Les Magnanarelles can take up to 8 adults and one young child in comfort. It is ideal for a vacation, being 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.
This bright and cheerful home has marble floors throughout keeping the house cool during Summer. The villa is furnished with classic and modern pieces.
On the first floor is an ensuite bedroom with a double bed (180x200cm) overlooking the pool and gardens, a mezzanine bedroom with two single beds or one large double bed (180x200cm) and an en suite shower room. On the ground floor is a bedroom with a double bed (160x200cm) which opens onto the terrace and gardens, one double bedroom (bed 140X200) and a separate shared bathroom, one half bath and four toilets.
A cot and a high chair are available. Each bedroom features a desk, chairs, a wardrobe, mirrors, and a ceiling fan. The house is centrally heated during winter. A tumble dryer and two washing machines are in the basement.
The kitchen is fully equipped for enthusiastic cooks, and includes a dishwasher, a microwave, a 4 burner conduction cooktop and oven, a fridge-freezer, an electric kettle, a combo brewed coffee and expresso machine, a toaster, and a full range of cooking utensils. In the garage is a second large refrigerator.
The spacious living room includes comfortable leather chairs, a tuned piano, and a fireplace (wood is supplied). Satellite TV has English and German channels. There is also a DVD/CD player with English and French DVDs and CDs, a radio, and connection for guests' iPods and iPhones.
Also available are internet DSL, Wifi, 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. The heated swimming pool in mid season is surrounded by a terrace with sunloungers, parasols, and a Weber gas barbecue. The private pool and gardens are lit at night. Private parking is available.
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’ve stayed in this house over and over - a perfect house in a lovely setting, and the pool is the best we’ve ever found! Lourmarin, only minutes away, is charming and is a great place to drink, eat, and watch the world go by. There are lots of other nearby villages worth exploring, and access to Provence and even the Carmargue is easy. Whether you want to spend your holiday lazing around the pool and daydreaming in Lourmarin, or to use your days exploring, this house is strongly recommended!”
David B - Herts, England
“A beautiful villa, well positioned to explore the Luberon region. Very smart fixtures and fittings and spotlessly clean. Well equipped. Boys loved the table football. The owner is extremely helpful and always available on the telephone or email to address any questions either before or during the stay. Lourmarin itself is a lovely town with a vibrant market. Highly recommend the area if you are looking for pretty hilltop villages, markets and cafes/restaurants.”
Rowena H - Kent, England
“The house was stunning. All of the sun beds, furniture and umbrellas are of fine quality and really add to the feeling of staying somewhere special. The owner also kindly recommended an excellent chef to cook for a birthday celebration one night and the food and service was exceptional. This is a great place and I would recommend it to all. The vineyard next door is well worth a visit.”
Ian W. - Warwickshire, UK
““The most relaxing vacation I have ever had!”Les Magnanarelles was a perfect vacation villa. It sits in a unique and picturesque area, is beautifully appointed inside and out, and has a fully stocked kitchen with whatever you may need to cook a meal or entertain. We spent as much time on the patio overlooking the pool as possible. The villa is close to the village of Lourmarin, which is not only charming and photogenic, but also has many good restaurants as well as pharmacy, doctors,and other amenities that some villages do not have. We found this to be a perfect location.”
Janice K. - New York, USA
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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