|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
Accessed from a pretty winding lane way off the village main street, La Maison d'en Haut (approx 60m2) lies behind a thick wooden door encompassed by a radiant bougainvillea.
The ground floor
You step up into the house and arrive in the entrance hallway - this level goes around on itself giving a great feeling of space. To the left is a long Provence style kitchen and straight in front of you are wooden stairs taking you up to the next level. The open plan sitting room boldly greets you with its black and white tiled floor flowing from the downstairs bedroom through an open archway into this bright and airy room - this is definitely the heart of the house. To the left are 2 large double doors opening onto a substantial east facing terrace (13m2) from both the sitting room and ground floor bedroom. Quirkily decorated with a mix of antique furniture, unusual, unexpected little pieces combined with the odd splash of colour from the contemporary orange sofa (can be converted to a double bed) and vibrant paintings by the artist owners. This house is completely eclectic.
There is a round dining table, which can be set up in the house or easily carried onto the terrace for summer dining beneath a parasol during the heat of the day or under the stars on a balmy evening. The terrace is a good size with open views in the direction of Nice and down to the coast. Two comfortable terrace armchairs and a low table are also provided, ideal for reading or enjoying a late afternoon apero. The ground floor bedroom has twin beds (2x90cm) which can be made up together or separately - there is easy access to the w.c and bathroom. The bathroom has just been completely renovated with slate grey floor tiles and fresh, white walls - there is an Italian style shower, wash hand basin unit with drawers, hair dryer and mirror. The w.c is separate and the kitchen can also be entered from this part of the house. Simply equipped with fridge, microwave, blender, sink and electric stove - the kitchen has plenty of cupboard and shelf space, a window onto the little entrance lane way, crockery and utensils are plentiful.
The first floor
At the top of the stairs is a single bedroom with charming slanted beamed ceiling and double doors onto a balcony. This room could also be used as a dressing room and has plenty of storage space. Off this is a second double bedroom, there is a sink and mirror unit for your convenience and a second w.c in the roof space. This bedroom also has double doors onto the balcony (4m2) with similar but higher views than the terrace below.
Fans are provided for both levels as is a washing machine, a DVD player and DVDs for your pleasure.
There is WiFi.
La Maison d'en Haut 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 runs every 15 minutes from the town up to the village so that is also an option if you don't feel like walking.
My wife and I plus two friends stayed in this delightful property and loved it. The owners are artists, and the items decorating the walls reflect their eclectic tastes - this simply adds to the charm.
Downstairs there is a well-equipped kitchen, a living area and adjoining it one bedroom with two single beds which can be made up as a double. A large terrace is accessed from the living area and bedroom, and this was a wonderful place to sit and eat breakfast or simply to sit and sort out the universe. The view is mainly of the town below and the hills and beautiful trees beyond - pretty by day and night - but there is also a view of the Mediterranean to the right, which enhances the delight of being there.
Upstairs there are two bedroom, one single and one double; access to the double is through the single, which demands good relations between the occupiers, but caused us no difficulty. The stairs are rather narrow and there is a rope attached to the wall rather than a rail - care is needed, particularly on the way down.
The village of Haut-de-Cagnes rises steeply from the newer, flatter town surrounding it; at the top is Place Grimaldi and its castle; real fairy tale stuff. The roads in the old village are steep and narrow, with little in the way of pavements; driving along these in a hire car (LHD) is a bit of a nightmare! Best to put your car in the public car park at Place St. Luce at the foot of the road and walk up to the property, in my opinion. It's only 2 Euros per day.
Wandering around the mediaeval village is a delight. As well as the beauty of the old houses, there are plenty of good restaurants at the top - in or near Place Grimaldi. We particularly enjoyed Les Baux, where the lunch menu was one choice only, but absolutely delicious. The other restaurants didn't disappoint.
We spent a lot of time in Haut-de Cagnes and in the newer town (Cagnes-sur-Mer) below. The Musee Renoir (he lived there) is well worth visiting, and Chateau Grimaldi has a fascinating collection of art and artefacts. St Paul de Vence is only a few miles away, and worth a visit. Access to Cagnes from Nice Airport is quick and fairly easy, and the city of Nice is close to the Airport in the opposite direction. We particuarly enjoyed the beauty of the locality, but sun worshippers will equally enjoy the area - provided they protect their feet from the stony beaches.
This nice apartment is beautifully appointed, located close to both city center and older parts of the village. Highly recommended!
We arrived at the airport of Nice and took public transportation to get there . We can really recommend this kind of traveling because we didn't miss our car at all. Either we went on foot into town ( 5min walk)to the beach (20 min) , to the museum of Renoir (30 min), Or we took public transportation to visit Nice . Too easy ! As for the house itself, we loved the open space : living room-bedroom and terras . we could even enjoy breakfast outside in the sun (sheltered from the wind) in February !A real recommandation
Une véritable maison de village au calme, parfaitement située sur les pentes du haut de Cagnes. Nous avons été charmés par le mobilier authentique et par la vue sur la mer et les collines (maison de Renoir) depuis la superbe terrasse. Le marché est à 5 minutes à pied ainsi que tous les commerces et facilités.
Un séjour à recommander!
Un grand merci! Votre petite maison est magnifique et nous y avons passé un agréable moment sous le soleil Cagnois.
La région est magnifique avec quantité d'activités pour petits et grands. Nous n'avons pas eu le temps de tout faire... donc nous reviendrons !
tres agreable séjour au printemps dans la maison d en haut.
super accueil de Kerry-Leigh, la maison est simple, propre et très lumineuse, avec une terrasse très agréable pour déjeuner!
nous espérons revenir l année prochaine, et nous recommandons cette adresse!
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.
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