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Private Hideaway in Menerbes... a Beautiful Hilltop Village in Provence

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The living room with leather sofa and arm chairs.

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Last updated: 12/06/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bathroom Apartment With Magnificent Views Of The Luberron

This secret hide-away awaits you in a beautifully appointed apartment in Menerbes. The apartment faces the Luberon and has a lovely view of the mountains from the terrace. It’s a place you come to relax and leave the cares of the world behind for a week or two. You can recharge your batteries in this idyllic setting while enjoying all the good things that Provence has to offer.

This 2-bedroom vaulted apartment is ideal for those who want to get a feel for Provencal life. Located in the heart of the village it’s ideally situated to immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of Provencal village life. While being centrally located, the apartment also offers a private terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Luberon.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a special birthday treat or an anniversary, this apartment fits the bill. And, for those of you who are searching for artistic inspiration, the views from the terrace and veranda won’t disappoint. You can enjoy the view across to the Luberon as well as down to the vineyards below.


This landscape is what you imagine when you day-dream about Provence. There are bountiful vineyards, oak-forrested hills, and beautiful stone Mas.

Visitors who love to hike can spend days walking around the national parkland, those who love food can indulge in the local markets and the many restaurants that are sprinkled through out the areas. And historians can enjoy the colorful history that awaits discovery in the hilltop villages that abound in the area.

The property:
2-bedroom apartment with 1 1/2 baths and a large terrace for dining out and enjoying the Provencal weather.

Bedroom 1: Master Bedroom
Queen size bed. There is a separate private dressing room, equipped with 4 large shelves, a shoe shelf, 2 large drawers and 2 clothes rails, plus a pant rail. In addition there is a 1/2 bathroom with full size bathtub and sink.

Bedroom 2:
Regular double bed. The room is fitted out with two closets, a work space and 'ghost' chair, side tables with lamps and a full length mirror.

Toilet/Shower Room:
Large shower stall with a tropical rain showerhead

Kitchen:
Fully equipped kitchen. Stainless steel units with integrated fridge, a separate freezer and a dishwasher. There is an oven that works by convection and as a microwave oven, too. The stovetop is an induction cooker for fast accurate cooking.

The kitchen also has a high-table with a solid wood surface. It's handy as extra space for preparing food or having a quick bite to eat. There are two stools which you can pull up to the table for a casual lunch or dinner.

The kitchen comes equipped with multiple frying pans, saucepans and casseroles. There is an assortment of pyrex dishes. A caftiere for preparing freshly brewed coffee in the morning and a toaster, too. There is also a Nespresso machine for you to enjoy.

Veranda:
The veranda is a luminous room and enjoys a panoramic view of the Luberon and surrounding vineyards. It has a vintage dining table with four matching vintage chairs.

Living Room:
The living room is a luminous room furnished with a leather sofa and two leather armchairs. It has a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a selection of classic DVDs, a stereo sound system with a selection of CDs and a tape deck with a selection of tapes for a trip down memory lane.

Terrace:
Following an enjoyable day of browsing through farmers' markets you'll return to the apartment to prepare your evening meal, using the fresh ingredients carefully purchased at the local markets.

You'll enjoy spending time on the terrace taking in the view of the surrounding Luberon and vineyards below the village.

The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy your evening meal. It's got a traditional table and chairs for you to relax and enjoy.

The apartment is set up with WIFI through out.

And when you want to just sit and relax there is a selection of books available for you to enjoy.
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Manager

Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 790 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Due to a steep drop from the terrace, the apartment is not suitable for children....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Not suitable for anybody with mobility issues as access to the apartment is by stairs. You walk down stairs to access the apartment....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    Double Bed...moreless

  • Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Queen-size bed...moreless

  • Master bedroom with dressing room and private bathroom. Queen size bed, 170mm....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: combination tub/shower

    This bathroom is part of the master bedroom....moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    The shower is extra wide with a tropical rain shower head.....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The apartment is located within the same building as the epicerie (grocery store) so it's very convenient for stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a nice selection of regional foods, including local cheeses. Also, there is a provencal market held every Thursday morning in Menerbes. You can buy salamis and an assortment of meats from the butcher. You'll also find an excellent cheese counter, fresh olives and breads. Of course there are many fine vineyards in the areas and a visit to Le Musee de la Truffe is a must while staying in Menerbes. You can buy all sorts of truffle- related items such as truffle oil, truffle pate, truffle slicer etc., and in addition there is a very good selection of local wines available in the cellar of Le Musee. No visit to Menerbes is complete without a trip to the top of the village where the Musee de la Truffe is found. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Small varied selection, ex. Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, Breakfast at Tiffany's and A Year in Provence etc....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Samsung....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Classical CDs and also a selection of Jazz and some artists from the 80s and 90s....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Yamaha....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    From the terrace and veranda, you have an uninterrupted view of the Petit Luberon. You can sit on the terrace to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun set on another beautiful Provencal day....moreless

  • Village:

    The apartment is located in Menerbes, a charming hilltop village in the Luberon. It's location is ideal for those who want to experience 'la vie Provencal en village'. All amenities are close by....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area seats four people and has a lovely view of the Luberon....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heat set on a timer....moreless

  • Internet:

    WIFI available. Please make sure your laptop is enabled to work with WIFI...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    There are two parking lots at the entrance to the village, and there is another one with a dozen or so spaces within the village itself, close by the apartment and in front of the village bakery....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Outdoor terrace with a lovely view of the Luberon. There is an outdoor table with four chairs to allow you to eat out and enjoy the surroundings. ...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard Rate
Mar 18 - Mar 31, 2017
4 night min stay

$911
April 2017
Apr 1 - Apr 30, 2017
4 night min stay

$911
May - September 2017
May 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,125
October 2017
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2017
4 night min stay

$911
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$130
$911

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Typically, I do not charge a damage deposit when a couple rent. However, when three or four people rent. I charge a refundable damage deposit of €500. The deposit is returned after the apartment has been cleaned and everything is in order.


Manager's cancellation policy:

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Location

65 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Maraigne Airport, Marseille
500 Metres
Nearest Barpub
In the village of Menerbes
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
TGV Avignon
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
In the village of Menerbes
75 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Marseille

Hilltop Villages nearby:

Goult: Perched on a hill with a solitary road to the peak. Near the end of the road is a 12th-century castle, the Chateau de Goult and a windmill. Be sure to make time for lunch or a drink at Café de la Post in Goult.

Oppede le Vieux: The old village built on a rocky hill has narrow streets and is mostly deserted. There is a church and a castle at the top of the hill. The view from the top is worth the climb.

Bonnieux: Dating back to Roman times, it rests on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley. Again, the view from the top of the village is well worth the trudge up the hill.

Lacoste: A picturesque hilltop village overlooking the village of Bonnieux on one side and the Grand Luberon Mountains to the east, and flanked by Mont Ventoux to the north, and the Petit Luberon to the south. It's where you'll find the castle that belonged to the Marquis de Sade.

Gordes: This is an imposing hilltop village in a beautiful setting. However, it can be very windy.

Rousillon: This hilltop village is famous for its ochre and the colors in the rocks will just blow you away. Lots of art available in this village.

Provencal Markets:

Monday: Goult in the afternoon

Tuesday: Gordes and Lacoste

Wednesday: Merindol

Thursday: Menerbes - you'll only have to walk out your door to enjoy this market.

Friday: Bonnieux

Saturday: Apt - can be crowded, so get there early.

Sunday: Coustellet - this is the best produce market in the area.

Antique Markets:

Ilse Sur La Sorgue

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2013

About: Jackie and I (Hugo) met and married while living in New York City in 1990. I'm from Cordoba, Argentina and she's from Waterford, Ireland. We moved back to Europe in 1998 and we currently live on a small farm in the South East of Ireland.

Why Ménerbes, France:
We purchased in this area because of its location, history and charm. Where I grew up we had a similar climate and I just love spending time in Provence as it feels very familiar to me... but it's a lot easier to travel here a few times a year rather than trekking all the way to Argentina. Jackie loves it here too, again because of the weather. Living in Ireland we get more than our fair share of rain. So, we look forward to spending time in Provence where we know that the sun will shine most days. What attracted us to Menerbes was curiosity about Dora Maar, Picassos's companion and muse. He bought a house in Menerbes in 1944 and ended up gifting it to Dora when they separated. She was an artist and photographer and spent the latter part of her life living in Menerbes. Her house is currently an artist and writers retreat. What we discovered when we visited was that Dora wasn't the only artist who called Menerbes home. The village was also home to artists; Nicolas de Stael, Joe Downing and Jane Eakin, none of whom are still alive... but that fact gives you an idea of how tranquil and beautiful a place Menerbes is. Another reason for choosing this area is its location. It's very close to Marseille airport (Marignane 50 minutes) and also close to Nice, just a 2 hour drive away. And, locally the village is well located to visit and enjoy the many hilltop villages such as Oppede Le Vieux, Gordes, Goult, Joucaste, LaCoste, Roussillon. Menerbes is just a short 20-minute drive to Apt where you can enjoy the weekly Saturday market. And for more general shopping and larger stores we're just 40 minutes from the beautiful city of Avignon.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The property really captivated us because we both love old buildings and we also value our privacy and this property comes with a lot of history and is also very private. The apartment is made up of two interconnected caves which we think were originally used for housing animals and later used as the village laundry. The previous owner renovated the caves from a ruined state and turned them into a very comfortable retreat from the world. In addition what made us fall for this property was the fact that it had a private terrace and great views out onto the Luberon. In Menerbes, it's very difficult to find a property in the village that also has outdoor space and a view, but we managed to get everything we were looking for all wrapped up in... Les Hirondelles. When you think of caves you probably think dark and dank. But in Les Hirondelles, this is not the case as there are two large arched openings facing south and so the apartment enjoys full sunlight all day. Finally, the fact that the apartment is located in the village was another reason that swayed our decision. It's very conveniently located for the grocery store, the post office, the bakery etc. And, while it's very conveniently situated to everything the fact that the building is built on a hill allows us to have access to all of the village amenities but still have a very private and secluded retreat from the world.


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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

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Photos

  • The living room with leather sofa and arm chairs.

    The living room with leather sofa and arm chairs.

  • View from the kitchen out to the veranda.

    View from the kitchen out to the veranda.

  • The veranda is used as a dining area to take advantage of the views.

    The veranda is used as a dining area to take advantage of the views.

  • Master bedroom with bathroom to the left and dressing room to the right.

    Master bedroom with bathroom to the left and dressing room to the right.

  • Bathroom off of the master bedroom.

    Bathroom off of the master bedroom.

  • Bedroom 2 with double bed and vaulted ceiling.

    Bedroom 2 with double bed and vaulted ceiling.

  • View from the living room to the terrace.

    View from the living room to the terrace.

  • Le P'tit Bouchon Café in Menerbes

    Le P'tit Bouchon Café in Menerbes

  • Dora Maar's House in Menerbes

    Dora Maar's House in Menerbes

  • rue Kleber Guendon in Menerbes

    rue Kleber Guendon in Menerbes

  • La Citadelle, Menerbes

    La Citadelle, Menerbes

  • View over the vineyards around Menerbes

    View over the vineyards around Menerbes

  • Living room with view to the terrace.

    Living room with view to the terrace.

  • View to the terrace from the veranda.

    View to the terrace from the veranda.

  • Fully equipped kitchen with extra table for preparing food or for casual dining.

    Fully equipped kitchen with extra table for preparing food or for casual dining.

  • Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, bathroom and dressing room.

    Master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, bathroom and dressing room.

  • Bedroom 2 with vaulted ceiling, double bed, two closets and work table with 'ghost' chair.

    Bedroom 2 with vaulted ceiling, double bed, two closets and work table with 'ghost' chair.

  • WC and shower with tropical rain shower head.

    WC and shower with tropical rain shower head.

  • L'epicerie in Menerbes

    L'epicerie in Menerbes

  • Market day in Menerbes

    Market day in Menerbes

  • A street in Menerbes

    A street in Menerbes

  • View back toward Place de I'Horloge in Menerbes

    View back toward Place de I'Horloge in Menerbes

  • View from the top of the village toward the Luberon

    View from the top of the village toward the Luberon

  • View on the Luberon

    View on the Luberon

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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