a 6th century chapel and a 12th century Knights’ Templar Bastide house
France’s second most densely wooded department of Var, where the French Riviera meets the French department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, is a tourist mecca offering the proximity of the sea, mountains varying greatly in relief, landscapes and an exceptional amount of sunshine. The Upper Var mountains look out over a series of old perched villages and immense forests provide delightful hiking trails. Numerous sporting activities take place in Verdon Gorges and on Sainte-Croix Lake. 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.
The undulating grounds are generously wooded. The swimming pool, surrounded by a suntrap deck, has a wonderful panoramic view. The entire property includes several buildings: a traditional Bastide house and its chapel, an annex house, a converted sheepfold, a large building in use as outbuildings (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. The constructions are concealed behind this edifice. The chapel still has its bell-tower and its bell. The two-storey buildings are constructed from exposed stone and feature rectangular openings, with the exception of the lounge’s large arched French window.
Two bedrooms all on a level with the north side have a separate entrance. The 12x6 m swimming pool is on the west side.
The south-facing facade provides access to the east side of the chapel and the vaulted base of the bell-tower, illuminated via 2 stained-glass windows. On the west side, it opens into a large lounge, spanning approx. 69 m², with a fireplace and featuring windows overlooking the swimming pool area. An old door on the right-hand side provides access to a vaulted kitchen which communicates with a central corridor. The latter delimits the northern section of the traditional Bastide house which comprises a study, storage areas, a boiler room and a toilet. There are exposed stone walls and terracotta floor tiles throughout.
A wooden stairway goes upstairs from the lounge to another lounge area on a mezzanine. Double doors provide access to the master bedroom and its bathroom. Another bedroom is on the south side. The mezzanine extends into a corridor leading to two bedrooms and their shower room, with independent access to the outside on the north facade via three steps. On the east side, a balcony corridor, looking down on to the chapel’s choir and the bell-tower area, is bordered by carved wooden balusters. It can be reached via another stairway, with terracotta tile steps, which goes back down to the chapel. Most of the bedroom floors are covered with parquet flooring and the walls feature exposed stone.
The pool-house and the summer kitchen
This building runs alongside the swimming pool. Spanning a surface area of approx. 47 m², it comprises a large covered section which has been laid out as a summer kitchen fitted with a grill and a bar.
It also houses a toilet, a laundry room and a garage, spanning approx. 17 m².
The guest house
This self-contained house spans approx. 49 m². It comprises an entrance hall, a living room, a shower room, a toilet and a bedroom opening on to a private terrace shaded by trees. It also includes a wine cellar.
This small building, spanning a surface area of approx. 10 m², has been comfortably converted and comprises a bedroom and a shower room.
This 15 m² wooden chalet is used for storage purposes.
How is it not possible to dream or feel the least bit excited about living in a 12th century Knights’ Templar Bastide house, a building which is almost recent in relation to the Paleo-Christian chapel adjoining it? In Provence’s wholesome, natural surroundings, amidst gnarled trees and arrogant stone, history has elegantly left refined lines that soothe both the spirit and the senses. These multiple buildings can accommodate a large family or guests for a stay filled with serenity, authenticity and charm.
|Land registry surface area||10078 m2|
|Main building surface area||278 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||158 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
Bertrand de Poulpiquet +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.