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House at Top of Menerbes with Stunning Views of the Luberon

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Name of House: 'Menerbes Two'
Menerbes was the village that inspired Peter Mayle to write ‘A Year in Provence’ - it is one of the select group of hill-top villages in the Luberon National Park and officially one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.

The whole point of the house is the view of the mountain opposite and the valley below - it is beautiful, and one never tires of it. I maximised the view by adding and enlarging windows in every room so that now the mountain is always framed in a slightly different way wherever you are in the house. The house seems to hang above the valley.

The house was made up of five rooms in a row, all facing south to the mountain. Due to curiosities of construction and the angle of the road, there is also a downstairs part on the right hand side of the house. This houses the second bedroom, which has twin beds that can be brought together to form a large double. This room has an en-suite bathroom with bath and overhead shower, WC and basin.

Now getting back to the five rooms upstairs: I decided to open out the house to make the most of the light. So I knocked an opening between each room and put in arches - you can see this effect in the pictures. The rooms are, from left to right - living room with outside loggia; dining room and kitchen; entrance hall and stairs down to the guest room and laundry; dressing area and wardrobe with daybed; main bedroom; and bathroom. Because of the angle of the road each room is on a slightly higher level than the previous one, which is a charming effect.

The main bedroom does not have a door, it has a large screen to split it off from the rest of the house: this offers privacy, but obviously not as much as a locked door. I never found this a problem when friends came to stay. It does give you complete privacy from the other bedroom, because this is on a lower level which does have doors. The main bedroom has a double bed and the bathroom has a lovely walk-in shower with a large shower rose, WC and basin.

The house can accommodate four people - two in each bedroom, each with its own bathroom.

There is satellite TV with CNN, BBC News and CNBC and DVD player with library of movies. And WiFi internet throughout.

It should be noted that the fireplace should not be used when the wind is blowing, as the smoke comes back down the chimney.

The house is in a narrow road at the very highest point of the village. The street leads nowhere, so it is very quiet. The shops, restaurants and bar of the village are a 2-minute stroll away.

There is a dossier at the house explaining how everything works and listing good places to eat, things to see, etc. There is also a small library of books about Provence, including the best up-to-date guidebooks.

Menerbes is the heart of one of the enchanted corners of this world. Everything you read about in ‘A Year in Provence’ is here - the lavender-scented landscapes; daily markets overflowing with local produce that actually tastes of something; quirky customs; hilltop villages rising above the sea of vineyards and sunflowers; outstanding food and wine; and the sensational quality of light that has always brought painters and poets here. In Provence, everything simply tastes, smells, and looks better than at home. And it’s all right on your doorstep.

This is a year-round destination - the Luberon in winter is as beautiful in its way as during the long summer that can stretch from May to October. High above the cares of the world, the house is perfect for a romantic couple (or two) - whether inspired by the ever-changing light or comforted by a roaring log fire. Everything is included in the price of the rental - central heating, electricity, towels, bed linen, logs for the fire, weekly clean.

There are far too many things to do in the Luberon to mention them here, as well as day-trips to Cannes, Monte Carlo, Arles, Aix, the Camargue, Italy, Spain, the Alps, etc.

The price of the rental includes all utilities (gas, electricity, central heating), local phone calls, WiFi, towels, bedlinen, visitor tax, after-stay clean, and a complimentary weekly clean for stays of more than one week.

Keywords: Village House, Menerbes

Owner

Member since: 2002

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Towels provided, Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer, Ironing, Guidebooks, Central Heating and all utilities inclusive, Children's Cot/Playpen, complimentary clean every Saturday...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Fantastic view of the mountain and vineyards...moreless

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    For stays over a week linens and towels are changed every week with the complimentary clean....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Free, bring a WiFi-enabled laptop....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April - May 2017
Apr 1 - Jun 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,296

Changeover Day: Saturday

June - September 2017
Jun 3 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,623

Changeover Day: Saturday

October 2017
Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,405

Changeover Day: Saturday

Winter
Oct 28 - Dec 22, 2017
5 night min stay

$817

Changeover Day: Saturday

Xmas, New Year
Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,188

Changeover Day: Saturday

Jan-Feb, 2018
Jan 6 - Mar 2, 2018
5 night min stay

$817

Changeover Day: Saturday

March 2018
Mar 3 - Mar 30, 2018
5 night min stay

$926

Changeover Day: Saturday

April 2018
Mar 31 - Apr 27, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,079
May 2018
Apr 28 - Jun 1, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,405
June - September 2018
Jun 2 - Sep 28, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,623
October 2018
Sep 29 - Nov 2, 2018
7 night min stay

$1,405

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, central heating, satellite TV, WiFi internet, local calls, visitor tax, and after-stay clean. For stays over a week there is a complimentary weekly clean and change of bedlinen and towels.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marseille
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Menerbes
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Saumane
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Avignon TGV
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Cavaillon
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Menerbes
50 Miles
Nearest Beach
Marseille

Car: Recommended

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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1997

About the owner: We are mainly British, we live and work in Oppede, which is 10 minutes from Menerbes where the house is situated.

Why the Owner Chose Ménerbes, France:
It was sitting there at the top of Menerbes with the best views in the village but hardly any windows to see them from. It was the village notary's office so views were not important. In renovating I added big windows everywhere and made it into a home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The view! And being in a wonderful village with all amenities, but tucked away at the top so it is quiet and inspiring


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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Photos

  • Looking from fireplace in living room to dining table

    Looking from fireplace in living room to dining table

  • In the living room opening out to the loggia

    In the living room opening out to the loggia

  • Dining table and view

    Dining table and view

  • Menerbes with house circled in red

    Menerbes with house circled in red

  • From the master bedroom towards the living room

    From the master bedroom towards the living room

  • Master bedroom with daybed on left and closets on right

    Master bedroom with daybed on left and closets on right

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Bedroom 2 can be either a double or two singles

    Bedroom 2 can be either a double or two singles

  • Dawn view down the valley

    Dawn view down the valley

  • East over the rooftops of Menerbes and down the Luberon Valley

    East over the rooftops of Menerbes and down the Luberon Valley

  • Looking past the kitchen on the left to the living room

    Looking past the kitchen on the left to the living room

  • Looking out from the loggia

    Looking out from the loggia

  • Kitchen is by the dining table

    Kitchen is by the dining table

  • Sofa in the living room

    Sofa in the living room

  • Daybed by master bedroom

    Daybed by master bedroom

  • Master bathroom with walk-inn shower, basin and WC

    Master bathroom with walk-inn shower, basin and WC

  • View from loggia

    View from loggia

  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • Menerbes from the west at sundown

    Menerbes from the west at sundown

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This listing was first published here in 2002.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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