Luxuriantly sprawled over five floors, Rue Mouffetard is an ingenious time machine. Built during the 16th century in Paris's oldest arrondissement, this bâtiment housed a nunnery during the 1700s, and today it transcends the ages. Each floor presents a new and beguiling anachronism: sleek leather banquettes offset rustic beams, contemporary accessories sit atop marble fireplaces, and Nordic-inspired furnishings rest their feet on period tiling. In fact, each room attests to past, present and future dimensions. Just ascend to your peacefully private garden terrace – H.G. Wells never imagined it’d be this easy.
Your hosts have shared many voyages together. Former residents of a wealth of countries, they chose to settle here ten years ago with their three children. Now they can be part of two different worlds: the modern metropolis outside, and the countryside-quiet within.
Light of ages
You’ll see the ages of Paris distilled inside this home. Fly up a brick and timber staircase and gaze over the open spaces illuminated by windows and French doors opening onto a peacefully private garden terrace. You'll wonder at the history held up by original wooden beams, smell fresh bread baked in the antique stove, or dream of centuries past in the spaciously breezy master bedroom. Don't forget about the other journeys that await you: sample delicious fondue on rue Mouffetard or take in years of culture at the Jardin des Plantes museums.