The 'Sculptor's house was a new rental in 2014 in the 'Bourgades', a conservation area just off the circular boulevard. The Place aux Herbes with its lively markets is only a couple of minutes away, as is Boulevard Gambetta, its shops, restaurants and banks. At the same time the street is quiet compared with the Boulevards or the Place aux Herbes. If you feel too tired to cook, one of the best restaurants in town is 20m up the road! Or order a pizza or pasta dish from a new restaurant opposite. The pedestrian street, mostly residential, is cobbled, but is easily accessed by car to load and unload luggage or groceries.
This town house, which dates back to the 18th century or perhaps earlier, was renovated and extended by a sculptor in the early nineties, then bought by another (the present owner's wife), in 2002. It retains its character as a family home, friendly and well equipped. If you are looking for somewhere completely made over and aseptic, it is perhaps not for you! There are original oil paintings, sculptures and other works of art throughout.
The ground floor is a garage/storage area with its own street door and is excluded from the let. The front door opens onto a flight of stairs leading to bedroom 1 on the left which looks onto the street, then straight ahead past the downstairs toilet to the main living area which comprises kitchen and dining room with exposed beamed ceiling. At the far end there is a window the width of the house which slides open and almost turns the living room into a verandah. A glass door leads onto the terrace with marble bistrot tables and a parasol. Steps down give access to the shady courtyard below. From the living area an open plan hand crafted wooden staircase leads to the upper floor. There is a large bedroom with double bed, and a smaller one with two single beds, one of which is on stilts. They share a separate toilet and a bathroom equipped with two handbasins. The downstairs bedroom has its own bathroom and access to the toilet next door, which means that no one needs to wake anyone in the night! The entire house is very practically designed and heated or cooled by reversible air conditioning, a great asset in July and August when temperatures can be in the mid 30s C°. Free street parking can usually be had at the bottom of the road, or for greater security there is the underground car park just over five minutes walk away. A weekly pass can be purchased for about 45€.
BUT please try to avoid arriving on a Sunday!