Bonnieux Estate Rental Photos and Description
Beautifully Reconstructed Hamlet: 5 bedrooms 2 bathroom 3 shower for 10 persons.
Set in the vineyards, olive groves & cherry orchards of the Luberon Hills, our restored historic hamlet with modern amenities is about 1.5 kms from the village of Bonnieux. It is composed of 4 buildings: main building with 3 double/twin bedrooms, 1 shower room, 1 full bathroom, 1 WC on upper floor; large living room of +50m2, kitchen-dining room of 50m2, 1 guest WC, and pantry on ground floor; adjacent building with TV room & 1 WC on ground floor, 1 double/twin bedroom with attached shower area on upper floor; plus annex building with 1 double bedroom on ground floor and on the upper floor of mezzanine, a shower room, WC and small living room opening up to two terraces (this annex is rented only from June-September inclusive). Total of 5 bedrooms for 10 persons, 3 showers & 2 bathroom, 5 WCs, 1 spacious kitchen-dining room, 4 terraces (including one of about 100m2); swimming pool of 4 x 15 metres in a site of 8000 m2 with fabulous views on the Luberon Hills and Ventoux Mountain. Ideal for holidays with extended family or friends, to explore nearby heritage sites & cultural events, indulge in great food & wine, visit wine-cellars and antique-'brochante' markets. For the physically fit, there are rock-climbing & horse-back riding facilities nearby, and cycling (independently or in organized groups) through the picturesque towns & villages of the Luberon (Gordes, Menerbe, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Goult, Roussillon, Saignon, Lourmarin etc), or play golf in Villars. Or drive 1 hour to the cities of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence & Avignon, and 1.5 hours to Arles, St Remy etc, or enjoy the sun & sea in Cassis. Or, just relax at home by the swimming pool or in one of the terraces absorbing the landscape, or read-up on the arts, history & politics, or enter the world of fiction from the big collection of books in English and French accumulated by the owners over 3 decades of international work. The property is equipped with refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, iron & iron board, TV, radio, an old CD player & i-pod player. There is internet with WiFi installation in the main-building but in case of line-cuts due to thunder or natural catastrophe and inefficient French telecom repair service, the owner cannot guarantee internet access, so better bring your own internet dongle with pre-paid SIM-card, just in case. One part of the property (the lower courtyard) is closed-off because it is still an unrestored ruin.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Minja Yang-Paringaux
Retired UN official, now professor at a university in Belgium and consultant on cultural heritage management. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, went to universities in Paris, Geneva, Washington DC and London, then worked as a journalist in Bangkok before joining the UN. My late-husband was a French journalist and our two grown-up kids work in London and in Paris, one as creative director and the other as a corporate lawyer. I am now based in Paris, but spend several months a year in Belgium, Japan, UK, India and where-ever I get sent for my consultancy work. But with a new 'job' as grandma to two babies, a boy born in February and a girl born in June 2014, I hope to spend more time in our family hamlet in Bonnieux, learning to baby-sit.
Minja Yang-Paringaux purchased this estate in 2004
Why Minja Yang-Paringaux chose Bonnieux
For a 'big city girl' like me, I would never have imagined that I would retire in a hamlet in the Luberon Hills in the Provence! My late husband and I decided in 2 seconds to buy this walled hamlet in total ruin with two tiny extant huts without toilet or electricity but with amazing views! We sold our chic 17th century mansion in the village of Bonnieux which we bought in 1998 as a therapy against my work stress and for my intello husband to read and write in retirement. But when we found this hamlet in ruin, hidden under 1 metre-thick ivy, we were hit by an irresistible urge to bring it back to life as a family home. Dry-stone walls, traces of mulberry production for silk, vaulted caves...Ofcourse, romantic ideas soon turned into blood-letting manual labour! Neither of us imagined the colossal work involved in reconstructing the ruin, not to mention the cost... a mad but wonderful project! Sadly, my husband passed away before seeing his grandkids play amidst the vineyards and olive groves, but our dream of building a hut for each of our two kids and a treehouse in the woods for our grandkids is almost realized and shall be pursued! Despite the many wonderful places my job has allowed me to visit, the Luberon is special, offering the changing colors of the sky, therapeutic landscape, songs of cigales (crickets?), cool breeze tempering the summer heat, good simple food and wine, world renown cultural festivals of theatre in Avignon, music in Aix-en-Provence, piano in Roche d'Antheron, photos in Arles, bull-fighting (ugh) in Arles, Nimes and the villages of the Camargue, pottery & painting workshops, and many more for the athletes (that I am not!)…all in less than 3 hours from Paris. I hope the vacation rentals will enable us to finance the exorbitant taxes, utilities bills and basic maintenance of this hamlet where the garden intentionally remains a 'scrubland' (garrigue), rather than the immaculately trimmed French garden alien to this region.
What makes this estate unique
Dry stone walls, vaulted caves, view of the 'borie' (round stone hut) and landscape of vineyards, olive and cherry trees in the foreground with the deep ridges of the Luberon Hills to the south and the Ventoux Mountain peak to the north; but also the benefit of picking the neighbour's grapes and cherries when mine runs out…and brushing my teeth watching the sunrise from my bathroom window, having a drink and playing 'boule' while watching the sun-set, stretching out on the long sofa in the vast living room to read detective novels, pretending to be an 'artist' in my 'greenhouse-studio'; going to outdoor markets in the villages to buy fruits and vegetables; being tempted by the cakes and tartes of the village bakeries…having lunch or dinner in the many gourmet 'slow-food' restaurants of the Luberon villages… finding amazing things in the vide-grenier (garage sales?), but mainly the joy of having a beautiful and spacious house to write my articles and preparing my speeches, and the fun of changing the decor of the rooms with my huge collection of hand-woven textiles found in the countries of Asia, Africa and a few from Latin Americ, kilim rugs from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey…and the pleasure of receiving friends for long weekends… Les Gardiols and the region offer many cultural and sportive activities but my favourite pass-time is just to stay at home to enjoy the house, the garden and the view with my loved ones. There is an outdoor pool lined with olive trees.