We’ve named our apartment “Bonheur en Bonnieux” (Happiness in Bonnieux), because that’s how we feel when we’re here. We hope you’ll feel that same sense of “bonheur” when you live for a week or more in our comfortable and well-equipped apartment and enjoy village life in this beautiful part of Provence.
Our 1000 square-foot apartment has two bedrooms and one bathroom and is ideal for solo travelers, couples, small groups of friends, and small families with older children. You’ll especially enjoy our large, well-equipped kitchen and the adjoining covered terrace where you can enjoy a meal, sip a glass of wine, and observe daily life in Bonnieux.
Our apartment is mostly on one level, up a flight of steps from the front door. The apartment extends across two adjoining buildings and there are a few stairs on the main living level. The bathroom is on a separate level, up eight steps. (There are nightlights and a handrail.)
The buildings are 200+ years old, but our apartment was completely renovated and decorated in 2012 and offered for rentals beginning in April 2013. Because this is a relatively-new rental, there aren't many reviews yet, but we're established and well-known in the travel business. We're happy to provide references or to talk with you by phone.
The apartment includes a living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large kitchen, and a covered terrace. We have about 1000 square feet.
One bedroom has a queen bed and the other bedroom has twin beds; both bedrooms have tall windows that look out across the village and the surrounding countryside. Both bedrooms have plenty of storage space and good reading lights.
The bathroom is located on a separate level so it's very private, up eight steps from the main level. The tiled bathroom is compact but has lots of natural light (even a little view!), with a toilet, shower, sink and plenty of storage space for your personal items.
The living room has a tall window overlooking the pedestrian street below and includes a comfortable couch and three armchairs; a coffee table; an antique chest; a wide screen television with DVD player and lots of movies; plenty of reading lamps; and a bookcase filled with guidebooks, maps, novels and more. We also have a CD player with an Ipod/Iphone docking station.
The kitchen is a large and bright room with modern appliances and cabinets, lots of counter space, a big round table with four chairs, and a cupboard filled with colorful pottery and glassware. The kitchen includes a four-burner cooktop, oven, refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher, clothes washing machine, microwave, and Tassimo coffeemaker. It is important to us to have a very well-equipped kitchen, and we think you will love preparing and eating some meals here! The boulangeries, butcher shop, small grocery store, and Friday market are two minutes from our front door.
Double doors open from the kitchen out to the covered terrace, which also has a table and four chairs. From the terrace you can look down the narrow main street to the Petit Luberon mountain.
We’ve decorated our apartment in a style that is comfortable and authentic, a mix of antiques and modern pieces. We’ve used our experience staying in more than 40 vacation rentals all over Europe to provide everything we think will enhance your stay in Provence. We love Provence and this is our part-time home, so you’ll find many special touches that aren’t typical in a vacation rental.
Best of all, our Bonnieux home is located in an ideal spot in the village... in the lower part of the village near most of the shops, restaurants and cafes, artist galleries, the post office and ATM, and the wonderful Friday morning market. There are several options for parking just minutes away.
Our apartment is equipped for year-round living and Bonnieux is a year-round village. In winter the double glazed windows, electric heat, and extra blankets will keep you warm. In the summer, our tall windows allow a breeze and some cross ventilation, and the shutters help control the sun and heat during the warmest part of the day. We do have two fans. We couldn't live without air conditioning at home, but it's not necessary here.
Our family has been traveling in Europe for 20 years. We made our first trip to Provence, the Luberon and Bonnieux in 2003, and this area captured our hearts. We lived here for 6-1/2 months in 2004/2005 in a farmhouse between Bonnieux and Lacoste. Our daughter went to the village school. It was a life-changing experience, and we've been spending 2-3 months a year in Bonnieux ever since. It was great thrill to finally get our own place in December 2012.
We live most of the year in Knoxville, TN, where Kathy is on the faculty of our state university. Charley is partially retired and and writes novels based in Europe. Kelly is now a college sophomore.
In 2006 we launched European Experiences, providing small group tours in several beautiful places in Europe that are special to us. Our 'Luberon Experience' tour is based in Bonnieux and was named one of the top tours in the world in National Geographic Traveler magazine in May 2012. We've hosted 30 groups in Bonnieux, and also offer tours in Italy, Austria, England and southwest France.
We have rented several apartments and houses in and around Bonnieux. When this apartment became available, we knew it was the right one for us! The layout, the size, and the location were ideal. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
We'll spend several months a year in the apartment, so it's our Luberon home, not just a rental. We want to make it really special for us and for you. We've included much of our personal library here (books, guidebooks, maps, movies), and our housebook includes all of our personal recommendations for enjoying the Luberon.
The Luberon is the most beautiful area of Provence, stretching 34 miles on either side of a small, rocky mountain range, an hour or so north of the Mediterranean Sea. This is the area Peter Mayle described in his best-selling book, “A Year in Provence” and was featured in the 2006 movie “A Good Year.”
Our apartment is located in the ancient perched village of Bonnieux, one of the most beautiful and welcoming villages in the Luberon. The village offers spectacular views across the valley.
With a population of 1400, Bonnieux is the perfect base to enjoy village life in Provence. It’s small enough to be intimate, but large enough to offer important services, interesting shopping, a variety of eating places, and a good-sized market on Friday mornings.
Bonnieux is very well situated for a stay of a week or more in Provence. The Luberon offers a wide diversity of experiences: a rich history dating back to prehistoric and Roman times, incredible landscapes of mountains and farmland, hilltop stone villages, the ruins of old castles, delightful outdoor markets, and outstanding cuisine and wine.
Within 30 minutes of Bonnieux are other beautiful Luberon villages: Lacoste, Lourmarin, Roussillon, Menerbes, Goult, Gordes, St. Saturnin-les-Apt, Saignon. The largest town in this part of the Luberon is Apt, which offers an interesting medieval center, modern supermarkets, and a fantastic Saturday market.
For longer day trips, drive 60-90 minutes and you can enjoy much more of Provence: Avignon, St. Remy-de-Provence and Les Alpilles, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Vaison-la-Romaine, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Pont du Gard, and the Gorges du Verdon.
There is an extensive network of marked hiking trails in the Luberon. We really enjoy walking here, and our apartment includes hiking guidebooks and maps for your use during your stay. If you prefer cycling, there are bikes and electric bikes available for rent in Bonnieux.