An authentic, renovated Provencal farmhouse, with a view over the hills,
in the natural setting of the Maures mountains
Collobrières, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83610 FR

Location

Nestling in the midst of the Maures mountains, this property is some 20 minutes from Collobrières, a commune with a wealth of outstanding natural, historic and cultural heritage; a character village, forming the starting point for numerous hiking trails to the Lambert plateau and its menhirs, the Destéou swallow hole and the magnificent Verne monastery.
Collobrières is also renowned as the chestnut capital, where large events are organised every year.
It is easily reached via the TGV train (Toulon station is 50 minutes away), by airplane (Toulon-Hyères airport is 45 minutes away) or by road (slip roads for the A57 motorway are 25 minutes away).

Description

A little secondary road winds its way from the centre of the village through a forest, alternating chestnut and cork oak trees. After a 15-minute car journey, a well-kept, 2 km long dirt track, goes through a chestnut grove to a haven of peace, constructed in the 19th century on the hillside of a little valley, in a totally unspoilt setting with a magnificent view over the hills. Here, it is possible to live in complete self-sufficiency as water comes from a borehole and electricity is supplied by solar panels, with an electric power generator as backup. However, this property is not totally secluded as another house, some 300 m away, provides a reassuring presence for those not wishing to be completely isolated.

The house

This property stands on land spanning ten or so hectares, four of which comprise a productive chestnut grove. A long building predominantly facing south, it only comes into view through the dense vegetation along the last few metres of the track leading to the house.
Facing north and south, two large stone terraces let residents choose where they wish to relax in accordance with the time of day, the sunshine and the season. The south facade features six straight openings on each of its two levels, letting copious amounts of light into the interiors.
And lastly, a large, 13x5 m swimming pool, a short distance away, also has a very pleasant view, with the house in the foreground and the Maures hills as a backdrop.


Ground floor
A lounge, comprising a wide fireplace flanked by dry stone, opens into a dining room, heated by a wood-burning stove. Ceilings with plaster troughs and robust, white-painted beams, floors laid with terracotta tiles and walls built entirely from exposed local stone exude a totally rustic and sober atmosphere, free of ostentation and in perfect harmony with the exterior setting. A stairway, with wooden nosing, goes up from the dining room to the floor above. A vast kitchen, following on from the dining room and the lounge, opens on to the south terrace: it features two straight openings, one of which is very wide, making it easy to move between the inside and the outside. Fully fitted, it notably includes a wood-fired cooker. On the east side, an outdoor dining area, surrounded by stone walls, featuring three wide, arched arcades, makes it possible to take full advantage of the verdant surroundings. Also on the east side, a bedroom, all on a level, has a large, arched opening and its own bathroom. A laundry room and a toilet are pleasant, functional facilities on this floor. And lastly, a workshop accessed from a canopy on the west side houses the electric power generator, making it possible to reinforce or relay the energy provided by the solar panels.
First floor
The second level of this house can be reached either via the indoor stairway or via the outdoor terrace on the north side, which gives this level a certain independence. A central corridor leads to five bedrooms, a toilet and a shower room, whilst a second shared shower room connects two bedrooms on the east side. A welcoming, rustic atmosphere prevails courtesy of the materials used: exposed stone walls, ceilings with plaster troughs, floorboards as well as wooden door and window frames. Each of the south-facing bedrooms is illuminated by two straight openings, letting in copious amounts of light and giving a deep, clear view over the hills.

Our opinion

This house, constructed from old and noble materials, has been enhanced by meticulous restoration works, making the best of coloured contrasts between the grey of the stone and the brown of the beams as well as the old door and window frames, the red and pink of the roofs, the floors and the modern door and window frames, together with the green of the wooded hillsides. Exuding here and there is an air of Tuscany, every window revealing a landscape painting and, under the impression of a verdant vastness, a promise of perfect harmony with nature in absolute peace and quiet becomes a shared reality and a way of life with a hint of bygone times.

1 190 000 € Negotiation fees included
1 122 642 € Fees excluded
6% TTC at the expense of the purchaser


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Reference 956344

Land registry surface area 10 ha 43 a 20 ca
Main building surface area 220 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 25 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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