An 18th century, traditional Bastide house, surrounded by a verdant garden
with Tuscan-style terracing, near to Verdon Gorges in the midst of rural Provence
Fayence, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83440 FR

Location

In the east of the French department of Upper Var, between Grasse and Draguignan, in the direction of Verdon Gorges, some 40 km away. Two picturesque villages, renowned for their medieval history are 2 to 3 km away. The unspoilt surroundings include steep landscapes, between rivers and wooded hills. Numerous streams flow near to the property and there are many old water mills in the area. The slip road on to the A8 motorway is 25 km away; a TGV train station is 30 km away. Draguignan is at a distance of 20 km. Nice international airport takes an hour by car. Sainte-Croix lake and Verdon Gorges are 45 km away. The Var beaches, towards Saint-Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime, are some 50 km away.

Description

This 18th century building, nestling in a natural setting, has been transformed over the years into a large family residence with its leisure gardens. Its tall south-facing facade, built of limestone quarry blocks, features some 24 windows with wooden shutters, painted in shades of grey-green. The windows are framed with dressed stone and the shutters still have their original catches. The gable roof is covered with Roman tiles. Facing this traditional Bastide house, an old ornamental pool with its fountain is set in a lawn parterre and a small topiary garden extends in the shade of 5 plane trees, over a hundred years old. On the side and below, another garden with a stone ornamental pool filled with waterlilies collects water from a source, flowing down from a channel on the heights of the property. More steps, on the left-hand side of this traditional Bastide house, go up to a wisteria-covered terrace providing access to the second floor. At the bottom of the garden, stone steps lead to terracing where olive, oak and yew trees grow against the azure blue sky of the horizon. A swimming pool is set on one level. The panoramic view comprises wooded hills, villages with their bell-towers and hilltops for as far as the eye can see. A small chapel stands looking down on the end of the property. A caretaker’s cottage, with its own entrance and small garden, is to be found further down.

The large, traditional Bastide house

This residence, built in 1787, was originally a large farmhouse which probably belonged to a nearby earl’s chateau. It comprises several lounges, living rooms, a kitchen, a storeroom, a study and seven bedrooms spanning a total of almost 300 m² of living space.


Ground floor
This garden level comprises a vast entrance hall, a lounge with a fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen, a storeroom, a study-library opening on to a large terrace which could become a bedroom, a shower room and a guest toilet. It would be possible to install a lift on the north side of the house. All the windows on the south side are French windows that open on to the terrace shaded by the plane trees.
First floor
The first floor is taken up by 5 south-facing bedrooms, with high ceilings, as well as a bathroom, a shower room and a toilet.
Second floor
This level comprises a large bedroom, with an alcove, decorative plasterwork and lovely period glazed doors, another smaller bedroom, a large lounge, with a fireplace and a kitchen. It could become self-contained as it can also be reached via the outside terrace laid out at the top of a flight of stone steps.

The outbuildings

Adjoining the traditional Bastide house with its own separate access, a caretaker’s cottage spans approx. 65 m² of living space and adjoins a private garden. A 20 m² garage stands at the entrance to the property and there is also an old, solid henhouse in the woods.

The swimming pool

This 14x6 m swimming pool, set in natural surroundings on a wide level of terracing above the traditional Bastide house, is protected by a safety fence. The view takes in the surrounding villages and stretches as far as the hilltops several kilometres away. The swimming pool and the ornamental pools are fed by water (free of charge) from a small channel which flows abundantly, even in times of drought. Said water can also be used for watering purposes.

The highland with the small chapel

On the highland stands a desirable little chapel, discreetly positioned at the end of the property. An independent alley way provides access via a gateway opening on to a forest path.

Our opinion

Water is omnipresent in this discreet property, spattered with light! Just like the sun heating the south-facing facade all year round, the spring feeds the ornamental pools and the swimming pool even during periods of drought, a substantial asset in this region, especially as the water rights recorded in the 18th century are still in force. This atmosphere, reminiscent of that in the streets of Aix-en-Provence, reigns in all the vast rooms on the first floor, those on the ground floor, with lower ceilings as they once housed stables, now comprise kitchens and pantries. This building is big enough to constitute a main residence and accommodate passing visitors, friends or tourists at the same time. The land of this estate is covered by the “Olives de Provence” AOC designation which could also give newcomers ideas and change the destiny of this elegant residence where several secrets of French history were exchanged at the turn of the century.

1 670 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 459150

Land registry surface area 17073 m2
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 120 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

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Emmanuel Honold +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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