Bonheur en Bonnieux, Bonnieux, Provence

Life in the heart of an enchanting Luberon village

 

The apartment is on the top floor of the middle building, and the view from the terrace is right down the quiet main street.

This 3-bedroom, air-conditioned apartment is right in the middle of Bonnieux, one of the Luberon's best villages. The bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants and cafes are a stone's throw away, village life goes on all around, and with its elevated position it has views down the main street and over surrounding countryside. Rentals are for 1 week minimum and run Monday-Monday in July-August, and Saturday-Saturday the rest of the year. 'Bonheur en Bonnieux' means 'Happiness in Bonnieux', which is what you feel when you stay here.

Living Rooms

The apartment is mostly on one level, up a flight of steps from the front door. There are a few steps on the main living level and 8 steps up to the bathroom, making it unsuitable for children under the age of 8.

The living room (right) has a tall window overlooking the pedestrian street below, on market day you can hear the music of people's chatter drift up.

There is TV with DVD, no TV stations but a movie library. A bookcase is filled with guidebooks, maps and novels in English. There is also a CD player with iPod/iPhone docking station. 

The apartment has high-speed WiFi internet. Air conditioning covers the living room and bedrooms.

 



 

Lovely kitchen with all amenities and double doors to terrace.

The kitchen (above) is spacious and bright, and equipped for people who want to cook. Plenty of counter space, 4-ring cooker, fridge-freezer, wall-mounted oven, microwave, dishwasher. There is a table and chairs in the kitchen and also one on the covered terrace which the kitchen opens onto. Clothes washing machine is also in the kitchen.



Bedrooms

The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. One bedroom is on the same level as the entrance from the street, the other two are up on the main level of the apartment.

Bedroom 1, and the upstairs bathroom with shower.

On the main level of the apartment are bedrooms 1 and 2, both with tall windows that look out across the village and the surrounding countryside. Bedroom 1 (above) is a double bedroom with a queen-size bed.

 

Bedroom 2 and its view to the west.

Bedroom 2 (above), also on the main level, is a twin room with two single beds. The bathroom for these two bedrooms is up a few steps (there is a nightlight and handrail) and has a shower, basin and WC, as well as view over the rooftops.

 

Bedroom 3 on the lower floor is an independent suite.

Bedroom 3 is a lovely air-conditioned suite with its own bathroom, coffee nook and balcony. This room is on the lower level, the same level as the street entrance.

En suite bathroom for bedroom 3. Bedroom 3's balcony.

The bathroom for bedroom 3 (above) has shower, basin and separate WC.

 

The coffee nook with table and chairs both inside and out.

With a front-row seat over the village life of Bonnieux from its balcony, the coffee nook also offers independence for tea and coffee making separate from the kitchen on the main level above.


Outside

 

Two views from the terrace, of the life of Bonnieux on the main street, and out to the countryside and the setting sun.

Double doors open from the kitchen out to the covered terrace, which has a table and four chairs. From here you have a splendid view down the main street of Bonnieux, with the Luberon mountain beyond.

Market day. The terrace is on the top floor in the middle building, Looking down the main street from the terrace.

There are several free parking options within 5 minutes.


The Location

 
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Bonnieux, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and its weekly market.

If you want to spend a week or more immersed in the life of a beautiful Provence village, the location could not be better. Within a minute's walk are the bakeries, stores, cafes and excellent restaurants of the village. The very picturesque Friday morning market is right on the doorstep.

Bonnieux is stunning to look at on approaching, perched above the vineyards of the Luberon valley, but also a perfect Provencal village on the inside, with architecture and winding streets dating to the middle ages. Bonnieux has fantastic views to Lacoste to the west, Mont Ventoux to the north, and the Luberon mountain to the south.

Market day in Bonnieux is Friday morning, and there is a market in a neighbouring village every day of the week.

Close by are other beautiful, perched, hilltop villages: Gordes, Roussillon, Lacoste, Oppede le vieux, Menerbes, Goult, etc. all within 15 minutes.

From Bonnieux you are by the cleft in the Luberon mountain that gives you access to the south side: more gorgeous villages like Lourmarin, Cucuron, Ansouis and Cadenet to explore, 20 minutes away, and beyond these, the fine city of Aix en Provence. The Cote d'Azur is 2 hours away.

To the west, within an hour or so are Avignon, St Remy, Mont Ventoux, Les Baux de Provence, Orange, Arles, and the Rhone wine trail.

Scenes from the village of Bonnieux.

View from the village of Lacoste across to Bonnieux, the Luberon mountain on the right and Mont Ventoux out of shot on the left.

Bonnieux

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Famous for:
  • Cedar forest
  • Bakery museum
  • Pont Julien
  • Old church
  • Bishop's residences
Amenities:
  • 8 restaurants and cafés
  • Grocery, baker, pharmacy
  • ATM
  • Market day: Friday

Guest Reviews

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Reviewed by : Mary

New York, USA

Date of stay: 2018-10-10

A dream come true

An opportunity is waiting for someone who wants to experience what it is like to live in Provence. Bonnieux is a perfect place to experience Provence at it’s best and this apartment is a dream come true. The attention to detail is amazing. My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay there this fall and look forward to going back again.

Reviewed by : Griffin

New York City

Date of stay: 2018-07-14

Could not have been better

We could not have had a more perfect experience. The apartment is situated on a beautiful street just a short distance from the town square (where you can park your car all days but Market Day) and all the delicious restaurants. On market day you can park your car a bit further away, but it’s entirely worth it because the market runs down right in front of the apartment! (Keep in mind their home is on the second floor, so you aren’t bothered by it at all). As for the home itself, it is decorated in a beautiful red and yellow theme that matches the French countryside perfectly. Local art on the wall helps depict how the building looked throughout the town’s history and its transformation. The kitchen was magnificent and one of the most up to date kitchens I have ever seen in Europe. To assist the hidden chef inside of everyone, the kitchen is stocked with a plethora of spices in additional to the fresh herb plants on the terrace for use. After dinner, you can play the many games they provide out on the beautiful terrace while drinking a glass of wine. Kathy and Charley provided us with a long list of things we could do and even helped to orchestrate a personal experience with a local winery. In addition to that, they provided information on the market day for all the local towns and where in town we could rent bikes (strongly suggest electric ones!). Everyone in Bonnieux was incredibly friendly and when you mentioned you were staying in Kathy and Charley’s apartment, they lit up and even gave us special treatment. We spent a over 2.5 weeks touring the French countryside and our stay in Bonnieux was by far our favorite. The home, Bonnieux and Provence were just wonderful and we could not thank Kathy and Charley for a better experience.

Reviewed by : Anne

Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of stay: 2018-04-25

A highlight in our travel memories

My mother and I spent a week in this beautiful apartment and found it an enjoyable experience from our initial contact and booking through to check-out! The apartment and the town are both wonderful; this is truly a wonderful base from which to explore the Luberon and beyond. The apartment itself is a dream – Charley and Kathy have thought of everything a traveller could want. The bedrooms are spacious and bright, with comfortable beds and linen, good storage space for clothes and personal items, and thoughtful touches like the little flashlight on the bedside table, making middle of the night bathroom breaks a breeze! The bathroom is up a few steps, with plenty of shelf space and towels, good pressure and lots of hot water, and also has a sweet view out over the rooftops. The living room is cosy and comfy, with a great library of books and DVDs for when you feel like reading or watching a movie (such as “A Good Year,” which we discovered was filmed just a couple kms away!) We spent most of our indoor time in the kitchen (it’s what Nova Scotians do! haha). We ate out most evenings, but I’ve no doubt this well-equipped kitchen could handle any meal a person might want to create. And that brings me to the terrace…le sigh! A marvellous spot to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the streets below, and soak in the gorgeous colours of the changing sky as the sun sets across the valley. I even enjoyed sitting out in the soft air, under the roof, watching the rain one afternoon. Bonnieux is a delight – not too small, not too big – and has all the amenities we needed, including an ATM, bakery (mouth-watering treats and delicious quiches), an extensive weekly market, small supermarket, charming streets with lots of shops, and, at the top, a stunning view of the valley. Our favourite restaurants were L’Heure Bleue, and the exquisite l’Arôme, which is right outside the apartment door. We’ve stayed in many rental apartments, and this one is a highlight that will stand out in our travel memories. I don’t hesitate to highly recommend it to anyone considering a visit to Provence!

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Weekly Rates


November - MarchUS$950
April - MayUS$1100
June - AugustUS$1250
Sept - OctoberUS$1100


Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, WiFi, and after-stay clean.

Rental periods run from Monday 4pm to Monday 10am between July 8 and August 26, and Saturday-Saturday the rest of the year.
 To secure a booking you would send a 25% deposit, with the balance due 60 days before arrival.

The house is for a maximum of 6 people over the age of 7. We regret that smoking and pets are not allowed in the property.


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



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