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Review 2513: Owner, La Maison de Village


Review by Letha from California

2bed/2bath house in Bonnieux, Provence

Village Street where House is-Fresh Bread, photo by Letha Saldanha


Fall 2006, 6 days


We stayed at fellow ST Christine's village house in Bonneiux for six days from October 28th to Nov 2nd 2006. This is a home away from home kind of place, right in the heart of the hilltop village of Bonneiux, at a higher elevation than the village centre. We were two adults (hubby and myself).

The house is very well furnished to a homely ambiance and we did not find anything wanting. It is on a mixed residential/commercial street with the bakery just across the street and the grocery one level down (steep climb back which is wonderful for your appetite but could be difficult if steep climbs are not your thing).

The house is a village house which is a cross between a house and an apartment. It is on four levels. At the entry level from the street is a well equipped kitchen and a dining area with a window that has an excellent view of the mountains. One level below (stairs are angled European style) is a basement with a room with a trundle bed that could sleep two and an adjoining full bathroom/laundry room with a bath tub and generous linen supply. One level above the entry level, via stairs again, is a landing with the master bedroom to the right and a TV nook to the left where there is a pull-out bed/sofa that could sleep two medium sized adults. Up a steep flight of wooden stairs is a landing with a small toilet/shower/sink area reminiscent of showers in typical European B&Bs. A door leads out to the terrace with an excellent view of the Luberon.

I would recommend this house to anyone who wants to experience village life...there is nothing like stepping outdoor in the morning to go down the street to pick up fresh bread and stopping by the butcher and grocery at lower levels later in the day to pick up other fresh supplies. Parking is ample, close by and not a problem when we went in late fall. Renting from Christine was easy and professional.

The house was very comfortable for two of us; it sleeps six maximum, but the other four would probably have to be older children on account of the fact that the other sleeping arrangements are at different levels, or at least two of them. It would be tight for more than two adults unless they are used to living in close proximity.

The only word of caution I would have is that if you are not comfortable with stairs, the fact that both the bathrooms are not on the main living area levels could be a problem, especially in the night. This was no problem for us and we liked the different levels when we wanted "space."

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