Menerbes: High View House

The High View House layout permits a couple, or small family to enjoy a home in the heart of one of Provence’s most beautiful areas. It’s convenient, authentic, and features thoroughly modernized bathrooms and kitchens in the heart of an ancient village.


  • Three-story, ancient stone house perched in the hilltop village of Menerbes
  • King-sized bed in the bedroom
  • Beautifully warm living room complete with stone walls, beamed ceilings, and a beautiful fireplace
  • Gorgeous views of the village, vineyards, and Luberon hills
  • A great central base for exploring Provence or visiting Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, St. Remy-de-Provence, and Isle-sur-la-Sorgue


The High View House is located in the heart of Provence, in the “perched” or hilltop village of Menerbes. This village, which Peter Mayle wrote about in “A Year in Provence,” is an exceptionally authentic village in the heart of the Luberon with its hills, vineyards, fruit trees, and lavender fields.

Menerbes is a storied village, famous for its beautiful stone architecture long before Peter Mayle wrote “A Year in Provence.” Picasso lived in Menerbes for a period after World War II and bought a large house for his lover Dora Marr which is now being turned into a museum. This village became a hotbed of Protestantism in the 17th century and withstood a siege for seven years until treachery opened the gates to Louis XIV’s troops.

A village in France is for relaxing, savoring the culture and the food, and peace and quiet. The High View House will give you the warm welcome to start your exploration of Provence.

The High View House layout permits a couple, small family, or group to enjoy renting a house in the heart of one of Provence’s most beautiful villages without having to take on a large 3-5 bedroom farmhouse which is so common in the area. Many families or two couples traveling together, however, choose to take the entire joined house so they may fully enjoy village life.

The High View House is three stories in height and is reached via a pedestrian-only street. Parts of the house date back at least 500 years if not more, but it has been lovingly renovated and modernized. (One of the village’s ancient bee-hive-shaped ovens is incorporated in the building, though it is not available for visits.)

Guests enter the house through a small olive grove and garden with a 100-year-old gate and then descend into the house which is built into the hillside.


  • The top floor has an entry way, breakfast/dining area and kitchen. The kitchen has a completely modernized oven, stove top, refrigerator, and dishwasher. This top floor features a balcony which overlooks the large Grand Salon on the floor below, and through the windows of the Grand salon are uninterrupted views of the Luberon hills.

  • The Grand Salon, which takes up the next floor down the hill, is a large, high-ceilinged living/dining/reception area with a magnificent stone fireplace and windows onto the roofs of the village and the countryside below.

  • Down one more flight of stairs guests will find a large bedroom and a smaller bedroom/office. There’s also a bathroom with shower and a small laundry area with washer and dryer.

  • The large bedroom features a king-sized bed and the small bedroom has a single bed. The Grand Salon also has a lit-gigogne, the French answer to a sleeper sofa. The lit-gigogne turns into a single bed with another single bed underneath that can be pulled out in trundle fashion and then raised to bed height.

  • The village has two bakeries, a butcher, a pharmacy, a grocery, two cafes, and from two to five restaurants depending on the season. This commercial life allows you to enjoy the rhythm and delights of French village life.

  • The High View House House adjoins the Fountain View via a stairway and the two houses can be rented together for a larger group or for two couples who want to share a memorable trip to Provence.

Services Include:

  • Weekly cleaning
  • All linens
  • Telephone service
  • Television
  • Wireless high-speed Internet access
  • Hair dryer in bathroom
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Washer and dryer
  • Parking available

Conveniently Located Near:

  • The central location of Menerbes allows easy exploration of Provence by car, bicycle, foot or even horseback.
  • Aix-en-Provence is less than an hour away, as is Marseilles airport.
  • Avignon, the Palace of the Popes, and the TGV station are less than 40 minutes away.
  • St. Remy-de-Provence is about 30 minutes away.
  • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the center of antique wheeling and dealing, is only fifteen minutes away.



Discounts are available for stays of more than two weeks. Ask us about special rates for add-on nights!

Jul 3 – Sep 11Sep 12 – Oct 30
Weekly Rate$1,200$1,300
Oct 31 – Nov 20Nov 21 – Dec 4
Weekly Rate$1,050$950
Dec 5 – Dec 18Dec 19 – Jan 8
Weekly Rate$950$950
Jan 9 – Mar 5Mar 6 – Jun 4
Weekly Rate$950$1,050
Jun 5 – Jul 2
Weekly Rate$1,050
If your visit bridges two rates periods your rate will be prorated between the different rates. Please note that the rates shown above are the minimum rates per period shown. Rates are based on double occupancy, and, until confirmed, are subject to change without notice.