A dry-stone villa and its two windmills
near to La-Garde-Freinet
Garde-Freinet, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83680 FR

Location

La-Garde-Freinet is a forest and tourist town set in the midst of the Maures mountains on a site reached via roads winding through wild natural surroundings. This village, in the middle of a cork oak and chestnut forest, is some 20 km away from Saint-Tropez golf course. Fortified since the 11th century, it still exudes its original character, with stone houses, old-fashioned street names and a central square lined with restaurants.
Toulon airport is an hour away, whilst that of Marseille is 1½ hours away. Les-Arcs TGV train station is 30 minutes away and the motorway slip roads are 15 minutes away.

Description

Two dirt tracks, some 400 metres long, provide access to this property, one via the north and one via the south. On the way, both provide vistas dominating several Provencal villages and the Maures mountains, stretching from east to west as far as the eye can see, with the Mediterranean Sea on the distant horizon. Not a single visual nuisance disturbs the purity of the landscape.
In the midst of densely wooded vegetation, composed of cork and evergreen oak trees, the silhouette of two centuries-old windmills, flanking the property, progressively stand out from the verdant scenery. The dry-stone walls and the 18th century-looking architecture give no clue as to the fact that this is a recent property, dating from the 1950’s.

The main villa

This U-shaped house was built on the crest of the hill, giving views over both sides. On the east side, a canopy, solidly anchored in the interior courtyard and surrounded by regularly-spaced arcades, is reminiscent of a monastery’s cloister. Wide arched doors, with slatted shutters, open off this area into all the rooms on the ground floor. A fountain, with an 18th century wall feature and a panel of coloured tiles, dating from the late 17th century (Portugal) soberly enhance the two opposing facades. A Louis XIV style cloverleaf-shaped lilypond enhances the view on the east side. A swimming pool has been installed on a lower level of terracing out of sight of the house. The west side of the house is more impressive as, due to the lie of the land, it spans two stories. The second floor, on a level with the garden, is laid out under the previous one. A large terrace looks out, this time, over the Maures mountains, with Bessillon hill, some 30 km away, in the distance.


Ground floor
This is the main level of the house. The north wing comprises two vast lounges, intercommunicating via two walnut wood doors, flanking two large, 18th century stone fireplaces (straight, refined jambs and a lintel embellished with grooved motifs). Large, exposed beams, some 4 metres high, reinforce the old character of this wing which features well-balanced portions. The south wing is composed of two large bedrooms, one of which has a fireplace, two toilets and a bathroom. Both wings are transversally connected via the kitchen, forming the base of the U-shape. All the floors are paved with terracotta or stone tiles, bearing the patina of time.
Garden level
This level has been converted into a bedroom, with a shower room, and a studio flat, including a kitchen and a shower room. A laundry room is laid out under the terrace.

The windmills

Two old, dry-stone windmills dominate the east side of the hill. Their fairly basic interior could be converted into a small bedroom.

The garage

Discreetly standing at a distance from the property, the garage is able to take two cars.

Our opinion

A timeless house and setting. The views from the property are, in fact, probably the same as those seen by shepherds leading their herds along the “Chemin de Caraire”. All the materials used for the construction of this villa were carefully selected: first-class restoration works using this base will make it possible to give this property, with its buildings, its landscape and its unsullied views, back all of its lost splendour.

1 330 000 € Negotiation fees included
1 266 667 € Fees excluded
5% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 593599

Land registry surface area 17325 m2
Main building surface area 237 m2
Number of bedrooms 4
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Bertrand de Poulpiquet +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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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