L'Ancienne Poste, Menerbes, Provence

Luxury Menerbes village house for 10 in a magnificent setting

The Post Office, Menerbes Part of the 180° view over the Luberon valley, on a winter's day

  

The Ancienne Poste is a luxury Provence village rental in Menerbes, now available for rental by the week, in the village that enchanted readers of A Year in Provence. It sleeps 10 people in 5 fabulous bedrooms and features every comfort you could hope for. It even has use of a nearby private swimming pool in the summer.



Living Rooms

 
Living room on the ground floor, with comfortable seating and an open, wood-burning fireplace

The living room is centred on the fireplace, with Lloyd Loom sofas and art deco armchairs. The room seems even more spacious than it is with the full-width sliding windows connecting to the courtyard (below left). Beyond the sofa area is the dining table (below right).

 

 

The kitchen is superbly equipped, and you could probably run a restaurant from here. The professional Smeg cooker and oven, and American-size fridge and freezer make it easy to cater for 10 people.

There is also a dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, coffee machine, food processor, and helpful kitchen aids like the milkshake machine and smoothie maker. Copper pots and a family of stove-top coffee makers set this kitchen apart from what you may be used to when renting.

Glass doors open from the kitchen to the courtyard.

 

 

 




Bedrooms

 

A stunning beech staircase leads up to the 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Each of the bedrooms has the view over the Luberon valley, and some of the bathrooms do too.

The high level of furnishings continues upstairs: the beds have hand-embroidered Frette sheets from Italy, and the bathrooms have Frette towels and bathrobes. Toiletries are from l'Occitane.

 

Bedrooms 1 and 2 are on the 1st floor up from the ground floor. Bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 are on the next floor up.

 

Bedroom 1: King-size bed or two singles. En suite bathroom with bath/shower and WC.



Bedroom 2: Queen-size bed. En suite bathroom with separate bath, shower and WC.



 

Bedroom 3: Queen-size bed. En suite bathroom with bath, sink, separate WC.



The space outside bedrooms 4 and 5 acts as an upstairs living room and TV room (see below).

Bedrooms 4 & 5: Both with King-size bed or 2 singles. Bathroom with shower and separate WC.

Bedroom and bathroom configuration

Bedroom 1 with king bed (72 x 75 inches / 180 x 190 cm - can be separated into two single beds). En suite bathroom with bath/shower and WC.

Bedroom 2 with queen bed (63 x 80 inches / 160 x 203 cm). En suite bathroom with separate bath, shower and WC.

Bedroom 3 with queen bed (63 x 80 inches / 160 x 203 cm). En suite bathroom with bath, sink, separate WC.

Bedroom 4 with king bed or 2 singles (72 x 75 inches / 180 x 190 cm as king bed).

Bedroom 5 with king bed or 2 singles (72 x 75 inches / 180 x 190 cm as king bed). Bedrooms 4 and 5 share shower room and separate WC.
There are elegant incidental places in the house to discover, like the library with backgammon table (below)


The house sleeps a maximum of ten adults and any infants.




Outside

It's the one with the red shutters
 

The Post Office is near the top of the village of Menerbes, and a 1-minute walk from its shops and restaurants. It looks out over the vineyards and orchards of the Luberon valley towards the Mont Ventoux and has two outside spaces, and use of a nearby swimming pool.

At the top of the house is a large roof terrace with a towering 180 degree view of Provence. From here you can see the villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Goult and Lumieres, picked out in the vast, pastoral canopy.

 
Roof terrace (above and below)

 

 

The most striking feature of the house is the inner courtyard, the space between the house and rock of Menerbes. For 3 storeys the house is a wall of glass as this open atrium reaches to the sky above. The courtyard has a barbecue, and is even equipped with a disco ball (if you don't know what that is, you probably won't have a use for it!)

View from the roof terrace
Inner courtyard from the roof terrace
Patchwork of vineyards below the house

 

When you stay at The Post Office in the summer you also have free use of a private swimming pool just outside Menerbes. This is 15 minutes' walk from the house or 5 minutes' drive.

 

 





The Location

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

The village of Menerbes is a wonderful location and ideal for exploring the rest of the Luberon and Provence. Menerbes has everything you need - cafe, restaurants, bakery, butcher and a small grocery store. You can even get the Herald Tribune and UK press when you walk in for your croissants or coffee in the morning.

All the other picture-perfect 'perched' hill-top villages of the Luberon are within 15 minutes by car: 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.

You can make a comfortable day-trip of the Cote d'Azur from Monte Carlo to St Tropez, Marseille, the fishing village of Cassis and the calanques, Arles, Nimes, the Camargue, the Alps, the Gorges du Verdon, and the Rhone wine trail all the way to Lyon.

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 : GZ

Madrid

Date of stay: 2017-08-20

We're here now and loving it!

Hi Felipe. I just wanted to say how much we love your home 5 days into our stay. The addition of your adjoining La Petite Maison was a really great idea for my parents to have them nearby but not too close. They love the outdoor troglodytic shower (who knew!) and have no problems with the steps up to the bedroom. The older boys are the rulers of the top floor rooms and TV area and our friends and us are on the first floor as per your suggestion with the little ones. Your menu of activities and the different things you and Corinne suggested have all been perfect so far. We loved the market in St Remy and tomorrow we hope to do the Foret des Cedres walk with lunch in Bonnieux. Joel Durand the chocolatier was great and ships as well! I was initially a little concerned at the lack of pool but your solution has worked out great for us. Once we explained we were staying at your house the hotel staff have been really helpful. I'd suggest staying there for lunch or dinner because they have a great chef. Other than that all is well. Despite your notes we found the Weber bbq to be working perfectly and didn't like the new one as much. What more can I say? Oh yes, the views are great (as promised) and Matt just loves staying in and enjoying the different (huge) spaces and your beautiful books. A bientot.

Reviewed by : Michael

Illinois

Date of stay: 2016-10-05

Beautiful home and great service

We stayed there with my wife and two teenage children. The house was incredibly well done. I typically prefer more of an antique feel but the combination of the old structure and the modern décor was spectacular. The entire back wall is glass looking into the patio, which is literally carved out of the rock behind the home. Finally, the views over the countryside from the front of the home were fantastic. We also loved Menerbes. It's a little sleepy compared to some of the other villages but I found it had everything we needed. There is a small grocery a short walk from the house that had great local fare and, of course, you could get wine everywhere. We ate out a lot and never had a bad meal.

Reviewed by : Oz

New Hampshire, USA

Date of stay: 2015-07-16

Ancienne Poste

My wife and I had the good fortune to stay at Ancienne Poste. After arriving in Marseille, we rented a car and drove just over an hour to Menerbes. Corinne, the property manager greeted us at the door and couldn't have been more gracious. The property has a beautiful architectural design mixing the old with the new. The owner has decorated the home with lovely photos and artwork from his own travels. The rooftop terrace offered a magnificent view of the valley and neighboring villages. Menerbes itself is a quaint little jewel dating back centuries. It was a pleasure to walk through the village and purchase fresh bread and pastries from the local bakery. During the week there was an outdoor market where vendors sold fresh meats, dairy products and some of the freshest fruit we have ever eaten! Of a course, the local vineyards offered delicious wines. The entire region is rich in history and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the surrounding area. From fields of lavender to hiking, biking and walking through villages that were centuries old, we were never at a loss as to what to do. Our vacation could not have been better and we returned home with a renewed spirit and lasting memories!

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Weekly Rates


April 4 - May 23890 euros
May 2 - September 193990 euros
Sept 19 - October 313890 euros
Oct 31 - December 63285 euros
Dec 6 - January 103890 euros
Jan 10 - April 43285 euros


The house has a property manager who is on hand to take care of any problems, or just to give advice when needed.

2 hours of housekeeping 3 times a week, and after-stay clean.

Wireless high-speed internet connection - a WiFi-enabled laptop computer is also supplied.

Satellite TV, DVD player with library of movies for adults and children. Stereo/CD player.
 Telephone and fax with itemized billing.

Seven well maintained hybrid Cannondale and Trek bikes with front and rear suspension, ABS brakes, 24 gears, front panniers and rear rack (for baguettes).

Garage for one small car and additional street parking.

For children: the following are available: bassinet, bibs, books, changing table, crib, stroller, toys, child-friendly DVDs and games.




Extras

During your stay at the house the owner can dip into his deep well of local contacts to organize all sorts of extras to make your time more relaxing, stimulating or intense:

Learn French with a gifted and fun teacher

Personal Trainer at the house - he can bring the necessary equipment to get you into shape.

Yoga and Pilates with Benedicte who is schooled in Hatha and Ashtanga yoga.

Massage at the house with masseuses schooled in everything from Californian and Swedish to Shiatsu and Korean relaxation techniques.

Cooking classes with a Michelin-starred chef - learn how to prepare a menu, buy at the markets, and prepare dinner in a one-on-one session.

Wine appreciaton. Spend a day with the owners of Domaine de Pegau in nearby Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and find out why their wines have earned a 100-point rating from Robert Parker.

Art Classes with a local artist who can help beginners or experienced artists improve their still lifes and landscapes.

Van Gogh's St Remy - discover it with an art historian for company.

Explore Arles with a history professor to tell you all about this city of artists, bullfighters and Roman remains.

Luberon History - the story of the area is dripping with centuries of conflict, war and turmoil - your guide unlocks the secrets of the past in hilltop villages like Menerbes, Lacoste and Bonnieux.

Birdwatching in the spectacular Camargue with the region's best birdwatching guide.

Antique-hunting at l'Isle sur la Sorgue, France's antiques capital, 15 minutes away. Let your guides point you to the right dealers and help you through the buying process, nobody knows the market better.

For children…the owner can provide au pairs during the summer, mostly bilingual students with experience of looking after children. Each is able to take care of up to 4 children aged 2-12. (This service needs to be paid for at time of booking). Also available for children: French language classes with a private tutor at the house; pottery and art classes; how to mix and paint with ochres; cooking lessons; even circus skills.



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



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