Barely a fifteen-minute walk away, there’s a complete change of scene at Claire Maubert’s Une Chambre à Montmartre, a place that evokes a film set of a timeless bohemian Paris. The tourist-ridden Sacré Coeur and the funicular are practically around the corner, but no trace of them is felt once past the Maubert doorway and up a flight of stairs into the exquisite little garden. The hillside building is thought to have been a convent at one time, which might explain the atmosphere of serenity.
Madame Maubert, her husband and their two children live on the top floor of a three-floor walkup-the lack of an elevator is one price to pay for the rustic charm of the area. To the north they are level with the trees and birds, to the south they are perched above the city.
The self-contained guest room across the landing enjoys the same double exposure, and also looks out over the garden-there’s even a window in the stylishly appointed bathroom, and an opening in the gray-stone shower wall facing it, so that you can enjoy the view while soaping up.
Maubert was formerly an antique dealer and interior decorator, and she has furnished the room in impeccable, understated taste, setting off to advantage the wooden beams under the roof and adding a personal touch with interesting pieces of furniture and decorative objects collected over the years…
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