A contemporary, stone, traditional Mas house with a true southern air
on the edge of a forest in the department of Var on the French Riviera

Location

This property, between Provence and the French Riviera, in the Maures forest, equidistant from two tourist villages, is just 15 km from the Mediterranean beaches. The traditional Mas house is constructed on a large plateau where vines grow on the edge of the forest, with a rare view of the Rocher-des-Trois-Croix (the rock with three crosses). Although appearing to be isolated in its particularly peaceful setting, this property is nevertheless part of a residential district, with several other discreet traditional Mas and Bastide houses. The site, with its flora and fauna, is in a classified and protected area, far from any town development plans for many years to come.
This traditional Mas house is reached via a narrow, winding, little-used road. It is 4 km from a village to the east and 1.5 km from another to the west. Both directions make it possible to get to main roads and motorway slip roads in less than 10 minutes. The southern climate, with its 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, is pleasantly tempered during the summer months by the sea breeze. Saint-Tropez, 35 km away, can be easily reached in the summer via shuttle boat from Issambres’ port, less than 15 minutes away. Nice International airport is 40 minutes away and a TGV train station is 18 km away.

Description

This house was designed and constructed by André-Merdjoyan in the 1970s. Over a few years, this local personality, who loved Provence, constructed several traditional dry stone Mas houses which are currently highly sought-after because of their resemblance to the Var’s old traditional sheepfolds. The walls are built of large, red-ochre stones, extracted from local quarries. The roofs, covered with Roman tiles, discreetly blend in with the surroundings. The grounds form flat parklands, shaded by cork oak trees, some of which are over a hundred years old. This property can easily be accessed by cars. On the other side of a shady terrace, just a few metres in front of the entrance door, stands a very old stone cabin. All around are wide flagstone terraces, generously adorned with Mediterranean plants and flowers. The large swimming pool, surrounded by oleander bushes, is set in an isolated spot. A very old wisteria covers half of the walls and the main terrace of this old Mas house. Below the house is a 2-roomed flat with a separate entrance. Another outbuilding is used as a study and an artist’s studio.

The traditional Mas house

This traditional Mas house is laid out all on a level, surrounded by wide terraces.


Ground floor
The very old, heavy, studded, wooden entrance door opens into a vestibule. This rooms leads, on the right-hand side, to a through lounge, steeped in light, courtesy of its large picture windows, and featuring an old Regency style fireplace. A large, front terrace, comprising another living space, has a shelter that is completely covered in wisteria. There is a splendid view over the rock with three crosses. The lounge provides direct access to a small, functional kitchen with a pantry and a storeroom. It extends into a bedroom with a separate entrance via another terrace. The vestibule opens, on the other side, into a series of four bedrooms with shower rooms or a large bathroom for the biggest bedroom, communicating with the facade terrace. All the floors are covered with varnished terracotta floor tiles.
Mezzanine floor
This level comprises a contemporary style flat including a living room, an open-plan kitchen and a bedroom. It is reached from the garden via a gently sloping access path.
Outbuilding
This old stone cabin is currently in use as a shed. It could be rehabilitated and connected to the main building.

Our opinion

Behind its dry stone walls under a triple overhanging cornice, this traditional Mas house appears to have stood forever, all on a level in treasured silence, exuding the very essence of the Mediterranean. And yet, this property is not fifty years old and, courtesy of its recent renovation works, there are no works to be scheduled apart from the replacement of the windows which could be considered too modern for a building bearing such a close resemblance to Provencal sheepfolds. The diversity of the parklands’ lush vegetation, kept cool in the shade of the tall trees, has all it takes to appeal to Mediterranean garden enthusiasts. The access lane, winding through the forest, superbly enhances a feeling of isolation, which is somewhat exaggerated as the property is barely 1.5 km from the main roads and 12 km from the little town of Le-Muy. Urban cars can easily reach this property as the land is quite flat. This residence, practical and pleasant to live in, enables its residents to take advantage of the southern sunshine in protected, almost everlasting tranquillity.

895 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.

Reference 589624

Land registry surface area 6237 m2
Main building surface area 185 m2
Outbuilding surface area 40 m2

 

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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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