I visited La Maison Pythagore 'en famille', and what a truly memorable visit. The owner Thomas was on leave for the birth of his daughter, and we were looked after by his team - Moksim and his wife in the house, Mohammed coordinating our stay, and our guide Khalid (please forgive my spelling!). The house and its well tended garden is a peaceful and stylish oasis amongst the bustle of the traditionally built part of town. No asphalt roads and concrete highrises, but narrow unpaved alleys, lined with brick and mud built houses that belie the stylish interiors.
We were provided with excellent local food (for both lunch and supper if required), large and comfortable rooms of a real house rather than some anodyne hotel chain, with a fan for if it gets hot. The team couldn't do enough for us, and Mohammed and Khalid arranged daily tours and visits tailored to our particular interests. It's a real shame that so many tourists get put off by the media hype about Egypt which is so grossly exaggerated. It's time reason prevailed so more people can be looked after as well as we were.