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Cour des Vosges, Paris

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The perfect pied-à-terre for those seeking privacy, refinement and excellent design, Cour des Vosges occupies a mansion in Paris’ historic Marais district. But this isn’t just any old mansion. The impressive 17th-century pile sits on Place des Vosges, one of the city’s most beautiful squares and a favourite of the French nobility of the day, who ensured it measured up to their extravagan­t standards. Inside, every room enjoys views over the gardens and is fitted out with carefully chosen mid-century furniture and a smattering of good art. There’s no restaurant per se, but in the typically effortless French style a chic tea room serves light lunches and dinners. The Brach-la Patisserie corner has a selection of sweet treats created by pastry chef Yann Brys, named Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

IN THE KNOW

Explore the fashionabl­e Le Marais district, home to the Picasso museum and all manner of coffee houses, boulangeri­es and bistros.

Eat at nearby restaurant Anne at the Pavillon de la Reine hotel for a Michelin-starred treat.

Book it Double rooms from £450 a night (courdesvos­ges.com).

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