Les Magnanarelles is an exceptional residence situated on an acre (.4 hectares) of quiet wooded land and private gardens on a residential hilltop featuring panoramic views, in the village of Lourmarin, officially named as one of France most beautiful medieval villages.
Recently built, the bright and comfortable villa is modern, yet the curved lines and the ceiling beams recall the traditional architectural style of the region. The home is furnished with classic and modern pieces and features marble flooring throughout.
The house can take six guests in comfort. There is an ensuite double bedroom, (bed 180X200), overlooking the pool and gardens, a mezzanine with two single beds or one large double bed (180X200) and en suite shower room, a double bedroom (160X200) which opens onto the terrace and gardens, and a separate bathroom and four toilets.
A cot and a high chair are available if required. One more double bedroom (bed 140X200) can be opened on request, at extra cost. Each bedroom features a desk, chairs, a wardrobe, mirrors, and a ceiling fan. The house is centrally heated during winter.
The kitchen is fully equipped for enthusiastic cooks, and includes a dishwasher, a microwave, an oven, a vitroceramic hob, a fridge-freezer, an electric kettle, a coffee machine, a toaster, and a full range of cooking utensils.
The spacious living room includes plenty of comfortable furniture, a piano, a fireplace (wood is supplied), satellite TV with English language channels including Sky News, a DVD/CD player with English and French DVDs and CDs, a radio, and connection for guests' iPods and iPhones.
Also available are a telephone free of charge for local and national calls, internet DSL, a large library, several board games, a ping-pong table, table football, and badminton equipment. Outside is a well-furnished terrace with a panoramic view towards the Durance hills.
This is an ideal place to enjoy tranquility and privacy, with a candlelit dinner at sunset. The 10 x 5 metre swimming pool is surrounded by a terrace with pool beds and a gas barbecue. The private pool and gardens are lit at night.
The medieval village of Lourmarin is located in the Luberon regional park. It is known as a centre of gastronomy and elegant dining. Among the village's attractions are a beautiful 16th century castle, many art galleries, craft shops, cafés, bars, grocery stores, and a colourful market held in the village every Friday morning. Lourmarin is aso known for the writers who once lived there, Albert Camus and Henri Bosco being the most famous.
The area offers plenty of pleasant walks and hikes and dramatic landscapes in the Luberon hills: La Forêt des Cèdres, the canyon of the Régalon river, and the foothills of the Alps. Lourmarin is within easy reach of many interesting locations, including l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a town specializing in antiques, Gordes and the cistercian Abbey of Sénanque, the town of Roussillon, which is surrounded by ochre cliffs, the hill village of Bonnieux, and Lacoste, known as the château of the Marquis de Sade.
Numerous day trips are available which will allow the visitor to discover Provence. Les Baux de Provence is a beautiful Provençal village built on a large rocky outcrop offering a stupendous view over a large plain and the Alpilles mountain range.
Also worth visiting are St-Rémy-de-Provence, a painters' village renowned for its antique stores, and the old quarter of Aix-en-Provence, where one can visit the cathedral of St-Saveur and the studio of the painter Paul Cézanne. Nîmes is also nearby, and one should visit its Roman arena and many ancient ruins.
To the north is the city of Avignon, once home to the medieval papacy, which still has the spectacular Papal Palace, and the famous bridge of St-Bénézet immortalized in the song Sur le pont d'Avignon. The wine roads are a must-see in a region made famous by Châteauneuf-du-Pape and numerous other Côtes-du-Rhône villages.
Lourmarin is an hour from the Mediterranean sea, and among the attractions there are the fishing village of Cassis, and the city of Marseille (with boats to the islands of Lerins and Château d'If). Nearby is the Camargue National Park, a great location for bird-watchers and nature lovers. The Riviera and the cities of Nice and Cannes are only two hours away.
“This was our fourth visit to Les Magnanarelles and our fifth to Lourmarin. We can't imagine a summer without our stay here - both house and village.The newly decorated and improved house is better than ever, set in a beautiful and so-Provencal garden, and the pool is the best we have ever, ever found. Lourmarin is a lovely village, unchanging but always interesting, and nicely located for trips to nearby towns and villages, and further afield too”.”
David B. - Broxbourne, Herts EN10 7LD, Great Britain
“From the moment we booked the villa to the last day at handover our experience was faultless. The owner was extremely helpful throughout and her attention to detail was exceptional. The property was immaculate and beautifully fitted. We enjoyed the peace and quiet of Les Magnanarelles but only minutes away from Lourmarin - a village which provides everything you expect in a French location. Our family loved every minute we were there and cannot wait to return, hopefully next year.”
David W. - Hertford, Hertford Shire, Great Britain
“This was our first trip to France. It was even better than we could have imagined!! It's beautiful inside and out. A fireplace, marble floors, balconies, roof top decks, large bedrooms, large bathrooms, modern, elegant and big! The views from the house are breathtaking. The house sits high up on a small mountain. There's a large pool and plenty of outdoor space. We had dinner outside by the pool most nights. The house was extremely clean and well maintained. Honestly, it felt like we were staying at a 5 Star resort. I can't express how happy we are with this house. It made our first trip to France a holiday we'll never forget. We hope to visit France again and if we do this is where we will stay.”
- Sarasota, Florida, USA
“A beautiful house in an idyllic location! Our third - but definitely not last! - stay in this lovely, well appointed house. The pool is excellent, and set in a beautiful garden. The house is very well maintained and perfectly clean. ”
David B. - Broxboume, UK
“The owner is very accommodating. The Magnanarelles is very spacious, tasteful and highly equipped. We found everything about the way it was described. The pool is clean and very well equipped. The garden is a fragrant pine forests and lavender - just a piece of paradise! It is in a quiet neighborhood, and you can do from there many trips.”
Isabel K. - Therwil, Suisse
“ What an amazing view! We so enjoyed our time in Lourmarin. The villa was very clean and the kitchen had everything we needed. We went to several markets in the area, and found the Friday market in Lourmarin the best. It was truly a wonderful experience staying at Les Magnanarelles. We would highly recommend this Villa.”
Andy L. - Windsor , Ontario, Canada
“Lourmarin is one of the prettiest villages in Provence, with great restaurants, cafes, artisan bakeries and a great Friday morning market. Les Magnanarelles is an immaculate home with a long-range view of the Luberon Mountains. We loved the pool, patio and outdoor eating facilities. This was the perfect arrangement for our two-couple group. We would love to return at some point in the future.”
Cathy N. - North Carolina, USA
“Lourmarin provides the perfect place for exploring the Provence area of France and this property is within walking distance of this lovely village. The villa is spacious, immaculately cleaned and has all the conveniences that one could possibly want or need. ”
Martha S. - Louisville, Kentucky4020, USA
“There are few places I would rather be in late Spring than in Provence, and Les Magnanarelles is the perfect rental for a group to call home for a week. The villa is modern, spacious, welcoming and well maintained. ”
Gwynne B. - Annapolis, MD. 21404-0551 , USA
“What a wonderful way to spend our vacation. Les Magnanarelles is a beautiful, quiet villa with excellent facilities, all within walking distance of the village in the foothills of the Luberon Mountains. Fabulous accommodations! ”
Nancy D. - Hancock, NH Hancock, NH , NH03449, USA
“The home is centrally located, perfect for exploring the Provencal towns and conveniently adjacent to a charming village. The house was so peaceful and comfortable, that the time we spent sitting around the pool and enjoying the beautiful sunsets was one of the highlights of our trip.”
Veronica S. - Coral Gables, Florida 33134, USA
“We have had a very enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing week here. Your house is really lovely, the surroundings beautiful and it is so quiet and private. The boys loved the swimming pool and table tennis, and we enjoyed some great meals cooked on your fantastic gas BBQ!”
Luciano M. - Portsmouth, England
“We very much enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. It is immaculately clean and very luxurious. Thank you for all your help and hospitality. We felt very welcome. Lourmarin is a wonderful village. The BBQ was fantastic and we had several evenings "al fresco" on the terrace"! I hope we have the pleasure of staying again in the future. ”
Lynn and Damian K. - England