Menerbes Designer Villa • Luberon 5 Bedroom

Menerbes, France
size: 450m2 or 4844 Sq Ft.
sleeps: up to 12 / kids ok: all ages
baths: 4.5
air conditioning: no
fans: no
floor number: ground floor
property interior: 4 levels

This boutique Provence villa rental is located in Menerbes, the peaceful hilltop town, in the heart of the Luberon region of Provence, immortalized in Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence.” This historic house is actually the former town post office now elegantly restored and stylishly furnished as a chic vacation rental. In an original twist of nature and architecture this holiday home is built into the natural cliff face of the ancient village.

Your private 5-bedroom/4.5-bathroom 5,000 square foot (450m2) villa has a private courtyard, rooftop terrace and panoramic views of the Luberon valley from each bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The villa can accommodate up to 10 people (and 2 more with the accompanying guest unit, please inquire). This Provence rental is perfect for a group of friends, families, couples traveling together, looking to spread out and enjoy French living at its best.

The home’s spacious interior is tastefully decorated in a comfortable, contemporary style perfect for lounging and enjoying a leisurely French countryside vacation. This stunning holiday rental is an eclectic mix of light colors, stone and glass, original wood beams, sunlight, and outstanding views of Provence.

Ground Floor

The open living and dining room includes a fireplace surrounded by designer sofas and art deco armchairs. The owner has decorated with artifacts from his own worldwide travels, including Italian prints and lithographs, Vietnamese contemporary art and Provencal paintings. The fully equipped chefs’ kitchen boasts modern amenities (Smeg oven, Siemens dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator with ice machine and chilled water) and a lovely breakfast nook. The courtyard underneath the stone façade is the ideal spot to dine al fresco.

This floor has a water closet (with sink and toilet) and a full pantry with washer and dryer.

A winding beech wood staircase leads up through all 3 floors of the house.

First Floor (North American 2nd floor)

This floor houses two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable sitting area. The décor is light and airy with a distinct Moroccan feel.

Second Floor (North American 3rd floor)

The second floor, with its original exposed beams, has three bedrooms (one with open en-suite bath and private toilet), and two of the bedrooms share , a bathroom with shower, and separate toilet accessed off the landing area.

There is also a shared living area, a tv, game and dvd area

Third Floor (North American 4th floor)

A small open office with computer, printer/fax and scanner is located on this level. There is also access from here to the stunning rooftop terrace. With its lounge chairs and parasol, the terrace is the perfect place for chilled rose at sunset while admiring the sweeping views of the serene valley below. From here you can also see Gordes, Roussillon, Lumieres, Goult and Mont Ventoux.

Attached to the luxury villa is a separate apartment with its own entrance from the exterior, an entrance from the villa’s courtyard and an entrance from the ground floor living room. This spot is a perfect private retreat for in-laws or grown-up children. It includes a mezzanine living room, kitchen-breakfast area, and bedroom with double bed. Please note: the exposed stone shower and water closet must be accessed through the private courtyard. This space can be included in your rental at an extra fee. Please inquire.

Tiny Menerbes is a gorgeous hilltop haven in the Luberon region of Provence. Families who were born and bred here share the village with an eclectic group of artists, writers and travelers from across the globe. It’s the perfect place to begin or resume your discovery of Provence’s natural beauty, intriguing history and seductively unhurried way of life.

Room by room, your Provence villa rental includes:

Ground Floor

Living Room & Dining Area
• Dining table that can seat up to 12 people
• Lloyd Loom sofas and art deco chairs
• Fireplace
• Access to courtyard with dining table that can accommodate up to 6 and Weber gas barbecue
• Access to the rustic side house that can sleep 2 for an extra charge; this little house is only ever rented to people using the Menerbes villa at the same time.

• Dining table that can seat up to 9 people
• Fully equipped with all appliances, cookware, dishes, & cutlery
• Smeg professional stove and oven, U.S.-style refrigerator & freezer with ice machine and chilled water feature, stocked with the basics when you arrive
• High-end appliances including dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, food processor, milk shake machine and smoothie maker
• Maytag washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board
• WC with toilet on the ground level for your convenience

First Floor

• Library offers comfortable armchairs, a backgammon table and a view onto the courtyard

Bedrooms & Bathrooms
• A master suite with a king bed (180x190cm, can be split into 2 singles) & full private en suite bathroom (with a Luberon valley view) with bath/shower, sink & toilet.
• A second master suite with a queen bed (160x203 cm) & full private en suite bathroom (again, with a Luberon valley view) with bath/shower, sink & toilet.

Second Floor

Living area
• Living area offers a stereo/CD, satellite TV and DVD player, with an excellent selection of English-language and foreign films and many games as well. This comfortable space has old stone walls, a beamed ceiling and enormous floor to ceiling glass windows.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms
• A third master suite with a queen bed (160x203 cm) & full private en suite bathroom (again, with a Luberon valley view) with bath/shower, sink & a separate water closet.
• A fourth bedroom with a king bed (180x190 cm, can be split into 2 singles) plus a shower room (shared with the fifth bedroom) and a separate water closet.
• A fifth bedroom with a king bed (180x190 cm, can be split into 2 singles) plus a shower room (shared with the fourth bedroom) and a separate water closet.

• Please note the en-suite bathrooms do not all have doors and the large en-suite master bathroom on the first floor has an open window between the bathroom and bedroom thus limiting privacy.

All of the bedrooms are designed with comfort in mind: beds have high quality Frette sheets and bath linens, and Provencal toiletries.
When the beds are made up as kings, we use a high quality king-size mattress protector & linens so you will not feel any separation between the two beds.

Third floor

Access to the rooftop terrace with small table and chairs and two lounge chairs. Panoramic views.

There is also a small office like space perfect for working in peace, when necessary.

Other Amenities
• Guests have access to the private swimming pool at a Le Roy Soleil hotel a 3 minute drive from the village or a 15 minute walk; please let your greeter arrange for your pool visit
• Parking is possible on the street in front of the villa, or in the municipal lot just 200 paces away
• Two-hour housekeeping visit twice weekly and end of-stay clean for one week stays; additional two-hour Saturday linen change for stays longer than a week.

• Daily housekeeping service can be arranged for an additional charge
• Hairdryers, l’Occitane toiletries, Frette towels and bathrobes, pure cotton bed linen
• Phone and fax facilities (itemized billing deducted from your security deposit)
• Satellite TV, DVD player (selection of English-language, international and children’s films), stereo, CD player (with classical/contemporary CDs)
• To help parents travel light, the villa provides: children’s cots, DVDs, books, toys, games and ideas for kid-friendly activities in the area

SECURITY DEPOSIT NOTE: The security deposit procedure for the Menerbes Villa is different from our other properties. For this property, the security deposit amount is the equivalent of €1500 in USD, which can be settled either by check or wire in USD or by filling out a credit card authorization form; we do not accept cash upon arrival. If you choose to submit a credit card authorization form, we will charge the equivalent of 1500 Euros in USD to your card. Upon your departure, if there is no documented damage to the property, we will refund your card or send you a check (depending on how you paid). If any damages occur during your stay, we will discuss them with you first, and then refund your security deposit, minus any damage fees.

Please note:
** The check in time for this villa is 5:00 PM and the check out time is 9:00 AM.
** This house is situated over four floors with stairs accessing all levels. It is not appropriate for someone who has trouble climbing stairs. Small children must be watched at all times and you would know best if this type of living situation is appropriate for your family.
** The en-suite bathrooms do not all have doors. The large en-suite master bathroom on the first floor has an open window between the bathroom and bedroom, thus limiting privacy.


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Rental Includes

  • Catering (upon request for additional fee)
  • Cleaning (Two-hour housekeeping visit twice weekly and after-stay clean for one week stays; additional two-hour Saturday linen change for stays longer than a week; daily housekeeping service can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Greeter
  • Guidebook of area
  • Internet (high speed wireless Internet)
  • Rentals are Saturday - Saturday
  • Welcome package (Wine and Flowers on arrival and l’Occitane toiletries)

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king bed (can be split into 2 singles)
  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen
  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen
  • Bedroom 4: 1 king bed (can be split into 2 singles)
  • Bedroom 5: 1 king bed (can be split into 2 singles)
  • Bathroom 1: (En suite full bath) toilet, sink, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 2: (En suite full bath) toilet, sink, tub, shower
  • Bathroom 3: (En suite half bath) toilet, sink, tub, hand held shower head
  • bathroom 4: (Half bath) sink, shower (WC is separate.)
  • Bathroom 5: (Half bath) toilet (Located on 2nd floor.)
  • Bathroom 6: (Half bath) toilet, sink (Located on ground floor.)


  • Coffee maker
  • Cuisinart Food Processor (milkshake machine and smoothie maker too)
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Table (up to 8 seated comfortably)
  • Crib (bedding not included)
  • Dryer
  • DVD player - European only
  • Fireplace
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Linens & Towels
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Panoramic View
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Terrace (private)
  • Cable TV
  • DVDs: Selection of English-language and foreign films
  • Fax machine
  • Printer/scanner
  • Pool (located at nearby luxury B&B, guests of the villa have access for free)

Nearby Attractions

  • Antique Markets
  • Avignon
  • Boulangeries, pâtisseries, and fromageries
  • Châteauneuf du Pape
  • Côtes-du-Rhône Vineyards
  • Daily Food & Produce Markets
  • Gordes
  • Isle sur la Sorgue
  • Le Luberon
  • Menerbes
  • Mont Ventoux
  • Peter Mayle's Provence
  • Roussillon
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Wine Tasting

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season per week
Jan 11 - Apr 5, 2014 US$ 5100
Apr 5 - May 3, 2014 US$ 6100
May 3 - Sept 20, 2014 US$ 6400
Sept 20 - Nov 1, 2014 US$ 5900
Nov 1 - Dec 6, 2014 US$ 5100
Dec 6, 2014 - Jan 10, 2015 US$ 6100

Monthly rates are based on 28 days for rentals of one month. Longer rentals follow the calendar month.

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