This impressive 3 storey stone Mas has recently been restored to its former glory by its new owner. It is situated high on a sunny, south facing hillside north-east of the market town of Apt. Its access is via a short unpaved driveway, shared with one other property which is behind Mas St Martin and which has views in the opposite direction. Mas St Martin has the prime views over the valley and wooded slopes towards the Medieval hilltop village of Saignon.
The property has a wonderful feeling of total peace and quiet and yet is within easy driving distance of the village of St Martin de Castillon with shops, local épicerie, post office, church, and café and the larger market town of Apt with a large year-round Saturday market. For those familiar with the Luberon region of Provence, this property is set closer to the Grand Luberon Mountains than the Petit Luberon, made so famous by writer Peter Mayle.
The Grand Luberon has a charm equal to that of the Petit Luberon but in a more rugged and dramatic way, and the great plus is that it is less crowded during the summer months. It still has charming hilltop villages, good restaurants, lavender fields, dramatic gorges, grand fortresses and magnificent views. The refurbishment has been done with sympathy, retaining the old beamed ceilings, beautiful stone tiled floors and spacious rooms, most with views across the valley towards the Grand Luberon Mountains.
The bedroom interiors are a clever mix of traditional and modern Provençal styles and the bathrooms are chic and modern. The master bathroom is enormous and comes complete with a corner Jacuzzi bath and large Italian style shower. The kitchen is practical and well equipped. The owner is an artist and some of her paintings are displayed on the walls.
The recently landscaped garden is a Provençal enclave of lavender, local-style stone walls and olive trees. The swimming pool (approx. 12 x 6m, and heated on request) is beside the house and takes full advantage of the lovely views.
The kitchen, dining and main living room with fireplace all have French windows leading to the patio with dining table and chairs under a shaded pergola. The kitchen and dining room are open plan and lead in both directions to a living room. To the front they lead to the living room with fireplace and to the rear they lead to the TV room with stereo and dial-up internet. The TV room leads to stairs up to the first floor. There is a cloakroom with WC and a laundry room with ice-machine, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dryer.
Spacious double bedroom with queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, WC and washbasin. 2 double bedrooms (twin beds attached together) each with en-suite bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin.
Spacious master bedroom with king-size bed and en- suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, Italian shower, twin wash basins, bidet and WC. Flat screen TV in the bedroom. The room opens to a balcony which is open-sided on the front to show off the magnificent views, and glass windows on one side to protect from any wind. There is a small table and rocking chairs. This is great place to relax and read or to watch the sun setting over the nearby hills.
St Martin de Castillon with shops 2 kms
Apt 10 kms
Avignon 60 kms
Marseille Marignane Airport 92 kms
Nîmes Airport 118 kms
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