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.