Our sunny, inviting apartment occupies the complete second floor of a traditional 'fishermans house' constructed in the early 1900's. It is three minutes from the port on a small, quiet pedestrian street and faces south toward the sea and north toward the hills. Guests should note that the stairwell leading to the apartment is steep and narrow.
The apartment has a spacious living/dining room with an open kitchen which opens onto a sun-filled balcony large enough for meals or to read and sunbathe. The apartment is furnished with antiques and original art work and reflects the panache of Southern France. There is a gourmet European kitchen, fully equipped with service for 10, and all conveniences. The living area has a working fireplace, sofa bed (double) and cozy armchairs. The dining table will seat eight guests.
Lofts above the living room and both bedrooms are designed to give guests privacy and room for individual activities. The living room loft is furnished with HD flat screen TV and DVD, wireless internet connection, stereo and CD player with DVD connection to the TV. It can also accommodate additional sleeping. There is a full bathroom (Italian shower) and separate toilet.
The master bedroom is furnished with a queen bed, has its own balcony and the loft above is an office which is DSL-equipped. There is a small single bed in this loft space. The guest bedroom has a double bed and its loft has a single bed. All rooms have French windows, and they are light and airy.
The apartment is elegant, while feeling warm and comfortable, with a decor that reflects the atmosphere of the sea, hills and vineyards of this lovely part of Provence. The apartment totals 90 square meters (970 square feet), so it is comfortable for a family with children or couples vacationing together. There is extensive documentation provided for guests to explore the town, the Calanques of Cassis and the surrounding region.
Here are renters'comments: 'You will have to evict us. I don't think we will be able to leave!! Everything is perfect, gorgeous day today. The apartment is lovely. I had the best sleep last night since coming to France. Glorious bed.' (John & Naomi, May 2006).
'We stayed in this lovely Cassis apartment in the heat of August, and absolutely loved it! While days were beach-going hot, nighttime breezes meant the sleeping was very comfortable. The apartment could not be better equipped or more central. We walked everywhere with our 10-month son who particularly enjoyed the beaches, playground and early morning strolls in the harbour to see fishermen bring in their catch. The baby's bedtime meant that we couldn't always go out for dinner, but the apartment balcony allowed an intimate way to enjoy the town's atmosphere. From the apartment, it is a short walk to the three local beaches, but we also hilked to the Calanques (a must-see) and spent a wonderful day on a beach there. Cassis kept us entertained for the week. We were sad to leave, but did so extremely relaxed and happy.' (Malcolm & Natasha, August 2006)
Cassis has retained its authentic 'fishing village' identity, while being welcoming to European and English-speaking tourists. Just walk to the port in early morning and see the fishermen setting out for the day's catch, and coming back to port to display their offerings!
There are two beaches in town with showers; the boules alley, a children's park and many flavors of gelato two steps away. The town limits car traffic, so strolling is a favorite pastime, along with the obligatory pastis at 5:00 pm. We chose Cassis after many trips to the South because it offers everything--the delicious flavors of Provence, excellent access to other major Provencal sites and cities as well as good air and train connections to Paris, Milan and other European destinations.
We hope that you will find a warm place in your heart for Cassis as we did.
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