Authentic Menerbes Village House with Secluded Garden, Pool & Spectacular View(2 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + large Family Room (TV, library), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
The house is located on the southern flank of the perched village of Menerbes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Peter Mayle's “A Year in Provence” is set in Menerbes where he lived for many years.
Eating outdoors in summer is a French tradition and we have three lovely areas set up with tables and chairs. Enjoy breakfast with fresh bread and local fruit on the veranda, just off the kitchen, with a spectacular view of the Luberon while you read the local paper and International New York Times. Lunch and dinner are eaten under the grapevine - from here, the view towards the Luberon is framed by green leaves and grapes (depending on the season) and the view is like an Impressionist painting. An afternoon snack can be had on the lower garden next to the pool on an antique iron café table and chairs. After an evening walk, you can drink herbal tea with verbena from the garden and watch the colors change on the mountain with the setting sun or gaze at the stars.
Menerbes is a short drive from weekly markets in Apt and Cavaillon, the ochre hills of Roussillon, the Abbaye de Senanque, Fontaine de Vaucluse and other perched villages such as Gordes, Bonnieux and Oppede-le-Vieux. A 45-minute drive brings you to Avignon with the Palais de Papes, museums and lively cultural festivities. A 60-minute drive along back roads and vineyards brings you to Aix-en-Provence.
Our extensively renovated house is 105 square meters on three floors, located in a quiet area of the village where tourists tend not to venture. Just up the street is the baker (where you can smell baguettes baking), and just beyond, a grocery store with a large selection of local produce, local wineshop, cafes, yet another bakery, ice cream shops and a choice of 5 restaurants. Another street brings you to the Truffle and Wine museum where you can taste and buy local wine.
Our house is an authentic 'maison de village and; our family has lived in Menerbes for generations. The first floor has a cozy living room with traditional Provencal floor tiles, a comfortable couch and reading chair, and antique chairs. This leads to a fully equipped kitchen with hand-made tiles and a table seating four. The veranda - with a spectacular view just off the kitchen, has a table seating 6-8, safari chairs and two lounge chairs to the side. Also on the first floor is a full bathroom with clawfoot tub, shower, toilet and sink and another bathroom with toilet and sink.
Three bedrooms are located on the second floor with old, beautiful terra cotta tiles. The master bedroom has a French window with a spectacular view of the Luberon with a double bed, traditional Provencal chair and antique country furniture. The second bedroom has two twin beds, two sets of drawers & desk, and the third small bedroom has an antique iron single bed, drawers and a desk.
The third floor is a large family room with a beamed ceiling and parquet floor. It can be used as a 4th bedroom for guests as it has an antique sleigh bed and drawers. Four windows include two skylights making it wonderfully light with a picture-postcard view of the village castle. This room has a new flat screen TV with local channels, a CD player, desk and shelves full of books in French and English.
The house has been repainted in ochre colors “patine a l’ancienne” and is furnished with antique furniture. All beds have Provencal quilts (boutis.) Other furnishings include tribal and oriental rugs, Indian screens, African masks, Somali chests, antique African cloth and original paintings from Haiti.
The garden is on two levels. Steps from the kitchen veranda lead down to the terrace shaded in grapevines with a table for 6-8. Just beyond is another terrace adjacent to the old stone wall of the Chapelle. Stone steps lead down to the lower garden which has a grassy area, hammock, antique café table and four chairs and small pool and deck. The pool deck is shaded by a large sun umbrella with two lounge chairs. This garden space is a haven of peace, and surprisingly private with spectacular views of the Luberon.
The house is available for limited dates between June and September. You will find everything you need including sheets, towels, linens, dishes, cutlery, and kitchen equipment. The house has wireless internet. Our efficient and responsive concierge will meet you upon arrival (guests rave about her!). Guests also appreciate our notebook crammed with information – importantly for our favorite hikes around Menerbes.
This is a “real home” used by our family and French relatives – not a vacation rental property so the house and garden have some rustic, bohemian edges. We love the old stones! The house size is perfect for a family of 4-5 or two couples. Single couples have also enjoyed renting.
A few comments from past renters: “The house was so lovely, full of character and the view very breathtaking.” “The village location was just perfect and the garden surprisingly secluded.” “We went to the coast to meet friends, but there was no comparison – we wished we had stayed in Menerbes instead.” "The house is magical!"
Keywords: Maison de village, Village House
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Member since: 2012
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
- Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Air Conditioning:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Deck / Patio
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Thursday to Thursday rentals preferred.
One-third of rental is due to hold your reservation and is non-refundable. The rest (two-thirds) is due 2 months before arrival and is refundable. Detailed information is provided upon inquiry.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: French/American couple working in international development. Our 3 children have spent every summer vacation in Menerbes.
Why the Owner Chose Ménerbes, France:
Our family has lived in Menerbes for generations and many of us were married in the village. Several relatives own homes in Menerbes and we enjoy seeing our extended, multi-generational family each year.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
We love eating all meals outside in our garden with its spectacular view of the Luberon. The garden, large for a village house, is secluded and quiet. The garden and our pool are private and not shared with anyone else. At the same time, our house is a few minutes walk from restaurants, the bakery, cafe and grocery store; it is truly "in" - not "just outside" of Menerbes! Renters adore our efficient concierge and love our house notebook that explains everything in the house and includes information on our favorite family hikes. Several clients have rented our house regularly over the years.
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Our terraced garden and pool viewed from veranda off kitchen
Our house and Chapelle St. Blaise viewed from the lower garden level with pool
Second level garden, eat lunch and dinner under grapevines.
View of Luberon National Park from veranda off of kitchen.
The veranda is just off a kitchen with inside dining area: cook with a view
Kitchen with island 'meuble de metier'
Cozy living room; seating for five people
Master bedroom (includes dresser, chair, mirror, closet, towel rack)
View from master bedroom.
3rd bedroom with twin beds/boutis/oriental carpet, 2 sets of drawers + desk
Third floor room, open beamed ceiling, view of staircase
Front of house looking down the street (parking available)
View from our pool (3 x 6 meter pool)
Lunch under the grapevine on second garden level
Breakfast on our veranda, off kitchen, with view of the Luberon National Park
Veranda - facing Chapelle St. Blaise
Kitchen, door to veranda
Dining room, other side of kitchen with original Provencal furniture
Full bath with claw foot tub and shower; half bath with toilet/sink not shown.
View from master bedroom.
2nd bedroom with twin antique bed (not shown is desk and chair)
Third floor room, open-beam ceiling, daybed, library, skylight view of Citadel
Front of house.
Our house with blue/grey shutters; garden in back stretches across 3 lots.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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