“Nos hôtes nous ont accueillis très chaleureusement. Joslene avait préparé une délicieuse soupe et du pain maison. Nous avons adoré. Leur maison, empreinte de sérénité, est confortable, propre et bien située pour visiter Paris. Ce qui fut fort agréable, de retour de notre périple citadin. Nous avons également profité de leur petit jardin, caché derrière la maison, où fleurs et arbres s'entrelacent pour créer des aires de détente… totalement inattendu! Ils ont pris grand soin de notre résidence et nos relations électroniques se sont déroulées en toute convivialité. Nous remercions vivement nos hôtes pour leur extrême gentillesse et nous conseillons sans aucune restriction un échange avec eux.”
Joslène et Stéphane's reviewsAs a host (28)
“He pasado 15 días en Paris en la casa de Joslène y Stèphane, nos ha gustado mucho su casa con un jardín muy bonito y la casa muy acogedora y cómoda. Pase con ellos dos días en mi casa, y son muy agradables, educados y han cuidado muy bien de mis perritas. También pase un día con ellos en Paris y todo fue muy bien, Montreuil se encuentra al Lado de Paris con muy buena conexión al centro de Paris. Al llegar a mi casa, estaba todo muy limpio, cuidaron de mi casa como si fuese la suya, también durante mi estancia en Paris nos conectabamos con Joslène con facetime y podiamos hablar e intercambiar experiencias. Recomiendo esta casa para intercambiar.”
“We had a great ten days in Paris with lovely weather. We enjoyed the lovely garden and our daughter enjoyed using the 'artist studio' and looking after the cat. The house was clean and our house on return had been well looked after. The house was within walking distance of the end of the metro line so getting into Paris was very easy and it was also very close to food shops and restaurants. A few days a week there is also a small market close by where we were able to buy our bread and vegetables. We had good contact with Joslene and Stephane before hand and overall had a great experience. We would highly recommend an exchange with Joslene and Stephane.”
“We had a wonderful and relaxed stay in Montreuil which is easily to reach by metro. Joslène and Staphane are really experienced in having guests in their house. Many guides and info are found on the table and if you wish you may use their bikes to travel in and around Paris. We did everything by feet which is easy because their house is nearby the end of line 9. Although we didn't use the sauna the idea of getting in is already very nice. The garden is also a wonderful quiet place which can offer a relaxing moment after visiting busy Paris. We felt very comfortable and welcome and enjoyed to stay so close to Paris but also had the idea of living in a village in France. The best of both in one place! Highly recommended!”
“We very much enjoyed our time in Joselene and Stephane's well organised and stylish house in Montreuil. We were extremely comfortable with everything we needed for our week's stay. The garden was a delight to explore, being complete with a hammock for relaxation and communication with their two lovely cats! On a practical note the are plenty of food shops and supermarkets within easy walking distance. The 'commune' of Montreuil is an interesting area to explore with its own style, history and character. As a painter and 'urban sketcher' I found the area's mix of architecture and cultural differences fascinating. Notably we visited some of the remaining walled areas that were used for the cultivation of peaches in the 19th century. We alternated our days in Montreuil with outings to the Paris city centre and all the rich culture it has to offer. The journey was straightforward, entailing a 20 minute walk to the metro station and about 20 minutes on the train depending on your chosen area to visit. Highly recommended.”
“We would really like to thank Joslène and Stephane for their generosity and we enjoyed our stay enormously. We highly recommend their house it is a real heaven. Very tastefully decorated and really comfortable with an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and creativity. The sauna is wonderful, a really luxurious extra feature. The cats are a delight during our short stay we became quite attached to them and were sorry to leave them behind. Paris is of course an enormous treat and it was great to get back to the house after all the hustle and bustle of the city. Thank you again for a wonderful stay.”
“I stayed four days in the house of Joslene and Stephane in Montreuil. It was a very nice experience. They are very hospitable, experienced exchangers and pleasant to communicate with. Although the house is in a suburb of Paris, you are in the city center within 1/2 hour. It is not a touristic area and therefore you can feel even more 'Parisienne' for a couple of days. You have the city within reach, but also a quiet house with garden (!) to get back to after a day in Paris. The sauna was wonderful and though it was a bit cold in March when I was here, I could imagine how nice it would be to sit in the garden in spring or summer. They left my house in a perfect condition! Els”
“I was in the house of Joslène and Stéphane again from 26-30 July, 2013 and from 14-18 August 2013. This time in summer and the garden was transformed into a nice little oasis. The sauna attracted less, but the cold tub was wonderful after a warm day in the city! In July I could pick a few raspberries in the morning for breakfast. In August a new, 2nd cat had arrived: Raku. A 'Turkish Angora' we learned from the internet. A very nice cat, which was quite happy to see us and beautiful to look at. This time we visited Montreuil a bit: it is not a formal touristic attraction, but the 'peach walls' are really worth a visit after you read a bit about their history in the documentation in the house. Also the church, which appeared to have an impressive history, I can recommend. We felt again very welcome in the house of Joslène and Stéphane. They also took very good care of my apartment and the communication is also very good. They are very experienced (and addicted?!) Home exchangers!”
“For the second time I stayed in the house of Joslene and Stéphane. This time in the summer, which was a different, but again very good experience, very welcoming again. The garden was full with flowers, some berries, fruit bearing trees. Quite a little paradise. We very much appreciated the cold tub in the garden as it was very hot the first 2 days. Having breakfast and dinner in the garden was also nice. And I enjoyed again to have to take care of the cat Ulane for a few days. Next time a second cat will be there, I am curious..”
“Nous sommes une famille de quatre et dans le cadre d'un échange non simultané,nous avons passé 5 jours chez Joslène et Stéphane. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié leur facilité de contact et leur sens de l'hospitalité. La maison est chaleureuse et on y respire beaucoup de quiétude et de sérénité après une journée de visite dans Paris. Recommandation spéciale pour la beauté du jardin (ah les tulipes!!), on est presque à la campagne!. Donc une belle rencontre et un échange a fortement conseiller pour qui souhaite visiter Paris tout en pouvant se reposer tout à son aise.”
“Joslenes garden is a wonderful place for chilling out after a day in busy Paris. Within metro distance the house gave us the best of two worlds; urban big city life and quiecy of the garden of Eden. We even cancelled our plans for motoring in France just to be able to stay put. A wonderful experience. Thanks a lot! : )”
“We have recently exchanged homes for two weeks in Montreuil on the outskirts of Paris with Joslene and Stephan. We found them to be a lovely couple very hospitable and welcoming. The house was clean and tidy and catered for our basic needs. They took great care of our home, we were very pleased to find our home clean and tidy on our return. We were surprised to discover the journey into Paris center took us at least forty minutes. Anyone wishing to be more central to Paris should perhaps look for another location.”
“We liked very much our home exchange with Joslène and Stéphane. It was great to meet them when we arrived in Paris, they are really nice people. Their house is lovely and warm. Taking a sauna before a full day walking in Paris is really enjoyable, as well as having such a beautiful garden so near from the city. The area in Montreuil is really convenient for shopping. We loved going to Paris, walking in the streets and along "les quais de la Seine", visiting exhibitions and monuments. Among the places where we like to go back when we go to Paris, there is La Cinémathèque and la Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (with sometimes really interesting exhibitions). And the park in between is ideal for a picnic. It was a very nice stay !”
“We enjoyed our stay at Joslène & Stephanes very much: the beautiful garden, private parking space for the car, and the overall look and feeling of their home. We still miss their cute cat a little bit... Joslène & Stephane are wonderful people, who took such great care of our apartment and left it shiny and new for us to feel welcome in our own home at return. Merci!”
“Nous avons passé un délicieux séjour dans le pavillon de Joslène et de Stéphane situé juste à la "lisière" de Paris. Pavillon confortable, avec une "âme" où tout respire la détente et le bien-être. Si vous voulez vous sentir à la maison, séjournez donc à Montreuil! Après la frénésie de la vie parisienne, nous nous sommes bien reposés dans ce petit havre de paix. En outre, Tout y est vraiment commode: transports publics, commerces etc.. Joslène et Stéphane sont deux personnes discrètes, sensibles et chaleureuses.”
“Stephane and Joslene have a nice house with a deep garden. The atmosphere is nice and their cats are friendly. You don't need a car to travel around. Tip: buy a more-day-ticket direct (a single bus trip fare is expensive compared to a day or more-day-ticket). There is plenty to see of course. We liked Tour Montparnasse very much (nice view on the city and on the Eiffeltower) and a boat trip on the Seine. Beware that playing in parks for children is not always allowed (strange in our Dutch eyes). If you want to take a rest: just sit down in the nice and quit garden. And groceries are nearby.”
“We just finished a very successful exchange with Joslene and Stephane's wonderful home just outside of Paris. Their home was clean and comfortable. The indoor sauna and outdoor sea water pond were a real treat for tired tourists. They even left us dinner for our first night - so very thoughtful. They took wonderful care of our home. We do recommend and exchange with them! Nancy and Bruno”
“Our second meeting with wonderful people Joslene and Stephane in their fantastic home! Thank you very much for your hospitality and support! Your home is amazing , the garden is very beautiful! We like that the house is in a quiet place. After walking around the center of Paris, it's great to return to such a wonderful home. Always very glad to meet you, and to meet with the your beautiful Parisian house !!! With love from London!!!!!”
“Todo fue perfecto en nuestra estancia. Muy buenos anfitriones. Muy buena comunicación y resolvieron nuestras dudas siempre. Recomendables para intercambiar.”
“ Quiero agradecer la amabilidad de Joslene y Stephane, por dejarnos de disfrutar de su agradable casa. La casa esta muy ordenada y limpia. Esta bien comunicada. con el transpote publico cerca de ella. Hemos disfrutado de París que es una ciudad monumental. Son responsables y limpios dejaron nuestra casa muy bien. Hacer intercambio con personas tan amables y responsables es un placer. -”
“We had a great time in Paris and found Joslène and Stephane\'s house in Montreuil to be a perfect location to go into Paris every day. It was a lovely house to come back to each evening, really calm and peaceful with a beautiful garden to look out onto and a sweet little cat. They provided us with all the info we could need and offered plenty of advice about the best way to travel around Paris and some of the hidden treasures of the city. Joslène was very friendly and communicative by email and when we met them for a coffee in London at the start of the swap we found them to be a lovely, warm couple. They left our house clean and tidy and had been very thoughtful leaving us little gifts. We can\'t recommend them highly enough as exchange partners. Sonya and Dave”
“Hemos hecho nuestro primer intercambio, no teníamos experiencia y hemos tenido la inmensa suerte de realizarlo con Joslène y Stéphane !!! Paris es precioso y hemos disfrutado con su belleza y majestuosidad, pero para nosotros lo mejor del intercambio ha sido el trato que nos han dispensado Joslène y Stéphane ¡!! Nos lo han puesto todo muy fácil y nos han ayudado en todo momento ¡!! Al llegar a su casa estaba repleta de detalles para nosotros, la cena hecha, vino, crema hidratante y jabón encima de la cama, cepillos de dientes a estrenar y muchas otras cosas, estamos muy agradecidos por el trato recibido que ha sido inmejorable. La casa es muy acogedora, como sus dueños, el jardín es precioso y todo un lujo cuando llegas cansado de visitar Paris ¡! La bañera de agua salada y fría que tienen en el jardín es absolutamente fantástica para recuperarse del trote del día y todo en la casa transmite paz y armonía, realmente estamos muy contentos de nuestra primera experiencia con el intercambio ¡! El transporte hasta Paris es fácil, el autobús que conecta con el metro pasa constantemente, nunca tienes que esperar más de dos o tres minutos, la línea 9 que es la que se coge es también muy fluida ¡!! Nuestro apartamento de San Carlos esta impecable, incluso nos han dejado unos cuantos libros en francés para posibles futuros intercambiadores ¡! Gracias por todo amigos, ojala en el futuro nos podamos conocer y por supuesto recomendamos el intercambio con Joslène y Stéphane a todos los que queráis visitar Paris ¡!”
“We had a wonderful time in the house of Joslène and Stéphane from the 25th of April till the 3rd of May 2015. We really loved their garden, the indoor sauna and the little outdoor pool with sea water. We also used their 'atelier' in the back of the garden to draw and clay. The house is comfortable and clean and the beds slept wonderful. Joslène and Stephane have made us really feel welcome by leaving diner for us for the first night. We took care of cat 'Ulane', but this was not much effort, because the cat only entered the house in the morning and the evening for food. Joslène and Stéphane have taken care of our guinea pigs at home. When our 10-year old daughter Nina was a bit homesick and missed her guinea-pigs, Joslène sent almost daily pictures and videos of the guinea-pigs, so sweet! :-) We went to the metro station by bike (only 10 minutes) to explore Paris. We also did a wonderful walk along a deserted railway track (Joslène had sent us the directions already in advance). All-in-all a very successful house swap! We really can recommend to swap houses with Joslène and Stéphane, especially when you love special gardens and saunas!”
“Si vous recherchez un maison à Paris et profitez aussi d'un jardin de rêve, n'hésitez pas à échanger avec Joslène et Stéphane. Cette maison respire la quiétude et ses propriétaires, la gentillesse. Le contact est plus que facile; nous avons reçu, de la part de Joslène et Stéphane de petits cadeaux, et de bonnes choses faites maison à manger. Bien sur, nous avons retrouver notre maison dans le même état, comme si personne n'était venu. Echange parfait! merci Martine et Yo”
“We are just back from our New Year exchange in Paris with Joslene and Stephane! It was a dream come true to celebrate the New Year in Paris, so thanks very much to Joslene and Stephane for accepting our offer of exchange. They have a spacious, lovely house with a wonderful sauna and pretty garden. Their cat Ulane is brilliant - we really came to love her and will miss her. Joslene and Stephane provided lots of well-organized and useful information about Paris, their house, how to get to places... etc. etc. The most important thing, though, is the fact that we have met such lovely, kind and intelligent people and we are very pleased to have exchanged with them. We highly recommend an exchange with these Joslene and Stephane. We wish them all the best. With love, from England.”
“Een bijzonder fijne plek om te zijn in Parijs. Vlak bij de stad en toch het gevoel dat je buiten bent vanwege de grote romantische wilde tuin. Het huis heeft een hele eigen stijl en regen in Parijs was geen probleem vanwege de gezelligheid en de warmte binnen. Joslene en Stephane zijn erg gastvrij en hadden tal van kaarten, tips en aanbevelingen om ons verblijf zo prettig mogelijk te maken.”
“Swapping in Paris with Joslene and Stephane was such a privilege: we had a comfortable, well equipped house with a magical garden full of flowers and bees and all the delights of Paris. There was also a sauna with a small plunge pool for the brave. It was so easy to travel into the city and we liked being in Montreuil as it felt like living as an ordinary Parisian rather than a tourist. A short walk away, there was a local market, supermarket and a Picard with its upmarket frozen dishes and if you went a little further, there was a bigger market and a cosmopolitan variety of little shops bars and restaurants. Montreuil also has its own marches des puces selling mostly clothes. As for Paris itself, we ran out of superlatives. Public transport was so easy - the Navigo pass was a great way to explore and we hardly ever waited longer than 3 minutes for a connection. There was just so much to do that we came back in the evening exhausted . It was bliss to collapse and relax in the garden. Our hosts were warm and generous and laid back. we have made good friends and I'd love to go back!”
“The nice home of Joslene and Stephane stands in Montreuil, just at the end of the green metro line which brings you directly to the very centre of Paris. An easy, welcoming home with nice garden, painter's shack and sauna. The email contact with Joslene was easy going and she helped us prepare for the trip very well. The house was clean and I think the cats feel comfortable with anyone. My house was left clean as well. And of course Paris is wonderful!!”
Where is it?
Of course you are coming to visit Paris! You can walk, cycle or take a bus (3 stops, bus n° 129) to the metro station "Mairie de Montreuil", the end of metro line 9. You should count a minimum of 20 minutes to the center of Paris(Hôtel de Ville) from there. We usually provide passes ('Navigo Découverte) for the Paris' public transport system when you come to stay for a week or longer. We have several bicyles you can use, also to go to the nearby Bois de Vincennes.
The immediate surroundings are nothing special. Behind our house are allotments so it is a relatively green environment. After the bustle of Paris it's nice to relax in the garden or have a sauna and step into the tiny salt water plunge pool.
We are some 40 km from Disneyland, easy to reach by car or public transport (RER A).
If you come by car you can leave it in our closed garage. We no longer have a car.
We have good neighbours who speak english and can help you in many ways if you need. We've got lots of maps, folders, guide-books and tips. Just let us know what you want to do, we can give you advice on how to make the best of your stay. For example, did you know that there is a 7km green walk from the Chateau de Vincennes all the way to the center of Paris along disused railway lines and waterways? We have a description.
Bien entendu vous venez visiter Paris! A pied ou bien en prenant le bus 129 (3 arrêts) vous arriverez rapidement à la station de métro «Mairie de Montreuil», terminus de la ligne 9. Nous avons aussi des vélos pour se rendre au métro.
Les environs directs n'ont rien de spécial, c'est une typique banlieue parisienne. Derrière la maison se trouvent des jardins familiaux. Notre jardin, le sauna et le petit bassin dans le jardin pour se rafraîchir sont des vrais plus!
Si vous venez en voiture, vous pouvez la laisser dans notre garage fermé. Elle ne sera pas très utile ici, sauf peut-être pour aller à Disneyland. Montreuil se situe à l'est de Paris, on peut s'y rendre facilement. Nous n'avons plus de voiture.
Nous avons des bons voisins qui peuvent vous aider en cas de besoin. Nous vous laissons des adresses de nos restaurants préférés, des plans, un Routard et d'autres guides.
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