About the property
- Apartment538 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2-4 Sleeping 1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom Apartment Close To Everything
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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Historical Apartment
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 Apartment in 1970
Why Historical Apartment chose Bonnieux
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.
What makes this Apartment unique
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.
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Lots of Potential
Let me start by saying that Bonnieux is a beautiful town in a lovely region. The communication with Jean-Michele was great and when we met his mother (who showed us the apartment) she was so helpful and charming and eager to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The apartment really is a beautiful apartment and has loads of potential. However the apartment was definitely not clean. There was dust and dirt (and not from the mortar on the walls), cobwebs, old sheets and towels, and had a definite dank smell. We also noticed the coffee maker and tea kettle were quite unsanitary (we didn't use them), and the microwave and fridge were adequately clean at best. All this apartment needs to be great is some improvements after each guest stay - a thorough clean, newer towels and bedspreads, and a focus on the little things. We are definitely not the type of travelers who demand luxury, but a unique clean apartment. Hopefully Le Portalet can become that in the future.
Dear guest, thank you for your advices. I'm pretty sure my mother did her best for cleaning up, and I'll pass her the message to be more careful on the points you spotted. Regarding cobweb, we unfortunately tried to get rid of them but the ancient walls and the proximity of the garden do not help. This is a familial management and we surely have some space for improvement. We hope you've still enjoyed your stay.
Historic apartment, very poorly maintained
This experience was so bad I thought I was on the series “Punk’d”. I kept waiting for the cameras to arrive.
I rented this apartment for 6 nights. The apartment is very unique but is very poorly maintained. When I arrived the dirty comforter on the bed had no duvet cover on it and the towels were of very poor quality, very old.
My biggest frustration was repeatedly asking if there was internet in the apartment and being assured there was. I arrived and there was no internet, no information on how to access the internet even though the proprietor assured me the internet worked that week. I kept asking how? There is no device in the apartment for the internet.
After spending an hour trying to help the proprietor’s mother get the internet to work with some device that was in her house, the electricity went out. I was then placed in another apartment that had internet but had not yet been cleaned because they weren’t expecting guests for two days. I then again tried to help the proprietor’s mother with the internet in the first apartment knowing I would be back there in two days. I researched the issue on the internet and found that the device could not have worked because it was not set up correctly, or probably ever.
I was then moved back to the original apartment two days later, spent two hours with the mother going to the SFR store to get a prepaid device that would work in the apartment. She rented the device for a few days, paid for 1G and I was out of internet in 3 days.
I was SOOOO happy I didn’t extend my stay. I then moved to the next town over, Lourmarin, found a lovely apartment there and had a nice six additional days in Provence.
To the proprietor: May I suggest you get someone to manage this business because your properties are so unique, truly extraordinary, but are not up to travelers’ expectations. Nice linens and clean towels wouldn’t cost much but would make the world of difference. And you should hire a cleaning company and install internet at all your properties. You could even charge more!!!
I think all is said in this commentary
I think my mother spent two full days trying to help this guest with internet connection.
Internet works usually perfectly but for No reason this guest didn't trust me on this.
Her dog peed everywhere in The apartment and in my mother' s car (yes my mother took her personnally to The internet store to fix connection, that we did manage to fix).
No apologize of course for everything of this.
No thank you for all The Efforts we put into trying to make things work
Regarding other issues they were absolutely not mentionned in The thousands Times this person called me or saw my mother so we could ne other absolutely not be aware of them or fix them.
A truly arrogant person every guest should avoid
Unique, lovely and amazing location!
We (my husband, our 11-year old daughter and myself) LOVED staying here! The hosts - Michelle and Jean-Camille - were delightful. We really enjoyed our conversations with Michelle, who was a wonderful hostess, and the historical context she gave us was fascinating. The place is charming, central to explore exquisite Bonnieux, unique and tastefully decorated. Staying in such a beautifully restored place added such a wonderful dimension to our stay. The small kitchen was perfect for cooking some simple meals, and the grocery store just minutes away even had organic food :) The small amount of dust comes from the stone walls, it is not dirt, and didn't bother us in the least. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family - couldn't have imagined a lovelier place to dive into the Provence, only wish we could have stayed longer.
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights from the 6 to 9th of July, 2015. The hostess met us in the village and she was very sweet and charming. The weather was exceedingly hot but with the thick walls and by creating a draft between a balcony door and the one window, it was possible to make this apartment much cooler. The bathroom was small but with plenty of towels and the wicker tables just outside the door, it functioned very well. We especially enjoyed the location of this apartment which has a spectacular view outside the entrance, and is in within a few minutes walking distance (steep down) to some superb restaurants. We walked to bakeries through steep narrow cobbled streets and staircases for breakfasts picking up fresh fruit on the way. We had a most wonderful time here and would stay again, perhaps in one of the bigger apartments with a better view. In this apartment, it was necessary to stand on a single bed to see out the one window. The parking was excellent, in the street just outside the entrance.
Beautiful Vews, Lovely Location, Charming Accomoda
The apartment was charming and adequate for our needs. We were made to feel very welcome, everything was explained to us, where to park our motorcycle, the location of the nearest supermarket, etc. My ONLY (and very slight) downside, was that there was no hairdryer, but it certainly didn't interfere with our break! The 'dust' referred to in previous reviews, is purely that found in a very old house, our towels were perfectly adequate for our needs, as was the rest of the accommodation. The apartment is in a beautiful spot, with wonderful views that I defy anyone to improve on. Everyone in the village was very friendly, and there are some wonderful bars, restaurants and art galleries easily accessible on foot. We had fun exploring, we tried to visit the ancient church at the top of the hill twice, but unfortunately it was locked at the times we tried. The apartment is light and airy, and the supermarket has everything that you need, the cherries are to die for!!!! I can thoroughly recommend this accommodation. No, there isn't any Wi-Fi - but you're on holiday - and the walls are about 2 feet thick - get over it and switch your phone off!
If you want comfort it's not here. No wifi, no hairdryer, no washer.. Two thin towels to last a week isn't enough for me especially if you can't wash them. The apartment could use a good cleaning as there were many cobwebs and floor was not clean. Bring EVERYTHING you need. It's a place to sleep but not much more.
What can we say except this a pretty unfair review.
It seems to me that I'm pretty available on email (even by phone, my mother or myself) to get informed about anything wrong. If people lacked towels, why shouldn't I've been contacted for this issue?
If we don't know what's wrong, we can't help...
Guests should know that we always have a friend of we personnally on site to help in case of any need.
Regarding "dirt", this is not "dirt", this is dust which falls from 12th century stones and which, unfortunately, can't be prevented. We always leave the apartment perfectly clean and some thin quantities of dust may fall during the period of you stay along the walls, without being really bothering or dirty.
Anyway, if this was a major issue we would have made some cleaning for free...but once again we weren't aware of this because guest did not contact us during their stay...
There is no washing machine and no wifi, yes...but this is written on the description and we feel sorry not being responsible for the whole organization of our guests' stay.
There is free wifi at a café at ONE minute walking...
If this was so important, why didn't they choose another house?
I should also remember that our appartment is only 65€ per day, with a private courtyard. The apartment is 50 square meeters.
What our guest suggest in fact is that they needed an hotel. This is an apartment rental.
There is quite a difference regarding services offerred.
An hotel would have been at least 100€ with no exterior for a 15meters bedroom...
However, I should once again remind our guests that were are always fully available to make them comfortable and we would have done anything in this way if we had been aware of troubles.
Bonnieux remains in countryside, there is a garden next to the apartment and it is quite impossible to prevent bugs coming in and out, especially in a 12th century house. However this remains quite a rare event and we cannot say this is a real animal invasion...
If it lacked some ustensils, towels, cooking tools or anything, my mother would have brought them with pleasure. Our guests always underline her kindness and hospitality and she is willing to help anytime of day (she took some guests in the middle of the night to the hospital last year).
Really, pretty unfair comment which make us feel really sad compared to the energy we always put in making your stay a great moment.
Many activities are available. Please feel free to ask us about Luberon secrets...