A traditional, 17th century, Bastide house, partially enclosed by walls
on a 9-ha estate, between Avignon and Arles
Arles, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13200 FR

Location

In the midst of Frédéric-Mistral’s Provence, 20 minutes from Arles, a town of art and history, famous for its Gallo-Roman vestiges, its international “Rencontres d’Arles” photography festival, and the brand new LUMA Foundation, including the emblematic building imagined by Franck-Gehry, not far from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and 15 minutes from Avignon TGV train station, this property is on the outskirts of a town, made famous by Alphonse-Daudet, with a strong historic character.

Description

Going through an olive grove, planted with more than 700 trees, visitors glimpse the wrought iron gates of the walled garden. An open courtyard is home to two guest houses, adjoining the traditional Bastide house. One is a little, traditional farmhouse, known as “Petit Mas” and the other, once home to a maker of figurines is the “Santonnier’s” cottage. An old barn, in a good state of repair on the north-east side, protects the property from the mistral winds. Opposite, a “charetterie” where carriages were once kept adjoins the “Petit Mas” and completes the alignment. Looking out over the garden and a section of the olive grove, the main, south-facing building is to be found on the other side of a pergola and its stone columns. A discreet, good-sized swimming pool, enhanced with an arbour, is installed on the east side of the garden.

The house

This house is constructed over two levels. The facade, with its period, small-paned windows, is perfectly balanced. The Roman tile roof is bordered with a triple cornice. The front door and its finely sculpted surround are enhanced with a stone awning. All these features are proof of the quality of this large, luxurious home.


Ground floor
The double front doors open into a vestibule, with a vaulted stone ceiling, and face a 17th century stairway. On one side is a lounge with a surprising feature, that of a little theatre, discovered by the owners when they purchased the house and gave it back its original function. An 18th century, yellow-veined, marble fireplace completes this room. Parquet flooring covers cement floor tiles in a good state of repair. On the other side, a second, bigger lounge, in use as a billiard room and library, is enhanced by a large stone fireplace. In the more recent section, dating from the 19th century, is a fully fitted kitchen, large enough to include an eating area. At the back are a workshop, a storeroom and a laundry room with access to a patio. All the high French ceilings feature exposed joists.
First floor
The 17th century stairway, with its steps worn by use and time, leads to a landing, providing access, on one side, to an anteroom, two bedrooms and a bathroom complete with a toilet. On the other side are three bedrooms, including the main bedroom, with its bathroom, separate toilet and dressing room, a shower room and an anteroom. Most of the rooms have exposed ceiling joists and period terracotta floor tiles.

The “Petit Mas”

This little, traditional, stone farmhouse, spanning two levels, is topped with a Roman tile roof. It comprises a living and a kitchen on the ground floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a lounge; a fitted kitchen and a storeroom.
First floor
A stairway goes up to a corridor providing access to two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a toilet.

The “Santonier’s” cottage

Once home to a maker of figurines, this small stone house spans two levels. It comprises a living room with a kitchen area and a shower room on the ground floor, a bedroom and a dressing room upstairs.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a lounge with a kitchen area at the end. There is also a shower room with a toilet.
First floor
The upstairs is reached via a stairway leading to a bedroom and a dressing room. A door communicates with the main house.

The barn

This old, 2-storey barn is made of stone and topped with a Roman tile roof.


Ground floor
Reached via the patio or the rear courtyard, this old barn houses a workshop with a mezzanine, a wine cellar, a utility room for treating the water and a garage able to take several vehicles.
First floor
An attic.

The “charetterie”, where carriages were once kept

On the west side, following on from the “Petit Mas”, this open, roofed, stone and wood structure is used as a carport.

Our opinion

The main house, cleverly restored in keeping with the character of the premises, and the guest houses, with their great potential notably with regard to a bed & breakfast activity, are this property’s major assets. The environmental work, comprising the planting of more than 2,000 trees, including an olive grove and large cypress hedges, is quite outstanding. Undeniably a first-rate property, it is set in an authentic part of Provence and yet is within easy reach.

1 950 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 873245

Land registry surface area 8 ha 85 a 89 ca
Main building surface area 337 m2
Number of bedrooms 8
Outbuilding surface area 368 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Pierrick Messonnet +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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