Murderers, artists, Catholic Church clergy, affairs, scandals… this all sounds like the stuff of a great fictional bestseller set in Paris. In fact, it is just a taste of the history behind the doors of this exceptional property we have for sale in the centre of the French capital.
Set on the top floor of a hôtel particulier (a historic mansion previously the Parisian residence of aristocrats), this exceptional apartment exuberates the spirit of 6th arrondissement, set in a historical building yet renovated to a high standard with modern touches.
A building full of history
Originally built in the late 13th century, the property is simply brimming with history having had some rather colourful characters reside within its walls over the years. In 1292, Guillaume V de Putot built the Parisian residence for the abbots and priors of Fécamp Monastery. Of the nine superiors of the monastery between 1330 and 1523, one became Pope (Clement IV)! It was also the Parisian base of the Cardinals of Lorraine (Jean, Charles and Louis) when they came to stay in the City of Light. The property was completely rebuilt during the French Renaissance in the 16th century.
In 1560, the mansion was inhabited by Italian artists who came to France with the wealthy and influential Médici family. One of the artists was Georges Boba, a student of Titian, who painted Louis of Lorraine’s portrait. In 1663, the Knight Godin de Sainte-Croix, lived in the turret of the building. He was often visited by his mistress, Madame de Brinvilliers, who was involved in a major murder scandal in France, L’affaire des poisons, and was accused of conspiring to poison her father and two brothers. Godin de Sainte-Croix was also accused to have conspired with Madame de Brinvilliers but died of natural causes before being prosecuted. Madame de Brinvilliers, however, was sentenced to death and beheaded and then burnt at the stake. Nicolas Voucot, a famous bibliophile, lived on the first floor until his death in 1699, having collected more than 18,000 books, over 70,000 prints and 17,000 portraits. In 1766, archives of the Lorraine region were stored in the building following the death of King Stanisław Leszczyński of Poland (also Duke of Lorraine) until 1790 when they were transferred to the National Archives. The mansion was sold as a national asset in 1791.
The building has been listed as a historic monument of the sixth arrondissement since 1947, along with iconic buildings such as the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Saint Sulpice Church.
The property’s early 16th century renaissance-style corner turret, built in the 16th century, previously used to indicate the owner’s wealth and standing. The turret has a bell-shaped roof covered with slates, and also includes period rectangular narrow windows, it is quite an unusual architectural feature in Paris. Up until the 18th century, the turret was decorated with fleur-de-lis, the French royal coat-of-arms and Francis I of France’s coat of arms. Today, the remaining decorative elements include the fine corbelled structures and lace, pearl and interlaced mouldings. is an exceptional property which will take you back in time in the Latin Quarter of the French capital.
The private courtyard boasts wrought iron banisters adorning two of the staircases, relics of a well, sash windows and the top half of a carved wooden mermaid sits on top of the concierge’s lodge with her tail hidden within the lodge.
A sought-after location
Nestled in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Paris, an area which juxtaposes history and modernity – full of historical architecture yet brimming with independent bars, restaurants and shops, this exceptional apartment could barely be better located.
Set on the third floor of the building and accessed via wooden and tiled staircase, the apartment benefits from lots of natural light and high ceilings throughout.
Offering 105sq m (1130sq ft) of living space, the layout gives the apartment an open and airy feel. The lounge (30sq m) overlooks benefits from a cathedral-style ceiling with exposed beams as well as a built-in feature bookcase and overlooks the quiet courtyard. The dining room is separated from the kitchen with a sliding wooden door. Both the reception rooms and the two bedrooms (20sq m and 15sq m respectively) feature parquet flooring and overlook the quiet courtyard. The apartment provides two tiled bathrooms.
The property is located at the corner of the one-way road, rue Hautefeuille, one of the oldest roads on the Parisian left bank in the sixth arrondissement of the French capital. It is the ideal location to enjoy Parisian life: under 10 minutes’ walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, on a quiet road yet a stone’s throw from the lively Quartier Latin with shops, cafes and restaurants.
The sixth arrondissement offers a bit of everything: from the green and leafy Jardin du Luxembourg, to typically Parisian cafes on Boulebard Saint-Germain, art galleries and chic boutiques. Sample unforgettable food at some of the finest restaurants in the world, or join crowds of young revellers in the lively bars around the Place Saint Michel and Saint-Germain-des-Près.
There are a number of important historical and cultural attractions to see, including the Église Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Palais du Luxembourg. The Musée national Eugene Delacroix and the Jardin du Luxembourg are also undoubtedly worth a visit.
Thanks to its central location, the sixth arrondissement is well served by the metro and buses. There is also a main line railway station nearby, with good transport links to central France and the Loire Valley. By Eurostar it only takes two and a half hours from London to get to the centre of Paris but there are also many low cost flights from all over the UK and beyond.
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