Menerbes Two, Menerbes, Provence

The view from almost every room over the vineyards to the Luberon mountain.Wonderful village house right at the top of Menerbes, with stunning views

The beautiful village of Menerbes like a ship amid the sea of vines. The house, circled in red, is at the top of Menerbes.

This unique 2-bedroom Provence rental home sits on top of the fabled village of Menerbes in the heart of the Luberon. It is beautifully furnished and decorated, but really it's all about the view: large windows dominate the rooms and face south over the vineyards of the Luberon valley below, with the Luberon mountain opposite. It is a view you'll never tire of, always changing with the arc of the sun.

Living Rooms

Looking down from the master bedroom to the dining and living rooms.
 
Dining table with amazing view.

On the main floor the house is open plan, with rooms flowing into each other through arches - living room, dining rooms and kitchen, entrance, dressing area, master bedroom and bathroom.

 

The kitchen is at the centre of the house. Dining table, and beyond are the stairs down to bedroom 2.

The open-plan kitchen, with its beautiful old hand-painted tiles, has oven, 4-ring cooker, waste disposal, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and kettle. The dining table next to the kitchen seats 6 and has two big windows with the wonderful view.

 

 

The living room is very comfortable and has a library of movies and travel guides.

In the living room is comfortable seating round the fireplace and TV/DVD with satellite channels including CNN and BBC World. There is a library of movies and the best guidebooks to the region, WiFi internet, and stereo with iPod jack.

Looking up the length of the house from living room to master bedroom. The master bedroom has a dressing area with day-bed on the left.

Downstairs there is a separate laundry room with washing machine, dryer, ironing and a sink.

Being at the top of the village away from the centre, this is a quiet, peaceful setting. There is no traffic noise - the street is dead-end and only used by the few houses along it.




Bedrooms

There are 2 bedrooms and 2 en suite bathrooms, one has a double bed and the other the choice of a double or two single beds.

 

Master bedroom and the day-bed for curling up with a good book.

On the main level of the house the master bedroom (above) is separated off by a wicker screen. The bed is 1.5m wide (5ft) and in common with all the rooms on this level, has the same view over the valley.

 

 

Master bathroom.

The master bathroom (above), with its beautiful hand-made tiles, has walk-in shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 2 and its en suite bathroom.

On the lower level of the house the second bedroom (above) is more private and has either two single beds or a 1.8m-wide double (6ft). Its en suite bathroom, also with hand-made tiles, has bath-tub with overhead shower, basin and WC.




Outside

The loggia is the covered balcony outside the living room.
 
The view from the loggia.

The outside space is the loggia that comes off the living room. This is a covered balcony, with a small table and 4 chairs, and a superb view over the vineyards below.




The Location

Menerbes on its hilltop from the north.
 
Menerbes viewThe square at the top.

High above the cares of the world, but just a two-minute stroll down the hill to the village life of Menerbes, this is an ideal year-round haven for nature lovers, food and wine lovers, and anyone who just loves Provence.

Menerbes rises up like a ship from the sea of vineyards that run along the Luberon valley. In French it is called a 'perched village'. It is notably a member of the prestigious assocation 'The Most Beautiful Villages of France'.

The village of Menerbes has ancient buildings, towers and churches, with narrow streets that wind their way up to the square at the top of the village. From up here there are lovely views of the surrounding countryside, the Luberon mountain and Mont Ventoux. The house is at this top level too, which sets it apart from the shops and restaurants a two-minute stroll down the hill.

In the centre of Menerbes are three restaurants, a bar, baker and butcher, and a grocery store. Also a useful ATM cash machine.

Menerbes is at the heart of the Luberon, a part of Provence that enjoys the benefits of a Mediterranean climate with none of the 'progress' so evident on the coast. This land is a protected natural park, and it is the closest thing to the idealised Provence we see in popular culture. In fact, Peter Mayle wrote his bestseller 'A Year in Provence' here in Menerbes. Picasso was equally inspired to install his mistress, the artist Dora Maar, in a house a few doors down from the house.

Within 15 minutes of Menerbes are other outstanding villages like Gordes, Roussillon, Lacoste, Oppede le vieux, Bonnieux, and Goult. Just beyond are the antiques capital of Isle sur la Sorgue and the very lovely Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Within an hour are Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, St Remy, Mont Ventoux, Les Baux de Provence, Orange, and the start of the Rhone wine trail.

Scenes from Menerbes. There is a well stocked little grocery, bar, restaurants, baker and butcher.

Menerbes

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Famous for:
  • Member of 'Most Beautiful Villages in France'
  • House of Wine and Truffles
  • Corkscrew Museum
  • 'A Year in Provence' written here
Amenities:
  • 4 restaurants
  • 2 cafés
  • Grocery store, butcher, baker
  • ATM
  • Market day: Thursday

Guest Reviews

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Date of stay: 2014-04-13

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Reviewed by : Jay

northern California

Date of stay: 2014-03-16

Even better than the photos

This place was perfect. Roomy and elegant, the house faces south which is ideal for evening drinks at sunset on the balcony and breakfast overlooking Luberon mountain. Location is great as it is within easy driving distance to Luberon hikes, hikes to the east of Apt, and good restaurants. Best restaurant is La Gardin Du Quay in L'isle-sur-la sorge --to die for! Owner Paolo was fantastic. Loved every minute. Only one word of caution: get the smallest possible car you can; the road up to the top of Menerbes is hair raisingly tight.

Reviewed by : Bev

Sun City West, AZ

Date of stay: 2012-08-21

An Awesome Experience

We have stayed here twice!! Each time it has been a special experience!! Everything is so inviting. The linens are so nice and make you feel very special. This is a place I would always like to return if there were not so may other parts of the world!!

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Weekly Rates


November - February750 euros
March850 euros
April1190 euros
May-September1490 euros
October1190 euros
Xmas, New Year950 euros


Rates

Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, central heating, satellite TV, WiFi internet, local calls, and after-stay clean. For stays over a week there is a complimentary weekly clean and change of bedlinen and towels.

To secure a booking you would send a 25% deposit, with the balance payable up to 8 weeks before your stay.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 4pm to Saturday 10am.

Cancellation policy: if we can find another booking for your dates we will return any money sent (minus bank charges).

The house is for a maximum of 4 people. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house

 



Insurance: you need personal liability insurance when you rent a property in France - find out about that here.



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