A fully renovated, 17th century, traditional Bastide house,
with 1,100 m² of living space and 26 ha of land, in Lubéron Regional Nature Park
Apt, ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE provence-cote-dazur 84400 FR

Location

This traditional Bastide house, with origins dating back to the 17th century, is set in Lubéron Regional Nature Park, just 20 minutes from Apt, 50 km from the motorway, 60 km from a TGV train station and 800 m from a medieval village with all shops. Facing south with a 180° view over the Greater Lubéron mountain range, it stands in the midst of 7 ha of lavender fields, 3 ha of meadows and 16 ha of woods.

Description

This property is accessed from the village via a little secondary road which crosses a stream via an exceptional Romanesque bridge, prior to making its way towards three old properties, spaced a long way from one another. A gateway with old stone pillars stands on a hillside, less than a kilometre from the village. It opens, on one side, on to a lane bordered by a low stone wall, supporting a flower garden and, on the other, on to a small lake, beyond which lavender plants stretch for as far as the eye can see. Accessed via a turnaround, this traditional Bastide property extends an invitation to pass through its impressive carriage gateway which reveals five fully renovated buildings. The main, U-shaped house is accompanied by a guest house, a springhouse, a shepherd’s cottage and an outbuilding, where the sound of the cicada and that of the spring rule. A pool closes the square of the main house which, therefore, forms an atrium overlooking the main, south-facing swimming pool and its pool-house. The village nestles at the foot of the mountains in the distance. Three wood cabins, two of which are perched on stilts amongst the trees, as well as another two swimming pools, each bordered by its own terrace, complete the north side of the property. The entire estate is surrounded by meadows and copses.

The large, luxurious home

Its south-facing facade looks out over the Lubéron mountain range. A carriage gateway opens into a vast courtyard, enhanced with an old, pool, spanning approx. 36 m², which is fed by a spring.


Ground floor
A fully glazed veranda adjoins a kitchen, spanning approx. 45 m², and its back kitchen, the latter two being vaulted. This area opens on to a large lounge-dining room which is also vaulted. A small, predominantly glazed lounge, set at right angles, looks out over a south-facing, inner courtyard. In this room, a spring spurts from the outcropping rock. A few steps, at the end of the lounge, go down to a semi-professional wine cellar. This area for wine enthusiasts cleverly communicates with a large, vaulted room, spanning approx. 100 m², laid out as a library and featuring retaining, pointed, stone pillars. This living room opens on to the outside and communicates with a large lounge which is part of the adjoining and north-facing building known as the springhouse.
First floor
This level is reached via a 17th century, stone stairway. A door on a mezzanine opens into a billiard room, laid out in the springhouse. The first floor comprises a bedroom, two studies, a shower room and two toilets. All of the very bright rooms on this floor look out over the distant Lubéron mountain range.
Second floor
This level, currently unused, awaits full conversion works. It could be transformed into three more bedrooms with a mezzanine lounge in the small square tower.

The guest house

This L-shaped building stands facing the lounge in the springhouse. One section of the “L” covers the carriage doors and the other is laid out the direction of the pool.


Garden level
This level is taken up by rooms used for workshop and storage purposes. It was, no doubt, once an old stable and a woodshed. It is possible to envisage rehabilitation works which could easily be carried out.
First floor
An old, outside, stone stairway goes up to this level where a passageway provides access to five bedrooms, two shower rooms and two toilets.

The springhouse (accommodation section)

The south-facing section of this building adjoins the large, luxurious home. Set out in an east-to-west direction, it comprises two separate sections: one used for accommodation and the other for function purposes. Each section spans two levels.


Garden level
This level is composed of a dining room, with a kitchen area, a billiard room and a toilet.
First floor
Three air-conditioned bedrooms, a bathroom, two shower rooms and three toilets.

The springhouse (function section)

A small ramp leads from the north courtyard to a function room, spanning approx. 100 m² and made distinctive by its very high ceiling. This room, laid out on the lower level and accessed from the outside, is an ideal place for holding dances. It connects with the main house via a door that opens into the dining room. It also communicates with the wine cellar.

The shepherd’s cottage

This detached building is set on the far north side of the property. Spanning two levels, it still exudes the authenticity of an old local sheepfold. A bridge, spanning its single arch from the meadow to the west facade, reaches up to the first floor of the construction.


Garden level
This level has been converted into a preparation area for a professional caterer.
First floor
A large room in use as a dining room with a kitchen area, three air-conditioned bedrooms, three shower rooms, three toilets and a large mezzanine.

An outbuilding

This large outbuilding, used as a boiler room, houses a recent, wood-pellet-fired boiler, a cloakroom and two toilets.

A carport

Laid out behind the outbuilding, this carport can take six vehicles.

The swimming pools

Three swimming pools, heated via heat pumps, enhance the property. Each has its own terrace and covered pergola. The respective dimensions are 13x5 m, 7x3 m and 7x3 m.

The pool-house

Spanning approx. 45 m² and including a bar, this pool-house stands by the side of the main swimming pool in the courtyard of the large, luxurious home.

The meadows

The meadows, spanning approx. 3 ha in the northern section of the grounds, are dotted with dry stone walls and a variety of copses. One section has been laid out as a sports field and as a grassy carpark. A garden shed is accompanied by three wood cabins, two of which are perched on stilts amongst the trees. Each cabin houses a bedroom, spanning approx. 10 m².

The farmland

The farmland extends over approx. 7 ha, planted with lavender, on the south side of the property.

The woods

A continuous, 16 ha wooded plot is a short distance away on the north side of the property. It is predominantly planted with oak trees.

Our opinion

This property, a real little hamlet, fully and tastefully renovated in the rustic Provencal style much-appreciated by town dwellers, is an ideal place in which to settle down. Its unspoilt natural surroundings, exuding an almost original purity, are but an invitation to go hiking or horse-riding. This traditional Bastide property can comfortably accommodate family and friends. It would also pleasantly lend itself to a commercial activity as it can sleep up to 36 people. The layout of the premises makes it possible to receive four different groups at any one time. Large meetings or parties are made easy by the presence of two rooms, each spanning 100 m², three heated swimming pools and a 45 m² pool-house. One of this property’s major assets is its lack of neighbours which ensures perfect privacy.

3 350 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 483687

Land registry surface area 26 ha 49 a 90 ca
Main building surface area 335 m2
Outbuilding surface area 200 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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