Haven in Paris is a boutique, luxury, vacation rental agency with more than 20 years of experience in the tourist industry in Paris, France, London and Italy. Our desire is to enhance your holiday, delight your senses and bring to your vacation the charm and authenticity that will make your stay unforgettable. Our properties are handpicked to meet our high standards of luxury, charm and warmth. With our friendly and responsive approach, we will guide you through your holiday planning process in order to determine which of our beautiful properties will be perfect for your needs. We are always just a phone call or e-mail away to answer all of your questions, and thanks to our Trusted Luxury Partners, we pride ourselves on offering personalized options for all of your particular holiday/corporate needs. Whether you yearn for privacy or pampering, posh or casual, trendy or chic, modern or classic, Haven in Paris will go the extra mile to accommodate you.
Meet the Haven in Paris Team:
ERICA BERMAN Creator
Erica Berman grew up in the US. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism, and surviving a summer of intensive language immersion at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica came to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French. The goal; remain in France 6-12 months before heading back to the US to look for a real job. Many years later her Parisian experiences range from waitressing in a wine bar, attending photography school, founding another successful vacation rental company and decorating a lot of Parisian apartments. For the past 5 years she has been the creator, manager and owner of Haven in Paris and the blog HiP Paris. Erica now splits her time between Paris, the US and Italy. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris, read, take photos, cook, ski, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends.
GENEVIEVE SANDIFER Operations Manager
Genevieve was born in New York City but raised between London and Paris with summers spent in the vineyards of Bordeaux. She completed high school in Paris, and then crossed the Atlantic to attend Vassar College (New York). After graduating with a degree in International studies, she moved to New York City. In her spare time she loves to check out new restaurants and shops (look for her reviews on the HiP blog!) and scour Paris and New York for undiscovered gems. Genevieve lives in New York city and occasionally travels to Paris, where she gets to enjoy her family's home-cooked meals and keep tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers. From her base in New York she works tirelessly to ensure everything is running smoothly.
ELISE MARAFIOTI Operations Manager: Systems, IT, Accounting, HR, and Client Service Expert
Elise was born and raised in New York where she originally pursued a dance career. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has performed around the world. Her love affair with Paris began as a teenager during a family vacation in France. She was immediately entranced by the City of Light and vowed upon arrival that she would one day return to live there. During a hiatus from dancing, she moved to Paris and earned a BA in Film & Media from the American University of Paris, followed by a Certificat de Langue et Civilisation Française from La Sorbonne. Throughout the years, Elise has taken every opportunity to return to Paris and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is thrilled to be a part of the Haven in Paris team and aims to introduce as many people as possible to Paris, her favorite city in the world.
ERIN DAHL Operations Manager, Paris; Associate Editor, HiP Paris Blog; Client Service Expert
Erin was born in upstate New York, but always had a desire to live the city life. This brought her to Fordham University in New York City, from which she graduated with degrees in International Political Economy and French Language and Literature. Erin currently resides in Brooklyn, a home base from which she explores the city’s varied food and music. Though a New Yorker, Erin has had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager and has been eager for an opportunity to return long-term ever since. At Haven in Paris, Erin splits her time between communicating with travelers, writing for the HiP Paris blog and connecting with fellow Francophiles on Twitter and Facebook.
MEGHAN CUNNINGHAM Sales & Service Specialist
Meghan grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina but spent most of her childhood traveling across the country and living in hotels thanks to her Dad’s job in the hospitality industry. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied History and Political Science. While she was at UNC, she spent 6 months abroad studying at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands and traveling extensively throughout Europe. Unsure of what direction she wanted to take post-grad, Meghan decided to move to Paris and live with a French family as their Au Pair. After falling in love with the City of Light, she came back stateside to start working with Haven in Paris to help others fall in love with Paris just like she did. Meghan currently lives in Portland, Maine. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and exploring her new home state of Maine.
POLLY LYMAN Sales & Service Specialist
Born in Boston, Polly first visited Paris when she was 18 and, smitten, spent the ensuing decades trying to make her American life as French as possible. She graduated from Trinity College with a B.A. in French literature, and pursued a career in development and public relations mostly for French-American non-profits. After earning her M.A. in French Literature from Tufts, she taught for six years in a private school. For three years she lived in Paris, first on the Right Bank, then settled on the Left Bank, where she started her blog “Polly-Vous Francais?” which gave her the opportunity to explore Paris – from off-beat to upscale -- like a Parisienne. Now based in a picturesque village in Western Massachusetts, Polly can be found most early mornings capturing the essence of her surroundings on long walks – whether in the countryside or the heart of the city. An avid reader, she continues her love of French literature and language, and loves to help people in their discovery of the City of Light.
A charming, knowledgeable and friendly anglophone greeter will meet you at your Haven in Paris property upon arrival (no keys under mats, in mailboxes or sent through the post). You will be in touch with your greeter before arrival and will have their contact information so you can call or email if you have specials needs, or if your arrival plans change. Your greeter will be waiting for you in the apartment the day you arrive and will happily settle you in, answer your questions and acquaint you with the particularities of your flat or villa to ensure you have a relaxing stay in the property. Your greeter will remain a phone call away at all times during your stay to troubleshoot, offer recommendations or suggestions, and point you towards favorite neighborhood gems. They will be on hand when you check out to check the apartment, find out about your stay, make sure your taxi arrives, and help with the last minute details of your departure.
DIDIER PAUL Private Shopping Tours & Babysitting (View services)
Born in sunny Des Goudes, a small village near Marseille – “the most beautiful place on earth” – Didier Paul’s eclectic background includes studies in art, architecture, public relations and artisan woodwork. Didier has lived in Paris, London and Marseilles and loves nothing more than wandering around Paris’ flea markets, St. Germain’s antique dealers, and being constantly on the lookout for undiscovered gems. He has worked as an interior decorator, in the fashion world, and as press attaché and generously shares his in-the-know tips with HIP clients. Didier also loves children and they will be in expert hands with him. He will share his passion of France and all that is French while taking the best of care of your children. Didier Paul is available private shopping tours and babysitting.
DAVID PARTOUCHE Luxe chauffeur (View services)
David, a Parisian through and through, was born and raised in the 18th arrondissement near Montmartre. He has traveled all over the world and regularly returns to sunny Miami and Israel, but would never dream of leaving Paris, the most beautiful city in the world! After some time spent working in hotels, he started driving a taxi and never looked back. He loves driving around Paris, chatting with Haven in Paris clients and showing them around his town. In his spare time he likes to go jogging in the Bois de Vincennes or take his 3-year-old daughter Chloe on Saturday walks in the Buttes-Chaumont Park. David is always happy to take a few minutes to provide a little history, share a cultural anecdote, or offer a restaurant recommendation to friendly Haven in Paris clients.
DESBINA COLLINS Masseuse (View services)
Desbina is from Melbourne, Australia, where she pursued a successful career as a fashion designer before meeting and studying with a Balinese healer/acupuncturist/Chinese therapist who turned her on to the merits of alternative medicine. Over fifteen years ago she traded in her day job in fashion, devoted to the cult of exterior beauty, and moved to Paris. Her goal: to help people look and feel good by starting on the inside -- with great results on the outside as well. Desbina has developed her massage technique, which involves a combination of acupressure, Chinese Shiatzu, deep tissue massage, vital energy release and essential oils, over her 15-year career as a massage therapist, including long stints at some of Paris' best 5 star hotels.
DIDIER GAUDUCHEAU Photographer
Didier was born and raised in the South of France near Aix-en-Provence before attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Marseille to study photography. He has spent time reporting in many East European countries and overseas French territories through his personal travels and time spent in the cinematography division of the French army. Although he has called many of Paris' arrondissements home and favors the popular atmosphere of the 19th, he now prefers the slower pace of Fontenay-sous-Bois, near the Bois de Vincennes. He has been working as a freelance photographer since 1986 and has developed a diverse portfolio with recognized work ranging from portraits to field reporting, including the beautiful interior shots he does for Haven in Paris. He also leads innovative introduction to photography walking tours of Paris that aim to educate children on how to understand and appreciate the creation and production of images.
ALISON GOUDREAULT Graphic Design
Alison grew up in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University, where she became fast friends with Haven In Paris founder Erica Berman. Her Fine Arts degree in Communications Design with a concentration in Anthropology led her to pursue a successful career as design director for a major branding firm in Boston before moving to Brooklyn, NY a couple of years ago in order to expand her creative portfolio. Her sophisticated touch is in large responsible for the warm and welcoming appearance of the Haven in Paris website. Alison's other pursuits include sculpture, painting, ceramics, jewelry making and home interiors. She is passionate about the environment and reducing our carbon footprint, and is in the process of developing a children's game to help teach kids about the effects of humans on the environment. Favorite travel spots include India, the Nevada desert for her annual pilgrimage to the Burning Man festival, Tuscany, Paris, Provence, or simply her country house along a mountain stream in the Catskills.
VERONICA YUILL Web developer
Veronica was born and raised in the UK, but she now lives in a small village in the Languedoc surrounded by vineyards. After graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, she spent 7 years as an archeologist. In the middle of a an archaeological dig during a chilly British winter, she decided to enroll in a computer training course to get out of the wind and rain and never looked back. Veronica works behind the scenes, constantly improving HiP's website and database to help ensure that every HiP customer's website experience is pleasant and that the reservation process goes as smoothly as possible. In her spare time, she likes to swim, do yoga, and record her cooking and eating experiences on her blog, La Recette du Jour.
STEVE CRACKNELL Web developer
Steve was born and raised in England and now lives with Veronica in a small village in the Languedoc. He initially went to Cambridge to study Engineering, but quickly switched majors when he saw how much more fun the Archeology students were having. After 20 years as a professional field archeologist, Steve transitioned into website design and development and works with Veronica for their IT consulting firm. He is a devoted mountain hiker, has tackled many of the Pyrenees' major peaks, and he recently finished writing a book detailing his four-year walk from one end of the Pyrenees to the other.