My wife and I recently visited our beautiful Norwegian friend, Maren, who happens to live in the best house on the best street in Antibes. She has spent the past several years tirelessly renovating a spectacular five bedroom home, Casa Mare, in the old town’s Safranier-district.
I was eager to see the results of her hard work so I rang her up and within seconds my irresistible charm succeeded in wrangling a private tour.
Pas mal, n’est pas?
Casa Mare is situated on what must be one of the most charming streets in the south of France, the Rue du Bas Castelet. With brimming flower boxes and eager vines stretching across a narrow walkway, the pedestrian-only avenue could easily double as a movie set.
The house fits perfectly into this idyllic setting.
Each of the bedrooms is decorated, with hand-made furniture no less, in soothing neutral tones evoking a simple, effortless style. Heavy wooden ceiling beams and original rustic floor tiles add a comfortable authenticity to contemporary Casa Mare. All rooms are equipped with WiFi and an Ipod docking station so your favorite tunes are always within reach.
En-suite bathrooms are roomy and modern with quality-crafted fittings and heated floors and mirrors (that’s right, heated).
In the cellar of Casa Mare is the uber-sophisticated Cantina. If there has ever been a party-pad-central, this is it. Thick stone walls, wine cave, chic mood lighting, wet bar, fireplace…. the only thing that could make this room better is me standing in the middle of it wearing pajama pants, a smoking jacket with ascot, a glass of red in my left hand and a tipsy thirty-year-old Brigitte Bardot in my right.
On the top floor The Cucina’s tasteful dining area and professionally outfitted kitchen extend onto an open-air terrace equipped with a wood burning oven/fireplace, gas grill, and yes, heated floor.
The terrace, I decide, is Casa Mare’s piece de resistance.
It is sublime.
The view over the red-tiled rooftops of old Antibes and beyond to the Mediterranean makes it the ideal spot for coffee in the morning and champagne at night.
As if on cue, Maren suddenly appeared with a chilled bottle of Veuve beside a bowl of fresh-picked berries.
I was ready to move in…. forever.
For rental details and more photos check out Casa Mare’s website here.