Paul’s apartments may not be big in size, but he has a flair for letting in maximum light and creating a sense of space, and a clever mix of design styles ensures a personal feel. Look out for the delicate line drawings on the cupboards that were painted by a local artist.
Find all you need to cook sophisticated meals, including a generous supply of the basics and a market just down the road. Alternatively, Versailles has a lively food scene with excellent restaurants of all types, from pizzerias to Michelin-starred French gastronomy at its best, within a 10-minute walk.
All the delights of Versailles are on your doorstep, not least the splendid Palace. The city itself is beautiful and buzzes with an influx of young designers and artisans who work either on the endless restoration of the Palace or have set up workshops in the city. It is very easy to pop into Paris, too – Montparnasse station is 12 minutes away by train.