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A 6th century chapel and a 12th century Knights’ Templar Bastide house
surrounded by 1 ha of wooded land with a swimming pool in Upper Var
Aups, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83630 FR


Var, where the French Riviera and the French department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence meet, is France’s second most densely wooded department and is in the same position as regards tourism, courtesy of the sea, the mountains, the variety of its relief and its landscapes as well as an exceptional amount of sunshine, all of which contributes to the region’s pleasant way of life. Upper Var is renowned for its old perched villages, its little mountains and its immense forests, ideal for hiking. Numerous sporting activities take place in Verdon Gorges and on Sainte-Croix Lake. This very hilly countryside attracted the Order of the Knights Templars, who exploited all the riches of the land.
This traditional Bastide house, standing in Verdon Nature Park, was constructed in the 12th century around a 6th century chapel. Shops are a 5-minute car drive away, Les-Arcs TGV train station is 40 minutes away, and the motorway is 45 minutes away whilst Aix-en-Provence and Nice airports are about 1½ hours away. It takes an hour by car to reach Fréjus beach and Sainte-Croix Lake is 15 km away.


This property is entered via three gateways, two of which are service entrances near to the outbuildings. Once through the main gates, a little rustic alleyway peacefully winds its way through the trees and rocks for about a hundred metres. An area under the trees, 30 m from the first building, is used for parking the cars. It is, however, possible to drive right up to the traditional Bastide house.
The grounds are completely wooded and undulating, apart from the area around the 12x6 m swimming pool near to the house. There are several buildings: the traditional Bastide house and its chapel, an annex house, a converted hut, a large outbuilding (pool house, summer kitchen, garage, laundry room) and a wooden chalet used as a workshop and for storage space.

The traditional Bastide house and the chapel

This traditional Bastide house and its chapel, both facing south-west, form but one building, spanning a floor surface area of 278 m², the first having been constructed as an extension on the west side of the second. The ascent to the chapel from the carpark is spectacular with a view of the 2 apses and the stone buttress, in a highly suitable serene ambiance. The constructions are concealed behind it. The chapel still has its bell-tower and its bell. The two-storey buildings are constructed from exposed stone with rectangular openings, apart from the lounge’s large arched French window.
The land slopes which means that two bedrooms on the north facade are all on a level with the outside. The 12x6 m swimming pool is on the west side.

Ground floor
This level has no openings on the north side due to the lie of the land. The entrance is on the south side, making it possible to access the chapel and the vaulted base of the bell-tower, illuminated via 2 stained glass windows, on the east side. On the west side a vaulted kitchen communicates with a large, 69 m² lounge which has a fireplace and overlooks the swimming pool area. A central corridor delimits the northern section which comprises a study, storage areas, the boiler room and a toilet. There are exposed stone walls and terracotta floor tiles throughout.
First floor
A stairway goes upstairs from the lounge to a mezzanine, extended by a corridor leading to two bedrooms with their shower room. These two bedrooms are on the north side and are, therefore, independent as they open all on a level with the outside. On the east side, a balcony corridor looking down on to the choir of the chapel and the bell-tower area, bordered by carved wooden balusters, can be reached via another stairway. A large bedroom and its bathroom are on the south-west side, whilst a fourth bedroom is on the south side. Most of the floors are covered with parquet flooring and the walls feature exposed stone.
Group of buildings
There are several independent buildings:
- A 49 m² annex house with an entrance hall, a living room, a shower room, a toilet, a bedroom and a private terrace shaded by trees.
- A 10 m² converted hut with a bedroom and a shower room.
- A building, with a 17 m² garage, an 18 m² laundry room and a large covered section with a kitchen area on the side of the swimming pool, spanning a floor surface area of 47 m².
- A 15 m² wooden chalet is used for storage purposes.

Our opinion

How is it possible not to dream or feel the least bit excited about living in a 12th century Knights’ Templar Bastide house, which is almost recent in relation to the Paleo-Christian chapel adjoining it? Here, there is more than gnarled trees and the stone of the welcoming, beneficent Provencal landscape. History has touched this desirable site and has left refined lines, such as those that soothe the spirit and the senses. The multiple buildings are ideal for a large family or for guests. Just looking at them is enough to immediately encourage residents to continue the restoration works already well, in every sense of the word, underway. The best place to live is perhaps precisely here, in this region with all its resources.

1 350 000 €
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Reference 963157

Land registry surface area 10078 m2
Main building surface area 278 m2
Outbuilding surface area 158 m2

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Fabienne Pillard       +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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