OverviewLa Bellevue du Lubéron, a well-appointed, impeccably maintained and typically Provençal house with exceptional views and within easy walking distance of the village of Ménerbes.
La Bellevue du Lubéron is architecturally typical of recent construction in the Lubéron, with beige stucco walls, barn-red shutters and a terra cotta tile roof, all signature features of a Provençal residence. The house is set on a one-hectare (a little over two acres) terrain that offers complete calm with no road noise or even the sound of neighbors. The property offers perfect comfort in an attractive environment where the amenities are modern, the terraces well situated for outside living and the interior spaces decorated with genuine charm.
The house is bright and breezy throughout, with sunshine flowing in through the many windows to create an ambiance of light and spaciousness. The garden and pool area are replete with mature shrubs and flowerbeds of roses, oleander and lavender. In a word, the environment of La Bellevue du Lubéron is solidly evocative of old Provence.
La Bellevue du Lubéron is reached by a short gravel driveway that ends in a parking area large enough for several cars. From the parking area the house is approached by a cypres and shrub-lined path that leads to the rear terrace, or by terraced walkway that leads to the northwest-facing front entrance. A large foyer gives access to the living room and dining room-kitchen area on one side, and to a hallway leading to two downstairs bedrooms on the other. The foyer has a powder room, and extends to the front entrance on the other side of the house.
The living room, a bright, spacious and airy room with a beamed cathedral ceiling and several windows overlooking the Lubéron Valley, is warmly furnished with two plush sofas upholstered in a soft ochre-yellow (in summer weather there are coverlets). Four floor lamps and overhead lights mounted on ceiling beams provide excellent illumination for reading. Along one wall is a beautiful long wooden table, and near the large window is a small stereo system and a collection of CDs, mostly of classical and operatic music. An 18th century large antique cupboard and a French antique chest of drawers complete the living room.
From the living room a staircase with tile steps leads to a mezzanine that overlooks the living room. Here there is a comfortable little antechamber, a small desk with a bookcase and, closed off from mezzanine by curtained glass doors, a small and prettily decorated bedroom with twin beds. In the wing leading off the foyer on the ground floor are the two other bedrooms, both of which have views onto the courtyard. The master bedroom, especially commodious and attractively appointed has a queen-size bed and lovely side tables, each with a reading lamp, as well as an antique French armoire (which also contains the television) and generous closet space.
The kitchen is separate from but open to the dining room, which in turn flows through double glass doors onto the terrace. The terrace, which faces northeast over the valley and is shaded by an olive tree, has a large round table with parasol and chairs for six. On days when the mistral is blowing guests can enjoy the smaller but equally pleasant terrace on the south side of the house, which is protected from the wind.
The recently renovated kitchen is compact but exceptionally well equipped, with modern appliances that include a dishwasher, range with four gas burners, oven, refrigerator and an additional two-door refrigerator/freezer in the adjacent pantry. The pretty wood cupboards are filled with good-quality crockery and stemware. A separate laundry room has a washing machine and a separate tumble dryer.
The dining room, with its ochre-colored walls, high-beamed ceiling, antique paneled wood doors and (non-working) fireplace, has an especially warm and convivial feel about it. The long farm table with chairs for eight make this the perfect place for a long candlelit dinner on a chilly autumn evening.
The rectangular pool is set separate from the house. Tall acacia trees shade the pool in places, and the surrounding grounds are beautifully landscaped. From the pool there are splendid views over the valley, and with the parasols and six lounge chairs on the wide deck guests can while away entire days just taking in the scenery and enjoying the quiet.
Near the pool, enclosed by an old stone wall, is a large flower garden with a century-old olive tree. There is also a gravel court where young and old may face off in a spirited game of boules.
One of La Bellevue du Lubéron's greatest assets is that in fewer than seven minutes one can stroll into the picturesque village of Ménerbes, one of the most beautiful villages of France, to enjoy a café-crème, freshly baked croissant and obtain a copy of the International New York Times.
- Bedroom 1: Twin beds that can be combined to form a queen, en-suite bath with stall shower but no tub, has a superb view of the Lubéron valley. The bed has reading lamps on both sides. This room is air conditioned
- Bedroom 2: Master bedroom, has a queen bed (1.8 m) and lovely side tables, each with reading lamps, as well as an antique French armoire and generous closet space. This bedroom uses a bathroom with tub and hand-held shower plus a bidet directly across the hall
- Bedroom 3: Twin beds on opposite sides of the large room with a chest of drawers, hanging space, desk and several floor lamps. Guests of this bedroom use a tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower and bidet. A separate WC is directly across the hall. This room is appropriate for two children or a single adult
- Air conditioning in upstairs bedroom
- Boules court
- CD collection (classical and opera)
- Central heating
- Fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances
- Laundry room
- Satellite TV
- Security system
- Stereo system
- Telephones (3)
- Wireless internet
- 11 m X 5.5 m (36' X 18') rectangular private swimming pool
Staff and Services
- Garden & pool maintenance
- Housecleaning & change of linens once weekly
- Nearest town: Cavaillon (16 km)
- Nearest city: Avignon (40 km)
- Airport: Marseille (65 km); Avignon has limited service
- Train station: Avignon (TGV)
- Non-smoking villa
- Please note: The TV is not in the living room
- Grocery pre-stocking is not available at this villa
Provence Villa Notes
- Please note that France villas rent from Saturday to Saturday. Exceptions may be possible on a case by case basis and upon request. It is common for pool heating to be an additional cost.