and its wood, in 13 continuous ha amidst the Lubéron hills
In the Lubéron Regional Nature Park, just a stone’s throw from the village of Roussillon, classified as one of the most beautiful in France and famous for its ochre deposits. This property extends along a gently-sloping valley on the edge of a forest tract harbouring old ochre quarries. It is easily reached via the nearby road from Apt. 35 minutes from the A7 motorway, an hour from Avignon TGV train station and 1¼ hours from Marseille international airport.
The ochre miner's home
This north-south facing house, spanning three levels, is constructed on a slight slope. A canopy and vast storage area flank its rear facade. The south facade looks out over a vast stretch of land, whilst the east side overlooks the parklands, with ochre cliffs and the eastern Lubéron hills as a backdrop. The house is composed of a main building, the original farmhouse, adjoined by two other extensions. A feeling of protection exudes from this architecture which has kept most of its original windows, with the intention of illuminating the inside, whilst protecting it from the Mistral winds and the hot summer heat.
The front door opens into a vast vestibule, housing a stairway going upstairs and providing access to a first lounge, partially covered with an atrium. Said lounge is laid out in one of the extensions, widely illuminated on the west and south sides, making it extremely bright. It also has a fireplace.
Opening on to the south side, another two smaller lounges and a dining room also face eastwards. These rooms provide access to a south-facing terrace, protected from the wind and featuring a view of the forest belonging to the property. A kitchen, adjoining the dining room and opening on to a second terrace on the east side, gives access to a storage area behind the house. The ceilings, relatively low in the original house, are typical of Provence with plaster masonry filler in the gaps between the joists. The floor is paved with the old, local, terracotta tiles which were originally intended to protect roofs.
Reached via the central stairway, this level comprises the main bedroom, with an adjoining bathroom and dressing room, as well as a second bedroom, with a shower room.
Extending the previous floor and reached via a few more steps are two bedrooms, each with an adjoining shower room. One of them has an independent outside stairway.
This level is taken up by three bedrooms, sharing a shower room and toilet.
The attic space is divided into two large areas. Water, electric wiring and plumbing have been installed on this floor, making it easy to convert.
The fully enclosed parklands surrounding the house are composed of several flower beds laid out on well-kept, tiered terraces. On the east side of the grounds, a vast, grassy stretch gives a view over the ochre cliffs and the eastern Lubéron hills.
At the entrance to the property, 150 olive trees form a grove which produces some 100 litres of oil per year.
This property extends over several hectares of forest, currently maintained by an association. Pine and oak trees are the main species to be found in this forest, together with the ochre cliffs, bearing witness to the distinctive feature of the premises.
Local wildlife can often be seen of an evening on the heathland, extending below the property on the other side of a fence. To the west of this heathland is a pond, fed by runoff water from the forest. It too is home to a wide variety of animals.
This property, made exceptional by the amount of land surrounding it, has a relationship with its natural environment that gives free rein to the imagination. The possibility of reaching the forest simply by crossing the parklands or of being able to watch roe deer roaming the heathland below on warm summer evenings is a promise of a harmonious link with an omnipresent nature. Just a stone’s throw away, on the edge of its forest, is what enthusiasts call a tree cathedral, where trees have grown so tall that they exude an aura of height. If there is one thing that visitors remember about this property, it is the feeling of tranquillity that the restoration of the house, carried out simply and modestly, has preserved. A welcoming, family atmosphere has been created using authentic textures and materials. Far from the tragical myth at the origin of ochre cliffs, these premises are in a verdant setting, ideal for relaxation and contemplation.
|Land registry surface area||12 ha 74 a 13 ca|
|Main building surface area||350 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
Anne Gervaux +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.