with a view of the Palais des Papes
On the heights of Villeneuve-les-Avignon, with a fabulous view over the entire city of Avignon, the international theatre capital and a major tourist attraction, famous for its papal city, surrounded by ramparts and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In an area studded with trees, renowned for its calm away from the urban bustle, overlooking a meander of the Rhône and opening up a view of the Mont Ventoux and the Luberon and Alpilles hills.
A quarter of an hour from the TGV station, an hour from the airports of Marseille, Nîmes and Montpellier, benefiting from the extensive public transport network of the Greater Avignon Community of Municipal Authorities. Five minutes from the shops, ten minutes from seventeen secondary schools and four health centres, and the historic centre of Avignon.
It extends over the whole of the ground floor, in what used to be the château's reception rooms. Once past the historic veranda at the end of a plane tree alley, access is via a panelled hallway and a wide marble staircase. A partition door with geometrically decorated stained glass panels from the 1900s opens into the flat.
The ground floor
The hallway leads to the main sitting room of impressive dimensions. The decor has remained in the same spirit as it was originally conceived. A painted wooden coffered ceiling tops the room. The window frames feature elaborate woodwork and the walls are panelled. The living room boasts a wooden fireplace carved in the Provençal style and opens out onto the terrace and the garden with a view of the Papal city. The sitting room serves the other three rooms; a wooden staircase with a balustrade climbs to the mezzanine and the kitchen. On one side, two double glass doors open into a room that is also panelled. The walls are divided into several sections including grisaille paintings of romantic scenes and decorative elements with baroque echoes such as shells and flower garlands. The ceiling, marked by an arched cornice, is decorated with stucco reliefs; a marble fireplace with inlay in the "pietra dura" style is located between the two double doors. Opposite, a second room also features wood panelling and a wooden fireplace. These two rooms open each onto a terrace overlooking the garden and the town of Avignon to the east. A third room opens onto a side part of the garden.
At the back of the living room, a staircase with a dozen steps leads to a mezzanine, separated by a double glass door from an extensive kitchen and an adjacent laundry room.
With a breathtaking view of the Palace of the Popes, the Luberon and the Alpilles, the garden is divided into several sections forming a semicircle around the veranda from the south-east to the north-east, in front of the terraces. It is planted with numerous fruit trees, including a large fig tree, a cherry tree and an olive tree. Two large cedars of Lebanon silhouette to the north and protect from the mistral wind. A small round swimming pool set in the old stone pool is located on one side.
This large space is accessible from the rear of the château, through a separate entrance that probably used to be part of the former kitchens.
Access is through the common areas, from the rear of the château.
The flat, unique in the extravagance of its perfectly preserved decorations and the size of its rooms, immediately evokes another era: that of the splendour assured by the bold financial health of the triumphant industrial era. A time of extravagance, when no staircase was monumental enough and no salon too vast for waltzes and crinolines to reign supreme.
Today, with its unobstructed view of Avignon and the surrounding mountains, the charm of the place has remained intact in a co-ownership property that has preserved the calm of a centuries-old park within sight of the bustling Cité des Papes. A rare flat that unexpectedly reconciles the advantages of the countryside and the city.
|Land registry surface area||834 m2|
|Number of rooms||4|
|Reception area||87.5 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Surface Cellar||16 m2|
|Surface Garage 1||28 m2|
|Surface Garden||834 m2|
|Surface Terrace||62.5 m2|
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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.