About this listing
We call it 'l'île verte' (the green island) for its atmosphere, the green kitchen and bathroom tiles. With a very confortable bed , to the ground floorof our 50's house, a few minutes away from the gorgeous calanques, the old harbor and it's cafés.
The apartment is located a the main floor of a one storage house. We live upstairs, with our two girls. The place is a bit away from the street, surrounded by a small southern garden that gives it its character.
The kitchen has been redecorated last sumer to be closer to our 50's house atmosphere. Feel like cooking or just warm up some take aways, it's all there. We integrated a wash machine for those who just stay with us in between other trips, or just feel like dressing with the good smell from the open drying space in the garden.
The bedroom is confortable and takes its light from a window to the south: great for those naps in the afternoon. Its got is little dressing to put your stuff and a cute bathroom, revamped with nice green tiles picked to match the La Ciotat's soft atmosphere.
A cute little terrace on the apartment entrance side. Very cosy for a coffee, or break feast in the morning sun. There is another table and chairs under the pine tree, on the side of the house where you'll also find the drying cables.
Interaction with Guests
We love to share with our guests, be it a moment or a glass of vince, depending on everybody's availability. Isa splits her time between her craft shop in the garden's back, et her boutique on the harbor ... and the girl's activities and hers and the house and... (yes, yes, she can)
Marc commute on a more classical way between Marseille et the house during the week.
You'll always get to see one or the other... but you'll never know how long for :-)
The whole place is located at walking distance from pretty much everything people like La Ciotat for. The calanques are 5 (Figuerolle) or 10 (Mugel and its gorgeous park) minutes away by foot. the bread and croissants full boulangerie is up the street, little grocery store down the house, movie theater 7 minutes.
The 'old harbor' stands (floats?) 4 minutes down the street: close enough to just drop in the evening market from july to august, or every sunday morning... but far enough to be able to escape the crowd.
Cars park in the neighborhood free of charge. Buses go from the old harbor straight to Marseille (look it up, it's worth being there at least a few hours) in an hour or so, or will take you to the train station in 15 minutes.
Boats will take you to the 'green island', the island facing La Ciotat with it's pedestrians only paths, and it's unique restaurant on the shore.
By train, step down at La Ciotat train station and take the 20 ' bus ride bus (bus#10 or #40 or #200 on sundays and national days) to the terminus, 'la Gare routiere'. Quick hop to the 'office du tourisme' right there and then take the 10 min walk to the house. Basically, keep the harbour on your left until you reach the 'best western hotel'. Past the hotl take the narrow strret on your right (rue lapérouse) and follow it all the way up. When you're at the end of that street, look up, next to the small grocery store stands our house.
By car : Your car can be (usually) easily parked in the neighborhood free of charge.
By Bus : there'a bus going from Marseille to La Ciotat (#69). It'll take you directly to the 'gare routiere' in La Ciotat. Quick hop to the 'office du tourisme' right there and then take the 10 min walk to the house. Basically, keep the harbour on your left until you reach the 'best western hotel'. Past the hotel take the narrow street on your right (rue fernand Lapérouse) and follow it all the way up. When you're at the end of that street, look up, next to the small grocery store stands our house, with it's purple door to our garden.
Other Things to Note
You will have to pay on site the moderate local 'stay tax'. The city set it to 50 centsper person and per day. It is an extra cost, yes, but considering the quality of public equipment, we feel it is a reasonnable one. We do not collect it through airbnb payment system since we feel it would no be fair for you to be charged a transaction commission over a tax.
Non smoking apartment, however the petite terrace at the entrance of the apartment is a nice place to drink a coffee and smoke outside.
Point of attention for our guests:
The apartment is one of three standing at the main floor of our house and we live upstair. Therefore, we will see each other, and you will see the other tenants. If your dream is to live an intense life, day and night, according to criteria defined solely with yourself, and if you think that it could prevent others from sleeping or just from living their own dream, then our house is definitely not the right place for that project. :-)
Accueil chaleureux ;)
Très bel appart dans maison. Franchement nous avons été sous le charme ;) Emplacement top ;)
J'avais loué ce petit studio un week-end pour mes parents, ils ont été enchantés! Le studio est très mignon, propre et proche du centre de la Ciotat! Je recommande.
Wow, wow, wow....tres bon!
We've just had a magnificent time at Marc and Isabelle's place. La Ciotat is a great base to explore and to top it off if you stay here you'll have excellent accommodation and simply brilliant hosts.
Accommodation wise as a couple looking to chill out, explore and have a few adventures it was perfect. We ate in most nights and had everything we could need for that. We could also kick back, enjoy a glass of wine and read a book out the front of the house all day or evening long. Bed was super comfy too!
The hosts are the number 1 factor in this place. Marc and Isabelle are stars. They're so friendly and now sitting along the coast in a commercial hotel we're wishing we were back in La Ciotat for a few nights. The warm welcome Marc, Isabelle and their family gave is superb. Isabelle is a fantastic potter so leave space to take some home with you. Marc is a fountain of knowledge of things to do as well as an excellent English speaker (so is Isabelle, although she'll not admit it).
They really made our stay a very special one and we're very grateful to them for having us.
In short, we couldn't recommend this more highly! Go and enjoy it for yourself!
Marc and Isabel were so welcoming and helpful. We shared wine as Marc filled us in on where and where not to go. The accommodations were comfortable and quiet. Nice and clean and well kept. Thanx much.
This is the 1st time I have booked a holiday like this and it was just right. Warm welcome from Marc, Isabelle and family.
A big thanks to Marc & Isabelle, lovely hosts. The accommodation although small was adequate. Close to all amenities, only a 5min walk to the harbour, wonderful views and peaceful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with them, just what we wanted and off course the weather also contributed to the time we were there.
Marc et Isabelle nous ont réservé un très bon accueil. Nous avons apprécié leur gentillesse. Le logement est agréable, aménagé avec goût, fonctionnel et idéalement situé. Une belle parenthèse ensoleillée et reposante! Nous
reviendrons avec plaisir!
We really enjoyed our stay with Isabelle and Marc. They were very helpful and welcoming, full of suggestions. The apartment was very clean and had it's own personality. It's a close walk into the town of La Ciotat as well as to the beach. We had a lovely stay and would recommend.
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About the Host, Isabelle & Marc
Nous avons choisi de s'installer ici pour de multiples raisons... La proximité de la mer (bien visible depuis la maison), de ces magnifiques calanques, d'ici on peut tout faire à pied, courses, belles ballades, baignades, cinéma, bibliothèque, boire un verre sur le port.. Et puis surtout moi, Isabelle, j'ai réussi à aménager mon atelier de céramiste au fond du jardin où j'accueille avec plaisir clients et élèves... A bientôt.
We chose this place as much as this place chose us. The house was built in the 50's and has that special atmosphere, with the little garden around that seduced us. We go around, shop, play sport, go to the movies, enjoy the cafés and restaurants by feet. Most of all, it has a little workshop in the garden from where I can work and teach kids on those potteries and ceramics I sell for a living.
See you soon.