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

Kitchen on the left, and the living room through the arch. Dining table from the fireplace in the living room.

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.

Sofa in living room. Through to loggia.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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, baker
  • Post Office
  • Market day: Thursday

Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Cassie

Norfolk

Date of stay: 2017-09-16

Toujours Menerbes

The house is charming and very well kept, clean and comfortable. An extremely welcoming space to step into for a holiday home with heaps of character. Set into the hillside it affords magnificent views across the vineyards to the Luberon. The ever changing light affects on the mountains is a joy to behold, at any time. A walk to Oppede-le-Vieux for lunch in Le Petit Cafe was a just reward and a great way to spend the day. The medieval ruins are fun to explore with stunning views from the top. The local pottery didn't disappoint and the return walk, mostly downhill (!) was a good way to burn off the calories! We also visited local artist Pierre Giroux and were transported by the ambience of his atelier and his imagery. Menerbes is very well placed for exploring hilltop villages further afield and this time we visited Gordes where the Tuesday market was a vibrant experience. Also Lourmarin market on a Friday was excellent and we enjoyed a wander amongst the fascinating back streets in contrast to the atmosphere of the busy main street with its many cafes and restaurants. Le Bistrot 5, newly opened in Menerbes, is a great addition to the restaurant options. The terrace seating takes full advantage of breathtaking views towards Mont Ventoux. We will be back to Menerbes Two, it is just a question of when. This was our third consecutive stay ... need I say more?! Thank you again Paolo.

Reviewed by : P & L

New Zealand

Date of stay: 2017-07-08

Chill out in Menerbes

My wife and i had a glorious relaxing 2 weeks. The house is excellent with everything you could want in a very relaxed atmosphere. We don't remember a holiday where we simply relaxed as much as we did in Menerbes. The village itself is excellent with half a dozen wonderful restaurants, a couple of boulangeries and a convenience store. Not far away are numerous other villages of varying sizes and a good supermarket just a few kilometres down the road. The best measure for us is always whether or not you would return and we are already trying to work out when we can get back.

Reviewed by : Charles G

Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

Date of stay: 2016-10-11

Awesome!!

Loved our stay Paolo's house. We were two couples and the house is gorgeous and in a great location for exploring the area. I would highly recommend staying here. The property is very clean and Paolo was quick to answer questions while we were there and even left us a bottle of wine for our arrival. Spectacular!!

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Weekly Rates


November - February750 euros
March850 euros
April990 euros
May1290 euros
June - September1490 euros
October1290 euros
Xmas, New Year1190 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.
 
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

 



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