historic buildings for sale in france near arles

An old, 300 m², traditional Mas house, with a hectare of land and a lake,
20 minutes from Arles in the Camargue Nature Park
Arles, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13200 FR


This residence is a true ambassador for the Camargue Nature Park, a much sought-after haven harbouring the most varied fauna in Europe and starring the pink flamingo. More than 300 other species of birds live in the 145,000 hectares of magnificent, desolate scenery, with its beaches, including the longest natural beach in France (40 km), its dunes and its salt marshes.
The fragrance of the open sea as well as freedom is all around and the proximity of Vaccarès Lake nature reserve adds to the wild character of this infinitely romantic property. Small bulls and very lively horses, emblems of the region, can be admired in virtual liberty. Apart from a few fishermen and gamekeepers, the nearest population is 35 km away in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.


A stony pathway leads off a secondary road to the courtyard of the farm of a Baroque chateau, the foundations of which are said to be medieval. The long traditional farmhouse forms the south side of this courtyard.
The actual building, spanning two levels, stands in a plot of approx. 1 hectare. Although the facade turning its back on the land is not particularly attractive, the other side is completely different. A structure in the shape of a shallow stone pool and two fishponds are first to come into view. And then, the full impact of the Camargue is there, with a lake, islets, copses of canes and bamboo, bunches of wild irises, feathered guests, etc. The lake takes up a large part of the property. It is fed and drained via a canal from the Grand-Rhône.
The building’s south facade is typical of the region, apart from the fact that it features large openings, created for better observing the flora and faunae.
A pathway goes around the land and the lake, leading visitors to several jetties much appreciated by wading birds, whilst the islets are very popular amongst wild palmipeds.
The presence of gigantic fresh water mussels bears witness to the purity of the water. An observatory resembles a hunters’ hide. An electricity-board transformer has been converted into a look-out post.

The traditional Mas house

This building, resembling a long traditional farmhouse, extends from east to west. It spans a total of approx. 300 m² of living space, laid out as three separate houses. Each has a separate entrance, a bathroom, a toilet and a kitchen.

Ground floor
The first of the two entrances in the north facade opens into a lobby, with a shower room and a toilet immediately on the left-hand side.
Straight on, a large living room is dubbed “the henhouse”. It is a wonderful observation post, looking out over the lake and its fauna. It features terracotta floor tiles, a French ceiling and pointed, exposed stone walls. On the right-hand side are thirteen small recesses where members of the chicken family were once kept. Opposite, a large, glazed opening and door open on to a south-facing terrace.
On the left-hand side a serving hatch and a door-less passageway provide access to a kitchen, with the same decor as the living room. Illuminated by two windows facing one another, it features a bar, made of a slab of wood and ceramic tiles. A fireplace, with old beam jambs, is topped with a matching mantel and enhanced with a firedog heat recuperation unit.
It is followed by a room known as “the bakery” as it still houses a very old, authentic bread oven, approx. 2 m in diameter. It appears to be in a good state of repair and the current owners deem it functional.
A small-paned window gives this room, resembling those that precede it, a cosy atmosphere.

First floor
A rustic wooden stairway goes up to an anteroom and to four bedrooms under the slopes of the roof. This level has pine wood flooring, whitewashed walls and papered roof-slopes, in need of some attention.
Ground floor
The second entrance, made of beautiful, re-used stone, is that of another house, referred to as “the rabbit hutch”. A metal and glass door opens into a dining room-lounge with an open-plan kitchen. This room is made extremely bright by a second glazed door and, above all, a wonderful observation window. It has terracotta floor tiles, pointed, exposed stone walls and a French ceiling as well as a rustic corner fireplace.
The American-style kitchen is very basic. This level also includes a toilet and a shower.

First floor
Upstairs, reached via a narrow flight of steps, a bright bedroom is laid out under the slopes of the roof with its superb beams and astonishing terracotta battens.
The walls are composed of stone inside and are rendered on the outside.
A window, much wider than it is tall, is on a level with a bedhead. It makes a great hunting observation post as it provides a view of the entire lake whilst lying down.

Ground floor
On the ground floor, a kitchen more “modern” than the last one provides a view over the lake through double, metal and glass doors. On the left-hand side is a shower area and toilet. A large, adjoining lounge is extremely luminous courtesy of an opening with a view over the lake and a mezzanine which forms a lounge, with a large glazed opening, thus creating a large area going up to the roof with old beams and terracotta battens. This living space is enhanced with a closed-hearth fire.
First floor
A modern spiral stairway, on the left-hand side of the kitchen, goes up to a bedroom under the slopes of the roof, similar to the previous ones and to a lounge on the mezzanine.

Our opinion

The use of this traditional Mas house and its various sections awaits invention. What does not need inventing is the miniature Camargue as seen through the large, glazed openings which have been added. Consequently, not one scrap of the permanent, continually changing landscape of these distinctive natural surroundings can escape. The houses are like look-out posts over the lake, its ducks and its pink flamingos as well as the vegetation: an entire universe with which the interiors will always be in tune even if the current rustic layout is transformed by conversion works.

Exclusive sale

640 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 150538

Main building surface area 300.00 m2

Regional representative

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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