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Experience Village Life in Our Bonnieux Apartment

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Last updated: 05/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom; Newly-renovated Apartment in the Center of Bonnieux

We’ve named our apartment “Bonheur en Bonnieux” (Happiness in Bonnieux), because that’s how we feel when we’re here. We hope you’ll feel that same sense of “bonheur” when you live for a week or more in our comfortable and well-equipped apartment and enjoy village life in this beautiful part of Provence.

The buildings are 200+ years old, but our apartment was completely renovated and decorated in 2012 and offered for rentals beginning in April 2013. The newest bedroom was renovated and decorated in 2016. We know sometimes there is a "leap of faith" when renting directly from an owner. We've been leading small group tours in Europe for 11 years, and we're well-known in the travel business. Although we have only been renting our apartment for four seasons, we already have many reviews from guests who have enjoyed our home in Provence. We're happy to provide references or to talk with you by phone.

Our 1300 square-foot apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is ideal for solo travelers, couples, small groups of friends, and small families with older children. You’ll especially enjoy our large, well-equipped kitchen and the adjoining covered terrace where you can enjoy a meal, sip a glass of wine, and observe daily life in Bonnieux.

Our apartment is set on two floors of the building. We have our own front door off a small, conveniently-located pedestrian street in the lower part of the village. In the entranceway there are pegs to hang coats and shopping baskets or to leave dirty hiking boots.

Our new bedroom suite (with ensuite bathroom) is located off the entranceway. The other two bedrooms, a second bathroom, the living room, kitchen and terrace are located upstairs.

Our newly-decorated, spacious bedroom suite is about 300 square feet. This room is very private with its own bathroom: a toilet and tiny sink in one room and a big shower with the larger sink and mirror in a separate room. The suite has a queen bed and includes a wardrobe, dresser and bed tables with lamps.There's a beautiful, original tiled floor and lots of light from the two windows. The "coffee nook" is a separate area with a cafe table and two chairs, sink, cabinets, Tassimo coffee maker, and hot water kettle... perfect for a morning beverage before joining the rest of the group upstairs. And off this area is a little balcony with a table and two chairs, overlooking the main street.

The rest of the apartment is up a flight of steps from the front door and entrance. This part of the apartment extends across two adjoining buildings and there are a few stairs on this level.

One bedroom has a queen bed and the other bedroom has twin beds; both bedrooms have tall windows that look out across the village and the surrounding countryside. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage space and good reading lights.

The upstairs bathroom is located on a separate level so it's very private, up eight steps from the main level. There is a handrail and nightlights. The tiled bathroom is compact but has lots of natural light (even a little view!), with a toilet, shower, sink and plenty of storage space for your personal items.

The living room has a tall window overlooking the pedestrian street below and includes a comfortable couch and three armchairs; a coffee table; an antique chest; a wide screen television with DVD player and lots of movies; plenty of reading lamps; and a bookcase filled with guidebooks, maps, novels and more. We also have a CD player with an Ipod/Iphone docking station.

The kitchen is a large and bright room with modern appliances and cabinets, lots of counter space, a big round table with four chairs , and a cupboard filled with colorful pottery and glassware. (Two more chairs are available for larger groups.) The kitchen includes a four-burner cooktop, oven, refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, clothes washing machine, microwave, and Tassimo coffeemaker. We entertain when we're here, and it's important to us to have a very well-equipped kitchen. We think you will love preparing and eating some meals here! The boulangeries, butcher shop, small grocery store, and Friday market are two minutes from our front door.

Double doors open from the kitchen out to the covered terrace, which also has a table and four chairs. From the terrace you can look down the narrow main street to the Petit Luberon mountain.

We’ve decorated our apartment in a style that is comfortable and authentic, a mix of antiques and modern pieces. We’ve used our experience staying in more than 40 vacation rentals all over Europe to provide everything we think will enhance your stay in Provence. We love Provence and this is our part-time home, so you’ll find many special touches that aren’t typical in a vacation rental.

Best of all, our Bonnieux home is located in an ideal spot in the village... in the lower part of the village near most of the shops, restaurants and cafes, artist galleries, the post office and ATM, and the wonderful Friday morning market. There are several options for parking just minutes away.

Our apartment is equipped for year-round living and Bonnieux is a year-round village. In winter the double glazed windows, electric heat, and extra blankets will keep you warm. In the warmer months, our tall windows allow a breeze and some cross ventilation, and the shutters help control the sun and heat during the warmest part of the day. We have air conditioning on both levels (as well as electric fans), which will quickly cool the apartment during the warmer months.


Member since: 2013

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 1300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Older children or teens only (7 or older)....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Access by stairs only; some stairs inside the apartment....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • The bedroom on the ground floor is about 300 square feet with an ensuite bathroom, a "coffee nook," and a balcony with seating. There are two windows overlooking the street. This room is totally private. The two upstairs bedrooms are about the same size, each with a tall window looking over the village and countryside and plenty of storage. Both bedrooms open off the living room but are very private. Both bedrooms have fans, air conditioning and heat. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Up 8 steps from the main living level....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Ensuite bathroom inside the ground floor bedroom....moreless

  • The ground floor bathroom is an ensuite bathroom. The toilet and a small sink are in one room and the shower and large vanity are in a separate room. There is a step down into the shower. The upstairs bathroom is compact but light, clean and very private. Both bathrooms include plenty of towels and storage space. and are equipped with hairdryers and magnifying swivel mirrors....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Outstanding location in this beautiful village... less than five minutes from two boulangeries, butcher shop, small village grocery, newspaper shop, florist. There are 10+ restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance. And the wonderful Friday morning market is steps away. For rentals of two weeks or more, our housekeeper will visit at the end of each week to change sheets and towels and so some light housecleaning. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Includes our personal library of Provence books, guidebooks, and maps as well as a variety of English-language novels....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    CD player/radio with iPod/iPhone docking station...moreless

  • Video Library:

    A large and varied collection of DVDs...moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of the village, Petit Luberon mountain, the Vaucluse Plateau and/or the surrounding countryside from the terrace and bedrooms...moreless

  • Rural:

    On the edge of a small, medieval village, overlooking the beautiful Luberon countryside....moreless

  • Village:

    Located in the village of Bonnieux (popularion 1400). Two boulangeries, small grocery store, butcher, pharmacy, post office, 10+ eating places, weekly market on Friday....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    The round table in the kitchen seats up to six. (Two of the chairs are normally kept elsewhere in the apartment.)...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    We have a unit to cool the living room and two bedrooms. There is also a unit in the ground floor bedroom....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heat....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Cozy and bright living room with comfortable seating for five. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Several parking options within five minutes. (We'll provide details.)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    (drying rack and clothes line)...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Tassimo single-serve coffee maker. Starter coffee provided. We also have an electric kettle, a french press and a moka pot....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We love to cook and entertain friends when we're here, so our kitchen includes much more than you'll usually find in a rental apartment....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large and bright eat-in kitchen, opening to the terrace. All new appliances. Lots of extras, including cookbooks. Well equipped for preparing full meals. Seating is best for 4-5 people....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Herbs, spices, olive oil etc. Also aluminum foil, plastic wrap, baggies, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Balcony off the ground floor bedroom suite, with two chairs and a small table....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered terrace opens off kitchen with great views. Table and four chairs....moreless

Building Type

  • House


from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April / May 2017
Apr 8 - May 26, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Early summer 2017
May 27 - Jul 2, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer 2017
Jul 3 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Monday

Sept / Oct 2017
Sep 2 - Oct 27, 2017
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Late 2017/early 2018
Oct 28 - Mar 30, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

April / May 2018
Mar 31 - May 25, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Early summer 2018
May 26 - Jul 8, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer 2018
Jul 9 - Sep 2, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Monday

Sept / Oct 2018
Sep 3 - Nov 2, 2018
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


Rentals are normally for a seven night, Saturday-Saturday most of the year. Monday-Monday in July & August. Email us about other possibilities.

If you cancel more than 60 days before your stay, the deposit is forfeited. If you cancel within the 60 days, the full amount is forfeited. However, if we find another renter at the same price, we return all but $100 (administrative fee).

We use an honor system for reimbursement of any damages.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/21/2017
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85 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
10 Metres
Nearest Barpub
48 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Metres
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

The Luberon is the most beautiful area of Provence, stretching 34 miles on either side of a small, rocky mountain range, an hour or so north of the Mediterranean Sea. This is the area Peter Mayle described in his best-selling book, “A Year in Provence” and was featured in the 2006 movie “A Good Year.”

Our apartment is located in the ancient perched village of Bonnieux, one of the most beautiful and welcoming villages in the Luberon. The village offers spectacular views across the valley.

With a population of 1400, Bonnieux is the perfect base to enjoy village life in Provence. It’s small enough to be intimate, but large enough to offer important services, interesting shopping, a variety of eating places, and a good-sized market on Friday mornings.

Bonnieux is very well situated for a stay of a week or more in Provence. The Luberon offers a wide diversity of experiences: a rich history dating back to prehistoric and Roman times, incredible landscapes of mountains and farmland, hilltop stone villages, the ruins of old castles, delightful outdoor markets, and outstanding cuisine and wine.

Within 30 minutes of Bonnieux are other beautiful Luberon villages: Lacoste, Lourmarin, Roussillon, Menerbes, Goult, Gordes, St. Saturnin-les-Apt, Saignon. The largest town in this part of the Luberon is Apt, which offers an interesting medieval center, modern supermarkets, and a fantastic Saturday market.

For longer day trips, drive 60-90 minutes and you can enjoy much more of Provence: Avignon, St. Remy-de-Provence and Les Alpilles, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Vaison-la-Romaine, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Pont du Gard, and the Gorges du Verdon.

There is an extensive network of marked hiking trails in the Luberon. We really enjoy walking here, and our apartment includes hiking guidebooks and maps for your use during your stay. If you prefer cycling, there are bikes and electric bikes available for rent in Bonnieux.


Owner info

About the owner: Our family has been traveling in Europe for 25 years. We made our first trip to Provence, the Luberon and Bonnieux in 2003, and this area captured our hearts. We lived here for 6-1/2 months in 2004/2005 in a farmhouse between Bonnieux and Lacoste. Our daughter went to the village school. It was a life-changing experience, and we've been spending 2-3 months a year in Bonnieux ever since. It was great thrill to finally get our own place in December 2012. We live most of the year in Knoxville, TN. Kathy recently took early retirement from the faculty of our state university. Charley is partially retired and and writes novels based in Europe. Kelly is now in graduate school. In 2006 we launched European Experiences, providing small group tours in several beautiful places in Europe that are special to us. Our 'Luberon Experience' tour is based in Bonnieux and was named one of the top tours in the world in National Geographic Traveler magazine in May 2012. We've hosted 45+ groups in Bonnieux, and also offer tours in other areas of France (Alsace and the Dordogne), Italy and England.

Why the Owner Chose Bonnieux, France:
We have rented several apartments and houses in and around Bonnieux. When this apartment became available, we knew it was the right one for us! The layout, the size, and the location were ideal. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
We'll spend several months a year in the apartment, so it's our Luberon home, not just a rental. We want to make it really special for us and for you. We've included much of our personal library here (books, guidebooks, maps, movies), and our housebook includes all of our personal recommendations for enjoying the Luberon.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

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  • The beautiful village of Bonnieux

    The beautiful village of Bonnieux

  • Looking from the salon to the kitchen

    Looking from the salon to the kitchen

  • Our kitchen is well equipped for enjoying your meals in Provence.

    Our kitchen is well equipped for enjoying your meals in Provence.

  • Our terrace has a beautiful view of the village and the countryside.

    Our terrace has a beautiful view of the village and the countryside.

  • Local art in the first bedroom

    Local art in the first bedroom

  • Armoire in the blue bedroom

    Armoire in the blue bedroom

  • Bathroom


  • Ground floor bathroom: shower and vanity area on left; WC behind door on right.

    Ground floor bathroom: shower and vanity area on left; WC behind door on right.

  • Our apartment, on the second and third floors.

    Our apartment, on the second and third floors.

  • Bienvenue... welcome!

    Bienvenue... welcome!

  • The large and bright kitchen opens onto the terrace.

    The large and bright kitchen opens onto the terrace.

  • This kitchen cupboard is filled with colorful pottery and glassware.

    This kitchen cupboard is filled with colorful pottery and glassware.

  • Twin bedroom with headboards made from Provencal shutters.

    Twin bedroom with headboards made from Provencal shutters.

  • View from the bedroom windows

    View from the bedroom windows

  • Shower


  • Ground floor bedroom coffee nook with door to balcony.

    Ground floor bedroom coffee nook with door to balcony.

  • Our building isn't much different today!

    Our building isn't much different today!

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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