residences for sale - var - in the south of france

A 1787, traditional, Bastide house and its small French formal garden
in the south of France between the sea and Verdon gorges

Location

In the east of the French department of Upper Var, between Grasse and Draguignan, in the direction of Verdon Gorges, some 45 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 60 minutes 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 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 first 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 project to separate this plot from the rest of the property with a construction spanning approx. 200 m² has been submitted. Its independent entrance is already in position. Further down are a caretaker’s cottage and a garden.

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 500 m² of living space.


Ground floor
This garden level comprises a vast entrance hall, a lounge-dining room, a kitchen, a storeroom, a study, a shower room and a guest toilet.
First floor
The first floor includes some superb, south-facing rooms with high ceilings. It can be reached via the outside terrace laid out at the top of stone stairways.
Second floor
This level, comprising several bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, could become self-contained.

The caretaker's cottage

Adjoining the traditional Bastide house with its own separate access, this house spans more than 120 m² of living space and stands next to a private garden.

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. It would be possible to construct another house, spanning approx. 200 m², on the land nearby, providing that a building permit, already granted, is updated.

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.

1 850 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 750 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 5.71% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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au 1er Avril 2017

Ventes d'immeubles

À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur

Expertise

Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*

   

*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 459150

Land registry surface area 17073 m2
Main building surface area 500 m2
Outbuilding surface area 120 m2

 

 French Energy Performance Diagnosis

Regional representative

Christèle Catalifaud       +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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