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 : Rebecca A.

Ann Arbor, MI

Date of stay: 2017-04-17

Happiness in Bonnieux

If you want to experience life in an authentic French village, this is your place. Step out the front door in the morning, and get your croissants or baguette. Savor your breakfast from your own patio overlooking the street in your village. You will quickly be recognizing faces and greeting your French friends with a smile and bonjour. The apartment is completely comfortable and thoughtfully furnished. The beds are comfortable and towels and linens are good quality. The kitchen is very well equipped if you want to do your own cooking. I have rented before from VRBO and this apartment is by far the best equipped. Although you are on a street, the apartment is very quiet. You receive very clear communications from the owners and their response is always quick. I had always wanted to live village life in France. Bonnieux and this apartment were a dream come true for me.

Reviewed by : Linda

Colorado, USA

Date of stay: 2016-06-16

Couldn't be nicer!

My husband and I stayed in this very comfortable and perfectly located apartment for a week and wish we had booked it for longer. We've spent a few weeks each summer over the last 9 years in the Luberon and can't get enough of it. This is the first time that we tried a village setting. What fun to be in the middle of town! It's out the door and just a few steps for a wonderful restaurant, a few more steps to pick up croissants to munch while sipping coffee on the veranda that overlooks the city. This apartment is a delight with everything you could possibly want in a rental and more. All rooms were spotless with a spacious kitchen that was fully stocked and lovely Provençal touches and local artists prints throughout. This is truly a home away from home and one the owners have furnished and supplied to make it the most pleasant stay possible. We loved it and plan to return and that's proof positive of our recommendation. Timely, detailed and accurate communication made the booking and the arrival easy. A bookcase full of guidebooks and the owners personal suggestions will give any guest resources to fully enjoy the beautiful Luberon area. I do not exaggerate, we loved it and highly recommend it.

Reviewed by : Edy

US

Date of stay: 2015-10-08

We Stayed As If We Were Guests in Owners' Home

We felt as if we were guests in the Woods' home. Thank you Kathy! Before our trip and during our stay in their apartment the owners were remarkably helpful in responding to trip planning (complicated since we were meeting my cousin from Germany + we're from the US) + other questions. The village is beautiful + the people are friendly. The apartment is pretty, and comfortable + well-located. Also -as others have mentioned - the kitchen is well-stocked - we had everything we could have wanted in terms of equipment, condiments, and paper + other goods. There's only 1 bathroom + it's on a different level from the other rooms (there are stairs up to it) which I thought might be a problem during the night - but everything is well-lit - so it was no problem. Also- the owners have provided (in the apartment) detailed information about the apartment, the town + the region - which was really helpful!

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Weekly Rates


November - MarchUS$950
April - MayUS$1050
June - AugustUS$1200
Sept - OctoberUS$1050


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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