About the property
- House645 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
new to the market in 2018 ( so 1 review !) 2 bedroom lovely terrac
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.
Mrs Géraldine Journeaux
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
About Mrs Géraldine Journeaux
Nic and Géraldine Journeaux are a professional couple from London who are very pleased to be able to share their home with guests. Géraldine has a background in the Arts and they both hope that visitors would have time to particularly enjoy the rich and vibrant culture of the area.
Why Mrs Géraldine Journeaux chose Antibes
This house is unique. it is easy to walk to all the lovely beaches of Antibes and some secret coves for private swimming. It is within the restricted pedestrian zone of the old town and it is less than five minutes stroll down the most beautiful road in town (our Rue du Bas Castlet) to reach the famous Provencal Market ( open 6 mornings a week) or if you prefer the local Carrefour a short walk also. You are at the centre of everything but in complete calm and tranquility. This house has beautiful karma and a terrace off the main living area which is the width of the house. Most houses in the old town have their terraces on the roof or top floor off a bedroom so you have to climb up if you want to dine outside. You can see the Cap d'Antibes lighthouse and Koukouli is very close to the sea. We love it!
What makes this House unique
Heart of Old Antibes in the Artists Community Perfect location close to the centre but on a quiet street Overlooking the square Well fitted modern kitchen, with small breakfast bar Terrace off living room with outdoor sofas, and a heater for winter 2 shower rooms 10 minutes walk to 3 different beaches 5 minute walk to the Provencal Market
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful week in paradise
My husband and I spent a week in April at Koukouli. It was ideally located, with sea views, and close to town. The outdoor space was pleasant, with comfortable seating and an awning for sunny days. We prepared lunches and one dinner in the apartment. We definitely would stay there again when we visit Antibes.
Il nido perfetto dove vivere un sogno!
La disponibilità e la gentilezza della padrona di casa, ti mettono subito a tuo agio, ancor prima di arrivare.
L’apt è all’entrata della vecchia Antibes, comodo per scaricare i bagagli e quant’altro (noi abbiamo fatto spesa al Carrefour). Fatta la piccola salita, si entra nell’incantevole vietta, costellata di altre piccole dimore con altrettante piccole porte adornate da gerani, gelsomini, bouganville, edera ecc ecc, un’incanto per gli occhi.
Si entra al nr 8 e subito si capisce che l’appartamentino è una chicca! Al pianterreno c’è la comodissima ed attrezzata cucina (che ho sfruttato cucinando per 4, tutti i giorni e che vorrei a casa mia...) il salotto con divano letto matrimoniale, nuovo (in cui ho dormito comodamente con mio marito) e poi...... il terrazzo: impagabile! È qui dove ho passato le ore migliori del mio soggiorno. Le colazioni al sole e all’aria aperta, sul divanetto, godendomi la pace e la tranquillità al risveglio, sono il ricordo che porto con me più volentieri!
Al piano superiore, la camera da letto padronale (dove ha dormito la coppia di nostri amici) con ampi armadi e vista sul mare, due bagni rinnovati da poco con doccia, senza bidet. Sullo stesso piano c’è la seconda camera da letto, che abbiamo trovato un po angusta e forse più adatta per eventuali bambini, essendo anche sprovvista di tende, abbiamo deciso di usarla come ripostiglio per i bagagli e le scarpe. Altra nota negativa per la TV: solo 5 canali sintonizzati.
Abbiamo molto apprezzato il silenzio e la quiete dell’apt, la posizione rispetto al paese.
Ci auguriamo di tornare presto a casa Koukouli, proviamo parecchia, (sana) invidia per la proprietaria che è molto fortunata ad avere questo gioiellino ad Antibes!!!!!!
Thanks for your kind review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. We have fitted curtains to the smaller bedroom and will set up a much bigger selection of TV channels. I think it is fair to say that the second bedroom is cozy but not cramped.
For the benefit of others, Google Translate sets out your Review in English as follows:"The perfect nest to live a dream!
The availability and kindness of the landlady, they immediately put you at ease, even before arriving. The apt is at the entrance of the old Antibes, convenient for unloading luggage and anything else (we have done shopping at Carrefour). Having made the small climb, you enter the enchanting viette, dotted with other small houses with as many small doors adorned with geraniums, jasmine, bougainvillea, ivy, etc., etc., an enchantment for the eyes. You enter the number 8 and immediately you understand that the apartment is a gem! On the ground floor there is a very comfortable and equipped kitchen (which I used for cooking for 4, every day and I would like at my house ...) the living room with a double sofa bed, new (in which I slept comfortably with my husband) and then ...... the terrace: priceless! It is here where I spent the best hours of my stay. The breakfasts in the sun and in the open air, on the sofa, enjoying the peace and tranquility upon awakening, are the memories that I take with me more willingly! Upstairs, the master bedroom (where the couple of our friends stayed) with large wardrobes and sea views, two newly renovated bathrooms with shower, no bidet. On the same floor there is the second bedroom, which we found a little cramped and perhaps more suitable for any children, being also devoid of curtains, we decided to use it as a storage room for luggage and shoes. Another negative note for the TV: only 5 tuned channels. We greatly appreciated the silence and the quiet of the apt, the position with respect to the village. We hope to return home soon Koukouli, we try a lot, (healthy) envy for the owner who is very lucky to have this little gem in Antibes !!!!!!"
Many Art galleries and Museums such as The Picasso.