An artist’s home in a 9th century presbytery with a panoramic view
in a small hilltop village 40 km from Saint-Tropez
Cannet-des-Maures, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83340 FR


60 minutes from Nice airport and 40 minutes from that of Toulon-Hyères, 75 minutes from Marseille and 50 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, 10 minutes from a TGV train station, 5 minutes from the motorway and shops.
Fréjus beach is 30 minutes away.


A narrow tarmac road leads to this hilltop hamlet with its listed church. Its spirit is clear for all to see via a wrought bell-tower, a fountain in the village square and a few attractively renovated houses.
This former presbytery dates from the 9th century, just like the church it adjoins. Cars can be parked in the small square near the entrance to the residence which is accessed by crossing the “green garden” created by the current owner. This small verdant haven wins prizes every year. It is predominantly planted with hackberry, one hundred year old acacia, boxwood and trimmed Japanese varnish trees as well as bamboo, together with all kinds of ivy. Many of the species are evergreen such that the garden remains green all year round. On the terrace, the gentle babbling of the water in the fountain provides coolness in the summer. A cellar under the artist’s studio, all on a level with the garden, could be partially converted into living space.

The presbytery

The outside of the house displays plain architecture. Facing east on the garden side and looking out over the church on the west side, this building spans 226 m², not counting the 55 m² in the cellars, over three levels. The oldest of its architectural features are without doubt the stone archways that still remain on various floors. The white tiled floors as well as the ceilings and beams, also painted white, provide superb clarity throughout. Although the ceilings are at different heights and have varying slopes, all the rooms are pleasant and spacious.

Ground floor
The entrance door, on the east side, opens directly into the eating area, separated from the kitchen by a stone archway. A storeroom-cum-laundry room on the west side is next to the door opening into the narrow street behind the church. This passageway provides access to a large cellar all on a level. Its small, bi-lobed, semi-circular arched window is formed from glazed sections separated by a marble pillar. A large room, adjoining the kitchen on the north side, has a stone fireplace. It could be used as a dining room with its two west-facing windows and its door opening on to the north section of the garden. A stairway, which still has its wooden nosing, leads up to the first floor. A portion of a stone archway is still to be seen in the stairwell.
First floor
The landing provides access to a corridor leading to a bedroom with two west-facing windows, a room which faces a shower room and toilet, both featuring white Salernes tiling. The 50 m² lounge with its modern fireplace is laid out in an L-shape, a stone archway delimiting both sections. The main beam still reflects its natural colour. A door on the west side provides access to a small terrace adjoining the church, making it possible to admire the bell-tower. A few steps on the east side go down to an artist’s studio where a glazed atrium looks out on to the verdant surroundings.
Second floor
This level comprises a shower room with a toilet on the east side and a bedroom with two west-facing windows. A few steps provide access to the large artist’s studio with its marble fireplace, opening via east-facing picture windows on to a terrace dominating the hills. Copious amounts of light also come in through the west and south-facing windows.

Our opinion

This comfortable eagle’s nest, perched up high on the borders of the land of the cicada, is obviously the work of an artist, who completely redesigned and recreated it with his own hands. This venerable presbytery has been renovated and converted with rare sensitivity, creating this radiant maze of old stone with white walls and floor tiles hidden under the foliage. There is, however, still plenty to do as two cellars could be converted into self-contained studio flats. Dominating the entire Maures Plain, this “green garden” provides invigorating coolness in the summer which reinforces that of the vast rooms with their age-old stone archways. This property is concealed in the middle of a delightfully unspoilt hamlet despite being near to Aix-en-Provence, Toulon and Saint-Tropez.
The house could also be purchased via an untenanted life annuity.

695 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 321512

Land registry surface area 693 m2
Main building surface area 226 m2
Outbuilding surface area 56 m2

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Regional representative

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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