its outbuildings in the rural area around Aix-en-Provence at the foot of Mount Sainte-Victoire
The setting, in the rolling, Sainte-Victoire landscape, in the rural area around Aix-en-Provence and deep in the countryside, is peaceful and easily reached.
This estate, surrounded by wooded hills, is predominantly composed of oak and pine woods, crisscrossed with pathways suitable for vehicles, and 25 ha of arable land. It is home to excellent game: partridge, pheasant, cock, quail, woodcock, thrush, rabbit, hare, wild boar, migrating birds, etc.
Isolated without being lost and yet very easy to access, this property is 15 minutes from slip roads for the A8 motorway.
It is 45 minutes from Marseille, 20 minutes from Aix-en-Provence, an hour from Toulon and between 1 and 1½ hours from Nice, Cannes and Monaco. Aix-Marseille-Provence airport and train stations are some 30 minutes away.
The tone is set by a vast terrace which is enhanced with ancient plane trees, featuring majestic branches. These giants provide generous amounts of shade and act as an invitation to head towards the large stone building, taking pride of place at the entrance to the estate. This terrace is where the paths and tracks that run through the estate begin.
The original section dating from the 19th century is partially restored. Spanning 230 m², it comprises a very large function room, with a vestibule as well as toilets.
It also includes accommodation for a caretaker and bedrooms awaiting renovation, spanning a surface area of 350 m².
The central section known as the “hunting lodge” is made up of an entrance hall, a 120 m² restaurant, a professional kitchen with a wash-up area and a storeroom, as well as toilets. The west section includes a studio flat, a storage room and a workshop.
A large pool on the north side is used for swimming. There are also several large aviaries and a large kennel, divided into sections.
The “west” building
Built at the foot of a fold in the land, protecting it from the north wind, this single construction, spanning a total surface area of more than 800 m², comprises several adjoining buildings. The main south-facing facade looks out over a courtyard planted with one-hundred-year-old horse chestnut trees.
The original building, spanning a ground and a first floor, has been extended by a more recent construction and miscellaneous buildings, including a separate dovecote.
The original section is partially restored and can be lived in. A large function room under high ceilings can be reached via a few steps in the entrance hall. It is enhanced with separate toilets. It has all been fully restored. French windows open on to the rear of the building, with a view of a stone outbuilding which is but a stone’s throw from the function room.
A door leads from the corridor to a stairway and two adjoining rooms with windows, awaiting restoration. They cannot currently be lived in.
Opening on to the courtyard, an adjoining dwelling comprises an entrance hall providing access, on one side, to a kitchen and, on the other, to a lounge and a room above; each room has a fireplace. Upstairs, two corridors provide access to seven bedrooms and two shower rooms predominantly awaiting restoration works; they cannot currently be lived in.
The terracotta tile floors have been preserved. The old wooden-framed windows have single glazing and are protected by shutters made from strips of wood.
The central section of the building, adjoining the original building, spans one storey with a single-slope roof. It consists of a function room with a bar counter, facing south via a large, double-glazed picture window, and a kitchen with a wash-up area and a storeroom. This has been converted in accordance with modern-day restaurant hygiene standards. A long, rustic style passageway connects the two function rooms.
This is followed by four separate units used for storage purposes, two rooms, converted into a rudimentary dwelling, and a workshop.
The “west” outbuildings
An old, separate dovecote, in a good state of repair, stands in front of the main building. It spans a ground floor with an upstairs. This superb, round, stone construction, topped with Roman tiles, awaits restoration.
At the back, apart from the outbuilding annexed to the function room, are a large concrete pool used for swimming, five large, wire-mesh aviaries with water supplies, a kennel divided into nine separate sections, supplied with water and electricity. A stone cabin houses the booster pump and the borehole water treatment system.
The east estate
Spanning a fully enclosed surface area of 50 hectares, crisscrossed by pathways suitable for vehicles, this second independent hunting estate, with its own borehole and numerous facilities for managing game, includes an old farmhouse with 620 m² of living space, a large sheepfold and other outbuildings. These constructions are very dilapidated and await major renovation works.
This continuous tract is composed of woods, shrub land and farmland.
It is laid out as one hunting estate crossed by level paths, with a large number of watering places, feeding troughs, grain dispensers, cages for “decoys” and grassy areas, between pine and oak trees, fields and hedges.
The excellent game comprises quail, rabbit, wild boar, pheasant, partridge, Eurasian woodcock, European hare, etc.
This estate, with its unique setting and its completely unobstructed view, combines space and countryside with a wide variety of flora and fauna,
This property is exceptional not only because of the surface area of its grounds and buildings, quite rare in the countryside around Aix-en-Provence, but also because of its considerable potential. An ideal property for hunting, clay-pigeon shooting and open-air leisure activities as well as four-wheel drive, quad bike and hotel-bar-restaurant purposes. It is also possible to acquire another 50 ha of completely enclosed hunting grounds, in the immediate vicinity to the east of the first, with a 620 m² traditional Bastide house, a large sheepfold and outbuildings, all awaiting full renovation works. The total surface area of both estates is 220 ha, including 25 ha of arable land and more than 25 km of pathways suitable for vehicles for the price of 5,300,000 euros including agency fees (the price of the east estate is 3,710,000 euros including agency fees, whilst that of the east estate is 1,590,000 euros including agency fees).
|Land registry surface area||168 ha 79 a 60 ca|
|Main building surface area||849 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||66 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||8|
Roger Pertuisot +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.