Mas de la Lavande, Menerbes, Provence

Totally charming Provence house with towering Luberon views from house, garden and pool

 
A renovated stone farmhouse in the Luberon
 
The view of the valley from the master bedroom

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.

Living Rooms

Mas de la Lavande is spacious and comfortable, with 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, two living rooms, a large new kitchen, and even a bar and summer kitchen opening onto the courtyard.

The kitchen is newly fitted
 

The table in the kitchen - there is also a dining room

 

 
A living room for grown-ups on the left, and one for children on the right, with TV and DVD

 

Entertainment and connectivity: TV with satellite channels including CNN and BBC World; DVD player; hi-fi; a study with wireless high-speed internet; local phone calls.

Laundry: there is a laundry room with washer and dryer.

 



Bedrooms

There are six bedrooms and five bathrooms, sleeping 12 people. Here is the configuration:

Master bedroom: two singles or one king-size, adjoining bathroom with bathtub and separate shower
Bedroom 2: twin beds, adjoining bathroom with shower
Bedroom 3: queen-size bed, bathroom with bath/shower
Bedroom 4: twin beds, bathroom with bath/shower
Bedroom 5: queen size bed, bathroom with bath/shower
Bedroom 6: attic room with single bed, no bathroom

 

Master bedroom with two singles or one large double
 
Double bedroom on the ground floor

 

Twin room
Master bathroom
Attic room



Garden & Pool

South side of the house with arch into courtyard
 
The pool and house seen from the pine woods

 

 

In the long Provence summer, life tends to revolve around the pool and the courtyard. The courtyard has a bar and summer kitchen with its own dishwasher, so lunch (and breakfast and dinner) can be cleared up without having to carry everything to the main kitchen.

The courtyard enjoys the shade of a large fig tree. Above the courtyard there is also a loggia where meals can be taken with the grand view to the south.

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

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

 

 
Through the archway is the courtyard with fig tree shading the dining table and the loggia up above.

 

 
The view from the master bedroom
 
Artificial grass tennis court to the side of the house

 

Beautiful pine trees extend from the house and are part of the grounds.



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

Legend

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Restaurant
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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 : 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!

Reviewed by : LM

Florida

Date of stay: 2015-07-17

A home from home!

This place was marvelous ... so many different places to sit and read or talk so that no one was on top of another. And the large kitchen area was excellent. There were several cooks, but they all managed very well, largely because of the way the rooms are arranged. Then most evenings we all sat outside eating and drinking. The owners have really made this house a home, even for strangers.

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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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