The Space** 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 washing machine too!
We have a mini kitchen equipped with a fridge, utensils, kettle, gas stove, microwave oven. However, we hardly cook and usually eat out as Penang food is tasty and inexpensive!
We also have a brand new 42" TV and DVD player. We offer Free Internet for guests (it's 4G internet by Yes, with 1Gb data. Additional Wi-Fi can be purchased if you need more data). 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, Casa de Calda cafe, Backspin Sports Cafe, The Palanquinn & Dwell - a boutique heritage hotel, fashion designer Richard Rivalee Collections & a nyonya cafe, 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.0
*** 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 dedicate a month in a year to host musicians and artists. So your stay supports our arts and music program and the upkeep of the home space. Looking forward to welcoming you to 15 Bangkok Lane :) Guest AccessThe entire house, at their privacy. Interaction with GuestsBuzz me anytime for recommendations :) The NeighborhoodBangkok Lane is located in the heart of Pulau Tikus, just a short walk away from the Thai sleeping Buddha Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Burmese heritage temples, the famous wet market and famous Moulmein coffee shops, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets along Gurney Drive and the two modern shopping malls Gurney Paragon & Gurney Plaza for some pampering. Getting AroundYes! Rapid Penang bus no.10 or 11 take you from George Town to the other end.