|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
This gorgeous village house is a delight to discover with many interesting nooks and cranies both inside and out – be warned, its charm and character will enchant you! You will find plenty of large, bright, comfortable living spaces, sunny terraces and leafy garden areas from where you can relax and enjoy the perfect Cote d’Azur holiday. A panoramic sea view stretches out before you taking in the Cap d’Antibes and welcoming sunshine most of the day.
This historic home is accessed from a quiet, little street close to everything in lovely Haut de Cagnes. The entrance hall was originally an old village lane way connecting several dwelling, it is now incorporated into the house along with an old well – just one of the many fascinating features this property has to offer.
La Cachette is quite unique with approximately 300m2 of living space, divided onto 4 different level, although with its half floors and mezzanines you could be led to believe there are more. The house is tiled throughout with rugs strategically placed for the perfect dash of colour. There is plenty of art in the form of paintings and sculpture, antique furniture and a subtle oriental influence mingles perfectly with the Cote d’Azur ambiance making this home very special indeed.
Starting at the bottom, the garden stretches along the entire length of the house and more, it is a pretty and natural environment with a large variety of trees such as orange and lemon, brightly coloured corners and overflowing pots. Divided into 3 tiered terraced, the first is tucked away and is encircled by trees and shrubs, ideal for those seeking shade in the heat of the day – there is a table and chairs. The second is set further back, it has a round table with chairs and direct access to the dining room through French doors. The last terrace stretches along the living room and has an orange tree in the middle plus a large dining table for 6, which enjoys a wonderful, open south-west facing sea view. There is a parasol available for protection during a summer’s lunch. There is a bench built into the low stone wall running along the terrace from where you can take in the views and sun loungers are there for those wishing to soak up the sunshine.
From here you have access to the sitting room through a glass door. This room maximizes light and space with its three quarter length windows making up one and a half of its walls. There is a wood burning stove, a comfy armchair and sofa and an eclectic mix of bits and pieces which keep you engaged. The ceilings are slanted with wooden beams and there is an exposed stone wall which makes a charming contrast. For those interested in home entertainment a DVD player and good sized DVD library, a large flat screen television and Bose stereo and music system are available.
The house has WiFi connection.
Shallow stairs running along the side of the sitting room take you up to the 15th Century dining room with fireplace, piano, mezzanine and access to the garden terrace. This room makes an ideal spot for hosting a dinner party.
A fully equipped, brand new kitchen with oven, dishwasher, large fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and plenty of kitchen utensils and crockery is conveniently located close by.
From the dining room, if you take the small ‘lane way’ towards the front door, half way up is the corridor to the mezzanine level. Firstly you will come to a powder room with w.c, bidet, wash hand basin and an opening into the walls of the old well – another curious feature in this much loved home. Next is the wine cellar, utility room (with washing machine and dryer) and an office with desk and book cases filled with books. From here you can access the mezzanine overlooking the dining room, which has an additional desk and comfy sofa, where you can curl up with a good book. A small terrace with south west facing sea view can be found at the far end of the mezzanine.
Continuing the ascent and passing the front door, you will come to a wrought iron staircase which curls up through the centre of the house. Pausing briefly on a landing where you can leave your hat and coat, before continuing up to the top level. At one end of the fourth floor stands the master bedroom with its impressive boat-style, queen sized (160 x 190), wicker bed. There is a closed fireplace and 2 large windows overlooking the rooftop towards Cap d’Antibes. Across the corridor is a bathroom with walk in shower, w.c., wash hand basin and soft cream wall and floor tiles.
The second bathroom is next door and is of a similar style except this has a bath tub and serves the other 2 bedrooms, which lie at the opposite end of the landing.
One bedroom is rich in colour with golden brown trimmings – there is a queen sized bed (160 x 190), a fireplace and 2 large windows opening onto the front of the house.
The last bedroom is simple and fresh with one window and a double bed (140 x 190) and bedside tables.
There is a double inflatable mattress which can be set up in the office for those requiring extra bedding and a single camp bed is also available.
Most rooms have fans provided for the summer months, but the walls in these medieval homes are thick and keep them cool during July and August.
La Cachette makes a wonderful place to spend your holidays, it is the perfect French ‘hideaway’ – offering plenty of private corners, as well as perfect spaces where you and your friends and family can share special memories that will keep bringing you back again and again. The house is large and does have stairs as you will see in the photos, as well as a terrace with a drop the other side of the garden wall – plant pots have been strategically placed as a protection for small children but people with toddlers should be aware of this as they will be responsible for their children’s welfare.
The free shuttle bus, which runs from the town to the village every 15 minutes, has a bus stop very close to the house – you can also drop your luggage off there if driving. Private parking is very rare in the medieval village but free street parking and the paying village and town car parks are usually within a 2-7 minute walk away – you also have the option to jump on the free shuttle bus close to both car parks.
La Cachette is a short stroll to a good selection of restaurants and the village's main square, which is a hive of activity during the warmer months. The town below is within easy walking distance, where you can find a boulangerie, food market, boutiques, supermarket, cafes, post office, etc. The free shuttle bus from the town up to the village is also an option if you don't feel like walking. The beach is approximately a 25 minute walk away with both public and private beaches and plenty of restaurants. The town is well services with buses going to most places on the Cote d’Azur, plus there is a train station. There is a free beach bus provided from the town in July and August.
We were delighted to have an opportunity to spend our summer holidays at La Cachette this August. The booking was made through Riveriabreakaway.com with communication through the owners representative who was polite, informative and very helpful.
La Catchett is situated on Rue Sous Barrie near to the top of chateaux Grimaldi and provides excellent views from the rear terrace towards the Mediterranean. The property is split into two main levels by an old stairs which apparently is an historic street and moving between the upper bedrooms and the lower living area certainly keeps you fit during your stay.
Prior to arriving into Nice airport the owners representative provided us with a useful and reliable taxi company named friend in nice, we too would highly recommend them as they provided an excellent service from the airport. The fee to transfer from the airport was approx €60 euro for a 7 seater mini bus.
During our stay we made use of a very handy free bus service which stops nearby the house, this takes you down into Cagnes town and stops at Square Bourdet (see photo) with the return via the chateaux, however if you are up for the walk like me it only takes about 10 mins to walk down the hill and into the town where there is a supermarket and individual bakeries. There is a second free bus which takes you from Cagnes to the seafront and runs approximately every 30 mins and takes about 10 mins, alternatively you can walk it which takes around 15 mins and best route traffic free is along the storm water channel.
We look forward to returning to the area in the future.
We enjoyed every minute in this beautiful house and its romantic garden. The house is well equipped and with lost of space. The village Hautes de Cagnes is charming and all we hoped that a french medieval village should be with narrow streets, flowers and some very good restaurants just up the street from the house. The house is close to Nice and Antibes with museums, beaches and shopping. We loved it!
This house is one of a kind, set in a charming and medieval village with restaurants and markets/shops all in walking distance. We were so pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the house as well as the village itself. La cachette was fully equipped with everything we needed for our stay. Beware that the house is spread over several levels all reachable via a very long step-filled corridors not ideal for elderly people or small kids but absolutely charming and architecturally fabulous otherwise. The villGe in set upon a hill, a true village perché, and the house is about halfway up the hill. To get anywhere one must walk the steep hill, but it didn't bother us, especially since the scenery and village are so beautiful. The village square is perfect for kids and there were plenty of good Resto options for all ages/and tastes. Parking a bit complicated but do-able and added to the charm. Kerry Leigh was super helpful too! We will remember this trip for years to come!
Having stayed in the village in the past I am biased because I love it! So I was confident the standard of accommodation would not disappoint but I am thrilled to have discovered La Cachette. Hidden behind the large wooden entrance door is an absolute gem of a home. After a flight delay of many hours that took the edge off our holiday excitement somewhat, we arrived at 4am tired and stressed but on entering this house and seeing how magnificent it was, it more than compensated. It is huge, characterful and charming. Beds fresh and comfy, spotlessly clean bathrooms, fully equipped and sparklingly clean kitchen, three fabulous leafy terraces with plenty seating and lounging chairs to drink in the gorgeous views! The next day being Sunday we walked the short distance to the towns covered market for fresh produce and bread and dined on the terrace. Eating out the village is abound with really lovely little restaurants and the food and wines are exceptionally good and well priced. Excursions to the many places of interest are so easy to get to by bus and train. And to top it all the sun never stopped shining! What a blissful place. Special thanks to Kerry-Leigh who met us with a welcoming wave and beaming smile so early on the morning we arrived. She was an absolute dream to correspond with and for anyone who may be a little daunted by the prospect of booking a property abroad and liaising with agents she is just what you hope for, pleasant, personable, helpful, reassuring and very informative.
We spent four nights in this lovely house. It was the best equipped house I've stayed in recently -- we lacked for nothing! The living room, dining room and terraces were all delightful places to spend time, and the bedrooms, baths and kitchen were well appointed. This house would accommodate a large family or three couples comfortably. One caveat -- there are a lot of steps to get from the bedrooms to the living areas, so this house would not work for someone with mobility issues. Also, Haut Cagnes itself involves steep walks and steps. For us (two couples around 60 in age) it provided great exercise. Haut Cagnes is just lovely. We had worried about staying in Cagnes, but we found it to be extremely convenient for sight seeing. Once we had parked the car at night, we found that we did not want to go through the effort of leaving town, so we had dinner every night in Haut Cagnes -- happily there were several good options. The property's manager, Kerry-Leigh, was an absolute delight to deal with. She was extremely responsive and helpful. I highly recommend this house to anyone wanting to explore the Cote d'Azur.
Authentic village house with a beautiful private garden terraced over multiple levels with views of the Med, we spent many an evening on the terrace visiting for hours. The house is spacious and filled with touches of the houses (and, streets) that would incorporated into the current single house! You really feel and touch the history on every turn of the house. I can´t wait to go back!
The charming, fortified medieval village of Haut de Cagnes is the oldest district of Cagnes sur Mer – ideally situated between Nice and Antibes and only a short car journey from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport and within walking distance to the sea.
Here you are close to a boulangerie for warm fresh bread each morning and an excellent selection of restaurants for great dining. Local food markets, shops and outdoor cafes are all nearby. The area provides a perfect hopping on point to multiple destinations and attractions with its excellent rail and bus services.
Crowned with the original Grimaldi Castle, this enchanting medieval village with charming cobbled streets and remarkable ancient buildings transports you back in time to the 13th Century. The serenity and simplicity found in these pretty French villages allows you to enjoy the sun, sea and breath-taking views in a very relaxed atmosphere. Known as the ‘Montmartre of the French Rivieria’, Haut de Cagnes was the haunt of Renoir, Modigliani, Soutine, Yves Klein, Bardot and Cocteau. It’s easy to see why many famous artists lived or found their inspiration here, falling in love with the soft Mediterranean light and honest authenticity.
But this charming, perched village has so much more to offer, with its tiers of tiny streets, climbing soft stone walls and colourful houses bursting with history. On the main street and Place du Château, there are plenty of bustling restaurants and cafés plus numerous historical cultural events and colourful festivals are held during the year.
A short stroll down the hill will bring you to the town of Cagnes, which provides all amenities such as a boulangerie, a patisserie, a supermarket, post office, the main bus square and a wonderful covered food market. Close to the town centre lies the Renoir Museum, the Hippodrome for horse racing and Cros de Cagnes – the seaside resort of Cagnes sur Mer with its private and public beaches.
There is so much you can do without a car, such as; shopping in Cannes, people watching in St Tropez, perfume sampling in Grasse, gambling in Monaco, lunching in Italy and buying art in St Paul – all easily accessible and inexpensive with most bus journeys costing only 1€50. Or if you prefer to cycle along the coastline to Nice or Antibes by bike, bike hire is rarely far away.
No 44 is a free navette, which runs up to the medieval village every 15 minutes from the town centre of Cagnes at Square Bourdet (the central bus station). It is ideal if you have luggage or shopping bags or when the weather is hot – it travels right up to the Château with a few strategic stops on the way.
Booking for less than 1 week will increase the daily rate.
Security Deposit €500 or the equivalent in $ or GBPs.
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