Nestled between the Musée d'Archéologie and the Musée Picasso on one of the prettiest pedestrian streets in Old Antibes. This was the home in the 1950's of the Greek author Nikos Kazantakis who wrote Zorba the Greek and other books in the house. He named it Koukouli (the Cocoon) as it made him and his wife Helen feel so cosy and comfortable. It has a tranquil setting with a terrace that has views out over the square and to the side - the turquoise Mediterranean sea beyond.
The Rue du Bas Castelet is also well known as it is part of the 'Free Commune Safranier' established by local artists who still live and work in the few streets surrounding the square.
" Koukouli" sits towards the upper end of the street, raised up on rock. It has a calm atmosphere which we hope will be enjoyed by artists, writers and other guests. and although it is 'une petite maison' it is very much our family home. We have found it is ideal for two couples with two bedrooms each with a double bed and their own bathroom. There is a very good sofa bed in the living room.
Koukouli is unusual in Old Antibes as the terrace is directly off the living room with outdoor sofas. Most of the old houses have only a roof terrace. We have comfortably seated 6 people for dinner on the terrace and have an outdoor heater. You can watch the boats and see the Cap d'Antibes, which is only partially blocked by the trees below. Overhead seagulls pass in the moonlight with their wings often illuminated by the wave of light from the famous lighthouse on the Cap d'Antibes on the hill visible beyond. There is a retractable awning often needed in the bright mornings.
The kitchen is well equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, and of course the house has the much needed air conditioning. The main bedroom is lovely. The doors open up to a balcony which has a better view of the sea and the rooftops off the square. You can also spot the lighthouse on the Cap. Lying in bed with the windows and shutters open you can almost taste the sea!
As the area is ideal for walking or cycling there are two fold up bikes (with padlocks) you are welcome to rent at 30 Euros per week each or part thereof. There is also a variety of beach kit and beach towels too. The old town has recently been pedestrianised. If you would like to be met at or taken back to the airport this can be arranged. You may also like to have someone cook or even shop for you, this can be done. Perhaps you would like to pre-book a candlelit dinner on the terrace to be ready for your return from the beach. In addition we are happy to recommend other local services and people who may help to make your stay very special.