Mas de la Lavande, Menerbes, Provence

Totally charming Provence house with tennis and towering views

 

Mas de la Lavande is a large and beautiful restored Provençal farmhouse a few minutes from Menerbes, partly dating back to the 18th century, and surrounded by 5 acres of terraced land, with large pool and artificial grass tennis court. The house sleeps up to 12 people in 6 bedrooms.

Living Rooms

Mas de la Lavande is spacious and comfortable, spread out over a rambling house with different levels, set around a walled courtyard.

 

The main living room.

Living rooms and kitchen are upstairs on the first floor up to benefit from the views and light. The main living room has sofa and armchairs set around a stone fireplace.

 

Well-equipped kitchen.

The kitchen is equipped with a 5-ring gas stove, wall-mounted oven, fridge-freezer and dishwasher. Alongside the kitchen is the breakfast room with small dining table, and then there is a larger dining room with fireplace.

 

 

The dining room and kitchen.

For the kids there is a second living room with TV/DVD and hifi, overlooking the courtyard. The house has wifi internet. There is a separate laundry room with washer and dryer.

 

Breakfast room by the kitchen.


Bedrooms

There are 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, sleeping 12. Three bedrooms are upstairs and three are on the ground floor with access from the courtyard.

 

Master bedroom with its en suite bathroom.

The upstairs master bedroom can be configured as two single beds or as one large double and has an en suite bathroom with bath, shower, double basins and WC. The bedroom has high, far Luberon views, and its own outside stairs down to the courtyard.

 

Bedroom 2 with its en suite bathroom.


Bedroom 2, upstairs, has twin single beds and bathroom with shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom 3 (right) is on the ground floor and has queen-size bed and bathroom with bath and overhead shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom 4 (below left) is on the ground floor, with twin beds and bathroom with bath and overhead shower, basin and WC.

Bedroom 5 has a queen-size bed and bathroom with bath and overhead shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 6 (below right) is the attic room with a single bed. This is the bedroom without its own bathroom.

 

Bedroom 4 on the ground floor (left), and the attic room with single bed.


Outside

The house is set in five acres of land with pool, tennis court and majestic views over the Luberon.

 

In the long Provence summer, life tends to revolve around the pool and the courtyard. The courtyard has dining table and the shade of the fig tree. Also in the courtyard is a bar and summer kitchen with its own dishwasher, saving trips to the kitchen. Above the courtyard is the loggia where meals can be taken with the grand view to the south.

Artificial grass tennis court. 
The house behind the pool area.

The pool is 15m x 7m (50 x 23 ft) and has plenty of comfortable seating, and the view over the Luberon valley.

 

The courtyard with its loggia above the fig tree and the view from outside the master bedroom.

Beyond the courtyard there are 5 acres, mostly pine woods, on different levels. To the side of the house a path leads to the tennis court, with artificial grass surface which is gentler on the joints.

 

Rose-covered archway into the courtyard.

There is plenty of parking space at the back of the house.

 

House with pool area to left and tennis courts behind, and some of the 5 acres of land.



The Location

Mas de la Lavande is 2 miles from the village of Menerbes, which is where Peter Mayle was inspired to write 'A Year in Provence', and 5 miles from Bonnieux, where the film 'A Good Year' is set.

 

Menerbes is a picture-perfect village 1 mile from the house, with restaurants, bar and food shops.

The defining feature of the Luberon is beautiful Provence countryside studded with the many perched, hilltop villages, like Menerbes, Gordes, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Lacoste, etc. Close by too are medieval cities like Avignon, Arles, and Tarascon, beautiful towns like St Remy, Aix, Fontaine de Vaucluse, and Isle sur la Sorgue, which is well known all over Europe for its antiques and bric-a-brac market.

Scenes from Menerbes.

The countryside here made up of a patchwork of vineyards and fruit orchards, punctuated by hilltop villages - it is wonderful touring country and you can stop off at wineries for some wine-tasting wherever you drive. There are endless hikes and bike rides all around, and 4 golf courses within one hour's drive.

Looking out from the Marquis de Sade's castle at Lacoste, with Bonnieux in the distance.

In the summer the Luberon is a cultural hotbed, with concerts, arts and music festivals, theatre and other events taking place almost every night - venues range from opera at the quarry at Lacoste to the arts festival in Avignon and the stunning Roman amphitheatre of Orange.

The unmissable village of Gordes, and close by, the lavender at Senanque Abbey.

The Cote d'Azur (Cannes, Monte Carlo, St Tropez, etc.) is 2.5 hours away, and other attractions like Les Baux, Nimes, the Camargue, Cassis and Marseille are 60-90 minutes drive.

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 : VERO

Brussels

Date of stay: 2018-07-07

2 weeks of Heaven

2 weeks every year since 2016, With all my children and grand children , we were 10, which was ideal; Loads of room, stunning Mas, fabulous Pool and Tennis court, stunning views; Just love the area, loads to discover from Avignon, Gordes, Menerbes, Coustellet etc...and the castle of the " Marquis de Sade"!! Loads of restaurants around, This place is a MUST . To be discovered, you definitelly feel like at home;

Reviewed by : Richard and Victoria

Cumbria UK

Date of stay: 2015-09-01

Special house in an outstanding area

We enjoyed a wonderful September family holiday here. The house has such character and a wealth of historic features, but is very comfortable to stay in. The tennis court was very welcome and much used, but we so enjoyed exploring the Luberon. We left with regret having had one of our best family holidays in this lovely house. We must also mention Sylvie who came every two days and was absolutely delightful.

Reviewed by : Tony

Berkshire, UK

Date of stay: 2014-08-21

Wonderful location

Having visited friends here before we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The charm of the house and the wonderful valley views are huge features. Everything is provided and without hesitation I would return. Indeed I had a few evil thoughts not to complete this review so that there is some availability for us in 2016!

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Weekly Rates


June4400 euros
July - August4900 euros
September4400 euros
Xmas, New Year4400 euros


Included in the rental rates: utilities, bedlinen, towels, pool towels, WiFi internet, three hours of cleaning three times a week, 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.

There is a refundable security deposit of 800 euros against any breakages or damage.
 Rental periods run from Saturday 5pm to Saturday 10am. For stays over a week there is a change of bedlinen once a week.

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 12 people. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house.

 



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