A superbly restored, 18th century, traditional Bastide house, enclosed on 1 ha of land,
in one of the Drôme-Provençale region’s picturesque villages
Montélimar, DROME rhones-alps 26200 FR

Location

In the midst of an authentic village, the origins of which date back to the Gallo-Roman era, on the side of a wooded hill, in a dominant position with an exceptional panoramic view, extending over the borders of the Rhone Valley on the edge of the Alps and the Lower Alps to the south. Nestling in a verdant setting of about a hectare, composed of structured and other wilder areas, ideally located, out of sight of onlookers and yet near to shops and communication routes. The Drôme-Provençale, a transitional region between those of Dauphiné and Provence, is marked by its mild climate and its landscapes with varying relief.
15 minutes from the A7 motorway, 20 minutes from Montélimar train station, 3¼ hours from Paris by TGV train, 3¼ hours from Geneva, 30 km from Valence-Chabeuil airport and 15 minutes from a well-known, 18-hole golf course.

Description

The dominant, mountainside location of the village has, since the 11th century, ensured the safety of its inhabitants. It extends widely over the plain at the foot of the vineyard which, although almost no longer in existence, was where the “Marsanne” white grape variety originated. It was in this rural area that Emile-Loubet, first president of the French Republic, was born and grew up. The Mediterranean climate results in strong sunlight. Whilst the mistral wind keeps the clouds at bay, producing the blue sky much loved by painters. It is also here that landscapes are filled with the blue of the lavender and the green of the olive trees, whilst the air is fragrant with Mediterranean scents and vibrates with the sound of cicada.
This property stands, then, in the midst of this region and this village, abounding in history. Out of sight of onlookers, this magnificently restored, south-facing Bastide house comes into view once through the porchway. It looks out over an outstanding garden: centuries-old trees grow the length of the parklands, enhanced with old sculptures, the key feature of which is a fountain and its old pool. A small building with its original roof, once used for keeping rabbits, bears witness to the farming past of the premises. A driveway, bordered by tall euphorbia and trimmed boxwood, leads to a guest house and an exercise room. Going up to the last of the terracing, visitors glimpse an immense swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. The unobstructed, panoramic view looks out over the plain, with the Vercors mountains in the distance. The Alps can also be seen in fine weather. And lastly, just a stone’s throw from the porchway, an old shed has, courtesy of the magic worked by its visionary owners, lovers of music and cinema, become a projection room, the cosy atmosphere of which is reminiscent of the Italian film “New Paradise Cinema”. Professional equipment and an exceptional quality of sound help to make this an extremely rare feature.

The traditional Bastide house

Laid out over two storeys, the architecture of this stone Bastide house, with lime-rendered facades, features all the traditional Provencal construction codes. Astonishingly, the layout is however reminiscent of that of a ship’s hull, the prow being exposed on the east side, with independent entrances. The premises, ideal for accommodating guests, bear witness to the addition of buildings in olden times, either for new purposes or because the family was expanding. The roof, in an excellent state of repair, is covered with Roman tiles. The floors laid with terracotta tiles as well as the four old fireplaces are in a good state of repair. The living space spans a total of approx. 550 m², including the independent section, spanning approx. 140 m².


Garden level
Visitors can choose from numerous entrances in order to explore the inside of the Bastide. One opens into an immense vaulted lounge, in fact three lounges, one of which features a fireplace which is wound around pillars, featuring white stucco decoration, with curves, ellipses and luminous parabola opening on to the garden. The acoustics are outstanding. A large cloakroom, a toilet installed behind the lounges. A few stone steps lead to a dining room, where an old stone fireplace enhances fireside evenings. Exposed, a wine cellar then a large, fully fitted and functional kitchen brings the owner’s love of refined family cooking to mind. A back kitchen, a utility room and a cellar. Also on this level, with its many entrances, a room with an old stone fireplace, currently an artist’s studio, could be used for other purposes, a lounge with its separate entrance and an old fireplace. At the end, a superb stone stairway goes up to the three bedrooms in the independent section. And lastly, a laundry room.
First floor
This level is reached via a superb stone stairway. The landing, on the west side, provides access to a very large, south-facing study, with oak wood parquet flooring and a view over the garden. On the west side, the main bedroom, with its dressing room, a bathroom, a shower room and a toilet. A private door leads to a west-facing terrace. A second bedroom, its shower room and toilet, with access to a south-facing terrace with a view of the garden and the village with the Vercors mountains in the distance. A third bedroom, with a shower room and a toilet, leads to the south-facing terrace. And lastly, a fourth bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. (The last two bedrooms can be reached independently from the garden level via a stone stairway.)

The projection room

Set out in an old shed, at a distance from the traditional Bastide house, this is a magical place for cinema and music enthusiasts. Only first-class professional equipment has been used. The immersion into the world of pictures and sound is worthy of the best of projection rooms. Although this room only spans approx. 40 m², pictures are reflected perfectly on to the screen courtesy of an Evision 4K laser video projector, complete with a lens giving an exceptional result. The room is air-conditioned and its acoustics were prepared by professionals. The air-conditioning obviously adds to the magic of the place.

The guest house and the exercise room

Standing at a distance to the Bastide, this guest house, an old stone building, can be accessed via a small path paved with pebbles, bordered by boxwood and euphorbia, herbs and lavender bushes. A terrace faces west. The garden level comprises a large exercise room with direct access to the garden. A shower and a toilet. Upstairs, reached via the west and north sides, are two bedrooms, each with their own shower room and toilet. The conversion works are of a first-class quality.


Garden level
A fully fitted exercise room. A toilet and a shower room.
First floor
Two bedrooms with their own shower rooms.

Our opinion

This entire property is like a terrace overlooking natural surroundings. Ideally located, out of sight of onlookers whilst being near to the shops, these premises exude a promise of a pleasant way of life. The charm of this property and the Drôme-Provençale region is impossible to resist! Those discovering it for the first time are soon captivated by the authenticity of the landscapes and the white stone villages. Those who already know of its beauty, never tire of it: “It is our little corner of paradise”, they often say. They fall in love with the area: “every year we make new discoveries. It is a magnificent region, with entrancing scents and magical places, all far from the crowds, as well as unspoilt rivers ideal for taking a dip.”

2 750 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 264951

Land registry surface area 9792 m2
Main building surface area 550 m2
Number of bedrooms 6
Outbuilding surface area 150 m2
including refurbished area150 m2

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Claude Reinhart +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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