an authentic Bastide house typical of Provence overlooking the valley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Land registry surface area||9515 m2|
|Main building surface area||265.00 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||67.0 m2|
Roger Pertuisot       +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.