Classy Versailles paid dearly for being a place of privilege in 1789; nowadays no-one will begrudge you your share. Off the busy avenue that leads to the palace, go through a dark porch into a bare yard then up steps to a total surprise: a bird-filled garden of lawn, trees and roses where an 18th-century ‘orangery’, a miniature Marie-Antoinette Trianon, houses two peaceful little luxury flats. Properly arched windows light a modern plush sofa standing on beautiful new Versailles parquet flanked by a couple of Louis XV armchairs. The tiny, cosy kitchen is fine for a short stay (and there are plenty of eateries to walk to), the marble bathroom is high-luxe, the mezzanine bedroom generously comfortable. One flat has a strong fuchsia-flashed colour scheme, the other is soberly wine-red and almond – a question of taste or mood. Two couples can easily share the terrace, the garden has several separate corners. Patricia, your lively and intelligent host, is widely travelled, multilingual and loves chatting with guests. Her charming housekeeper Alexandrina replaces her when necessary. Extraordinarily civilised.