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, with a queen size bed, overlooking the pool and gardens, a mezzanine with two beds and a shower room, a double bedroom 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 bedroom can be opened on request for an additional adult or two children, 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 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.
“We had a nice time at this Villa. It is in a wonderful location with a nice view. It is very central for many picturesque outings. You do need a car. The rooms are very spacious and there is lots of room to spread out and have privacy. The appliances were all first rate and worked well.Thanks so much!”
Barbara B. - London, Ontario, Canada
“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
““Magnifique!Les Magnanerelles exceeded expectations. The owner, Jacqueline, was excellent to deal with from the outset. The entire process, from initial inquiry to arrival, was seamless, professional and helpful. The home itself is immaculate. A wonderful place to stay. ”
Sean M. - Auckland , New Zealand
“ 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 has been named one of the prettiest villages in Provence for very good reasons. This old town is not only pretty, it offers good restaurants, sidewalk cafes, artisan bakeries and a knock-out Friday morning market.Our four travelers ranked it highly, and agreed that we would love to return at some point in the future. ”
Cathy N. - Brevard,, USA
“The place was a spacious, spotless, well-equipped villa. It has lovely landscaping in a tranquil setting not far from the beautiful village of Lourmarin. Kudos to villa owners Jacqueline and Noel for exceeding our expectations. ”
Myrna D. - Dundas, 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
“We have enjoyed a glorious week in your lovely home and in Lourmarin. Your home is most comfortable, and Lourmarin is a gem of a village. Wherever we visited during the day, we were always happy to return home to Les Magnanarelles.”
The P. Family - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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
“Many thanks for a memorable week in your house. We have had wonderful weather and super trips to Aubagne. We played your piano all the time. A wonderful asset to a holiday home!”
Julia S. - York, Royaume Uni
“We had a lovely week in Provence, so peaceful and serene, the perfect place to relax and unwind, and have felt very comfortable in your villa. Lourmarin is a very pretty village and we enjoyed visiting other places such as Roussillon, Les Baux, St-Remy, Aix-en-Provence and of course Avignon.”
Shonagh T. - Australiens
“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 so much enjoyed our holiday here in your comfortable home and in the beautiful village of Lourmarin. This is a very special part of the world and for us it was a month of fun, relaxing and discovery.”
David D. - Naples, Florida, USA
“We enjoyed our evenings in front of the fire - and what a fireplace it is!
Once again many thanks.”
Brian B. - Melbourne, Australia
“We have enjoyed our 3 weeks enormously. Loved your house and its peaceful situation. It was always so good to come home too. We are sad to leave.”
Dick D. - Sydney, Australia
“The house was nice, clean and is very well situated. We loved the feeling of total privacy.”
Sarosh K - Denver, Colorado, USA
“We thoroughly enjoyed staying in this beautiful home. Each day we could not wait until we would return and enjoy a wine and some cheese on the terrace. Lourmarin is a very beautiful part of the world. ”
Peter S - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
“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
“It is not often that one is able to visit a place and have it surpass all expectations. Your perfect home became our home for one special unforgetable week. You two are very special. It was so kind of you to meet us and give us the grand tour. We will often think of our week here and will dream of a time when we can return! Merci”
Blair and Richard C. - Houston, Texas, USA
“You have a lovely home and we feel extremely lucky to have been able to stay here. All your recommendations about restaurants and places to visit were excellent. We hope to come back here and hopefully see you again.”
Don T. - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“We had a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. This is a very good location for everywhere we went. Your house provided what we needed, and we appreciate your warm hospitality. Thank you for all your information and assistance; it helped to make our stay easier.”
Monique P. - Hong Kong
“We made some great tours all around, and it was very nice to come back to the villa every evening, and feel at home. The villa is a "10" - well furnished, spacious, and full of sunlight. We enjoyed it very much.”
Uri L. - Tel Aviv, Israel
“Merci beaucoup! for a most wonderful and memorable stay. We have truly had a marvellous time. We greatly appreciated your hospitality and your kind assistance in making our stay such a pleasant one.”
Carol D. and John O. - St Thomas, US Virgin Islands