Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2894: Owner, L'ancienne Poste
5bed/5bath house in Menerbes, Provence
June 16-23, 1 week
This is the rebuilt old post office in Menerbes. All the bedroom windows face north toward Mt. Ventoux and have a wonderful view of the valley below and Gordes and Rousillon in the distance. This is a very small hill town so nothing is more than 5-10 minutes away. It is located on a street with virtually no car traffic, but there is some foot traffic and more than a few curiosity seekers. Menerbes was a great place to work from. Many of the surrounding towns (Gordes, Rousillon, etc) can be very busy with the buses so it was nice to go back to our sanctuary. The streets do roll up around 10:00.
Small pastry shop, butcher shop and grocery store in the town only a few minutes away. We supplemented a lot of our fresh foods by visiting the various markets in the Luberon. The closest super marchant was Cavaillon - probably a 25 minute drive. There is no bank/ATM in town. Closet was Coustillet - 15 minutes away. There are a handful of restaurants but we usually ate lunch out and cooked dinner at the house.
It is historical from the sense that it was the town's original post office. With a 100% rebuild, I think starting in the late 90s, it is in great shape. First floor was kitchen (gas), dishwasher, washer and dry and a large sitting room. Next to the sitting room is a three-story glass wall, with a bottom that slides open to a courtyard with dining and grilling facilities and open to the sky with the wall opposite the sliding door the mountain itself. Second floor has two bathrooms and bath, third floor has three bedrooms and baths and a sitting room with the TV/DVD. The fourth floor has a computer to the real world and the fifth floor is an open terrace with a view of the valley.
The courtyard was great in the evening but there was no garden or area in the sun. That didn't matter to us, since we were gone every day. No pool, but it has an arrangement with the hotel Roy Soleil down in the valley - 15 minute walk.
All the furniture was in good shape and comfortable. Cleaning person came Tuesday and Thursday. There was plenty of room for everybody.
Bathrooms all very modern, hot and cold water was not a problem. Beds were firm and comfortable.
Gas stove, copper cookware, plenty of other pots, pans, plates and cup. Kitchen counter was ceramic (had to put hot things on a grill). Preparation in the kitchen was fine. We did all of our cooking (meats and vegetables) on the grill.
Problems or Bonuses
None. We took our adult kids. We needed a place with five bedrooms in a city (not easy) and wanted a "WOW, this is unbelievable" from them. We got it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Philippe is the owner and couldn't have been nicer. Helen Canabakis was on-site, from the UK, but lives in the Luberon now. Very helpful up-front. Didn't need to talk with her until check-out.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
An unqualified yes but only if we needed 4-5 bedrooms. "Older" people could have some trouble negotiating the steps - there are six flights to the roof top terrace.
Things to do in this area
We basically town hopped, went to some of the markets and sought out the lavender fields.
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