Situated on a softly rolling hillside, just 3 kilometres from the centre of Aix en Provence, this beautiful Bastide, typical of the local traditional architecture, dominates the surrounding countryside of fields and woodland.
Although situated away from the road, it is conveniently placed for accessing Aix, or Venelles, 2.5 kms away which also has supermarkets and a shopping centre. The villa has recently been totally renovated throughout to a very high standard and offers a very elegant, spacious and welcoming holiday home.
Entry to the property is by electric, remote control gates, up a driveway to the main entrance. Surrounded by cypress trees, the property is within a large enclosed terraced garden of approximately five acres. Directly outside the house is a gravel terrace with seating and a dining area under a wrought-iron pergola. A further outdoor dining area is situated in an alcove between the house and the adjacent Orangerie, which is used as a games room for table tennis and bar football. This second dining area, furnished with teak table and chairs, is perfect for use on windy days, as it is protected from the Mistral by a beautiful glass door with elaborate iron-work, close to the entrance to the house. A mobile gas barbecue is available for use by guests. From the main front terraced area, steps lead down to the garden, a huge stretch of lawn, with trees, and a large swimming pool (15 x 5m, step access and alarm).
The rooms are very tastefully decorated and furnished throughout in lovely, neutral Provençal colours and beautiful furnishings. Many lovely old features, including fireplaces, and antique slatted wooden doors have been incorporated into the interior design. Most of the bedrooms have modern, very attractive Tadelakt bathrooms. The master bedroom, in particular, is a lovely room with romantic decoration in tones of pastel blue, stucco finished walls and French style period decoration on the ceiling. The bathroom in tones of grey and white is spacious and elegant. The effect throughout the house is one of soothing, harmonious colours, combined with every modern comfort.
Amenities include 2 TVs (some international channels), DVD, CD player and high speed internet connection.
Elegant entrance hall with a majestic stone staircase with elaborate wrought iron bannister swirling leading to the top two floors. Guest WC. Very comfortable TV lounge with two sofas. Kitchen, very well equipped, including a Sauter gas cooker, a fireplace with barbecue, 2 ovens, microwave, dishwasher and both filter and Nespresso coffee machines. The kitchen opens to the front terrace with sitting and dining areas. Laundry room. Small study. Spacious living room with fireplace, opening through French windows to the terrace. .
Landing with separate WC.
On the left hand side: One double bedroom with 1,60m bed (twin beds linked together) and en- suite shower room with a pretty wash basin set into a wooden cabinet.
In the centre: One double bedroom with 1,60m bed ( twin beds linked together), decorated in beige with red curtains, and en- suite bathroom with bath and basin, set in a pretty wooden cabinet.
At the end of the corridor and is the Master bedroom with 1,60m bed ( twin beds linked together), and en-suite bathroom with shower, twin wash basin and WC.
On the landing to the left there is a large TV room for the children with 2 single beds used as sofas, which can also be used as occasional beds for children. Separate WC.
On the left hand side: One double bedroom with 1,60m bed (twin beds linked together), with large en- suite shower in shades of beige and natural tones with a wash hand basin in a wooden cabinet. This is separated from the sleeping area by slatted shutters used as a screen.
Further along in the corridor there is a large bedroom with 3 single beds and a wash basin, suitable for 3 children. At the end of the corridor, reached by a few steps, there are two double bedrooms (twin beds linked together) facing each other. They each have a wash hand basin. These two bedrooms share a large bathroom in shades of neutral and pure white, very contemporary and stylish with high quality fittings, a large modern shaped bath, imposing antique wash basin and spacious shower.
Aix en Provence centre is about 3km away. There is a bus stop close by, as well as a small grocery store, tobacconist/newsagent, and a bakery. There are supermarkets and a commercial centre in Venelles, 2.5km away.