Tour our Apartment
We still have to finish a few things in the living room and bathroom, so we don’t have photos to share of those rooms yet, but we’ve described what’s in place or will be added before April. Everything will be completed when we’re back in Bonnieux in March, and more photos will be posted then.
Our apartment extends across the top floor of two adjoining buildings and is an interesting shape… narrower at the terrace end and widening toward the other end, as shown in the photos and layout. The apartment extends across two adjoining buildings, and there are three steps between the kitchen and the other rooms. The bathroom is on a different level, up eight stairs.
The apartment includes a salon (living room), two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large kitchen, and a covered terrace. We have about 1000 square feet.
Bienvenue… welcome! The private entrance hall off the street has an original tile floor. There’s a small area where you can hang jackets or leave hiking boots. You’ll also find a market basket and grocery store bags for use during your stay. There are seventeen steps up to the main living level of the apartment.
A small landing splits the living level in two parts.
There are three steps up to the left and the salon (living room) and bedrooms.
The salon is a long room, about 240 square feet, that widens at the far end. A tall window overlooks the little pedestrian street. The salon includes a comfortable leather sofa, two armchairs, a marble-topped coffee table, an antique chest, a bookcase, and three good reading lights.
For entertainment, we have a DVD player and flat screen television so you can enjoy a movie from our collection of favorites. There’s a CD player, which will also play from your Ipod. Our bookcase includes a variety of books that are great vacation reads, including many set in Provence.
We also have an extensive library of local history, guidebooks, maps and tourist information for use during your stay. And we provide a detailed house book, including our personal recommendations for markets, activities, hikes and restaurants in Bonnieux and the surrounding area.
The two bedrooms are off the salon, each with a tall window looking out across the lower village to the beautiful countryside (below). Although the rooms are next to each other, the layout provides a lot of privacy.
The master bedroom is 140 square feet and has a queen bed with a wrought iron bedstead, a small cabinet and a mirror, a storage chest with extra blankets, bed tables with good reading lights, a full-length mirror, and a stool. This bedroom has a complete wall of floor to ceiling closets.
The second bedroom is about the same size and has twin beds with headboards made from old Provençal shutters, an armoire for clothes storage; a shared bed table with a good reading light, and a chair. We’ll be adding some special local art in this room.
The tiled bathroom is eight steps up from the landing and very private. (There is a railing and we have nightlights.) The bathroom is small but clean and light. The bathroom includes a shower, sink, and toilet, with storage space for your personal items. A hairdryer is provided, and towels are included.
We love to cook in Provence, and one of our priorities for our apartment was a well-equipped kitchen. There are many wonderful restaurants and cafes in Bonnieux and the surrounding area, but we think you’ll also want to take advantage of the local markets and abundant fresh produce to organize some meals at home. You’ll definitely enjoy good bread for breakfast; we’re located right between the two village boulangeries, and you can be there and back in five minutes with your croissants and pain au chocolat.
The kitchen is quite large (over 200 square feet), located to the right of the hall. It’s a happy and bright room, with double doors leading out to the terrace. The brand-new kitchen includes a four-burner gas cooktop, a built-in electric oven, a large refrigerator and freezer, a dishwasher, and a clothes washer. There are also several small appliances (a Tassimo single-serving coffeemaker, an electric kettle, a microwave), colorful table linens, lots of cabinet space, and everything else you need to prepare and serve your meals. You may get some ideas for your meals from our favorite cookbooks. We provide a starter package of coffee, and you’ll find herbs, olive oil, vinegar, tea, and sugar in the apartment.
You can dine inside at the big round table (our table seats up to six) or out on the adjoining terrace. The large cupboard in the kitchen is full of glassware and colorful pottery…. everything you need to complement your meals in Provence.
In warmer weather you’ll spend a lot of time on our private 100 square foot covered terrace, which looks down Rue Victor Hugo to the countryside and the Petit Luberon mountain (see below). You can also see the Marquis de Sade’s chateau in nearby Lacoste, which is usually illuminated at night. The terrace opens off the kitchen, so it’s very easy to serve meals or drinks outside. The terrace will be furnished with a table and four chairs. You can bring other chairs from the kitchen if needed.
The apartment has WIFI access. There are also two cafes in the village where you can pay to use a computer for a short time.
We don’t have a telephone in the apartment, as we use a cell phone when we’re in France. You can bring or rent a cell phone, or there’s a pay phone at the end of the street. Telephone cards are available at the presse (newspaper shop) across the street.
Heating and Cooling
The apartment is equipped for year-round living, with electric heat in all the rooms for cooler times of year. All the windows are double-glazed.
Air conditioning is extremely unusual in Provence and very expensive. Charley could not live without air conditioning in our humid home state, but we’ve found air conditioning isn’t needed in these old houses due to the thick stone walls and shutters. The stone walls keep the apartment cool during summer, and the shutters keep the sun out during the warmest part of the day. We have two electric fans.
There are several options for parking just a short walk from the apartment. Once you’ve made your final payment, we’ll send detailed information to direct you to the apartment, including where to park to unload and load and other options for daily parking.