Friday, May 8, 2015

Incredibly charming village house for sale in Provence



Today I am incredibly excited to share with you an absolutely perfect maison de village that is for sale here in Provence.

Now, I am not going to try and hide it from you, I am incredibly biased as I LOVE THIS HOUSE. I think that you will too...


Isn't it romantic? 

It currently belongs to my friend Anthony, who has decided to sell it in order to help fund the renovation of his newest project, which you will hear about soon. The house is 120 m2 (about 1300 square feet) with three bedrooms, two baths and a private courtyard. 


But let's step inside, shall we?


The salon features a working fireplace that was designed by the current owners and the feeling here is cozy to the extreme. Anthony and his partner were both agreed on one thing: to keep all of the amazing patina in tact during the renovation. And as that meant respecting le style ancien, the walls are covered in either a worked plaster or lime-wash.


I have been in this room both in the height of summer, where it stays cool and in winter, when it stays warm. This is exactly what the best of these stone houses are capable of! Windows open onto the small street outside both in the living room...


...and the kitchen and yet the feeling of privacy remains.


I love the mix of modern and ancient - another concept that was very important to the couple - seen here in the polished cement floors and the amazing kitchen tiles. These were made in the traditional manner in North Africa using pigments measured out in jam jars to give them the perfect/imperfect look that is the overriding theme throughout.


Amazingly, the arch just off the kitchen - as with the foundations - dates from the early 17th century! It leads to the only toilette or WC in the house.


Look at the patina in the ceiling! *swoon* Anthony told me that blue was often used in Provence to chase away mosquitos and other insects.


Let's head up to the first floor...


...but feel free to pause and take in the view.


To the right is the lovely bedroom that you have already seen up top...


...with its shower (to the right) and fabulous deco-style sink that originally came from a barbershop in St. Remy de Provence...


...not to mention a decorative fireplace. As with the other features such as the doors, it is the original from the 18th century. All of the windows were painstakingly taken down, restored and remounted!

I would just add that this bedroom is bigger than the photos suggest and could also make for a really lovely sitting room/library.


Next door (and speaking of doors, look at the iron handle on this one), is a smaller bedroom...


...still with those gorgeous original tiles, so much more interesting (and rare!) than the hexagonal terra cotta tomettes...


...plus a little stone-framed niche in one corner, just because.


All right, let's head up one more short flight of stairs for the pièce de résistance...


Voila! The top floor is one huge room (50 m2 or 531 square feet) with exposed beams and double exposition...


...plus an open suite. As throughout, the robinets or taps are by Czech and Speake.


As the room is so large, there is enough space to transform some or all of it into a roof terrace if so desired. 


But it is already a very sunny house...


...and directly across the tiny street is...


...your very own private courtyard. It is not large but big enough for a table, some chairs and a bbq...


...everything needed to make a Provençal dream come true!


One last thing that I appreciate about this house (besides the jasmine blooming on the facade) is that it is on a corner, which means that it is not as hemmed as could be and has both Northern and Western exposure. 

Anthony has had great success in renting this house as a vacation home and there is a trust-worthy cleaning woman available if the future owners are interested in doing the same. As this house is in Provence, there is great demand for rentals nearly all year round.

It is located in a typical Provençal village that has all of the necessities (supermarket, pharmacy, doctor and nurses, gas station, cafés and pizzeria) that is a 15 minute drive from the Avignon TGV station (which means only a two and a half hour direct train ride to/from Paris) and just over one hour drive to the closest international airport in Marseille.


Asking price: 185,000 Euros 
(I feel that this is a steal for this part of Provence)

If you are interested, please contact Anthony directly at: anthonyleewatson@hotmail.com
Yes, he speaks English et mais bien sur, il parle bien français.


Please feel free to pass this post along to anyone that you know who might be looking to acquire an incredibly charming maison de village in Provence. As I have said, I love this home and simply hope that it will find the perfect new owner!

60 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest house ever- great location in terms of trains and airport as well!
    www.liquidgrain.co.uk

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  2. that house is bloody amazing and could be in the world of interiors. I have a friend who is thinking of relocating or getting a second home so am sending her this!

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    1. I can absolutely see this house in WOI! Thanks for spreading the word, Naomi.

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    1. Yes, indeedy, you would. Your pied-a-terre in Provence during your vacation break from the Met!

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    2. well, that's probably not going to happen soon....but in 4 years when I retire, I might be asking for your assistance in finding a suitable rental. not kidding.

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    3. Ask away! Are you kidding? I love this. Of course, you shouldn't be surprised if it "just so happens" that everything that I suggest is near me. :)

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  4. ah, the accidents of timing. If I had seen this jewel while I lived in Paris, I very likely would have bought it. I'm so lucky that I landed in a beautiful, sunny place and have no regrets. But I am sharing this with a few friends and would be delighted to stay in their guest room from time to time.

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    1. Thank you for sharing it Joan. I would love to have you visiting Provence from time to time too you know!

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  5. Heather, Heather, Heather....I guess I am too much of a Texan, one used to the wide open spaces. If I were very young I think it would work. Charming, absolutely charming and what a great price !!

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    1. Marsha, this is a good sized house for over here, especially in a village - yes, you are too much of a Texan!

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  6. It's just lovely Heather.
    Should be gone in a flash!!!
    Cheers
    Anita

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    1. I hope you are right, Anita. Anthony is a lovely friend and the house is wonderful...

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  7. Hello Heather,
    What a gem this is. So much character and the owners have enhanced rather than modernized the home.
    It is a very attractive price considering how strong the US dollar is presently.
    Wishing a quick sale to the right owner
    Have a wonderful weekend
    xx

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    1. I think your wish sums up how I feel exactly, dear Helen. I have seen so many beautiful, historic homes get butchered here!
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend as well...
      xo
      H

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  8. Stop it ! :-)

    Aloha et Au revoir,
    Bill

    www.kauai-to-paris.com

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    1. Who Me? I have absolutely no idea what you mean, Bill... ;)

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  9. A touch of house envy here. The asking price is a steal for a character filled house this size in this area in Provence. Unfortunately my hands are tied with our commitment to My French Folly, but I know from the work that we have had done, that this house is exceptionally reasonably priced (especially for its size and location.) Amicalement.

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    1. Thank you so much for your opinion Elizabeth. I think so too but as I said right up front, I am biased! I hope all is well at MFF...
      Bisous...

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    1. Eh oui, that courtyard is just big enough to paint in...

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  11. Omg...so houses like that really to exsist!! Thanks for the lovely tour, maybe in my next life!! All the best, Chrissy

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    1. Yes, they do Chrissy. :) I have rarely seen such a beautifully designed one but they do!

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  12. This post was such a treat, Heather! This home speaks volumes. We see so many houses that are supposed to be "French design", they are usually a bit over the top & way too cute.
    Every room of this home is a study in taste, with a well developed eye.
    The beamed ceilings, limestone washed walls & concrete floors are beyond lovely, especially with the tiles in the kitchen. Your friend's interior design is
    the perfect compliment to the structure.
    I don't usually gush about houses, people frequently try too hard with interiors and betray the essence of a house. Certainly not the case with this home, it is exquisite!

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    1. Thank you so much for this response, Laura - I agree with you on every detail that you mentioned. Unfortunately, a lot of folks push the twee to the limit and homes here in Provence can end up looking like something out of a catalogue rather than real homes with a long history that live and breathe. Anthony and his partner have truly exceptional taste and I think that you will also really appreciate their new project as well and I hope to share that very soon. I will make sure that they see your comment as I know they will appreciate it!

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  14. What delight. Alas, owning a home in Provence is but a dream, a sweet one, but only a dream. This one is charming and move in ready. If I hear of anyone wanting such a place, I'll mention it.

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  15. Totally charming and genuine. So nice to see a place where the owners have not felt tempted to remove or modernise the "imperfections" and make it too perfect and slick. That would be to remove its charm and sense of calm. Hope it goes to owners who have the same sensibility! It's gorgeous! A little piece of french living...
    Cheers,
    Deborah

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    1. Absolutely. And that is interesting that you can sense the calm because I literally say outloud "I love this house" every time that I visit. And yes to the "imperfections"! They even left a patch of the old wallpaper in the hallway and it is fabulous!

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  16. SOLD............now let me go get the money from the ITALIAN HUSBAND!!!
    I LOVE IT!
    Wish me luck!
    You know how the ITALIANS and the FRENCH get along...........................OH< HONEY!!!!!!!
    I would love this............but how far away from YOU would I be!!!!!!!??XOXO

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    1. Ah now, that is the question isn't it? ;)

      I wish you Buono Fortuna on trying to convince Giampiero that this should be your new project!!!

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  17. Ah, I will go to bed dreaming of this charming home of many centuries. The colors and the rich patina are exquisite!

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Bonnes Rêves Genie et Bon Weekend aussi!

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  18. I shared the link on my FB page!
    Happy weekend Heather!

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    1. That is so kind of you! Merci, Greet. I can imagine that some of your wonderful readers will enjoy this house too...

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  19. I'm showing this to my husband!! Is it close to you?? I want it!!! xx

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  20. I love how they protected the patina, and that top floor suite is incredible. What a dream house.

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    1. It doesn't surprise me at all that you like it, Emily!

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  21. This looks just like the house I've been dreaming of, and the price is in the range we could pay for our next home. (Both are not true of one dwelling in the Pacific Northwest, I'm sure.) What stops me in my tracks: I am not willing to leave the Boys for long (especially Henry, in his 12-year-old glory) or to subject them to the vagaries of international canine travel. As you well know, the heart can pull us so strongly in opposite directions at once. Longingly, but happily, Leslie in Oregon

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    1. Most certainly, the puppers come first! They do in our household too, Leslie.

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  22. Dear Heather,
    Did you receive my email earlier this morning?
    xx
    Greet

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    1. No I didn't Greet! Otherwise of course I would have responded! :)

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  23. Heather,
    I wanted to let you know that Catherine emailed you. Hope you receiverd her email.
    xx
    Greet

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  24. The house has almost all the things you want. You can still shape it and chnage its contents and let it breath a different way, your new creative way.

    It’s exciting.

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    1. Absolutely Edgar! The "bones" are great and were respected during the renovation so it could work in many different contexts. Fun to think about...

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  25. I wish we had plans to move to Provence in the near future. But unfortunately not. This would definitely be a house I could see us live in.

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    1. I knew you would like this house, Loree.

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  26. It sounds like you would love it yourself Heather!!

    Really lovely as it is in such original condition - and of course those beams had me gawking at their beauty. Astonishing how cheap the prices in regional France are, for what one gets.

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    1. Oh my. If we were in the position to buy right now, I would not have done this post at all but another, further down the road, saying "Look what we just bought!" I have lived in Provence long enough to know how rare this is...Remi and I both love this house so much. None of us want it to go to someone who will take out the windows and replace them with PVC and cover tiles with big white squares!

      And from the beautiful homes that you have featured, I can absolutely see why you would say that - Australia is so expensive! But this is an especially good price for Provence.
      Bisous,
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  27. Heather what an enchanting and authentic home. I love everything about it!!
    A reasonable price as well!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Bunnies by Hunt Slonem

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  28. I think I need to move. (Even Mr. H. agrees that is a very reasonable price!) XOXO

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