Rare large & luxurious 'Maison de Maître' in Provence
The imposing double frontage of the house with 'oeil de boeuf' (cow's eye) windows.
With the Salon windows open you can hear the trickle of the main village fountain.
The 'Place' is a large pedestrian precinct. No cars allowed except those garaged at the property.
The front door - noble, majestic, with solid brass fittings.
The handle to the original door bell which is still in place.
Back of the door - double opening, ventilation windows, 'box lock' & 'Espagnolette' door bolts.
The Entrance Hall with a flagstone floor walked on since the times of William Shakespeare 1564-1616
On the left ... office, laundry, basement door & dinning room. On the right ... garage & kitchen
The vaulted ceiling of the entrance hall
A plaque in the hall to commemorate the completion of the building by two master craftsmen MA & FP
The kitchen with bespoke oak units, two stone sinks, solid brass taps, black granite work top
The 'Lacanche' piano 5 ring gas hob, oven & plate warmer
The kitchen looks on to the courtyard and has room enough for 10 to prepare meals together
The view of the garden from the kitchen serving hatch
One of two Spanish stone kitchen sinks with solid brass taps from the UK
An original door from the kitchen to the household's vegetable garden.
The dinning room opposite the kitchen
A stone window (c.1530) discovered during renovation work with holes for metal security bars.
The metal framed, double glazed double door leading from the dinning room to the courtyard.
A view of the garden and pool from the court yard
Looking back towards the courtyard and back of the property
The pool & garden with fig, apricot & cherry trees. Photo taken from a first floor bedroom window.
The pool ... cement made, chlorine cleaned and measuring 7x3 meters with a depth of 1.5 meter.
The pool is protected by an 'Aqualarm' ... compliant with the 'Pool safety laws'.
View of the back of the house and courtyard from the far side of the pool.
The terrace at the back of the garden which profits from the early morning sun.
Stairs leading upstairs from the entrance hall on the ground floor
The landing with vaulted ceiling on the first floor outside the salon
The 80m2 Salon which looks over the 'Place'. Typical traditional red 'tomette' tiles throughout.
The newly-installed open wood-burning fire
The lit chimney
The Salon ceiling is 400 years old ... 7 huge & 160 smaller beams of 'Merisier' (wild cherrywood).
Summer sunshine through the salon shutters.
The Salon has a corner kitchen for when the owners confine themselves to living in the apartment
It's fully equipped with stone sink, brass taps, fridge, gas oven and hob
The metal framed door leading from the Salon to the first floor landing
Leading off the Salon is a 'spare' shower room with basin and WC
At the base of the second 'concealed' staircase is the stock room for the linen
Stairs leading from the first floor landing to the top floor bedrooms
Hand rail, stairs and hall-way timer light switch
Bedroom 1 overlooking the 'Place' with 'oil de boeuf' and Velux windows with electric blinds.
The 'en-suite' (power) shower room with WC & bespoke basin and solid brass taps.
The brass 'flower' shower head
Bedroom 2 overlooking the 'Place', 'oil de boeuf' and Velux windows and exposed stone wall.
The 'en-suite' (power) shower room with WC & basin.
Bespoke hand basin and wall plate made and signed by the master potter who has a shop next door.
Bathroom 2 power shower with solid brass unit.
Bedroom 3 facing the garden ... Velux windows with electric blinds.
Bedroom 3 ... steps leading to the bathroom
Bathroom 3 with antique roll-top claw-feet bath and brass shower unit.
The bathroom sink
Bedroom 4 facing the garden ... Velux windows with electric blinds, exposed stone wall.
Steps from bedroom 4 to (power) shower room
Bathroom 4 with power shower, bespoke basin and WC.
The brass 'flower' shower head
Leading from the ground floor ... the 73m2 stone basement with original wine vat.
Second section of the basement with access for extra air and light.
The 'through view' from the second to the first half of the basement.View Carousel
Advert Reference: IFPC28985
For Sale By Owner (FSBO)For Sale Privately
|€1,430,000 is approximately:|
- Type: Residential (Maison de Maître, Town House, House)
- Bedrooms: 6
- Bath/ Shower Rooms: 7
- Habitable Size: 440 m²
- Land Size: 515 m²
- Central Heating
- En Suite
- Swimming Pool
- Mediterranean sunshine & lifestyle
- 6 bedrooms 7 bathrooms: total 440sqm
- Walled garden, courtyard, pool, garage
- Olive groves, vineyards, sunflowers, lavender
- Easy access to 3 Int Airports, TGV & A8
The property has been the full-time residence of the English owners since 2003. They ‘escaped’ the pressures of central London life to continue their careers with the BBC and UN at a distance.
Since then, the property has been used with great pleasure as one comfortable luxurious unit entertaining with ease large groups of friends and family and also, during the summer seasons, as a two-part unit: three quarters rented out to international clients as a self-catering holiday home.
The property was renovated with this possible dual purpose in mind. For example in addition to the property’s main majestic staircase there is now a second ‘concealed’ staircase which leads from the internal garage to the owner’s 1st floor independent apartment.
The average yearly earnings from the ‘Gite’ has been €35,000 and there is now a database of 550 past clients and enquirers.
During the last four winters the owners have, for family reasons, returned to the UK for several months at a time. The security of the property has never been a worry. It is exceptional. The front gives on to the main place of the village which is lit 24/24 and supervised by 4 CCTV cameras. At the back anyone wishing to enter the house would have to pass through one of four neighbouring houses and their gardens or scale a wall six meters high.
The purchase price as advertised in the agencies is €1 490 000 as can be seen on the web site ‘Green-Acres.fr’ (in the section ‘ville ou code postal’ search for the village of Varages). However, if purchased directly from the owner there would be a saving of the agency fee of €60,000.
Built in 1609 the house oozes history and character: vaulted ceilings, flagstone floors, ‘noble’ arches, exposed stone walls, huge original cherry-tree beams, voluminous sun-filled spaces and traditional deep red tomette tiles on the floor.
The property was fully renovated in 2004 (during 10 months with 73 builders and craftsmen) to bring it sensitively up to modern-day levels of luxury and comfort: six double bedrooms with walk-in (power) showers; a semi-professional kitchen of 25sqm with two stone sinks, oak bespoke units and a LaCanche gas 'piano' cooker; a Salon of 80sqm with huge beams, a 3.20 meter high ceiling and an open wood-burning fire; an always-cool basement of 70sqm ideal for a games room. The 20 room property is part air-conditioned and has gas central heating throughout with 27 radiators.
At the back of the house is a secluded walled garden of 363 sqm with fruit trees, vines, lawn, courtyard, terrace and cement-built chlorine-cleaned swimming pool of 7x3m.
This property is also offered for sale as a 'Fractional Ownership' ie several, for example six, parties sharing together the cost of purchase and maintainace of the property. Each 6th would be €248,300
There are considerable advantages to 'Fractional Ownership': It facilitates the ownership of a far larger, more luxurious property in an area of the country otherwise reserved for those with a far larger budget; each partner, though having paid a fraction of the cost, gets to enjoy the entire property with family and friends on a regular basis each year; the holiday home is not left empty for long periods of time as is normally the case; costs, labour and expertise to maintain the property are shared; each partner owns the property and can sell their part at will.
The present owner is in touch with a group of Australians who have purchased two large properties in this way and are thrilled with the considerable benefits. They have offered to share their experiences with anyone who may be interested.
The house is at the heart of the hill-top village of Varages which is an hour's drive east of Aix-en-Provence.
At the front is the main pedestrian precinct ‘Place ‘ of the village with fountain, bar tables and chairs. Varages is a working-all-year-round village with a butcher, baker, general store, restaurant, post office, and pharmacy.
Opposite the house is the village museum, a park, tennis, boules courts and a dedicated children’s play area.
Because of it's location in the village the lock-up-and-leave security of the property is exceptional.
Visiters to the house revel in the possibility to be in the midst of an authentic Provencial village, appreciate the lack of overwhelming tourism and love the gorgeous surrounding countryside ... olive groves, vineyards and in season the fields of poppies, sunflowers and lavender.
The famous Gorges du Verdon is 25 minutes away. 'Europe's Grand Canyon' has 25 kilometres of rivers and lakes and at points is 700 meters deep. It so easily lends itself to all manor of water sports but also hiking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, etc.
The local economy is still very dependent on it's street market culture
supplying the locals with all the essentials ... fruit, veg, cheese, home made honey, jam, pâté ... there are even chickens and ducks sold in the 'Place' in front of the house.
For the once-a-week ‘big’ shop there are two medium sized supermarkets just 10 minutes away and at a slightly further distance in the town of Saint Maximin St Baume a huge ‘Hyper U’ supermarket.
The area is peppered with enchanting medieval hill-top villages ideal for an evening stroll and a leisurely drink. Not an hour away to the west is the fabulous Roman Spar city of Aix-en-Provence (the most beautiful city in Europe?) and going south there’s all the sophistication of the Mediterranean Cote D'Azur.
The tourist office boasts that the area enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. But it's not true, it's more than that.
To see a three minute photo montage of the house, garden and pool and 12 interviews with a collection of international holiday makers talking about the house and the surrounding area, go to our YouTube channel ‘LaMaisonduFaiencier’.
Though ‘lost’ in the hills, getting to and from the village is quick and easy by car. The A8 motorway, which basically runs the length of southern France from Italy to Spain, is reached in 20 minutes. Marseille and Toulon airports and the TGV railway station are an hour away with Nice airport taking a little longer – about an hour and a half.
|€1,430,000 is approximately:|
For Sale By Owner (FSBO)For Sale Privately
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