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Provence Luxury, Stunning Views of Luberon - Heaven for Two

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Sunny terrace with dining table, sunloungers and shade

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Last updated: 07/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Name of House: 'Menerbes One'
A luxury village house at the very top of Menerbes - a haven high above the most beautiful part of Provence for honeymooners, artists, writers, food lovers, or just plain old romantics.

Even when you are in bed there are three different views to choose from - the Luberon mountain opposite, down the valley to the sunset, and over the rooftops of Menerbes.

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. Being at its highest point means peace and solitude; while the little shops, cafes, restaurants and village life are a couple of minutes stroll down the hill.

More about the house: it is small but perfect. To make the most of the light and the glorious views I have taken out the upper storey and put the bedroom and bathroom on a mezzanine level.

I do not know how I was allowed to do it in such a carefully protected village, but the new windows that open onto the Luberon are extraordinarily generous. Eight feet high, and then there is the balcony beyond big enough for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and with unmatched views, suspended over the full glory of Provence. This is not to mention the sun terrace that opens out from the living room, giving you a bigger plot of Menerbes real estate to stretch out in, sunbathe, take in the view.

A word about furnishings - this is not your typical rental home. In fact it is a lot nicer than my real home. It is finished and furnished to a very high standard, with hand-made tiles and furniture, and a hand-made kitchen. There is also free WiFi internet for those who need it.

The kitchen has everything you need for civilized living - dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and dryer, and waste disposal (try finding these in Provence). And there is another village rarity - an off-street parking spot.

The bathroom has a walk-in shower and large showerhead, so it is not a typical French bathroom. The bed is a good-size double (English king size).

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, hill-top 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 is all right on your doorstep.

Here are some of the many things you can do using Menerbes as your base:

• Choose from an endless number of walks in the 120,000 ha Luberon Natural Park, starting from your doorstep.
• Go to the local markets and rediscover what food used to taste like.
• Long, lazy lunches (and dinners) outside.
• Lose the extra calories by cycling round the famous hilltop villages: Gordes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Roussillon, Lourmarin, Oppede-le-vieux, etc.
• Antique and bric-a-brac hunting at Isle-sur-Sorgue – France’s antiques capital.
• Explore Fontaine de Vaucluse - the extraordinary source of the crystal-clear Sorgue river (or ride a canoe down it).
• Visit the Marquis de Sade's castle at neighbouring Lacoste
• Bump into Princess Caroline at chi-chi St Remy.
• Learn to paint sunflowers.
• Picnic in the cedar forests outside lovely Bonnieux.
• Drive to the top of Mont Ventoux (cycle if you're mad) and let the Alps and the Med take your breath away.
• Marseille, 1 hour away, is France's most exciting city, and home to the world's best bouillabaisse.
• Avignon, half an hour away, is a fascinating medieval city small enough to walk round in a day.
• Go wine-tasting at the local vineyards or venture just beyond Avignon for some great Rhone wines.
• Day trips to Monte Carlo, Cannes, the Camargue, Arles, Aix, Orange, Gorges du Verdon, Rhone wine trail, even Spain if you leave early.

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. As Peter Mayle discovered, in the off-season the Luberon is all yours - there will not be crowds, but there will be truffles and fabulous dinners. And in every month there are days when it is warm enough to eat outside in the Provencal sun. When it is cold, you will appreciate the under-floor heating, the mist hanging in the valley below, the odd wisp of smoke punctuating the scene.

The price of the rental includes everything: all utilities, local phone calls, satellite TV, towels, bed linen, after-stay clean.
Please note - this house is only suitable for a maximum of 2 people, and there are too many things for a small child to break.


Keywords: Village House, Menerbes

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Sun Terrace with shade, Breakfast Balcony

Entertainment

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

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Fantastic view of the mountain and vineyards...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

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

    For stays over a week, linens and towels are changed weekly....moreless

  • Living Room:

    TV, DVD, satellite channels including CNN and BBC World News...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Suitable for 1 small car...moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

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

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
July 2 - 30, 2016
Jul 2 - Jul 29, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,542

Changeover Day: Saturday

July 30 - August 27
Jul 30 - Aug 26, 2016
7 night min stay

$888

Changeover Day: Saturday

September
Aug 27 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,542
October 2016
Oct 1 - Oct 28, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,165

Changeover Day: Saturday

November-December 2016
Oct 29 - Dec 23, 2016
5 night min stay

$777
Xmas 2016
Dec 24 - Jan 6, 2017
7 night min stay

$998
Jan- February 2017
Jan 7 - Mar 3, 2017
5 night min stay

$777
March 2017
Mar 4 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay

$943
April 2017
Apr 1 - Apr 28, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,165

Changeover Day: Saturday

May - September 2017
Apr 29 - Sep 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,542

Changeover Day: Saturday

October 2017
Sep 30 - Nov 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,165

Changeover Day: Saturday


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
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Menerbes
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Saumane
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Avignon TGV
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Cavaillon
200 Metres
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 a complete ruin with a fantastic view and one tiny window. We gutted it, remodelled, made big windows and a little terrace and balcony. Now it is a wonderful spot, still with that amazing view, in one of Provence's best villages.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The view; the fact of being in a quiet location but only 2 minutes' walk to the village centre; the little terrace and off-street parking spot; sitting on the terrace watching the sun set down the valley.


Contact us

Speaks: english
 

Photos

  • Sunny terrace with dining table, sunloungers and shade

    Sunny terrace with dining table, sunloungers and shade

  • Living room with mezzanine and bedroom above

    Living room with mezzanine and bedroom above

  • Kitchen

    Kitchen

  • Writing desk, satellite TV/DVD, stairs to bedroom

    Writing desk, satellite TV/DVD, stairs to bedroom

  • Menerbes, with the house circled in red

    Menerbes, with the house circled in red

  • Front door and roof terrace with magnificent view

    Front door and roof terrace with magnificent view

  • Bed on mezzanine level

    Bed on mezzanine level

  • Bathroom with shower, basin and WC, next to bedroom

    Bathroom with shower, basin and WC, next to bedroom

  • This is the view from house, balcony and sun terrace

    This is the view from house, balcony and sun terrace

  • Bed on mezzanine level

    Bed on mezzanine level

  • Bathroom with shower, basin and WC, next to bedroom

    Bathroom with shower, basin and WC, next to bedroom

  • Looking out from living room to majestic view of the Luberon

    Looking out from living room to majestic view of the Luberon

  • The balcony and the Luberon beyond

    The balcony and the Luberon beyond

VRBO #27824

This listing was first published here in 2003.

Date last modified - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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