Menerbes Two, Menerbes, Provence

The view from almost every room over the vineyards to the Luberon mountain.Wonderful village house right at the top of Menerbes, with stunning views

The beautiful village of Menerbes like a ship amid the sea of vines. The house, circled in red, is at the top of Menerbes.

This unique 2-bedroom Provence rental home sits on top of the fabled village of Menerbes in the heart of the Luberon. It is beautifully furnished and decorated, but really it's all about the view: large windows dominate the rooms and face south over the vineyards of the Luberon valley below, with the Luberon mountain opposite. It is a view you'll never tire of, always changing with the arc of the sun.

Living Rooms

Kitchen on the left, and the living room through the arch. Dining table from the fireplace in the living room.

On the main floor the house is open plan, with rooms flowing into each other through arches - living room, dining rooms and kitchen, entrance, dressing area, master bedroom and bathroom.

Sofa in living room. Through to loggia.

The open-plan kitchen, with its beautiful old hand-painted tiles, has oven, 4-ring cooker, waste disposal, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and kettle. The dining table next to the kitchen seats 6 and has two big windows with the wonderful view.

Looking down from the master bedroom to the dining and living rooms.
 
Dining table with amazing view.

In the living room is comfortable seating round the fireplace and TV/DVD with satellite channels including CNN and BBC World. There is a library of movies and the best guidebooks to the region, WiFi internet, and stereo with iPod jack.

The kitchen is at the centre of the house. Dining table, and beyond are the stairs down to bedroom 2.

Downstairs there is a separate laundry room with washing machine, dryer, ironing and a sink.

Looking up the length of the house from living room to master bedroom. The master bedroom has a dressing area with day-bed on the left.

Being at the top of the village away from the centre, this is a quiet, peaceful setting. There is no traffic noise - the street is dead-end and only used by the few houses along it.




Bedrooms

There are 2 bedrooms and 2 en suite bathrooms, one has a double bed and the other the choice of a double or two single beds.

 

Master bedroom and the day-bed for curling up with a good book.

On the main level of the house the master bedroom (above) is separated off by a wicker screen. The bed is 1.5m wide (5ft) and in common with all the rooms on this level, has the same view over the valley.

 

Master bathroom.

The master bathroom (above), with its beautiful hand-made tiles, has walk-in shower, basin and WC.


 

Bedroom 2 and its en suite bathroom.

On the lower level of the house the second bedroom (above) is more private and has either two single beds or a 1.8m-wide double (6ft). Its en suite bathroom, also with hand-made tiles, has bath-tub with overhead shower, basin and WC.




Outside

The loggia is the covered balcony outside the living room.
 
The view from the loggia.

The outside space is the loggia that comes off the living room. This is a covered balcony, with a small table and 4 chairs, and a superb view over the vineyards below.




The Location

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

High above the cares of the world, but just a two-minute stroll down the hill to the village life of Menerbes, this is an ideal year-round haven for nature lovers, food and wine lovers, and anyone who just loves Provence.

Menerbes rises up like a ship from the sea of vineyards that run along the Luberon valley. In French it is called a 'perched village'. It is notably a member of the prestigious assocation 'The Most Beautiful Villages of France'.

The village of Menerbes has ancient buildings, towers and churches, with narrow streets that wind their way up to the square at the top of the village. From up here there are lovely views of the surrounding countryside, the Luberon mountain and Mont Ventoux. The house is at this top level too, which sets it apart from the shops and restaurants a two-minute stroll down the hill.

In the centre of Menerbes are three restaurants, a bar, baker and butcher, and a grocery store. Also a useful ATM cash machine.

Menerbes is at the heart of the Luberon, a part of Provence that enjoys the benefits of a Mediterranean climate with none of the 'progress' so evident on the coast. This land is a protected natural park, and it is the closest thing to the idealised Provence we see in popular culture. In fact, Peter Mayle wrote his bestseller 'A Year in Provence' here in Menerbes. Picasso was equally inspired to install his mistress, the artist Dora Maar, in a house a few doors down from the house.

Within 15 minutes of Menerbes are other outstanding villages like 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.

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 : Sergiy

Ontario, Canada

Date of stay: 2019-03-22

Lovely Provençal house with character

This property really surpassed our expectations. The house is well designed, beautifully decorated, very clean and every little detail is taken care of. Thoroughly enjoyed our week in Ménerbes and Paolo's restaurant recommendations were spot on!

Reviewed by : Jenny

San Francisco, CA

Date of stay: 2018-02-19

Views to soothe a soul!

We loved our stay here. The town is very quiet at this time of the year and not much open but the peace and quiet were very restorative. The home is nicer than we imagined! The views are mesmerizing! Highly recommend!

Reviewed by : C&B

Vermont, USA

Date of stay: 2018-09-14

Home away from home....only better!!

My husband and I, along with a good friend and her daughter spent an amazing week in Menerbes at the end of September. Everything about the Provence area surpassed our expectation, including Paolo’s Beautiful property. Every detail in the design and decoration of this apartment was perfect, comfortably modern but at the same time maintaining its old world charm. We had beautiful weather and loved opening the large windows and feeling like we were part of the outdoors.....the view was better than the pictures show. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in this apartment. I would love to return for a longer stay in the future. The local markets offered an abundance of cheeses, meats, olives and fish and we wished we had more time to cook meals and just hang out. It really was the perfect experience!

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Weekly Rates


November - February750 euros
March890 euros
April - May 111050 euros
May 11-301290 euros
June - September1490 euros
October1290 euros
Xmas, New Year1190 euros


Rates

Included in the rental rates: bedlinen, towels, utilities, central heating, satellite TV, WiFi internet, local calls, visitor tax and after-stay clean. For stays over a week there is a complimentary weekly clean and change of bedlinen and towels.

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, and in winter the minimum is 4 nights with flexible arrival days.
 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 4 people. We regret that pets and smoking are not allowed in the house

 



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