La Maison dans le Ciel's glory is the view from the top floor living room, which does feel as if is high in the sky. At the back of the house, it is about 14m in the air. The floor to ceiling windows open on a panorama of the Luberon hills and Vaucluse Mountains, making it a perfect spot for drinks or a meal on a summer evening as the sun sets and a breeze blows. You can even see eagles from your armchair. The house has oak-beamed ceilings, a large traditional fireplace and original Provencal tiled floors. It is in Bonnieux's most picturesque street, alongside ancient buildings, at the centre of the village. Bonnieux is one of the most attractive Luberon villages. On the slopes of the mountains, it is a maze of steep, narrow streets, staircases and passageways. The village is surrounded by wine chateaux and co-operatives. There is superb walking over the wild moorland above the village, and among the orchards and vineyards below it. There is bike hire, horse riding, tennis and boules.
An ancient house in a 14th century street in the village centre, with shops, restaurants and the market close by.
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- Dec 11, 2018
About John Tuckey
I live and work in London and though I dreamt of having a house in France for many years, I never thought I would manage to do it. I still have to pinch myself whenever I mention it, even though I have now owned it for ten years. I really enjoyed furnishing the house from local brocantes and markets, and it feels very comfortable. The village is a real delight, and being right at its heart is lovely. I still get a tingle whenever I go to the Friday market, and especially in winter, when there's snow on the hills, and bright, clear blue sky.
John Tuckey purchased this House in 2008
Why John Tuckey chose Bonnieux
I really like the Luberon because it is a beautiful mix of the rugged landscape of the tops of the mountains and the gentler countryside of the valleys. It has the clear, bright blue skies of Provence. The ancient villages perched on the sides of the mountains are really lovely (Bonnieux is one of these, in my view, the best). It's also one of the best areas in France for wildlife. I enjoy birdwatching and here there are Short-toed Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Hobbies, Eagle Owls. Yet it's easy to get to from the UK. I prefer using the train, from London to Avignon, which is quick and very comfortable (Eurostar run a non-stop service from London St Pancras all the way to Avignon.) And Marseilles and Avignon Airports are both less than an hour away.
What makes this House unique
What I love about this house is that it combines the picturesque with the practical, because of its stupendous setting on top of medieval ramparts. It is a picturesque house, in a picturesque street, in a picturesque village, offering superb views of countryside and mountains. Yet it is in the village centre, so there's no need to use a car to go to the shops, or excellent restaurants or sports facilities. Bonnieux has plenty of shops (many Luberon villages have none). And the quality of the shops is very high. The butcher has all home-made products and will cut the meat as you want it. The bakers bake on the premises. The market is excellent. There's a supermarket for groceries. All 2 minutes away. And then there's fantastic countryside a few minutes away, in any direction.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Delightful historic apartment
Such a treat to stay in a historic residence on a pedestrian street near the center of such a lovely village. Couldn't be happier. Comfortable and convenient!
We enjoyed the quirky, French ambience, especially the kitchen!
This was a wonderful home base for our stay in Provence. There is so much character but wish this would have been carried out throughout with the furnishings. The view from the 2nd floor bedroom and the 3rd floor living area was amazing! Beds were comfortable but would have preferred the bed on 3rd floor be on the 2nd floor, more convenient to the bathroom.
A charming house in a delightful village.
My sister and I had a lovely few days here. The house is well equipped and Bonnieux is a heavenly village.
Beautiful location, amazing view!
Had a great 5 days in this bonnieux house. The best part was lounging on the top floor watching the sunset with the big windows open, drinking wine.
The kitchen is well equipped and the location is lovely with great restaurants, grocery, and shops within a 5 minute walk. Parking was easy to find just a few minutes from the place. We've been to the area before and would go back to Bonnieux, its central for exploring the entire region. Great communication with owner and easy check in and out.
Beautiful town, wonderful house
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Bonnieux - for us this was the best of the Provence towns we visited, and it was fabulous to stay in this traditional type of house. Everything that we needed was provided and parking was very close by. Lovely to have a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful view from lounge after a long day of exploring!
We wish we could have stayed longer, but would love to come back some day. Thanks!
We spent lovely two weeks in John's flat. It was comfortable and spacious for two people. We particularly loved the view from the living room, and we spent countless hours there enjoying meals, drinks, reading, etc. The stairs are rather steep and require a bit of work, but if you don't have a major knee problem, you'd be ok. There is a great butcher in the village - we had highly quality patès, terrines, fresh goat cheeses, and sausage from there. We ate at two restos: Un P'tit Coin de Cuisine and l'Heure Bleue by Yoha, and both were quite good. The first one was recommended by a local. You can buy nice rosè wine by the litre (very inexpensive) from the Cave de Bonnieaux, but minimum purchase is 5 L (it goes fast, lol!). They will fill up your own plastic bottles. There is also red and white (we tried them, too), but we found rosè particularly good. A local well-stocked supermarket is only steps away. Madame Gils who looks after the flat is very helpful and makes herself available to assist if needed.
The only minor issue was that we had to use the same towels for two weeks - they were not changed. You can wash them yourself if you'd like, as there is a washing machine in the flat, but you will need to buy a large bottle of laundry detergent in the supermarket (or bring some with you), as there is none available in the flat. I gather that most people do not travel with laundry detergent, and buying a large bottle for one or two small washes is not very economical.
Overall, we had a great stay in Bonnieuax, and we highly recommend John's flat.
The nearest resort on the Mediterranean is the little village of Sausset les Pins, which is about 67kms from Bonnieux.
However, the nearest swimming is at a pretty lake called Étang de la Bonde. It is a half hour drive from Bonnieux.
Marseilles Airport: 1 hour drive.
Avignon Airport: 30 minutes drive.
Avignon TGV railway station (links with Eurostar from London) and Avignon Central railway station (in July and August, direct Eurostar from London) are both 45 minutes drive.
Channel ports are about 1000kms. Bonnieux is 30 minutes drive from the Avignon Sud turn off on the A7 autoroute.
A car is essential, and car hire is available at both airports and stations. There is plenty of free parking close to the house.
The sights and facilities of Bonnieux are a few minutes walk. There is excellent walking and biking straight out of the village. The picturesque villages, sights and walks of the Luberon are within 20 minutes drive, with the Cedar Forest and the Roman Pont Julien each 10 minutes away. Freshwater swimming is 30 minutes drive. Apt, the nearest town, is 15 minutes drive. The museums and sights of Avignon and Aix-en-Provence are each 45 minutes drive, as is the 2000m peak of Mont Ventoux.
With the house at the centre of the village, there is easy access to excellent local food. Bonnieux has 10 restaurants and 3 bars, all very close. There are 2 patisseries, so that fresh bread and pastries for breakfast are a very short walk away. There is an excellent butcher. Fish stalls visit - you can usually get everything for an authentic bouillabaisse - on Wednesday and for the Friday market, which also has local vegetables, cheese, wine and olive products. There is a small supermarket in Bonnieux, and 2 large ones in Apt.
The kitchen is well-equipped to cook Provencal-style, and there is a collection of cookery books in French and English.
There is plenty of scope for wine-tasting and buying. The local wines are Cotes du Luberon and Cotes du Ventoux. There are several good chateaux and village wine co-operatives in the area.
Bonnieux has several antique shops, each with a distinctive style, and Isle sur la Sorgue, said to be the largest antique centre in France, after Paris, is around 30 minutes drive away. The town has an interesting bric-a-brac market on Sunday morning.
The Luberon has, for many years, been a magnet for artists and craftspeople, and Bonnieux has two potteries, several art galleries, and shops selling locally-made, high quality jewellery, accessories, furnishings and decorations.
The Luberon is full of beautiful 'perched villages,' and spectacular limestone landscapes. It is one of France's richest areas for wildlife. Short-toed Eagles and Hobbies can be seen from the house, while Bonelli's Eagles can be seen nearby. The Vaucluse has 12 nature reserves, and the wetlands reserve of the Camargue is about 1½ hour's drive.
The post office in Bonnieux has an ATM, which takes UK cards, and fuel is available from the garage in the village.
Booking Notes: Guests can book through the website, or by bank transfer. A deposit of 25% of the total rental is required at the time of booking, and the balance needs to be paid two months before the booking starts. Bookings through the website are guaranteed, but there is a fee of about 10% charged by Owners Direct Changeover Day: usually Saturday The normal changeover day is Saturday. Leaving time is 10am, and arrival time after 3pm. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in euros.