In Provence, in one of France’s most beautiful villages,
an authentic Bastide house typical of Provence overlooking the valley
Brignoles, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83170 FR

Location

10 minutes from Draguignan, 30 km from the motorway and 40 km from the beaches or the nearest Alpine ski resort, this south-facing, traditional Bastide house looks out on to a panoramic vista extending over 180 km. It is ideally located on the edge of a 13th century hilltop village, classified as one of the Villages Preferred by the French, amongst the one hundred places to see in France and elected one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Awarded a star in the Michelin Green Guide, it still has all the authentic character typical of an old Provencal market town, with its old stone, its restored facades, fountains and flower-filled squares. This setting and this privileged location naturally make it a great tourist attraction, where first-class restaurants are audacious, subtle rivals.

Description

A gravel drive bordered with variegated Mediterranean plants, sets the tone, facing an astonishing panoramic view. This traditional Bastide house, surrounded by its garden, has a south-facing facade, featuring openings on three levels. The house stands in approx. one hectare of terraced land, planted with pine, cedar, cypress as well as olive trees and enhanced with an orchard. A flight of stone steps goes down to a first terraced area, paved with stone, which includes a swimming pool. A lower terrace is home to a half-court. The main building is bordered by a paved, shady terrace, as is traditional in Provence. It provides a link to a second house. A covered gallery supported on stone columns connects the two buildings. An outbuilding, set slightly back, has been converted into an artist’s studio and a garage.

The traditional Bastide house

This main building stands facing south. Two thirds of its surface area span two floors above a garden level, the other third spanning a single level. The typical Provencal roof, with its Roman tiles, is edged with a triple, masonry overhanging cornice, vestige of an old noble privilege that disappeared with the French Revolution. The openings on the garden level have stone surrounds and the corners of the building are flanked with stone quoins. The second level features two square openings enhanced with two-tone glazed tiles.


Garden level
A French window opens off the terrace into a room in use as a dining room, with a fireplace, and a living room, illuminated via wide openings. This living area communicates with a kitchen, opening on to the terrace via a glazed door. The ceilings throughout this living area are enhanced with exposed beams. A pantry, a toilet and a boiler room. The floors on this level are laid with old terracotta tiles; the stairway has terracotta-tile steps.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing which provides access to three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. All three bedrooms face south, with wonderful panoramic views. The floors are laid with old terracotta tiles.
Second floor
The landing leads to two bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room with the same tiles as those described on the other two levels. A storeroom.

The self-contained house

This exposed stone house, spanning a single level, is linked to the traditional Bastide house by a covered gallery supported on columns. It comprises a comfortable room, with exposed ceiling beams, a kitchen area, a bathroom and a toilet. The floors are covered with the same tiles as those in the main house.

The artist’s studio

This 2-storey annexe building stands in the courtyard at the entrance to the property. The garden level is taken up by a garage whilst the upstairs, composed of two rooms, is laid out as an artist’s studio.

The swimming pool deck

A few steps lead down to the first level of terracing where a heated swimming pool is bordered by a paved deck, surrounded in turn by safety fencing. It has a magnificent panoramic view. A Jacuzzi has been added to this relaxation area, cleverly protected by a stone wall, against which grow vine stock and ivy.

The sports area

A half-court, on a lower level of terracing, constitutes a sports area ideal for playing football.

The terraces

A large, fully paved terrace, laid out in front of the traditional Bastide and guest houses, is ideal for tables and deckchairs, providing convivial, festive moments in the shade of plane, mulberry and olive trees. A similarly large terrace around the swimming pool is enhanced with elegant white benches.

Our opinion

The privileged location of this traditional Provencal farmhouse and its geographical layout make it a perfect haven for epicures and families wishing to sample the pleasant way of life. Several restaurants in the village will appeal to lovers of good food as will the 3 starred restaurants recommended by the Michelin Guide and the 4 by Bottins-Gourmands, all in a 20 km radius. The exquisite and authentic atmosphere exuded by the property is but an invitation to lounge on the terrace, soaking up the wonderful view on offer and listening to the southern sky describe Provence and reveal its sweet secrets.

Exclusive sale

1 690 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 323772

Land registry surface area 9515 m2
Main building surface area 265.00 m2
Outbuilding surface area 67.0 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Roger Pertuisot       +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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