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provence, france

THE OLD ALMS HOUSE - BONNIEUX - LUBERON VALLEY

Luberon house exterior
 
Luberon house interior

THE AREA
A sunlit landscape dotted with vineyards and fields of wildflowers and herbs, and ancient villages that seem rooted in the earth: these are the essential elements of Provence. Typical of the "perched villages" of the region is Bonnieux, set at an altitude of 1200 feet in the Lubéron, an area loved by generations of French artists and writers. The origins of Bonnieux predate the Romans, and its medieval character is wonderfully preserved. This charming village has all that a visitor could want, including several restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and even a small museum. It is an excellent base from which to enjoy the outdoors, as well as all of the festivals, concerts, and cultural events held regularly in the area. Bonnieux is also within easy driving distance of Aix-en-Provence (28 miles), Avignon (30 miles) and Marseille (45 miles) for excursions throughout the region.

THE PROPERTIES
Dating back to the 12th century, the Old Alms House boasts an unusual history - it was the site of the medieval hospital, in use until 1749! The house is set just below the old church in the quiet upper quarter of the village. Facing south and thus protected from the wind, the house and its small vine-covered terrace enjoy superb views of the "Petit Lubéron" mountain and the cedar forest of Bonnieux. Perhaps the most intriguing feature of the house is its secret garden, carved into the cliffside and sheltered by a roof of vaulted stone. Reached by an underground passageway (whih also holds a wine cellar), the secret garden is a unique hideaway, perfect for lunch away from the midday sun.

INTERIORS
The house comprises 2 bedrooms (one w/fireplace), bathroom, living room (w/fireplace and sofabed), dining area, fully equipped kitchen and terrace. The house is comfortably furnished in Provençal style.

RATES
 
July - August From $920 / week
April - June & September From $810 / week
October - March From $695 / week
 
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One-week minimum stay (Sat. - Sat.). Refundable security deposit required. Blankets/duvets/pillows included but guests must provide own bedlinen / towels.

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