On the elegant quai de Béthune, on Paris’s Ile Saint- Louis, is this stunning 1647 “hôtel particulier” or mansion, which goes by the name of Coomans or Richelieu – from Cardinal’s great-grand-nephew, Louis-François-Armand du Plessis de Richelieu, who liked to entertain lavishly. Built by illustrious architect Jean Androuet du Cerceau, the building’s main floor consists of a grand reception area, “a truly magical space that takes guests four centuries back in time,” notes the Barnes agency. The salon and dining room are fitted with Versailles-style parquet floors, ceilings embossed with period medallions and wood-framed mezzanine galleries where musicians of the era would perform to the party guests below. The entire 311 sq m structure – which includes a second dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, study, kitchen and dressing room – has been impeccably maintained with much of its original décor intact, thanks to artisan-led restorations. This exquisite home features a terrace and veranda, and comes with two parking spots and two vaulted cellars.
SUMMARY: Where: Île Saint-Louis (Paris IVe) - Living space: 311 m2 - Period: 1647 - Price: 10 000 000 € Estate agent: Barnes - 13, rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris. Tél. : 01 55 42 50 60. http://www.barnes-region-paris.com
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