Le Voltaire, Bonnieux, Provence

Extraordinary views from beautiful village renovation

 

A splendid 3-bedroom village house with a/c and the extraordinary, vast view from Bonnieux west over the Luberon. With terrace and dipping pool to make the most of the view, and very elegant interiors, this is the perfect place for up to 6 people to live the life of one of the Luberon's best villages.

Living Rooms

The house has been wonderfully well renovated, keeping original features like beams and floors, and adding more light and views, air conditioning, a three-level terrace, and entertainment technology.

 

Living room opening out to terrace and view.

At street level the ground floor comprises the kitchen, and living and dining rooms. The air-conditioned living room has two sofas set around the fireplace, and a patio door opening out to the terrace. There is Roku TV with Netflix and Google Play and the house has WiFi internet throughout.


The fireplace in the living room
 
The kitchen.

 

Through an ancient arch from the living room are the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is equipped with a 4-ring stove, wall-mounted oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, drinks fridge and freezer.

 

The dining room next to the kitchen, which opens out to the shaded sitting area on the terrace.

The dining room is open-plan to the kitchen and opens out to the shaded seating area outside.

 

The entrance and stairs up to the bedrooms.

The third bathroom is off the living room and offers a guest WC. Stairs from the entrance hall lead up to the bedrooms.



Bedrooms

The house sleeps 6 people in 3 spacious double bedrooms, with 3 bathrooms. Each bedroom is on a different floor, or half-floor. Two bedrooms have air conditioning, and the third stays cool in summer with a ceiling fan.

 

Bedroom 1 with elegant furnishings and big view.

On the first floor up, the air-conditioned bedroom 1 (above) has high ceiling, original floor tiles and impressive proportions. The bed is 1.8m-wide (6ft) and the room has the stunning view through big windows. Its en suite bathroom (below) has walk-in shower, double basin and WC.

 

En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with walk-in shower, double basins and WC.

The second bedroom (below) is on the middle floor and has a 1.6m-wide (5.25ft) bed. For this bedroom there is a bathroom on the ground floor (below right), with shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 2 is on the middle floor and its bathroom is on the ground floor.


 

Bedroom 3 and en suite bathroom.

Bedroom 3 (above) on the top floor is air-conditioned and has a 1.8m-wide (6ft) bed, writing desk and magnificent view. Its en suite bathroom has clawfoot bath, walk-in shower and basin. On the landing outside the bedroom is a separate WC with washing machine and tumble dryer.
 

 

Bedroom 3 has the highest view of the house.




Outside

This house has one of the best views in Provence, it is the iconic view from Bonnieux to Lacoste, taking in the Luberon mountain and a never-ending patchwork of vineyards and hills, as well as the daily spectacle of the sun going down straight ahead of you.


Street entrance.
 
The golden hour with the sun setting straight out in front of the house.

To make the most of this view the terrace is on three levels, with a shaded sitting area at the top, right outside the kitchen, along with Weber gas barbecue.

 

Down some steps is the dipping pool for cooling off on the hottest days, and then the top of the old defensive turret in the village walls is today a different sort of lookout, a place to eat while feasting on the incredible view.

 

 

There is quite a drop on the other side of the terrace wall and for this reason no children are accepted at this house.



The Location

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

The location is perfect to enjoy the life of a beautiful Provence village. In two minutes you can walk to the bakeries, stores, cafes and excellent restaurants of the village, from simple to Michelin-starred.

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, and the house, 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

Legend

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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

Weekly Rates


November - March1100 euros
April1700 euros
May2100 euros
June - September2600 euros
October2100 euros
Xmas, New Year1700 euros


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

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, 1 week minimum except off-season. Significant reduction for longer-term rentals.
 There is a refundable security deposit of 500 euros against any breakages or damage.

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 6 adults and no children. We regret that smoking and pets 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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