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 walls made with old Provence stones. The whole place has been restored with ancient and new materials.
It is close to every activities in Bonnieux (restaurants, markets....)
Temperature is ideal any time of year thanks to 2 meter-thick walls.
There are 2 levels leading one to another by little stairs.
One bathroom (washbasin and shower with hand held shower) and WC.
On top floor there is the bedroom (queen size bed) with large laundry cupboard and the bathroom.
Downstairs is the living room/kitchen with everything to cook and enjoy a meal.
There is a sofa (you can convert in a 2 sleep-bed) to enjoy evening reading.
There is an optionnal garden (for €50 or €100/week depending on when you are coming), in which you can enjoy breakfast or an evening glass of wine/dinner, nested in the ancient stones.
Car parking is very easy, just in front of the entrance.
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.
Please note that my mother or some friends live in the village : they are available if you should need anything during your stay so please feel free to call my mother or send me an email in any case. I’m quite reactive on my phone. This is a familial management, we are really available during your stay and we prefer answering questions and address eventual issues while you’re here than in the commentary section after your departure.
Please remember this rental is situated in a medieval place, which was built nearly 1000 years ago and sheltered Templar Knights! This is not a place where you’ll find Hilton’s Hotel white clean walls but ancients stones (sometimes dusty) with old antiques, which were gathered little by little by our family. We are pleased to welcome you to share such an history with you: thank you to respect the place and being careful with furnitures and decorations.
Some history of the place:
Bonnieux is a village nested in an old roman occupation zone (1st century b.c). Primitive shelters were located in the valley because of river vicinity: you can see a clear witness from this past taking the road to Apt and admire Le Pont Julien (Julius bridge). Mosaics were found in this area, but most of them are unavailable to the public because they belong to private collections.
During so called « barbarian invasions » (including Visigoths, Ostrogoths …), the housing units moved to the hill for safety reasons: this is the start of Bonnieux history.
The house you are living now is one of the first troglodytic places of the village and was a fortified piece of defence against invasions coming from Avignon/Cavaillon. These buildings lasted centuries (and still counting…). The place you’re standing in dates back to the 12-13th centuries.
The 12th century saw the foundation of Templar knights order, under the impulsion of Saint Bernard. It’s highly probable that this very important stronghold was built by the Templars, great engineers and builders, since their presence is well known in the area and in the village during later centuries until the Order dissolution by Philippe Le Bel, King of France at the beginning of the 14th century.
Later, the village was used as summer holiday residency for cardinals of the pontifical court in Avignon until definitive return of popes in Rome at the end of the 14th Century (1379). Buildings were then occupied by peasants and progressively abandoned, as big cities drained more and more people.
This house was bought in 1970 by our parents and grand parents. Their dream was to refurbish this amazing place. As you can see, renovating process is still going on and we are very grateful for your choice to stay with us since it allows our family to go on with our history. You are now also a part of this place, thanks to your support.
We hope you’ll enjoy spending some time with us, just like we love seeing our guests discover our family and country history.