An old hunting lodge, its terraced garden and its outbuildings
in the peace and quiet on the outskirts of Marseille
Plan-de-Cuques, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13380 FR

Location

Plan-de-Cuques, long a farming village, is now a suburb of Marseille particularly sought-after for its quality of life and its dynamism. This property, some 30 minutes from Marseille-Provence airport and the beaches, 20 minutes from Saint-Charles train station and 5 minutes from all shops, a market and schools, is set in the peace and quiet of a verdant, residential district.

Description

This property, backing on to a wooded area and in a dominant position, has an unobstructed view over its surroundings. Once through a wicket gate, this former hunting lodge, constructed around 1890, comes into view. A short gravel driveway, followed by a few steps, leads to the entrance door. Several terraces, laid out around the house and paved with travertine stone, provide miscellaneous views over the surrounding area. A landscaped garden, planted with pin, olive and other Mediterranean species, includes a well-exposed swimming pool.

The villa

This house, constructed in the late 19th century, still has several features characteristic of the era. Topped with a pediment, the entrance facade has straight openings and is enhanced with a coloured ceramic frieze, featuring floral motifs. The facade is further embellished with a balcony, featuring corbelling and balusters. The hip roof is covered with Roman tiles and partially bordered by an overhanging cornice. An extension, constructed on the south-east side, currently houses an open-plan kitchen and dining room.


Ground floor
The main entrance is set in the north-west side of the house. A wide, tiled entrance hall provides access in a fan-shape to a study, on the east side, a corridor leading to a laundry room on the north side, a stairway which goes upstairs and a vast reception area on the south-west side, comprising a lounge and a dining room, with an open-plan kitchen, featuring a central unit. The study has a dominant view over the surrounding area. The lounge is enhanced with a Louis XV style, stone and brick fireplace, fitted with a closed-heath fire. Facing west-north-west on one side and south-south-east on the other, it has tall, wide double-glazed windows looking out over the surrounding hills and the garden. The lounge is extended by a dining room, with an open-plan, fitted kitchen. All these rooms are very bright courtesy of their many openings, looking out from the various points of the compass. French windows open on to one or other of the terraces.
First floor
A balanced stairway, with terracotta steps, wooden nosing and an open central stairwell, goes upstairs. The landing provides access to three bright bedrooms, with high ceilings, and two shower rooms, one of which has a toilet. The unobstructed view from the bedrooms is enhanced, on the garden side, by elegant wrought iron railings and, on the hill side, by a small balcony, with balusters, the view from which stretches as far as the distant Massif-de-l’Étoile mountain range.
Garden level
Two rooms, with jack arches and windows, are laid out under the terrace. Currently used more as an outbuilding and laid out as a workroom and storage space, they could be converted for other purposes.
Garage
Two vehicles could easily be parked side by side in the vast, lock-up garage, laid out under one of the terraces.
Garden
Miscellaneous features compose the terraced garden. Gravel alternates with lawn. Terraces, offering many different points of view, make it possible to follow the course of the sun from dawn till dusk. An Art Nouveau style fountain forms its own area and that reserved for the swimming pool is surrounded by greenery. Beds containing Mediterranean plants are immaculately kept. The garden appears to be extended by a wooded section that opens a vista behind the house.

Our opinion

Bearing witness to an era when hunting took place on the outskirts of Marseille, this elegant, reasonably-sized house has been tastefully renovated; it still exudes its 19th century charm, whilst offering all modern-day home comforts. The location is ideal for those seeking a quiet, family neighbourhood, easy to get to when working in Marseille or the region.
It will be extremely pleasant, depending on the season, to spend an evening by the fireside or to take advantage of the various views around the house or of the swimming pool or, even, to go hiking in the Massif-de-l’Étoile mountain range. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the various horse-riding and tennis clubs as well as all the other activities available in the town of Plan-de-Cuques.

Exclusive sale

950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 532565

Land registry surface area 1000 m2
Main building surface area 163 m2
Number of bedrooms 3
Outbuilding surface area 72 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.

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