About the property
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3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Property Set In Peaceful Location In Stunning Countryside, a Pleasant 15 Minute Walk From a Picturesque Hill Top Village
The house is built in the style of a traditional bastide and ideal for both relaxing and visiting the area. It enjoys a calm and peaceful location surrounded by stunning Luberon countryside and is set in 2 acres of green oak which offers privacy and natural shade. It is a 5 minute drive and pleasant 15 minute walk to the centre of Bonnieux which has a weekly market, bars, cafes and an excellent choice of restaurants. There is a general store, two bakers, a butcher, a chemist, a number of dress and antiques shops, and several art galleries. The house is on a plateau, Les Claparedes, at a height of around 500m. The countryside around Bonnieux is made up of vineyards and fruit orchards. It is an ideal area for walking, cycling and wine-tasting and you will find colourful and bustling Provencal markets to visit every day of the week. The house is light and spacious and recently built, enjoying high quality insulation which ensures it is cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The downstairs living area is spacious with a beamed ceiling, limestone flagged floor and a traditional Provencal fireplace. There is a dining area and well equipped kitchen with adjoining pantry. The living area has traditional glazed iron doors and it opens onto a shaded main terrace with patio table and chairs.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Felicity Munday
We are a married couple living in Bath, UK, who love the Luberon and Bonnieux and spend as much time as we can there.
Felicity Munday purchased this House in 2009
Why Felicity Munday chose Bonnieux
We bought the land in 2009, built the house in 2011 and moved to spend half the year there in 2012. We love it and hope we have created a tranquil and tasteful environment that you will enjoy too.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Excellent place to stay
We (4 adults) had a wonderful week in Bonnieux which we felt was a great base for visiting the Luberon area and highly recommend the house. It was so well laid out, really comfortable and extremely well equipped. It was always lovely to "come home" after a day exploring the beautiful region. We enjoyed the walk to and from the village (often purchasing the tempting delights from the patisserie) and across to Lacoste. The pool area is excellent for a lovely swim or a great spot to relax. Felicity is extremely helpful and provided a lot of information regarding wonderful eateries and places to visit in the region. If you are interested in gardens we would recommend visiting Nicole de Vesian's La Louve garden located in the village.
A stylish house on the edge of a stylish village
The owner's description does not exaggerate, this is a very fine home indeed, modern, but very stylish and beautifully equipped throughout. The kitchen is particularly well stocked and each of the en-suite shower/bathrooms has top quality fittings with huge walk-in showers and quality thermostatic valves. There were copious, thick, fluffy towels. Outside the pool is perfectly placed in the sunniest location but sheltered from the inevitable wind that blows in this part of the Luberon at certain times of the year. The water was crystal clear. There is plenty of shade but the garden large enough for us to find an early morning sunny spot for breakfast.
Although the house is on the edge of one of the Luberon's finest villages, it is very quiet and private without being isolated. Bonnieux is a pretty, rambling village that clings to the side of the hill. The walk for the breakfast croissant each morning was very rewarding but with the boulangerie at the bottom of the far side of the hill, the calorie count is about evens. The walk back after a fine dinner at Le Fornil restaurant is somewhat easier.
The extremely charming and English speaking Marie-Aude, who lives 20 minutes down the road, ensured the house was pristine for when we arrived and left us with complete confidence that she would sort any problems - of course, there was none.
Peace and comfort in the Luberon
The house is spacious, tastefully decorated and amazingly well-equipped, although we spent most of the time outside, especially on the charming canopied dining area, where we ate morning, noon and night - when not at one of the local restaurants. It's an ideal base for morning ventures to local towns and villages like Isle sur la Sorgue and the picturesque Lourmarin, followed by afternoons and early evenings lazing by the pool.
Our second stay and highly recommend
A lovely house, furnished to a very high standard, and a fantastic pool.
Location great - can't recommend enough
Beautiful, peaceful, practical - not found better
We loved the house from the moment we arrived. We have stayed in the Luberon many, many times (we have family in the area) and can honestly say this is our favourite rental to date. The house itself is surrounded by green oaks, a little above the village of Bonnieux and high enough to catch summer breezes. Everything about it felt like perfect: simple, comfortable and beautifully thought out design, appliances that were straightforward and effective, a very good sized pool (with no chlorine) and beds we slept very well in.
Felicity, the owner, was a delight to communicate with and the concierge - who came to look after the garden and pool - also a delightful person: I persuaded her to stay and chat over coffee more than once!
I got fit walking down to the boulangerie at the bottom of the village (and back up again), the girls had a great time chilling and swimming, the kitchen was the first one we've found amongst Luberon rentals that was actually a pleasure to cook in, and all in all we can't thank you enough for making our stay so comfortable and easy. A la prochaine!
Very happy memories
We, a couple, spent a very happy fortnight at this new and stylish house. It is very comfortable, well equipped and very relaxing. We loved our walk to and from Bonnieux, a village which has stolen our hearts since we stayed there the first time last year. And the nearby villages like Goult, Lourmarin, Lacoste and Ménerbes are definitely worth a visit.
The pool was wonderful, and very refreshing during the hot summer period. Though the garden is in part still a work in progress it is nevertheless very enjoyable. We spent many happy hours reading on the terrace or elsewhere in the garden. Or simply enjoying the peace and quiet, while sipping a delicious regional wine.
Felicity, the owner was a wonderful host. We did not meet her, but she was always very quick and helpful with her replies. As was Marie, the caretaker. She was very kind and wanting to make sure that we had all we needed. Which we did.
In short, very happy memories!
The Mediterranean coastline is around 1 hour and 30 minutes drive. Cassis has an attractive small harbour with cafes and bars.
There is an airport at Avignon which is approximately 30 mins drive and there are scheduled flights to Marseilles and Nimes, both around 1 hour 15 mins from Bonnieux. The Eurostar service takes you to Avignon TGV station which is 45 mins drive. If you choose to drive through France, Bonnieux is 30 mins from the Avignon Sud turn off on the A7 autoroute. Use of a car is recommended and there is plentiful parking space on the property.
The house is 1 mile from the beautiful village of Bonnieux and within 20 mins of the picturesque hill top villages of Lacoste, Menerbes, Goult, Gordes, Roussillon, Oppede-le-Vieux and Lourmarin. Apt, the nearest town, has supermarkets and a wonderful Saturday market is a distance of 9km, a 15 mins drive. Avignon and Aix en Provence are around 40km, a 45 mins drive from the property. There is a renowned antiques market on Sundays at L'Isle sur la Sorge which is around 30km from Bonnieux.
Bonnieux has a general store, 2 bakers, butcher, chemist and paper shop as well as a number of art galleries and shops selling clothes, jewellery and antiques. There is a garage selling petrol and a post office with ATM. The weekly market is on Friday. The Michelin star Domaine de Capelongue is a 10 minute walk and Le Fournil and L'Arome are also excellent local restaurants. Sites to visit in Bonnieux include the Bakery Museum, an outstanding garden designed by Nicole de Vesian, and a chapel with sculptures by Louise Bourgeois. Nearby is a cedar forest with easy footpaths and superb views and the fascinating Enclos de Bories, a settlement of stone dwellings. Other places of interest include the ancient Roman bridge at Pont Julien, the cliff fort of Buoux and the colourful ocre cliffs at Roussillon. The towns of Avignon and Aix en Provence offer lots to explore.
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: Rental charge: 50% deposit on booking to secure, remaining 50% 6 weeks prior to your stay. Security deposit: there is a refundable security deposit of £250 against any breakage or damage. This is payable 6 weeks prior to stay with the balance and refunded as applicable, normally within 1 week of departure. Cancellation policy: if we can find another booking for your dates we will return any money sent minus bank charges. Payment is only accepted in GB pounds by bank transfer. Changeover Day: The changeover day is Saturday. The house will be ready at any time after 4pm on your day of arrival. Departure is before 10am.