You gotta love Maison9! The home away from home for the discerning traveler who is looking for the perfect staycation in the South of France. Chirping cicadas mingle with fresh lavender and rosemary scents by the pool. And the beach is a 15 minute walk away.
Like many of our hotels, Maison9 is owned by a charming lady and, of course, it has a story to tell: Cynthia Kaiser-Maus – originally from Hamburg – once fell in love with this property when she visited Cassis a long time ago. But the Provencal dream house from the 19th century was not for sale. Only years later, Cynthia was back in this beautiful coastal town for another holiday, she was offered a house without any info. In the end, it was exactly the house she fell in love with at the time.
That was in 2007 and Mrs. Kaiser-Maus decided to turn the wonderful house into a luxurious bed and breakfast. One that met her own (high) standards. Of course, her talent for turning rooms into hideaways helped the plan (and also by knowing the suppliers of high-quality materials. Today we’d say, she is an expert in many disciplines related to real estate matters).
So the cottage became a creative hotel with four wonderful suites, all with their own terraces, that fit generously around the house. The great thing is, that you get a lot of privacy and never think of being in a hotel. This is also due to this wonderful garden, which is actually a park. In addition, there’s the large swimming pool with a view of the famous rock Cap Canaille, the chirping of cicadas, the scent of lavender and rosemary. During the day, the fountain gurgles and above the pool you may want to play a round of pétanque.
The most incredible thing about this house is its award-winning location. On the one hand you live in the middle of the town of Cassis, on the other hand you are completely surrounded by nature, vineyards, hills and the cliffs. In the morning, the sun filters through the plants and vineyards of the surrounding estates onto the breakfast terrace. Just beautiful.
The four suites are all furnished to a high standard and vary in size. In the main house there is a duplex suite, that is, with two floors, downstairs the bathroom and a kitchenette with espresso machine, upstairs the bedroom. Since we were allowed to stay in this room during our stay, we can recommend it first hand, so to speak. Even the art on the walls is very stylish.
Cassis itself is a typical, beautiful French coastal town, with thoroughly sophisticated villas and many restaurants and bars right on the harbor. There are many small stores, and of course many tourists in summer. From Maison9, you can walk to the old town in about 12 minutes and be at the beach in 15 minutes on foot. Cassis itself has three beaches and bays, which are of course very crowded in the summer.
In any case, a trip to the rock Cap Canaille is worthwhile (by car, on foot from the house or by bike). We would also recommend a day in Marseille (25 minutes by car) and Aix-en-Provence (35 minutes). After all, the nice thing about Maison9 is that after a day in the hustle and bustle of one of these cities, you can come back to your own personal oasis of calm.
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