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On the outskirts of the town of Les-Vans, in a Mediterranean climate softened somewhat by the Mistral wind, in a landscape featuring sandstone and limestone, where the Ardèche mountain regional nature park meets the Cévennes National Park, where biodiversity has flourished. Chassezac Gorges, Naves with its geological and botanical interpretation guide, the Païolive Woods, where an extraordinary world protected by tower-like rocks can be explored, and the Ardèche Gorges are nearby, just like Chauvet Grotto and Orgnac sinkhole.
This residence was constructed on the side of a hill five centuries ago and modified at a later date. Its homogeneous style features blocks of pink sandstone, now bearing the patina of time, extracted in situ and squared off in the way that the old stonecutters knew best. This once fortified residence still has its main features such as its superb original flagstones, its monolithic framing, its very old fireplace recessed in the thickness of the wall, its passageways and its vaulted rooms. It was recently discreetly modernised, providing a vast living room with white stone tiles, stylised metal door and window frames as well as a contemporary kitchen, with solid acacia wood cupboards and a central unit. Extending the living room, the covered terrace provides a wonderful view of the river and the surrounding hills.
The construction spans two main levels, following the lie of the land. It is entered via the top level either through a closed courtyard or directly into the current living room. An original stairway, made of stone blocks, leads to the lower level, providing access half-way down to the inner courtyard (15th century porch way, metal door and window frames with double-glazing). An area under cross-ribbed vaults, with monolithic stone walls and large, perfectly restored original flagstones, is heated via a contemporary cast-iron wood-burning stove. It is illuminated, on the west side, by a porch way, all on a level with the lawn (metal, double-glazing), on the south side, by a high opening atrium that fits into the arch of the vault (metal, double-glazing); this atrium is extended by a cosy loggia, adorned with flowers, containing one of the buttresses of the residence. Two other vaulted rooms are on this level, all restored and completing 350 m² of living space. A little over 120 m² still awaits rehabilitation.
The old silk-worm nursery, in the courtyard adjoining the living room, also awaits restoration.
This residence is laid out on a hillside with the surrounding greenery stretching for as far as the eye can see. Depending on the light, the river below acts as a mirror or reveals the transparency of its clear water. During the summer months, it refreshes the immediate scenery whilst vaulted rooms guarantee coolness inside the house. One of the miracles of this site is that it is sheltered from drought and from excessive heat. The second is that the beauty of the site, provided by stone, and the tranquillity that reigns here can but be sources of inspiration and creativity. Restoration works were carried out using the traditional local materials so that the harmony between man and nature embodied by this residence could continue.
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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.
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