A house, with a terrace and a panoramic view over the sea,
15 minutes from the beach in Bormes-les-Mimosas
Lavandou, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83980 FR


The Gaou-Bénat estate was constructed between 1958 and 1975 on Cape Bénat in the French department of Var. One of the most beautiful sites along the Maures Coast, it now comprises 700 houses spread out over 160 ha. It is part of the 20th century heritage. The estate is the result of the genius of architects André-Lefèvre and Jean-Aubert who built hamlets and houses, whilst integrating them perfectly into the site. The houses with their planted terrace roofs, favouring dominant views over the sea, make the estate’s village virtually troglodyte. A 15-minute walk along little natural pathways, commonly known as “gaou piétons”, take residents to a private beach with its clear water.
35 minutes from Toulon airport, its TGV train station and slip roads for the A57 motorway.


The estate entrance is completely protected. Once past the access barrier, a little tarmac road, with views of the sea, winds its way through the middle of a forest to a village set on the heights. The houses, blending concrete and Bormes dry stone are virtually out of sight along the way. A parking area prior to the footpath, 200 metres from the house and, therefore, at a distance, makes it possible to find a living area in symbiosis with nature. The little footpath is bordered with houses constructed in the same architectural style.

The house

Standing virtually at the end of the no-though footpath, a discreet door provides access to this two-storey building. The use of noble materials such as bare concrete, Bormes stone, ironwork and precious species of wood in accordance with the architect’s specifications gives a clear summary of the character of this fully renovated construction.

Ground floor
Once over the threshold, a stone-paved vestibule is laid out under the terrace. On one side, an independent bedroom, with a shower room and toilet, is ideal for accommodating friends with no loss of privacy.
First floor
A stairway going up from the vestibule provides access to a large terrace bordering the entire facade of the house. The view looks out over Cape Bénat with the Iles-du-Levant in the background. The interior, very refined style, blending natural wood and white walls, with softened edges, is somewhat reminiscent of Greece. The dining room, laid out between the terrace and the lounge, is surrounded by exposed stone walls. Large, iron-framed, picture windows open on to the terrace, letting copious amounts of light flood in as far as the lounge. Old indoor shutters, vestiges of the 1960’s construction, flank three interior openings giving access to the kitchen and the lounge. The latter, opening into the kitchen and the dining room, with a view of the sea as a backdrop, gives an impression of space in a house that, nonetheless, spans less than 100 m². Oak wood doors. Plaster benches are integrated into the construction, on either side of a wood-burning stove. A corridor, lined with large cupboards, leads from the lounge to a toilet and two bedrooms, with a view of the sea, as well as a shower room and a large private bathroom, with a walk-in shower. Both bedrooms were meticulously designed and converted in a Mediterranean style. Each bedroom has direct access to the terrace, making it easy for residents to move around the house.

Our opinion

There is no need to leave for the antipodes in order to find a paradisiacal haven: the Gaou-Bénat estate is one of those few places, unique in the world. The marvellous view and the silence, disturbed but by birdsong and the wind, provides visitors with a real change of scenery, plunging them into a universe thought to be unreal, almost forbidden.

1 250 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 799312

Land registry surface area 135 m2
Main building surface area 93 m2
Number of bedrooms 3
Outbuilding surface area 3 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


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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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