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Newly refurbished apartment in the Stronghold of Bonnieux (at the time of Avignon popes) situated in the remparts of Bonnieux. This is a unique place with 12th century vaults and walls made with old Provence stones. The whole place has been restored with ancient materials and has retained its original features including exposed beams and tiled floors. The whole apartment has an astonishing view on the Luberon.
Temperature is ideal any time of year thanks to 2 meter-thick walls.
Car parking is very easy, just in front of the entrance.
Large Terrace with chairs and table to enjoy summer late sunset and breathtaking landscape.
Very calm place, ideal to enjoy pleasures of the Luberon, getting some rest, sightseeing of the several perched villages of the Luberon (Lacoste, Roussillon, Gordes, Menerbes... are all at maximum 15 minutes by car).
The apartment is within a 5-minute walk to a bakery, butcher, grocery as well as typical quaint Provençal stores and antique shops.
There are lots of classical music concerts you can enjoy in Bonnieux and the other villages.
Bonnieux also offers casual and top-of-the-line restaurants which are also within a walking distance of 5 minutes.
There is no such rental in the Luberon : what we offer here is a very unique way of living in an historic, authentic and preserved place.
And we will love to share it with you, since we welcome you personally on your arrival.
Keywords: 12th century, historic, apartment, vaulted, incredible, view, charming, unique, quiet
I am a French student in medicine, and my mother a former doctor too, passioned by the restoration of our house, history, art, music, nature and by the joy of making people discover the place we love, welcoming and sharing our experience and passion with people who have made the effort to come and discover our country.
Historical Apartment purchased this castle in 1970
My mother and I have a strong passion of the place, discovered by our parents and grand parents 40 years ago who have bought it as ruins and have put all their strengths in its restoration. This is a very special place of memory for us, a part of our history. Do not hesitate to ask us more about this history, this is a part of ourselves.
We like decorating, imagining, restorate the place. Enjoying the terrace and its calm. Seeing all our welcoming friends. We like music very much and go very often to lots of the concerts that this place offer in summer (Orange, piano international festival in La Roque D'antheron, Opera Festival in Aix en Provence...). We particularly love the calm of the place and all what it stands for in terms of remembrance and love of our family. This is a kind of shelter for us, since we live the major part of the year in Marseille, a one-million-inhabitant city on the Mediterranean shores.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in Bonnieux at the La Salle De Garde. Michelle was an excellent hostess whom we met upon arrival and she and her little dog accompanied us to our lodging just down the road. Bonnieux is a beautiful hilltop town in Provence. The property is a 12th century building and we occupied the lodging with a view balcony. We enjoyed sitting on the terrace and eating dinner while looking out over the countryside. The village was easy to walk around and there were many great places to eat close by. We stayed there in July and although it doesn't have air-conditioning, the thick stone walls keep the inside cool. The rooms we had were large and clean with everything we needed. We couldn't figure out how to work the stove, but we didn't end up contacting Michelle because we decided to eat light meals that didn't require cooking. I'm sure had we contacted her, she would have solved the problem for us. Driving through the local villages was beautiful and something we really enjoyed. The property was full of unique things--not least of which was the giant skeleton key used to unlock the front door! Very memorable. I have shown all of our friends pictures from this extremely interesting property. If you are interested in spending time outside of typical hotels and travel lodges, we highly recommend this property! We certainly look forward to visiting again some time.
We had wanted to stay in a historic accommodation somewhere in Provence to see lavender on our trip. This place definitely fit the bill and met our expectations. Very spacious and wonderful views. It was fairly windy when we were on the terrace so we mostly enjoyed the views from the windows. It is a historic building so don't expect the floors to be perfectly level or free of dust and occasional harmless bugs. The only downside was we couldn't find anyone at the meeting point but fortunately a local helped us get to the apartment.
My parents and I stayed in this property for three nights. We loved the location in the village (was an easy walk to cafes and restaurants), the stunning views and the historic nature of the apartment. The lovely Michele met us when we arrived to give us the keys, a brief tour and a bit of the history of the building. It's a huge place with a lot of common areas.We were very happy to base out of Bonnieux for our exploration of the area, since it's an easy drive to several of the other villages, has enough dining options to offer for a few days visit, and has an authentic, local nature.
We would definitely recommend this property to more self-reliant , independent people who are willing to trade some creature comforts for a special experience.
The master bedroom has french doors opening up to a pretty terrace with gorgeous views. The bed in that room was firm and comfortable. The second bedroom is in a vault-like room, very cool (beware there is no door unto adjacent common room, only a curtain), but the mattress was terrible. It had some kind of plastic layer which made me sweat all night. Most of the pillows in the apartment were lumpy and thin. There is a small kitchen with the basics you need to make coffee, but lacking in wine glasses.
The bathroom is spacious, takes some time between uses for the hot water heater to catch up. No amenities (soap, shampoo, etc) are provided except for a hair dryer. For three of us, we were given only one towel each for the duration of the stay, and no wash cloths. The hand held shower head does not have a place to attach on the wall. The apartment is a bit chilly, so if you're there during a cooler time of year you'll want to have some long sweat pants, socks, and sweater in the mornings and evenings.
The owner should be aware that a bit more attention to detail could make the apartment a much higher-end experience. For example: seven light bulbs out in the master bedroom, only half a roll of toilet paper in the place (we bought our own at the little market in town and left several extra rolls for the next guest). More attention needs to be paid to cleaning between stays, especially when it comes to sweeping the stone floors. Wine glasses, napkins, basic cleaning supplies and more towels are needed. A couch or comfortable chairs in the living room would be a nice touch. Also, there is no internet in the apartment. This should be remedied asap.With a little work and TLC this place could be truly amazing
Two nights in this 12th century structure was unlike any other accommodations during our three week stay throughout France. If you want history, sweeping views, medieval, castle-like experience, then this is the place for you. This is not updated with the comfort and luxuries of drywall, crown molding and modern amenities, rather you are greeted by and surrounded by the original stone walls, floors and archways -- and all that comes with that. This centuries-old space and the history held within can delight you and can also overwhelm and trigger your imagination of the crusaders and inhabitants that came before. Much of the furnishings are antique and impressive. While we did not use the kitchen to prepare meals, we did enjoy no-cook dinners out on the terrace at night with its simple table and chairs. We could imagine the planters brimming with flowers, framing the views of hills, valleys and rooftops. In the July heat, we were comfortable at night with windows and shutters flung open for fresh air. Parking was tight but fine the first night, was taken when we returned late the second night. Best to better clarify that upon arrival. No wifi meant we read our travel guides at night and popped into cafes during the day to do our traveling planning and touch base with home. Communicating with Jean Camille was easy. His mother and her dog delightfully, graciously greeted us and walked us to the property. Upon arrival, shared the history of the place with us starting with the skeleton key bigger than my hand. Bonnieux served as our home base to explore Gordes, St. Saturnin de Apt, Manosque, Aix-en-Provence, Arles. We regret that we did not have more time to explore the town and bike through the valleys below.
This is a unique and beautiful property, but it does come with some complications. On the plus side, the apartment is very large, carefully restored and tastefully decorated. Rooms are on numerous levels with some uneven stone floors, if you have mobility issues. Electrical outlets are plentiful and conveniently located, but several bulbs needed replacement. Kitchen equipment is sparse yet sufficient and the refrigerator was larger than expected. You’ll need to supply all pantry items and cleaning supplies. The apartment was clean, but there was a steady traffic of harmless bugs. This is to be expected and didn’t disturb us. Beds and linens were quite comfortable, but the bath towels were rough and threadbare. The terrace, while underfurnished, is the highlight of the property with unmatched views day and night. On the minus side, the owners disappointed us. While we recognize they are not professional hoteliers, there were a few missteps and some instances where we felt misinformed. The average low in late May is 8°C (48°F) so we inquired about heat before booking. Jean-Camille assured us, “we have several heaters to help. However we never saw guests use heaters in May.” In fact, there were no heaters and the apartment was frigid. A small towel warmer in the bathroom was the only source of heat that made showering tolerable. Two guests in April (here in 2014 and at another Mattei rental in 2015) cut their stay short because space heaters simply couldn't warm the apartments. If the owners expect to rent during colder months, they can’t continue to ignore this feedback. We were also sad we didn’t receive the same hospitality that other reviewers enjoyed. Although Jean-Camille told us, “my mother lives in Bonnieux and is always happy to help our guests,” that was not our experience. Within minutes of arriving, Michelle abruptly left to devote her full attention to a tour group that came to see her cellar. We had to insist she return later to show us how to operate the stove. Only then did she inform us her son was in Paris and she was promptly departing to Marseille for the duration of our visit. We were told to drop the keys in the mail slot on our final day, but given no other guidance (like where to dispose of our garbage). While this apartment is distinctive, the lack of heat makes it unsuitable for cool weather. Self-sufficient travelers (like campers) might enjoy this rental during warmer months, but casual vacationers may prefer more creature comfort.
Impressive apartment with a very distinct feeling and character of ages long passed. Very well positioned in the village of Bonnieux, within easy reach of restaurants and bars.
The description was accurate with what you see is what you get, and we enjoyed our 10 days stay and were reluctant to leave. We look forward to staying at La Salle de Garde in the future and would recommend it to fellow travellers, family and friends.
Evenings on the Terrasse were a real joy, with a glass of champagne and watching some stunning sunsets.
Communication with the owners was very good, with all emails being answered promptly, and easily contacted by phone.
All in all a great place to vacation in Provence.
Many activities are available. Please feel free to ask us about Luberon secrets...
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
40€/guest above 2 guests is only for the entire stay, not per night
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.