Le 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.
The largest apartment of the 6 available at the Gendarmerie, this one has 3 bedrooms; 1 king-size bed, 1 Queen and 2 single bunk beds. It has 2 shower rooms. Outside there's a large private terrace and shared used of the pool.
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.
If you are interested in reserving more than one apartment in the building, please contact us for details.
Living room: The living room is tastefully furnished, and very well equipped, with a comfortable sofa, satellite TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: The modern kitchen is superbly 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: There are three bedrooms: one with a king size bed, one with a queen size bed and a twin room which has bunk beds, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible!
Bathrooms: There are two shower rooms and a separate WC. They are fully tiled with a very modern decor.
Other rooms: There is a communal laundry room, with two washing machines and an iron.
Outside: Through French doors is your private terrace with high quality garden furniture. There’s also a shaded area by 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: There is a WiFi internet connection available in the three bedroom apartment.
Winter heating: During the winter months, heating is included.
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.
In France, it is necessary to pay a “Taxe de Séjour” for your stay. This is calculated on the number of adults in your party and number of nights you stay, payable when you make your reservation. Please note that this French tax cannot exceed 2.53 € per night and per adult.
Damage deposit: The owner requests a damage deposit of 450 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 pets or BBQ's 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.
The winding roads of the Luberon, with spectacular views, are great to explore and you'll find loads of picturesque villages (Gordes, Menerbes, Maubec) on the doorstep and no doubt you'll want to stop and take some refreshments!
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.
What a lovely lovely apartment, setting and location in beautiful Bonnieux. We all feel we chose so well and are enjoying every minute of our stay at the Old Gendarmerie.
Thank you so much, too, for the “welcome” wine. Such a lovely touch.
BN, July 2019
Thank you for checking in and for the bottle of wine.
We really love the town and the apartment! Christian has been great.
NN, from USA
Very well situated and close to Baker,Butcher, & Supermarket. Well served by many eateries.
Mr S, UK, April 2019
We love the space in the Gendarmerie3 and the locality
Mrs G, UK
Excellent location in the town. It was exactly as described. Parking location was interesting, but was very nice to have a designated spot.
Mr A,  Vancouver, BC, July 2016
Incredible. We loved it. The best place we stayed on this trip (used airBNB in Paris and London and were not nearly as satisfied). we gave it a 10/10.
Ms F, California, June 2016
We had a great holiday in Bonnieux - the apartment was wonderful and the village was having it`s annual fete and what`s more we met a lovely family in an adjoining apartment with whom we will stay in contact.  It couldn`t have been much better!
Mr R, UK, August 2015
We LOVE these apartments mostly bc they don`t feel like u r staying in some strangers personal home. They are nicely appointed and have everything you need. We`ve stayed before and absolutely plan to stay there again. If you could only control " Le Mistral"...
Ms E, Batavia, USA, April 2015
Thank you for another great holiday in France. We look forward to visiting the Gendarmerie in Bonnieux again. It is very convenient to explore the Luberon and surrounding areas. The apartments are beautiful, functional and well supplied. With two families in it was not crowded ever, even on Christmas Day.
Ms J, QLD, Australia, Dec 2014
All was fine. Enjoyed the location and the appointment in the apartment. Fitted 6 adults very easily
Mr R, Australia, May 2013.
Excellent,suited our needs entirely.Village location was ideal for shops restaurants etc
Mr M, Cork, April 2013
Good. We really liked the place and would recommend it. Helen was very helpful and quick to answer queries, I am looking to return to Provence next year and will seek your advice on location - thanks !!
Mrs P, Hampshire,UK, August 12
Just to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday at The Old Gendarmerie 3. The accommodation was to a high standard. We had a thoroughly relaxing week and also liked the village.  Hopefully we will return next year.
Mrs D, Kent, UK, July 12
Great.very clean. Many thanks.we had a great time
Mrs J, Leicestershire, UK, June 12
Old Gendarmerie in Bonnieux is simply tremendous.
Mr S, CZECH REPUBLIC, May 2012
We loved our time in provence and our stay at the Gendarmarie. You did a superb job . Merci beaucoup!
Mrs A, USA, Nov 11
The apartment was really beautiful. Only thing I didn`t realise was third bedroom - it has only "doubledecker" beds, not twin. For some people it could be a problem. Beside this, there was absolutely no problem.
Mr B, Brno, June 2011
It was lovely, very well kitted out, plenty of room and furnished very nicely, very rustic. It was clean and airy. Lovely views from lounge towards the mountains. All in all very nice.
Mrs C, Hampshire, UK, Dec 2010
It was simply great!  Very Satisfied
Mrs B, Belgium, April 2010.
Very satisfied.  Thanks for a wonderful holiday.
Mrs M, UK, June 2008
Very good - beautiful location. The property featured tasteful decor and furnishings which made it very restful and a pleasure to live in for our week long stay.
Mrs M, October 2007
Very nice. Bigger than expected. Comfortable furniture, nice dishes.
Mrs B, July 2007
Very Nice ,well equiped clean and tidy no problems at all.
Mr C, April 2007, UK
Very nice. Just as advertised
Mr B, April 2007, USA
We had a superb holiday. Apartment was great and Bonnieux is a really beautiful place and great base to explore the Luberon and surrounding area.
Mr H, Aberdeen, UK, April 2006
The property was excellent. It was very clean and well managed.
Ms T, Surrey UK, April 2006
Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our stay at the Old Gendarmerie in Bonnieux.  The accommodations were excellent and well located.  The village was charming and the people were gracious and very patient with my French.
Ms B, USA, March 2006
Mr D, London, August 2005
We thoroughly enjoyed the "Old Gendarmerie" and will certainly consider returning at another time.  The location is great and we loved Bonnieux.  It`s just enough off the beaten track that you can almost feel like a local!!!
Mr F, USA, August 2005
We enjoyed our holiday and thought the apartment was reasonably well equipped with the exception of the essential kettle and some sharp knives!  The caretaker was very pleasant and helpful.
Mrs M, France, August 2005
Very nice accommodation
Mrs K, Lincolnshire, March 2005
The accommodation was fantastic.  Very well appointed and perfectly suited to our needs.
Mr W, Australia, April 2005
Excellent &ndash completely what we were looking for &ndash thank you
Ms M, Exeter,UK.   May 2005
Good standard, helpful concierge, great location, well equipped
Ms A, London, August 2005
Excellent!  We were very impressed by the quality and spaciousness of the apartment.  All tastefully decorated, equipment supplied was to a high standard.  Beds comfortable.  Lovely white sheets etc.  Also liked the location of the property in the heart of Bonnieux.  All round excellent property.  Could definitely recommend to friends and family.
Mr & Mrs M, Oxfordshire, August 2005