-minute shows may be caught in small atmospheric venues – or a drink be had in a authentic unregenerate bar. 
  • The Wednesday and Saturday street markets near Place Gambetta brim with noisy, friendly life, delicious fresh produce and the occasional interesting clothes stall: a slice of genuine Paris life.
  • Superb hillside Père Lachaise cemetery is full of celebrities and sculpture: writers Balzac, Proust and Oscar Wilde, musicians Rossini, Chopin and Jim Morrison, bittersweet Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret sharing a grave as they shared a bed.
  • For fluent French-speakers, the Théâtre de la Colline (10 minutes’ walk) presents avant-garde productions by respected companies and directors that are much admired and frequented by the city’s intellectual élite.
  • The Flèche d’Or in Rue de Bagnolet, installed in a former railway station that still straddles the disaffected Paris Circular line, is famous for its concerts of rock, pop and everything-beyond music.
  • This friendly flat is ideal for those wanting to ‘become’ Parisian. Make it a longer stay and ask about expert Paris and cookery advice, you will learn so much.