Friday, September 5, 2008

Pied-à-terre ...

From Wikipedia - A pied-à-terre literally translates from the French as "foot on the ground". This is said to be because pieds-à-terre were traditionally ground floor apartments, however, more likely, is to have a foothold, refering to territory rather than elevation. A pied-à-terre is a residence that will be used temporarily, mostly as a second home.

On days when my husband and children drive me nuts I often have dreams of escaping to my own pied-à-terre in Paris lol.

While researching accommodation in Paris for our trip last year I discovered this amazing website I'd forgotten I'd saved filled with the most beautiful vacation apartments or pieds-à-terre with view's that'll take your breath away.

I HAD to post some pics from these heavenly spaces.

I have to say, while in Paris myself, I nearly got hit by passing buses and cars many times as I couldn't keep my eyes off the magnificent bewitching architecture. I was trying to offer commentary to my accompanied video camera but I was often rendered speechless.

I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to wake up to a view like this every morning :)

Côte de Nuits

This 2 bedroom luxury apartment boasts 4 french doors opening onto your private balcony. Stunning herringbone parquet floors and all the creature comforts you can imagine.

I am completely smitten with those silk curtains in my favourite duck egg colour.

Gorgeous gorgeous blue and white toile and stripes in bedroom 2.


The divine master bedroom

Stunning bedroom 2



Côte de Beaune

This looks very similar to the Swedish stoves Joni from Cote de Texas has beautifully illustrated in her latest post.


All of the apartments have a beautiful display of authentic French antiques.

Two stunning antique stone bowls made into sinks sit atop a limestone bench.


Probably my favourite of them all, this is such a bright airy space. I love that it's on a corner with French doors all around.

I think a zebra rug would have looked better ;)


I hope I haven't tortured you with these enticing images. Perhaps it may put your Parisian holiday plans a little more forward, however you'll need to save your pennies cause as you can imagine, with these beauties, what you pay for is what you get ;)

Happy Weekend!



I am tortured beyond belief.

mishebe said...

Oh glorious, i am right their with you on daydreaming of places like these. This is what i totally imagine if i were staying their. Waking up opening the french doors to the wrought iron terrace with beautiful views, smelling the fresh bakery items i am going to eat while sitting reading the newspaper . hmmmm... mishelle

My Mélange said...

Simple delicious...every one of them!!!

My Castle in Spain said...

Happily landing on your blog from Mélanie's...
and YES it is a torture !! I lived many years in Paris, in le Marais which is already a very nice district but gosh..what's more exciting than contemplating the Eiffel tower at night.

just one thing..Did you stay at one of those flats in the end ?
thanks a million for the site. i'll check it up !


lady jicky said...

I think I just died and went to Paris!

RiverMist said...

omg as soon as i saw the first picture i melted for 5 minutes,
it makes me wanna cry for not being there!

Francois said...

Interesting pictures; Come and visit Paris but take time: Paris needs to be tamed.

Country French Antiques said...

Wonderful and I love those balcony views!
Thanks for the voyage!!

OLIVEAUX said...

These are beautiful images. I stayed in one of the Paris Perfect apartments on my last tirp and I would highly recommend them. I think the hardest thing is to pick which one you want as they are all so amazing!! Amanda x

Porchlight Interiors said...

Wow! These look so stunning - I would never want to come home. I really have to go there very soon. Tracey x

ness lockyer said...

OMG!!! Love ALL of those pics. I can see why you were nearly ran over...just delicious. Ness xx

~j~ said...

whew! that was amazing!! yes Anna, the torture was worth it :))
I simply cannot decide which was is my favorite but a couple of those kitchen pictures got my blood pumping.
Thanks so much for taking the time to post all those, they really are quite breathtaking.

Villa Anna said...

Awww Liberty, my bad!

Anna ;)

Villa Anna said...

Mishelle, Fresh bakery goods are exactly what Paris smells like......well that and dog poop LOL!

Anna :)

Villa Anna said...

Welcome Lala :)

I WISH I stayed in one of the heavenly apartments but alas my family and I stayed in a much more humble hotel room in Saint Mande.

Le Marais was the one place I wanted so badly to see but ran out of time before I could. When I go back to Paris it will be the FIRST place I stop.

Anna :)

Villa Anna said...


I am not the person to tame Paris. As a tame person myself I fear Paris could bring out a whole new personality in me.

Anna ;)

Villa Anna said...


I would love to know which apartment you stayed in?

How wonderful!!

Anna :)

Villa Anna said...

Welcome lady jicky, rivermist and my melange!

Anna :)

Millie said...

Excuse me dear Anna while I phone the Travel Agent! And just think that Judy B. from Lily-G. is there right now! Mon Dieu!
Millie ^_^

Anonymous said...

Love Paris Perfect apartments! We stayed in the Sancerre during the summer of 2006 along with 2 gals with us that stayed in the Champagne. You are SO right - the view from the dining room windows was spectacular -- the Lady Eiffel in all her glory!! We were so excited to open the shutters every morning to welcome HER into our apartment! And it was enchanting to watch HER light up and then sparkle every night! We hated to close the shutters at night (and frankly, I hated to have to sleep while in Paris!!). Philippe & Madelyn who own/manage the apartments are the most gracious people who are truly interested in making your stay in Paris the very best! If you get a chance, GO, GO, GO!!

Love this site!!! You just keep exceeding my expectations!


MelsRosePlace said...

Oh wow those images have made my day! thanks! Mel xx

Red River Interiors: said...

love these inviting.
I can't wait to sleep in one of those dreamy bedrooms with a balcony with a view... Fay

Mélanie said...

I love to read about France in foreign blogs ! You always make me know things