If ever there was a hidden treasure in Paris, La Cité des Fleurs is it! Imagine opening a gate onto a peaceful, private lane of grand houses and sumptuous gardens – the busy city melts away. All that’s missing from this utterly untouched view of La Belle Epoque is a penny-farthing and children playing marbles… The Sciards are kind hosts with an eye for elegant detail. Red doors open to a hall of chequered tiles and stained glass; airy bedrooms have marble fireplaces and white linen. Breakfasts of homemade cakes, gourmet teas and viennoiserie are taken en famille in the dining room or internal courtyard. Visit nearby museums, wander Montmartre.