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Palette of Sun and Sea Colors in Enchanting Cassis.

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Last updated: 10/24/2015

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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

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.

Keywords: Apartment


Member since: 2000

Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/24/2015

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 90 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Our apartment is a wonderful place for a family vacation. The only caution is that there are three loft spaces with access by wooden stairs; so children must be old enough to climb and descend stairs safely....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Loft + Den


  • Queen size Beds (1) High quality European queen bed: 160 cm., Double Beds (1) High quality European double bed: 140 cm., Twin or Single Beds (2) High quality single bed plus child's bed. Both single beds are located in separate loft spaces., Baby Cribs (1) Folding crib for infant up to 3 years., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality sofa bed with 160 cm mattress in living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • There is a full bathroom with a spacious Italian (walk-in) shower and sink. The w.c. is separate....moreless

Other Amenities

  • High Definition TV with DVD, ADSL internet connection.


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Wide screen t.v. in the entertainment area on the mezzanine...moreless


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    We are located on a small pedestrian street, Italian style, 3 minutes from the port of Cassis. Our balcony looks down the street, like in a painting of an Italian village in the 1800's....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The port and waterfront are 50 meters from our front door; be careful not to fall in if you're a sleep walker!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Municipal parking available at reasonable price 5 minutes walk from the apartment....moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric heating...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality cotten sheets and towels; woolen and cotten blankets. Beach towels provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room is very comfortable with seating for 5-6 persons plus a cocktail table. The living area is furnished with original art work and local antique furniture....moreless

  • Parking:

    Municipal parking available at reasonable price 5 minutes walk from the apartment. There is no car traffic allowed in the immediate streets around the apartment....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Completely equipped kitchen with all small appliances (coffee-maker, juice squeezer, coffee press and teapot, dinner service for 8....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full service for 8 persons including silverware, dishes, serving dishes, glassware, wine and champagne glasses....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Modern dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Modern full-size refrigerator with freezer compartment; 4 burner electric cooktop, oven, microwave....moreless

  • Microwave:

    One independent microwave; one microwave integrated into the oven...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Full-size American refrigerator with freezer compartment....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    (2) There is a large 'sit down' balcony on the south side of the apartment with table and chairs; there is a smaller balcony on the north side of the apartment off the master bedroom, large enough for a lounge chair....moreless

  • Tennis:

    There are tennis courts in the direction of the calanques area, that can be booked making arrangements locally....moreless

Building Type

  • Building


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from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$968 $3,262

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $163.08
  • Taxes Not included


The price quoted above is for one couple (or 2 persons). For 3-4 persons, the nightly rate is 160 euros. We will quote rates for stays longer than one week or for more than 4 persons.

Payment is by wire transfer or bank check in euros. We request a deposit at the time of booking and final payment not later than 3 weeks prior to your stay.

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75 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Marignane (West of Marseille)
20 Metres
Nearest Barpub
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
Cassis 5 minutes on foot

Car: Not Necessary

Outdoor activities, Water activities, Cultural activities, Concerts, Local Theater, Guided Nature and Historical Walks, Roman archeological Sites, Town amenities, Local Vineyards, Casino, Museum, Local Provencal Market.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: Leaning out of our apartment window in Paris, we can almost touch the Moulin Rouge. Darrell and I moved to here in 2001, after having lived in Seattle, Hartford and Brooklyn. We wanted a mid-life adventure and felt that Paris had everything--the buzz of a big city, great access to other European destinations, famous French cuisine (well, wine and cheese)and the experience of a new culture. When we miss having our toes in the ocean, we hop on the TGV and find ourselves in Cassis 3 hours later. Why Cassis? We had a rule: only Paris. But people kept saying to us, 'you love the sea; have you been to Cassis?' When we finally went, it was a 'coup de foudre' (love at first sight, loosely translated.) So we adopted the 'Cassis habit'--several times a year we went, especially out of season when it was still warm enough to swim and the sky is blue, but there weren't as many tourists. Finally we realized that it was perfect for us; our real life is in Paris and our escape life is in Cassis. It can't get better than this!

Why the Owner Chose Cassis, France:
As expats, we wanted to live and invest in places where we felt we could make friends and not be isolated in the expat American community. We have spent time in the famous French 'watering holes' (Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez) and they didn't rhyme with us. We are interested in Roman archeology and have enjoyed exploring the Roman cities near Marseille. When we visited Cassis and the Calanques, we immediately felt that we could make this city our own. We like the simple local architecture, which has been protected by local authorities, the scale of the village and the fact that it has a regular life beyond tourism. We especially enjoy going to Cassis out of season, when the pace is slower and people return to their everyday lives. We found our apartment in a traditional Cassis fisherman's house and have updated and restored it, while retaining its simple character. Sitting on the balcony, gazing down the street; sipping a pastis and watching the Cap Canaille become golden at sunset; sunning on the beach at the height of the summer season--all of these are the pleasures that we savor in Cassis. We take great satisfaction in sharing our Cassis with our guests and hope that they will feel some of the same magic that has touched us.

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Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 10/24/2015

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Your imagination and the best ingredients...a fabulous meal ahead

    Your imagination and the best ingredients...a fabulous meal ahead

  • Cozy master bedroom is quiet and has its own balcony.

    Cozy master bedroom is quiet and has its own balcony.

  • Invite guests for lunch--sun and local produce obligatory!

    Invite guests for lunch--sun and local produce obligatory!

VRBO #80446

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Sunday, April 16, 2017

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