A 17th century farm on a 200-ha estate,
inland from Aix-en-Provence, in the midst of Provence
Jouques, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13490 FR

Location

This estate is less than 30 minutes from Aix-en-Provence and very near to a little village, typical of Provence, nestling between the Lubéron, Verdon, Sainte-Victoire and the Durance Valley regions. It is ideally located in an area abounding in history, away from all main roads. Motorway slip roads are 10 km away and a TGV train station is a 45-minute journey. Set at an altitude of 300 m, its geographical layout gives it a privileged setting, offering a variety of ecosystems and a temperate climate, ideal for the natural surroundings and growing noble plants such as vines and lavender as well as olive, truffle oak and almond trees.

Description

An old farming property, turned into hunting grounds, this estate extends over more than 200, fully enclosed hectares. The northern limit is naturally protected by limestone cliffs and a ridge planted with oak trees. Numerous paths wind their way through the estate amidst the oak and several pine trees as well as the scrubland. A dirt track leads from the secondary road across vast plots, laid out below the property. A set of gates open into a farmyard. This property still has the mark of an old rural activity: 14 hectares of cultivated land facing north-east, south-west. They are dotted with terracing, delimited by dry stone walls, bearing witness to first-class, ancestral know-how, and by a few forgotten, fertile terraces. A one-hectare plot is planted with some 250 truffle oak trees. The traditionally rectangular, habitable section, protected by a gable roof, comprises two separate but adjoining houses: one facing south and the other north. A succession of small, stone outbuildings, once used for farm animals, delimits the property’s courtyard. Another outbuilding was recently constructed are right angles to the courtyard. An annexe building, housing a caretaker’s cottage, is extended by a garage and a carport. A 17th century dovecote stands about a hundred metres away from the farm. Although partially in ruins and concealed by vegetation, it appears to be keeping watch on the property.

The farm

A perimeter wall carefully protects these premises from the outside world. The house, constructed on rock, has a main, south-facing facade, spanning two levels. The walls, originally built from stone and now rendered, feature French windows on the ground floor and windows upstairs. The north-facing facade comprises an independent house. The courtyard, gravelled around the house, forms a grassy area reached via a few stone steps. A succession of small, old stone outbuildings that once housed the farmyard animals, harmoniously enclose this courtyard. A set of gates open on to the land, to the south of the estate. Said land borders the access lane and hills can be seen in the distance. The courtyard also includes a few trees. A paved terrace runs alongside two thirds of the house. The 360° view takes in nothing but hills, woods, grassland and scrubland, featuring several rocky barriers, characteristic of the region.


Ground floor
A French window opens into a kitchen, also illuminated via an east-facing opening. An old, large bread oven, currently condemned, could easily be brought back into good working order. This room is followed by a lounge, also looking out over the courtyard through a picture window and a window. Both these rooms have been redone using new materials. A stairway goes upstairs from the lounge. One door opens into a laundry room, another provides access to a vaulted cellar, hewn in the rock. Following on from the lounge, a vaulted room, spanning approx. 45 m², also opens on to the courtyard via a wooden door. Its exposed stone walls are whitewashed and its floor paved with tiles from the 1970’s. A large fireplace enhances this room. It precedes a lobby providing access to two toilets. A workshop, reached via the facade outside, spans approx. 15 m².
First floor
The first floor is reached via a stairway, with modern tile steps and wooden nosing, going up from the lounge. A landing, laid with old terracotta floor tiles, provides access to three south-facing bedrooms. These three rooms are carpeted and have painted walls. A bathroom looks out from the house’s east facade. A stairway goes up to the attic. On this same level on the north side of the farm, the second totally independent house is divided into two self-contained dwellings. The first of the two is reached via a door that opens into a kitchen and a living room area, extended by a bedroom and a shower room. The second dwelling extends from north to south. Reached via three steps, it comprises a bedroom, a kitchen, a shower room and a south-facing living room, enhanced with a fireplace.
Attic
A stairway goes up to the attic, spanning a surface area of approx. 120 m², part of which could be converted.

The outbuilding

A room, spanning approx. 70 m² with a sloping roof, has been adjoined to the wall, at right angles to the farmyard. A fireplace enhances this convivial living space that faces west through a French window. The roofing framework is exposed and the floor is laid with tiles from the 1970’s.

The caretaker’s cottage

This house which dates from the 1970’s is totally independent. It stands on the east side, outside of the farm perimeter wall. It comprises a ground floor, taken up by a living room, with a fireplace, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a shower room. It is extended at right angles by a lock-up garage and a lean-to which can take two cars.

The grounds

This farm estate spans more than 200, fully enclosed hectares. Some 14 hectares of arable land, facing south-west, north-east, is not used. One hectare is planted with 250 truffle oak trees that will come into maturity in the next three years. The remainder of the estate is predominantly planted with oak and some pine trees or is scrubland. Numerous paths wind their way through the estate and around the property. The grounds are dotted with terracing, delimited by good quality, dry stone walls, making it possible to envisage extending the arable land. This property benefits from a bore-hole and has access to water in the “Canal-de-Provence”.

The dovecote

A dovecote, with origins dating back to the 17th century, stands about a hundred metres away from the main house. On the edge of plot of arable land and concealed by the vegetation, it spans a ground surface area of approx. 19 m². This partially restored messenger from bygone days could become an interesting renovation project, given the presence of an outstandingly aesthetic, period stone surround.

Our opinion

The serenity of these premises is what dreams are made of. This property could become a playground, ideal by turns for enthusiasts of hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking or for hunters in search of thrushes or other game in the fragrant grasses of the Pagnol scrubland. A farming activity is easily undertaken. This property has all that is needed for cultivating olive, truffle oak and almond trees as well as vines. The farm still exudes an old-fashioned charm and the simplicity of yesteryear, reminding us of the pleasant way of life that our continually changing society sometimes makes us forget. The dream would be even better for those wishing to add a touch of mauve, devoting a few acres of land to the growing of lavender.

1 700 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 636573

Land registry surface area 207 ha
Main building surface area 420 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2
Number of bedrooms 7

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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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