Chemin des Olives, Menerbes, Provence

Contemporary Provence house with fine Luberon views

 

Chemin des Olives is a delightful modern house 2km from the superb village of Menerbes, with all the benefits of the new: all rooms are bright and spacious, and face south to the view and sun; big windows everywhere with electric shutters; air conditioning throughout; designer Gaggenau kitchen. It's a villa made for summer, and sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms.

Living Rooms

Downstairs the living room, dining room and kitchen are all in one big space with floor-to-ceiling openings to the terrace and garden. The house is crescent-shaped, which gives a sense of movement from one space to the next.

Looking towards the living room from the kitchen. Living room with fireplace and cable TV/DVD.

The living room has sofas and cable TV/DVD with WiFi internet.

Looking towards kitchen from living room. Dining table between kitchen and living room.

The beautiful designer kitchen is by Gaggenau, with the cooking and preparation area on an island unit. The kitchen has 5-ring induction cooker, wall-mounted oven, dishwasher, and fridge-freezer. There are a couple more fridges in the pantry room along with clothes washing machine.

 

Superb Gaggenau kitchen with a view.

The kitchen opens out onto the shaded outdoor dining table.


Bedrooms

The house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each bedroom can be configured as either a 1.8m-wide (6ft) double or two single beds. All bedrooms are air conditioned.

 

Master bedroom on the ground floor with its ensuite bathroom.

The spacious master suite (above) is downstairs and includes its own reading room with English books. Its ensuite bathroom has a bathtub, walk-in shower, double basins and separate WC. Like the rest of the downstairs it is very bright during the day with french windows along much of the wall, but also has the electric shutters and air conditioning for a perfect night's sleep.

 

Bedroom 2 and its ensuite bathroom, with bath tub in the window.

The other three bedrooms are upstairs. In the centre of the house is bedroom 2 (above) and its ensuite bathroom has bath with hand-held shower, basin and WC.

 

Bedroom 3 and the view from its terrace looking over garden to Luberon mountain.

Bathroom shared by bedrooms 3 and 4. 

Bedrooms 3 and 4 (above and below) each have their own terrace with view.

These two bedrooms share a large bathroom with shower and double basins. There is a separate WC on the landing, as well as a guest WC downstairs.

 

 

Bedroom 4 also has a terrace over the garden (photos taken in winter).



Garden & Pool

 

 

The pool is 11m x 5m (36 x 16ft)has an infinity edge towards the view of the Luberon mountain. It is fenced and gated for the security of children.

Pool with infinity edge to the view.

 The terrace and garden in front of the house.

The poolhouse has shower and WC, sink and drinks fridge.

 

Outside dining table by the kitchen.

The outside space in front of the house is terrace and garden with oaks and a lavender bed.

In a shaded area by the kitchen is the outside dining table (above).

There is a gated entrance and secure parking.

 

The Location

 
Menerbes on its hilltop from the north (left) and from the east (right).

The house is 2km from the village of Menerbes, and is an ideal location for exploring the rest of the Luberon and Provence. Menerbes has everything you need - cafe, restaurants, bakery, butcher and a small grocery store.

Menerbes market takes place on Thursday mornings, and there is a village market close by every day of the week.

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.

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 : The Allen family

England

Date of stay: 2012-09-01

Wonderful holiday home

This is a truly amazing house. We spent ten summers here and would still be visiting had we not bought our own house in France. The furnishings and kitchen equipment are top-class. There is an abundance of sun-loungers by the gorgeous pool. The owners have thought of everything. The house was always immaculately clean and any minor difficulties were solved very quickly by the charming M and Mme Massaro. The house is very peacefully located within easy reach of both Menerbes and Lacoste, which are well provided with shops and restaurants. We cannot recommend it too highly.

Reviewed by : Annie

London

Date of stay: 2013-08-17

Lavender and vineyards...

In London, in the winter, I fantasise about Chemin des Olives. In 2014 we will return for our 6th visit. It is beautifully situated, has a great pool, lovely outdoor eating area, comfortable bedrooms and living room. We love to cook and the kitchen is well-equipped and very conveniently laid-out. Everything (cleaning, pool maintenance, management of the property, electrical equipment) works very well and we feel free to enjoy a laid-back break, chilling in the heat. The Luberon is a beautiful area: one of us cycles (up Mount Ventoux last year) and the walking is also brilliant. Favourite restaurants: too numerous to mention them all, but particular favourites are Le Mas Tourteron, Le Fournil in Bonnieux, and Cafe Veranda in Menerbes. Don't miss the Sunday market in Coustellet and, if you get the chance, do visit Avignon. If you're in Avignon and want to splash out, dine at the Hotel La Mirande - the ultimate in rose-scented walled gardens!

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Weekly Rates


1 week2 weeks
August 4300 euros7800 euros


Included in the rate: bedlinen, towels, utilities, wifi internet, weekly clean and end of stay-clean.

To make a booking you would pay a 25% deposit, with the balance payable up to 8 weeks before your stay.

Rental periods run Saturday-Saturday, minimum period of 1 week, from 5pm on the first day, to 10am on the last day.
 Cancellation policy: if we can find another renter for your dates we will return any money sent (minus bank charges).

The security deposit against breakage or damage is 800 euros, and is returned after your stay.

The house is for a maximum of 8 people. Pets and smoking 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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