An old Provencal farm building and its eco lodges nestling in a natural setting
on an estate over 100 ha in the Provencal side of the French department of Drôme
Apt, DROME rhones-alps 84400 FR

Location

This estate, an hour away from the motorway as well as a TGV train station and 40 minutes from Vaison-la-Romaine, nestles in the Provencal Baronnies Regional Nature Park where the borders of the French departments of Vaucluse, Drôme and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence meet. It is just 2 km from a medieval village, perched at an altitude of 600 m and classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages. The village still has several vestiges of prehistoric and Roman houses which used the village’s water for its curative powers. The tall facades of the village houses stand as a final rampart and protect the vestiges of a medieval castle, reconstructed during the Renaissance period, prior to being pillaged at the time of the French Revolution. Set in an area classified as the “biosphere reserve of Mont-Ventoux” by UNESCO, the village is officially recognised as a “Station verte” (a French eco-tourism resort) as well as a spa town. The site, spared from the midsummer heat by its altitude, is protected from the Mistral wind by the surrounding relief.

Description

This 105-ha estate, perched at an altitude of 650 m, looks down on to an ever-natural valley in a landscape dotted with oak trees, scrubland, vines and lavender fields. It is reached via a lane, winding its way through evergreen oak and lime trees as well as aromatic herbs. This property is composed of an old, renovated, traditional farm building, divided into four separate holiday rental accommodation units, a hamlet of four canvas and wood eco lodges, spread out over the highest point of the estate, an area taken up by two tents installed on the edge of the estate and a restored, detached house. An infinity swimming pool, on a terraced section, overlooks the valley.
Furthermore, this estate has been given the highly sought-after official LPO (Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux - French Bird Protection League) recognition as well as the Baronnies Park Quality Label. The region has numerous hiking trails through a biodiversity where more than 149 natural habitat sites exist and favour the blossoming of some 2,000 species of plants (22 of which are deemed to be in need of preservation) and 203 species of animals, protected on a national or regional level.

The farm building

This traditional, old, 18th century farm building, spanning approx. 500 m², was recently renovated in keeping with its architecture and style typical of Provence. It is laid out facing the valley in a north-east, north-west direction. The building is harmoniously divided into four holiday rental accommodation units, with private terraces, providing a comfortable way of life. The main, south-facing, local stone facade spans two levels. The roofs are, obviously, covered with Roman tiles.


Garden level
This holiday rental accommodation unit, spanning approx. 150 m², features old stone, lime-rendered walls as well as traditional plaster and wood ceilings. It includes a terrace and an inner paved courtyard, shaded by lime and fig trees.
Ground floor
A second family holiday rental accommodation unit spans approx. 65 m². It is composed of a main bedroom, a second bedroom, a dining room, with a fitted kitchen area, a lounge, with a wood-burning stove, and a bathroom. The old stone, rendered walls and traditional, restored ceilings contribute to the cool atmosphere during the height of the summer. The windows and French windows look out on to a private terrace as well as the surrounding countryside and relief.
Road floor
This holiday rental accommodation unit is laid out in what was most probably once the farm’s hayloft and cowshed as is proved by an old door for letting in oxcarts. Spanning approx. 45 m², this unit comprises a living room and kitchen on one side and a bedroom, with bathroom and toilet facilities, on the other. It has been renovated in keeping with the old building’s authenticity and its many features. The two areas are linked by a paved terrace and a pergola, covered with a climbing vine and clematis.
Garden level
Spanning a surface area of approx. 80 m², the fourth holiday rental accommodation unit, adjoining the old barn, has undergone full renovation works, once again in keeping with the regional stylistic authenticity. It has unusually high ceilings. The living room opens on to a terrace with a panoramic view. The main bedroom and the children’s bedroom are laid out on a mezzanine above the living room. The windows and a vast sliding picture window, opening on to the private terrace, let in copious amounts of light. A fitted kitchen area adjoins the lounge, the floor of which is paved. A shower room, with a walk-in shower, two wash-hand basins and a toilet, completes this unit.

The six eco lodges

Four canvas and wood lodges are set out on the hillside and look out over the 100 hectares of natural surroundings. Each lodge can sleep four or five people. They are composed of two bedrooms, a living room spanning approx. 45 m², a bathroom and a small kitchen area with a private, outside terrace and a view of the verdant setting. Another two extremely comfortable lodges are set out on the edge of the estate. Designed for two people, they each have a bedroom and a living room spanning approx. 20 m². They are equipped with first-class fixtures and fittings.

The detached house

This construction, spanning approx. 120 m² and laid out all on a level, was recently fully renovated. A lounge opens via wide French windows on to a terrace with a panoramic view over the valley. Two bedrooms, a new, fitted kitchen, a bathroom, with a walk-in shower, and a toilet complete this house, made extremely luminous via its many openings. The floors are paved with polished stone.

The swimming pool

This 18x8 m, infinity swimming pool is surrounded by a vast, exotic wood terrace, spanning approx. 150 m². Enhanced with pergolas giving much-welcome shade, it looks out over the valley and provides a panoramic view.

The land

This estate is planted with oak, lime, fig and almond trees. Clematis rubs shoulders with shady terraces and alleyways, bordered with lavender and rosemary. The Mediterranean garden, composed of drought-tolerant plants, is almost self-sufficient in water. A vegetable garden is laid out in tiers, supported by dry stone walls. Its draining structure acts as a water reserve. An orchard and a vegetable garden are watered via a little spring and its water recovery pool.

Our opinion

This farm building, tastefully renovated in keeping with its authenticity, is a natural invitation to relax and meditate. The vegetable garden and the orchard awake the senses and encourage residents to take care of the land and pay tribute to nature. A natural spring supplying the estate with water is a great asset. The canvas and wood houses, dotted throughout unspoilt surroundings, provide alternative, extremely comfortable tourist accommodation similar to camping. They are part of an eco-tourism approach where the real luxury is their closeness to nature.

1 810 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 452608

Land registry surface area 104 ha 84 a 46 ca
Main building surface area 325 m2
Outbuilding surface area 400 m2

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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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