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House at Top of Menerbes with Stunning Views of the Luberon

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


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

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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2017

About The Owner

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

The Owner purchased this house in 1997

Why The Owner chose Luberon Area

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.

What makes this house unique

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


Ménerbes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) These can also be made into 1 King size double bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Towels provided, Washing Machine & Tumble Dryer, Ironing, Guidebooks, Central Heating and all utilities inclusive, Children's Cot/Playpen, complimentary clean every Saturday


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

House at Top of Menerbes with Stunning Views of the Luberon
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
Cherry Hill, New Jersey


  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay Paolo's house. We were two couples and the house is gorgeous and in a great location for exploring the area. I would highly recommend staying here. The property is very clean and Paolo was quick to answer questions while we were there and even left us a bottle of wine for our arrival. Spectacular!!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two glorious weeks in Paolo's beautiful house, and loved every minute.

The house was itself was immaculate and well-stocked, the bed was comfortable, and the large living spaces flowed out to the little patio where we spent many happy hours drinking local wine, soaking up the setting sun and admiring the stunning view.

The village is lovely, and provides a perfect base for exploring the Luberon and beyond. The local people were warm and welcoming, the restaurants were good and the weekly market was charming - much less commercialised than some of the ones we visited in the bigger surrounding towns.

While we didn't meet Paolo in person it was obvious that he is a very experienced, caring host. All of his communication with us from the time of the original booking was very clear and cordial. His directions and access arrangements were meticulous and easy to follow, and he responded immediately to the couple of enquiries we made while staying in the house.

We loved the house and the area, and can highly recommend both to anyone who is looking for a fabulous holiday in the south of France.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent Menerbes 2

  • 5 of 5

When you stay at Menerbes 2, you are in for a magnificent treat. From the moment you enter Paolo's home, you realize immediately that this is a very special place. The interior is tastefully decorated, the rooms are all spacious, and the views overlooking the valley are simply breathtaking.

Every morning we bought freshly baked croissants in the village and then had our coffee and breakfast sitting out on the loggia watching and listening to the countryside below awaken. Our evenings were also special having our dinner, sometimes on the loggia, and other evenings in the dining area, each with their own special outlook.

The village of Menerbes is extremely quaint and centrally located in Provence to within easy reach of other villages, towns, and visitor attractions. Make sure when you first arrive that you read Paolo's guest book and you'll be amazed at all the helpful suggestions made by other guests of places to visit and restaurants to try. It is by far the most informative guest book that we have ever seen! And the comments all echo the great time we experienced staying in Menerbes 2.

Paolo, we hope to return one day soon to Magnificent Menerbes. Merci beaucoup.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An exquisite retreat!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spent a blissful week at Paolo's beautiful flat in Menèrbes. It is the perfect launching spot from which to explore Provence. The apartment is gorgeous with all the amenities one could wish for, the views stunning and the town lovely, tranquil and central to many sights.

We particularly enjoyed visiting the nearby Abbaye de Senanque (arriving early when it is peaceful and the sun is illuminating the lavender), Isle sur la Sorgue ( the Sunday market, Paddling from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Isle sur la Sorgue, Eating at Le Jardin du Quai!), the drive from Mur to Venasque (stunning and so fun to drive!) and hiking the Gorges du Verdon (takes about 5 hours from Le Chalet de Maline to Point Sublime - highly recommended!). Most memorable meal was Le Mas de Tourteron in Les Imberts - very expensive but magical to have such a high end meal in that gorgeous garden setting, and was fun to track down the winery that produced the lovely wine we had the next day - an organic winery that has been in the same family for generations - Chateau La Canorgue.

In summary, it was a perfect holiday - I would highly recommend it and hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Francestown, NH USA

Menerbes Two -- OH LA LA

  • 5 of 5

Our trip to Mernerbes was and will always be memoriable to us. Menerbes is a quite beautiful village on a hill side overlooking the Luberon Mountains. The house is beautiful with many large windows which let in the country side air. The owner does a beautiful job in providing a travelers guide with many unique places to visit. Each morning we would stroll down the hill to visit the french bakery for our croissants and quiche, oh how I miss those croissants!. There were many vineyards to visit and weekly markets being help in the locate villages. While we were in the mountains the French Riviera was still only about 2 - 2.5 hours away so you could visit the Mediterranean Sea during the day and still be back for a quite evening dining in one several resturants in Mernebes. The four of us were celebrating our anniversaries and could not have planned a better trip. The house was nicely equiped and you could just sit and watch the birds fly by and listen to the Cigals all day. Yes the streets are narrow and there is a cute short door that you enter but it just added that much more charm to the whole adventure. We do plan to return some day and this will be the first place we will try and stay at.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection at the top of Menerbes!

  • 5 of 5

‘Menerbes Two’ is a spacious home at the very top of Menerbes, although you might be surprised from the outside. The street is narrow & we had to fold in our mirrors to pass through at one part (rent a small, economy or compact if you want to drive around hill towns-many tight squeezes up there!),& the front door is a bit short so that we had to duck our heads to enter. These weren't disadvantages, however, but part of the charm of living high up in a medieval hill town! If you drive up to the door, be prepared to turn around in a tight space to get back out. We weren’t brave enough to back out. We received a code to a lock to access the front door key - no problem there – just remember to take that number with you! Once you enter, the ceilings throughout are a normal height and everything looks exactly as pictured on the website – absolutely beautiful, perfect condition, spotlessly clean and all very comfortable…beds, couches, chairs. We appreciated the bottle of wine left for us (merci Paolo!) The kitchen has everything you need; the bathrooms are modern, each with a hairdryer. Every room on the main floor has at least 1 window overlooking the spectacular view. We sat outside on the little porch in the evenings with our wine & watched the sunsets – so relaxing. The downstairs level has a bedroom, full bath and laundry room, but no views. It was, however, more private, and since you are only sleeping there and since it is pitch black outside at night anyway, it was very acceptable to be down there. (And it was very comfortable as well.) There is a back door (normal height) which opens onto a walk behind the buildings, but we stuck to the front door for the most part. Parking - no problem, at least in April. No parking right at the house, but the owner sent us a map of nearby parking areas. You walk up a bit of a hill to the house after parking, but when we had a lot to carry, we drove up to the door and then parked. It was a 5 minute walk to a bakery (where the croissants were breadlike, not flaky),a small food store near the post office (they had the typical delicious buttery flaky croissants, plain & chocolate, but get there early, especially on Mondays when the bakery is closed - they run out fast!), pharmacy,a few shops & restaurants. They are all downhill from there & the walk back isn’t bad. The owner always responded to emails & calls immediately so we never felt ignored or abandoned. Excellent service! I can’t recommend this beautiful home enough!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Avignon TGV
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Ménerbes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
August 2017
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 19-26, 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
August 26 - September 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
October 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Xmas, New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan-Feb, 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
March 2018
Mar 3 2018 - Mar 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
April 2018
Mar 31 2018 - Apr 27 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 2018
Apr 28 2018 - Jun 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
June - September 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Sep 28 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
October 2018
Sep 29 2018 - Nov 2 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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