The Gendarmerie is an amazing conversion of the old Police building in the well-known village. From the outside it's an imposing building with a rich history of accommodating officers of French law, but as you step into the beautiful reception area, be prepared for a surprise!
No expense has been spared and as you'll see from the photos, the result is extremely successful. The style throughout the building is comfortable, modern and uncluttered. There is incredible attention to detail and where possible, the original features of the building have been retained and incorporated in the new design.
One of the biggest surprises is to find such a large pool, with a shallow part for young children, hidden from view of the village. Again take a look at the photos to get an idea of the great views and privacy of this area.
Of the 6 apartments in total, 5 have 2 bedrooms. Each is very spacious with large double and single beds, well-equipped kitchens and moderm shower rooms. Outside there's shared use terrace and pool area.
The Old Gendarmerie is the perfect location if you want to be in the heart of the Luberon and able to explore all the picture-postcard hilltop villages, great restaurant and surrounding spectacular scenery. It has the advantage of a village centre location, but the luxury of a large pool and high quality interior.
Please note that there are in fact six properties in this building and the photographs in our gallery are a selection of the different apartments rather than one individual property.
Living room: The living room is tastefully furnished, and very well equipped, with a comfortable sofa, TV (some English channels), DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: The modern kitchen is well equipped, and has everything that you’re likely to need on holiday, including four glass top hobs, dishwasher, oven, kettle, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and cutlery/crockery etc.
Bedrooms: The two double bedrooms are well furnished one bedroom with a queen or king size bed and the second with either twin beds or a double.
Bathroom: The bathroom is equipped with a shower, WC and sink. It is fully tiled with a modern decor.
Other rooms: There is a communal laundry room, with two washing machines and an iron.
Outside: Outside each apartment has a private balcony with high quality garden furniture. The clever design means that they enjoy sun during autumn and winter but are more shaded during the hot summer, making this property a great place to stay year-round. There’s also a shaded area near the pool, with garden furniture, which is perfect for sitting back and sipping a glass of the local wine!
Swimming pool: The swimming pool is perfect for taking a quick dip to escape the heat during the day, or simply doing a few lengths to burn off those hearty Provencal meals! It has a shallower area for children. It is open from May until the end of September.
Internet:Wi Fi connection is available most apartments but please let us know if you require it so that we can choose the correct accommodation for you.
Winter heating: During the winter months, heating is included in the price.
Gas, electric, & water: These are all included in the rental cost.
End-of-stay cleaning: The owner arranges end-of-stay cleaning, and this is included in the rental cost.
Bed & bathroom linen: This is included in the rental cost.
Children & Babies: There are a couple of baby cots and also a high chair if required
Taxe de Sejour: In France, it is necessary to pay a “Taxe de Séjour” at the end of your stay. It has been included here in the rental cost.
Damage deposit: The owner requests a damage deposit of 400 Euros and this is taken as a credit card authorisation before your arrival. If all is left as you found it, the authorisaton voids at the end of your stay. This avoids you having to arrival and leave with a large sum of cash in euros.
Change over day: The change over day is Saturday during the high season, although during the low season flexibility is possible
Long weekend stays: These are not usually permitted during the high season, although flexibility is possible during the low season.
Sorry, no BBQ's allowed and no pets permitted.
About the local area
The village of Bonnieux has a rich and varied history and is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the Luberon.
In summer the village is really popular and therefore has some great restaurants and cafés. Although not very big, it has some useful and interesting shops, including bakers, butchers, grocery, pharmacy, post office and tourist information centre. There's also a local market on a Friday.
Just a short drive away there's a great Sunday morning market at Coustellet and the larger town of Apt is only 15 minutes away.
There's loads to do and see in the area; St Remy-de-Provence, famous for its Roman architecture, Les Baux with its ruined castle and unique rock formations, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, famous as an antique centre and market. Also within easy reach are Pont du Gard, Avignon with the Palace of the Popes, Marseille with its famous waterfront, the Amphitheatre at Nimes and the cultured avenues of Aix-en-Provence.
If activity is your thing, this area is perfect for climbing, cycling, mountain biking, trekking, golf, tennis and swimming.
Very pleased with the holiday and the Apartment which is very convenient for shops & restaurants.
Christian (the Concierge) was very helpful and looked after us well.
Mr S, UK, June 2018
The pool area was nice. Decent sized pool, sun loungers, chairs, fridge, toilet. Balcony overlooking pool with table and chairs.
Mrs H, UK June 2018
Very clean, nice and functional, everything worked (stove, dishwasher, heating, ...), beautiful balcony and views, Centrally located but still quiet, if necessary very good care by Christian
Mr L, May 2018
` Free` parking lot! View! Swimming pool AND theConcierge Christian!!!!
Ms Z, Germany May 2018
Amazing location! Apartment was so comfortable! Everything was wonderful. Scenery, view from our windows and the apartment had everything we needed with a lovely feel to it as well. Helen was wonderfully helpful. I couldn`t have asked for anything more
Mrs F, Australia, Oct 2017
The old building has been renovated with taste. The modern addition allows for spacious and well equipped apartments.
The Old Gendarmerie is very well located for restaurants. We appreciated very much the friendly and helpful housekeeper
Mme F, France, Sept 2017
Excellent, wonderful location in the town and representative of the architecture. Pool could have been warmer but kids still loved it anyway. Providing a tea towel would have been handy, but we came prepared.
Dr F, Australia, Sept 2017
Nous avons été enchantés de notre séjour à Bonnieux, l`emplacement est idéal au sein du village, pour en apprécier les commodités sans reprendre la voiture (commerces, restaurants...).
La location était tout à fait conforme à l`annonce, propre et bien décorée, la terrasse privée bien entretenue.
L`accueil et la disponibilité de Christian nous ont ravi.
Nous y reviendrions avec plaisir.
Mr M, France, August 2017
Accommodation was great, in particular the onsite support by Christian (the local host) was extremely helpful. Not only that he has been very friendly and nice to talk to giving his international background he also gave a lot of very useful tips for sites to eat/visit.
The whole apartment was really nice. We used the balcony and the pool a lot when staying in Bonnieux. Also the technical equipment (WiFi, Sat TV) was excellent.
Ms L. Germany
It was perfect.
We were greatly welcome.
The apartment was comfortable, the pool was pleasant.
We will recommand this place and why not come back.
Ms M, France
Clean, tastefully furnished, everything we needed, very friendly and helpful person looking after the property (Christian)
Ms B, Berlin
Wonderful and the location is great.
Mr B, Australia, April 2017
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for another truly wonderful holiday, everything was just perfect and it was such a pleasure to spend time there again. The children were just as delighted to return and we all agreed it felt like coming home. It definitely has a very special place in our hearts!
Mrs T, Essex, July 12
Excellent - the view from the balcony of the apartment on the 2nd floor was excellent! So good we decided to stay a second week rather than travel elsewhere as originally planned. The apartment in the second week didnt have as a good a view but was more spacious in the kitchen/dining area and bedrooms.
KT, London, UK, Sept 12
Excellent, would definitely return again, the best of our 7 week trip !!
Mrs H,Kapiti Coast, New Zealand, September 2012
Mrs H,New Zealand, Sept2012
Excellent apartment and as described. Clean, great location and comfortable. Some of the equipment, such as the dishwasher and the DVD player, seemed a little old and did not work brilliantly well, but overall we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Old Gendarmerie and would definitely visit again, and recommend to family/friends.
Mr A, Eastbourne, East Sussex, October 2012
Mr A, Eastbourne, East Sussex, October 2012
We had a wonderful week at the Old Gendarmerie. The Lieutenant apartment was perfect for our needs with wonderful views across the valley. It was nicely located in easy walking distance to everything and having private parking was a huge advantage in Bonnieux. The village itself was an ideal location for road and bike trips through the gorgeous Luberon countryside. Bonnieux was large enough to allow us to eat somewhere different every night (including two very good restaurants) but still retained a village feel and such nice walks through the lanes and alleys, including the steep passages up the hill towards the church. Christian the concierge was a delight to get to know and so helpful. The pool was a nice feature, but one very small gripe - the pool was a little too "fresh" for my liking, so could have done with heating. Even though it was in the high 20"s centigrade during the day the cool evenings meant the pool would not heat up enough on its own. Overall this was an excellent rental experience and we thank you for your responsiveness and information in the booking and pre-arrival process.
Mr S, USA, May 2017
We had a lovely time – particular thanks to Christian, the Concierge, for his help and kindness during our stay. He went out of his way for us throughout and it was really very much appreciated.
Mr B, UK, June 2017
The pool is great, as are the parking arrangements. Everything is at hand and the living area is lovely and of course the village itself is fantastic. This is the second time we have visited and we would return, we really appreciated Christian"s help and friendly attitude.
Mrs D, UK July 2017
Comfortable and clean accommodation. Pool area pleasant.
Good kitchen equipment.
Christian was an excellent Manager, the property was well serviced.
Ms P, Australia, July 2017
Its a lovely place in a lovely location. Easy to access, the concierge, Christian, could not have been more helpful, kind and generous with his time - he went the extra mile to make our stay a pleasure. Its ideal for us and we hope to be back next year.
Mr B, UK July 2017
Once again we had a fantastic holiday in Bonnieux everything fell into place as we have come to expect, with absolutely no disappointments, we even managed to catch the Tour de France on our last day where the boys made an appearance on Eurosport!! The icing on the cake was Christian, the Concierge, who was always around with a smile on his face and ready to help if required.
Mr C, UK, July 2017
Loved it. It was a lovely old building with all the benefits of being fully restored and renovated. It was perfect for our needs. Very well presented. Greeted by a very friendly Christian who quickly got back to me when I made contact and was always there or there abouts on a day to day basis. He was great! Went over and above to make sure we were happy!!
Mrs S, UK July 2017