You Can Now Rent Claude Monet’s Former French Residence on Airbnb

Photo credit: Airbnb
Photo credit: Airbnb

From House Beautiful

Your European summer getaway just got even dreamier, if that's possible. Airbnb now offers some historic lodging in none other Claude Monet's former home in Giverny, France—the very place he painted his iconic water lilies. If you're an artist (or even if you're not!) you'll definitely enjoy the rich history that comes along with this famous house—and, of course, the legendary gardens that come with it.

The home was completely renovated back in 2016, and is now filled with a mix of vintage and modern furniture and accents. One of the most praised features of the Blue House is the location—it's within walking distance of restaurants and shops, but is in an area of Giverny that doesn't feel too touristy. Plus, it's just a 45 minute train ride outside of Paris, making it an ideal day trip for anyone visiting the City of Light.

Airbnb lists the entire house—which comes complete with a kitchen, living room, three bedrooms, and three bathrooms—or you can rent out just the ground floor, which has one bedroom.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Monet purchased “The Blue House” (La Maison Bleue)—which is also featured in an impressionist painting by artist Guy Rose—at the end of the 19th century, and he lived there until his death in 1926. The artist's main draw to the home was the garden, because it was an ideal spot to cultivate the vegetables he loved to cook—and, of course, an ideal subject for his impressionist works.

The Blue House is situated near the aptly-named "long house," a former cider press, which Monet expanded throughout his time in Giverny and is now open to visitors.

Previous Airbnbers are predictably entranced by the property, which marries art, history, and nature.

"What an absolutely amazing experience. Pierre’s home is stunning and in the perfect location to explore the little hamlet of Giverny," one Airbnb reviewer wrote. "It’s picturesque and extremely comfortable, with a beautiful garden to enjoy the lush landscape and views. I would return again and again."

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