On the ground floor are the living room/dining room and kitchen, as well TV room and games room. The surface area is 340 m2, or 3660 sq ft, on land of 2 ha/4.9 acres.
Living room: large and light, with French doors out to the terrace, and incorporating the dining room.
Kitchen: with indoor barbecue grill.
TV room: second reception room.
Games room: a big space that is used for table football and ping pong but could be transformed into anything: for example a master bedroom suite, studio apartment, or big open-plan kitchen/living room.
There are currently 5 bedrooms, two upstairs and three downstairs. All are good-size doubles. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom with bath, the others all have a shower room with basin. There is a separate WC downstairs and one upstairs.
What is now the games room on the ground floor could also be envisaged as an additional large bedroom suite or apartment.
It is outside that you really appreciate this house, in the warm months from April to October, with its views, peaceful wooded setting, outside dining spots and activities over 2 ha (4.9 acres) of land.
The pool is heated and measures 12m x 6m (40 x 20ft), and recently had a new liner installed. There is a hardcourt tennis court and next to that is the boules court which is floodlit for playing at night.
Along the front of the house is a terrace with shaded dining area, and another prime position for a dining table is under the shade of an oak tree with the magnificent view over the Luberon valley to Bonnieux.
The land is mostly wooded with oak trees, and it would be possible to get Canal de Provence water to the property as the pipeline runs along the adjacent field – this makes watering the garden and filling the pool less expensive than using city water.
The large garage is at lower ground floor level and is big enough for two cars, and also has a wine cellar and tool room.
In the hillside that the house is built on, there are the remains of 300-year-old dwellings built into the hill, which could be rebuilt as the walls partly remain.
The house is in the countryside between the beautiful Luberon villages of Lacoste and Bonnieux.
Equally beautiful whether you are admiring it from afar perched on its hill, or exploring its streets and squares, Bonnieux is blessed with plenty of restaurants, from simple bistro to Michelin 3-star, as well as one of the most picturesque of Provence’s street markets, every Friday morning year-round.
Bonnieux’s school has elementary and primary school sections, taking children up to age 11.
Within a few minutes’ drive are other notable perched villages of the Luberon like Gordes, Menerbes, Goult and Roussillon. The nearest town is Apt (15 minutes), while the city of Avignon is 50 minutes away, Aix-en-Provence 1 hour, and Marseille airport is 65 minutes.
What we like about this house
- Outdoors: Big pool, tennis, floodlit boules court, this is a house for varying degrees of active fun.
- View: With both Lacoste and Bonnieux in the frame, as well as the Luberon mountain.
- Location: In the sweet spot between Lacoste and Bonnieux, close to the mountain, it’s very peaceful but close to amenities.
- Potential: The downstairs can be redesigned around the big games room, which could be kitchen, bedroom or self-contained apartment. In the hillside there is the possibility of reconstructing on the footprint of the old dwellings.
Bear in mind
- Land: the property is on a hillside with terraced land, so the garden is not ideal for those with mobility issues.
Exit 25 of the A7 autoroute is 30 minutes’ drive.
The nearest international airports to Bonnieux are Marseille (77km / 51 miles), Nimes (90km / 53 miles), and Nice (220km / 150 miles).
The nearest TGV high-speed rail stations are Avignon TGV (50km / 30 miles) and Aix-en-Provence TGV (59km / 43 miles).
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