a house with a small garden and a sea view
40 minutes from Nice airport, the town of Auribeau-sur-Siagne is renowned for its medieval district. Narrow, 13th century, pedestrian streets wind their way around the central square, inviting visitors to stroll between the houses built along the old ramparts. The town has an excellent tourist trade and some very good restaurants.
The town is but a few kilometres from Cannes, Mougins and Grasse.
Opposite the house, on the other side of the narrow street, is a sunny garden composed of three tiered areas, separated by low stone walls. A leisure area has been laid out on the first, with an outside kitchen and a terrace.
Further down, two additional terraced areas could be used for creating a vegetable patch or even a swimming pool.
Constructed from dressed stone with a wooden roofing framework, the various rooms dating from different eras are fitted together, sometimes in a row and sometimes linked via stairways. It is therefore a composite house, comprising several rooms, rehabilitated and reconverted to form a whole that although irregular is nevertheless coherent. The rooms furthest from the entrance are partially built into the old ramparts.
The walls are thick and robust, made of period stone, now pointed with a modern cement. They feature arched doorways where, once again, the stone is exposed. Floors and stairway steps, with wooden nosing, are covered with terracotta tiles. Robust ceiling beams support the floors.
An arched, wooden door, under a stone arch topped with a light, opens directly into the dining room area with a large, open-plan kitchen. This room takes up the entire ground floor and runs the length of a large horizontal window, looking out over the narrow street, the terrace wall and the hills. The rest of the house is reached via a stairway at the back of this room.
Two bedrooms, on either side of a small vestibule, have unobstructed views looking out over the top of the wall in the narrow street, taking in the hills, the valley and the sea. They share a bathroom. A small room, towards the back appears to be set in the ramparts. With numerous built-in cupboards and a surprisingly high ceiling, it forms a lobby leading to a pleasantly dim living room, illuminated via a glazed door opening on to an outside stairway which goes down to the street. A little blind room could easily accommodate a wine cellar. This area is extremely comfortable in the height of the summer as the ramparts keep the heat out. Once through the glazed door, a sliding door under a wide wooden lintel opens on to a straight stairway, illuminated via a high window.
A bedroom, reached via a stairway at the back of the living room, has its own bathroom. A corridor, with a large cupboard, provides access outside into another of the town-centre’s narrow streets. This section could also be made completely self-contained, separate from the rest of the house.
The garden is laid out opposite the house, on the other side of the narrow street. Enclosed by a thick wall, it is out of sight of onlookers. It is entered via a heavy wooden gate. Two little steps lead down to a terrace, with an outside kitchen and a clear view over the hills and the sea. Further down, another two terraced areas could be converted, for instance, into a vegetable patch or swimming pool.
This simple, irregular house stands in a very pleasant setting.
The various rooms, once independent and dating from different eras, are now united in a spacious home, exuding indescribable charm.
Its layout ensures a magnificent view over the surrounding hills and the river Siagne, flowing through the valley’s large forests, with the sea in the distance.
The fact that the garden, with its terrace and summer kitchen, is separate, makes it a Janus-faced holiday residence, with the advantages of an urban way of life in a historic district and those of a rare outside area.
|Land registry surface area||261 m2|
|Main building surface area||164 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.