a North-African style villa with a view over the Maures mountains
This property is set in the midst of the countryside, near to a quiet village surrounded by forests and vines as well as pine and oak trees; a good place to set off hiking.
The nearest seaside resort is 9 km away, the most famous being that of Saint-Tropez, some 20 km from the village.
It can be reached via TGV train (30 minutes from Les-Arcs station), airplane (an hour from Toulon airport) or by road (30 minutes from slip roads for the A57 motorway).
The swimming pool, surrounded by a suntrap deck, looks out over a vista composed of vines and mountains. The entire property, under one roof, comprises two separate houses: a main residence and a guest house. Both are linked via a patio, or atrium, in true Moroccan style.
The main house
With its main facade facing south, this large villa spans approx. 310 m² of living space over two levels. An outdoor terrace, bordering the swimming pool, goes around the house. It can be accessed from the lounge, the ground floor bedrooms and the kitchen. Successive protrusions on the facade and a tangle of roofs create a variety of rooms, the combination of which produces a united, perfectly coherent effect.
The covered terrace, a lovely summer lounge, is marked by traditional ironwork, an impressive roofing framework and cement floor tiles. It communicates with a fully fitted kitchen which includes an eating area. The kitchen opens into the lounge, with an 18th century style fireplace. A south-facing, arched picture window is big enough to illuminate the lounge. Its floor is covered with stone tiles from Aix-en-Provence and its exposed roofing framework enhances the different areas under a ceiling some four metres high. The Moroccan influence is omnipresent in the east section of the house with traditional ironwork at the windows, carved doors, etc. Three bedrooms, opening on to an open-plan study, each have their own bath or shower room and toilet.
The basement can be reached via an indoor or outdoor stairway, making it easy for those using the pool to get to a shower or a toilet. A vast spa area and a hammam at the foot of the stairs are designed for three or four people. Illuminated via outside windows, the basement also comprises a games room, a garage, a laundry room, a storeroom, a machine room and large storage areas. A bedroom, with cement floor tiles, opens on to the lower level of the patio.
The building surrounding the patio spans two levels. Square in shape, it features three arcades on each side, with the same architectural motif repeated on each level. A large carved door provides access to it on the north side from the upper level. It acts as a link between the two houses. Its central fountain is somewhat reminiscent of a Moroccan riad or a Roman atrium.
The guest house
This guest house, spanning approx. 123 m² of living space, reflects the same architectural style as the main house. Although standing facing it, it is quite separate.
A covered terrace, a fitted kitchen opening into a lounge, a bedroom, with a shower room and a separate toilet.
This level comprises a library area, a bedroom opening on to the patio, a toilet, a dressing room, a cellar, a laundry room and machine rooms.
This property could surprise, even shock some visitors, who will not see further than the Moroccan influence on the architecture. This architectural style does, in fact, have many points in common with that of Ancient Rome which greatly influenced construction in France’s southern regions and marked a cultural community around the “Mare Nostrum” or Mediterranean Sea. It is through decorative features such as carved doors, wrought ironwork, the architecture of the patio and the cement floor tiles that this Moroccan universe is clearly designated. Everything has also been cleverly and meticulously designed right down to the smallest detail. Covered terraces create an intimate link between the living areas and the natural surroundings via an astounding view.
|Land registry surface area||10750 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Main building surface area||432 m2|
Bertrand de Poulpiquet +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.