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Private Hideaway In Menerbes... A Beautiful Hilltop Village In Provence

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 790 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

2-Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms Apartment With Magnificent Views Of The Luberron

This secret hide-away awaits you in a beautifully appointed apartment in Menerbes. The apartment faces the Luberon and has a lovely view of the mountains from the terrace. It’s a place you come, for a week or tow, to relax and leave the cares of the world behind. You can recharge your batteries in this idyllic setting while enjoying all the good things that Provence has to offer.

This 2-bedroom vaulted apartment is ideal for those who want to get a feel for Provencal life. Located in the heart of the village it’s ideally situated to immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of village life. While being centrally located, the apartment also offers a private terrace from which to enjoy the spectacular sunsets of the Luberon.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a special birthday treat or an anniversary, this apartment fits the bill. And, for those of you who are searching for artistic inspiration, the views from the terrace and veranda won’t disappoint. You can enjoy the view across to the Luberon as well as down to the vineyards below.

This landscape is what you imagine when you day-dream about Provence. There are bountiful vineyards, oak-forrested hills, and beautiful stone Mas to explore.

Visitors who love to hike can spend days walking the national parkland, those who love food can indulge in the local markets and the many restaurants that are sprinkled through out the areas. And historians can enjoy the colorful history that awaits discovery in the hilltop villages that abound in the area.

The property:

2-bedroom apartment with 1 1/2 baths and a large terrace for dining out and enjoying the Provencal weather.

Bedroom 1: Master Bedroom

Queen size bed, 160cm. There is a separate private dressing room, equipped with 4 large shelves, a shoe shelf, 2 large drawers and 2 clothes rails, plus a pant rail. In addition there is a 1/2 bathroom with full size bathtub and sink.

Bedroom 2:

Regular double bed, 140cm. The room is fitted out with two closets, a work space and 'ghost' chair, side tables with lamps and a full length mirror.

Toilet/Shower Room:

Large shower stall with a tropical rain shower head, handbasin and toilet.

Kitchen:

Fully equipped kitchen. Stainless steel units with integrated fridge, a separate freezer and a dishwasher. There is an oven that works by convection and as a microwave oven, too. The stovetop is an induction cooker for fast accurate cooking.

The kitchen also has a high-table with a solid wood surface. It's handy as extra space for preparing food or having a quick bite to eat. There are two stools which you can pull up to the table for a casual lunch or dinner.

The kitchen comes equipped with multiple frying pans, saucepans and casseroles. There is an assortment of pyrex dishes. A caftiere for preparing freshly brewed coffee in the morning and a toaster, too. There is also a Nespresso machine for you to enjoy.

Veranda:

The veranda is a luminous room and enjoys a panoramic view of the Luberon and surrounding vineyards. It has a vintage dining table with four matching vintage chairs.

Living Room:

The living room is a luminous room furnished with a leather sofa and two leather armchairs. It has a flat screen TV, a DVD player and a selection of classic DVDs, a stereo sound system with a selection of CDs and a tape deck with a selection of tapes for a trip down memory lane.

Terrace:

Following an enjoyable day of browsing through farmers' markets you'll return to the apartment to prepare your evening meal, using the fresh ingredients carefully selected at the local markets.

You'll enjoy spending time on the terrace taking in the view of the surrounding Luberon and vineyards below the village.

The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy your evening meal. It's got a traditional table and chairs for you to relax and enjoy.

The apartment is set up with WIFI through out.

And when you want to just sit and relax there is a selection of books available for you to enjoy.

Please note: This apartment is not suitable for children.

More Details

Property Manager
Jackie Ghiara
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Jackie Ghiara

Jackie and I (Hugo) met and married while living in New York City in 1990. I'm from Cordoba, Argentina and she's from Waterford, Ireland. We moved to Europe in 1998 and we currently live on a small farm in the South East of Ireland.

Jackie Ghiara purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Jackie Ghiara chose Ménerbes

We purchased in this area because of its location, history and charm.

Where I grew up we had a similar climate and I just love spending time in Provence as it feels very familiar to me... but it's a lot easier to travel here a few times a year rather than trekking all the way to Argentina.

Jackie loves it here too, again because of the weather. Living in Ireland we get more than our fair share of rain. So, we look forward to spending time in Provence where we know that the sun will shine most days.

What attracted us to Menerbes was curiosity about Dora Maar, Picassos's companion and muse. He bought a house in Menerbes in 1944 and ended up gifting it to Dora when they separated. She was an artist and photographer and spent the latter part of her life living in Menerbes. Her house is currently an artist and writers retreat.

What we discovered when we visited was that Dora wasn't the only artist who called Menerbes home. The village was also home to artists; Nicolas de Stael, Joe Downing and Jane Eakin, none of whom are still alive... but that fact gives you an idea of how tranquil and beautiful a place Menerbes is.

Another reason for choosing this area is its location. It's very close to Marseille airport (Marignane 50 minutes) and also close to Nice, just a 2 hour drive away.

And, locally the village is well located to visit and enjoy the many hilltop villages such as Oppede Le Vieux, Gordes, Goult, Joucaste, LaCoste, Roussillon.

Menerbes is just a short 20-minute drive to Apt where you can enjoy the weekly Saturday market. And for more general shopping and larger stores we're just 40 minutes from the beautiful city of Avignon.

What makes this apartment unique

The property really captivated us because we both love old buildings and we also value our privacy and this property comes with a lot of history and is also very private.

The apartment is made up of two interconnected caves which we think were originally used for housing animals and later used as the village laundry. The previous owner renovated the caves from a ruined state and turned them into a very comfortable retreat from the world.

In addition what made us fall for this property was the fact that it had a private terrace and great views out onto the Luberon.

In Menerbes, it's very difficult to find a property in the village that also has outdoor space and a view, but we managed to get everything we were looking for all wrapped up in... Les Hirondelles.

When you think of caves you probably think dark and dank. But in Les Hirondelles, this is not the case as there are two large arched openings facing south and so the apartment enjoys full sunlight all day.

Finally, the fact that the apartment is located in the village was another reason that swayed our decision. It's very conveniently located for the grocery store, the post office, the bakery etc.

And, while it's very conveniently situated to everything the fact that the building is built on a hill allows us to have access to all of the village amenities but still have a very private and secluded retreat from the world.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ménerbes in Vaucluse

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 790 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The shower is extra wide with a tropical rain shower head..
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , This bathroom is part of the master bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Double Bed 140cm
    Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen-size bed 160cm
  • Master bedroom with dressing room and private 1/2 bathroom. Queen size bed, 160mm.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Notes:
The apartment is located within the same building as the epicerie (grocery store) so it's very convenient for stocking up on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as a nice selection of regional foods, including local cheeses. Also, there is a provencal market held every Thursday morning in Menerbes. You can buy salamis and an assortment of meats from the butcher. You'll also find an excellent cheese counter, fresh olives and breads. Of course there are many fine vineyards in the areas and a visit to Le Musee de la Truffe is a must while staying in Menerbes. You can buy all sorts of truffle- related items such as truffle oil, truffle pate, truffle slicer etc., and in addition there is a very good selection of local wines available in the cellar of Le Musee. No visit to Menerbes is complete without a trip to the top of the village where the Musee de la Truffe is found.

Reviews

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Private Hideaway In Menerbes... A Beautiful Hilltop Village In Provence
average rating of 4.6875 based on 32 reviews
5

Once again it felt like I was home . Thank you Jackie for an enjoyable stay in your comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

The property is central to everything in the village and has everything you need for your stay. This is our second time here and highly recommend this clean well kept apartment. When we return we will certainly book this again. Menerbes is so handy to the villages of the Luberon

Sheryll and Paul stayed June 2018

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sheryll and Paul, I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to welcoming you back to the Luberon in future. Jackie
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4

Great position with spectacular views.

  • 4 of 5

Takes the breath away when stepping onto the balcony. After a long hot frustrating day travelling, it was a pleasure to sit down and embrace the whole atmosphere. The position right in the centre of Menerbes was excellent and parking was only 50mtrs away. The village is well serviced with restaurants but some require reservations a few days ahead.They all worth a visit. Our favourite was probably the balcony at the tabac, which would have to be one of the best views for an afternoon wine or beer.

"Les Hirondelles" was a pleasure to stay in for our week in Menerbes and was well equipped and very comfortable.Jackie, the bottle of wine was consumed with much pleasure. We did have one small disappointment and that was the TV is rather difficult to work out and the CD and DVD player didn't work at all. Anyway we enjoyed our stay and can honestly recommend your property. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tony, glad you enjoyed your stay. The view from the balcony is wonderful. I'll ask Krissy to check the CD and DVD player to make sure they are working. And, I'll take a look at our manual that details how to use each of the appliances. Jackie
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Ellensburg, WA
5

Beautiful, well-situated apartment

  • 5 of 5

Such a nice visit in Menerbes. Our hosts Krissy and Mark couldn’t have been more helpful, carrying our bags down the stairs, suggesting local restaurants, and negotiating the various remotes for tv, DVD player and music. We enjoyed wine on the patio @nd breakfast in the dining room with the window open and overlooking the valley below while listening to the birds sing. Day trips from a Menerbes were easy. We visited a Gordes, Roussillon, Lourmarin, Bonnieux and Lacoste. This is truly remarkable part of France. Thank you Jackie!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I agree, The Luberon is a remarkable part of France. Jackie
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5

Perfect place for comfort, view and unique ambience!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days at this beautiful apartment in the heart of Menerbes. The four of us (2 couples) were very comfortable with our separate bedrooms. The expansive view from our private terrace was outstanding and furnished with ample furniture. Plus, the hillside town of Menerbes is a great place to walk, explore and dine.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Menerbes is wonderful any time of year, but particularly in September. Jackie
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
4

Great location

  • 4 of 5

Having spent a week with friends at this place I would recommend it if you want to be in the centre of a quaint village in Provence. The views were great and the accommodation was comfortable for the two couples. An easy location to visit the other villages in the area. Restaurants were also nice in the village.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. Jackie
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5

Stunning comfortable apartment - A great base to explore the Luberon.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is a delight and looks exactly as the pictures on the Homeaway site.

We are very particular when choosing accommodation and were very happy with our choice this cute apartment. The apartment was lovely and clean which I noted straight away. The bedding was comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped and it had all the amenities for making our stay comfortable. The location of this apartment is perfect for a stay in the Luberon as it is central to all other villages and places of interest.

The restaurants are great and we spent many nights during our 8 days at the local favourite Le 5 Bistro (divine views at sunset). My memories will be of the fresh croissants that we collected early every morning from the bakery right below. (I could tell by the smell wafting up that they were ready)

We will be back next year when we come back for our daughters wedding and hope to be able to stay here again.

My only disappointment was that the deck was so hot in the afternoon we could not enjoy an evening drink out there in the hot sun. (It was an extremely hot week for May!)

Thank you Jackie for a memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Maraigne Airport, Marseille
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
In the village of Menerbes
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
TGV Avignon
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
In the village of Menerbes
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Marseille

Hilltop Villages nearby:

Goult: Perched on a hill with a solitary road to the peak. Near the end of the road is a 12th-century castle, the Chateau de Goult and a windmill. Be sure to make time for lunch or a drink at Café de la Post in Goult.

Oppede le Vieux: The old village built on a rocky hill has narrow streets and is mostly deserted. There is a church and a castle at the top of the hill. The view from the top is worth the climb.

Bonnieux: Dating back to Roman times, it rests on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley. Again, the view from the top of the village is well worth the trudge up the hill.

Lacoste: A picturesque hilltop village overlooking the village of Bonnieux on one side and the Grand Luberon Mountains to the east, and flanked by Mont Ventoux to the north, and the Petit Luberon to the south. It's where you'll find the castle that belonged to the Marquis de Sade.

Gordes: This is an imposing hilltop village in a beautiful setting. However, it can be very windy.

Rousillon: This hilltop village is famous for its ochre and the colors in the rocks will just blow you away. Lots of art available in this village.

Provencal Markets:

Monday: Goult in the afternoon

Tuesday: Gordes and Lacoste

Wednesday: Merindol

Thursday: Menerbes - you'll only have to walk out your door to enjoy this market.

Friday: Bonnieux

Saturday: Apt - can be crowded, so get there early.

Sunday: Coustellet - this is the best produce market in the area.

Antique Markets:

Ilse Sur La Sorgue

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Typically, I do not charge a damage deposit when a couple rent. However, when three or four people rent. I charge a refundable damage deposit of €500. The deposit is returned after the apartment has been cleaned and everything is in order.

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