About this listing
We provide an inspirational space that seeps authenticity in a 1938-built quaint cottage.
** At first glance
Le CoQ Home Space has welcomed dozens of emerging musicians, artistes & friends! It's a comfortable cottage for friends to hang out, chill and just seep in 'real' Penang. Centrally located in-between George Town and Batu Ferringhi beach at Pulau Tikus, it's just a 10-minute walk from Gurney Drive.
** What to expect?
The house is furnished simply to retain the original feel of the quaint 1930s-built cottage. You can even host a music gig / mini art exhibition! It sleeps up to 3 adults comfortably on real beds.
** ACCOMMODATION (upstairs)
There are 2 rooms upstairs and a spare day bed downstairs.
ROOM 1: The MASTER LOFT is air-conditioned with one king-sized real bed (sleeps 2), has a writing table & stool. There's a private balcony with a breakfast table and 2 chairs so you can enjoy lazy mornings and watch the world go by. Bamboo blinds keep it shady for hot tropical afternoons.
ROOM 2: Table-fan in the second open-concept room with one single bed (sleeps 1) opens up to a private balcony that amazes with stunning views of the temple steeple. One spare mattress (sleeps 1) is available free of charge in case you have an extra friend to accommodate. Note: this room has no walls nor doors.
** AMENITIES (downstairs)
Downstairs, there is one shower and one W.C. toilet. We've fitted in a brand new Johnson Suisse seated flush toilet - a tiny peak-hole allows you sneak peak to the sky while on the throne :P The bathroom is not renovated so it's still dated with faded blue tiles, but it's clean and fitted with a brand new Alpha water heater with strong jet shower.
We have a mini kitchen equipped with a fridge, utensils, kettle, electric stove, microwave oven, mini BBQ-set (BYO charcoal). However, we hardly cook and usually eat out as Penang food is tasty and inexpensive!
We also have a TV and DVD player. We now offer Free Internet for guests (USB modem stick for PC/Mac). Closest free WiFi is at Starbucks/ McDonald's/Mr. Pot cafe (open24-hrs) along Gurney Drive.
** THE ART SPACE (downstairs)
The retro-fit living room is the 'unofficial' arts space, where we'll occasionally invite local artists to jam and gig at our open mic sessions. We also have housed many local musicians in-residence at 15 Bangkok Lane as emerging singer songwriters and poets are always welcome!
** SOME BACKGROUND
A labour of love, a work-in-progress... this double-storey cottage is one of 41 built in the late 1930s by philanthropist Cheah Leong Keah and still retains much of its original form & structure. You could say the architect of the time successfully infused Asian and Western design in the houses. Cheah built the homes and laid the trust to keep the families together and until today, uncles and cousins live just across the road. If the whitewashed walls could talk, you'd be host to a thousand tales! Born in Swatow, China, Cheah began by making and repairing horse carriages, and later evolved into one of the pioneers of the motor industry.
Today, the eclectic Bangkok Lane community includes Nail Spa, Beep Beep Q cafe, The Palanquinn & Dwell - a boutique heritage hotel, fashion designer Richard Rivalee Collections, NOIT interior decor, a florist and many more. There's also the MUST-TRY famous Indian Mee Goreng and Nasi Kandar at the end of the street!
The cottage is snuggled right in the heart of suburb called 'Pulau Tikus'. Behind it, is the famed Wat Chaiyamangkalaram (reclining Buddha) Thai and Burmese temples. Just 100m away is the Pulau Tikus wet market where locals go to market, and surrounding the area are coffee shops serving up hot food from as early as 7am. Be sure to try 'Tau Hua' soya bean custard from the market food court for breakfast. Have it with black sugar. Delicious!
A 15-minute stroll away is Gurney Drive (where Grandpa used to go swim and Grandma swore sightings of dolphins in the 1960s) and the shopping mall paradise at Gurney Plaza. You'll likely stumble onto my favourite Crepe Cottage on 77 Gurney Drive. Don't miss their scrumptious sweet and savoury pancakes/crepes especially the 'Penang Special', Hot Apple or Nutella Banana. They open from 6pm-12am daily (closed Tuesdays).
*** WHO LIVES HERE?
I do. I shuttle between Kuala Lumpur and Penang for work and spend a weekend every month in the house. When I'm in town, I will take Room 2 and would love to show you around. If I'm not around, be my guest and make yourself at home! You'll have the entire house to yourself.
*** WHY LE COQ?
The home space is called Le CoQ, inspired by Mum who was born in the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster wakes up very early and announces the dawn of a new day/the dispersing of darkness.
*** We love hosting musicians and artists at the place. So your stay supports our arts / music programs and the upkeep of the home space. Looking forward to welcoming you to 15 Bangkok Lane :)
The entire house, at their privacy.
Bangkok Lane is located in the heart of Pulau Tikus, just a short walk away from the Thai sleeping Buddha and Burmese heritage temples, the famous wet market and famous Moulmein coffee shops, Gurney Drive and it's two main shopping malls.
Yes! Rapid Penang bus no.10 or 11 take you from George Town to the other end.
No smoking inside the house, nor drugs. Just because mum would really frown at you, then me!
About the Host, Jasmine
Hi! I'm 4th generation Malaysian Chinese, and an avid traveller but there's really nothing like a home built from the heart. Penang is the town, in which I was born, and the city in which my Mum grew up in the 1950s/60s. I've lived in Sydney for a decade and now shuttle between Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Sydney.
A UNESCO status city, Penang has a unique heritage as the one of the most important melting pots resulting from the spice trade during the turn of the century. I must share, that most of the time, I'm travelling for work, so I'm afraid I may not be at the house to host you. This means, you'll have complete privacy.
Some tips for the foodies: on Bangkok Lane in Penang, you must start with the Pork Satay cart for breakfast, lunch at the famous Mee Goreng & Mee Rebus, followed by the Asam Laksa opposite the Pulau Tikus Police Station - just a few delicious must-haves! To fend off the heat, rock up to the drinks stall under the tree along Burma Road and ask for an ICE BALL. Cools you off! So enjoy the Penang experience like a true Penangite!
On my wishlist: San Francisco, New Orleans, Phoenix, New York, Prague, Paris, Santiago, San Juan, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro. And a place to chill and relax is Perhentian Islands in Malaysia! Finally, thanks to a friend Nell who introduced me to Airbnb!! I love the service and I look forward to travelling the world with you. Kudos, guys!
Mum and I especially welcome artists and musicians at 15 Bangkok Lane - as we are inspired by artist-in-residence programs and hope to one day run one. It'll be an unforgettable quaint experience - lived like a true Penangite! Who knows what you could create :)