A property, inspired by Tuscany, on almost 2 ha of farmland near to Toulon and a perched village in the Var department

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A property, inspired by Tuscany, on almost 2 ha of farmland near to Toulon and a perched village in the Var department
A property, inspired by Tuscany, on almost 2 ha of farmland near to Toulon and a perched village in the Var department.
Near to one of the medieval, perched villages in the French department of Var, one which has been used as a backdrop by writer and film director Marcel-Pagnol, this property stands discreetly amongst the vegetation, looking out over the surrounding hills and the villages of Le-Castellet, La-Cadière-d'Azur and Le-Beausset.
A green-belt area adjoins the property, itself set in a farming area. The AOC-Bandol vineyards visible from the property are but a stones throw away, whilst the beaches at Bandol, Sanary and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer are about 20 minutes away by car.
Motorway slip roads are less than 10 minutes away; Toulon and Marseille-St-Charles TGV train stations are respectively 30 and 50 minutes away; Toulon-Hyères and Marseille-Marignane airports are 50 minutes away.
This fully enclosed property can be reached via a little-used country lane. A gateway, with tall, wide gates, provides access to a driveway going down under local species of tall trees to a lower level behind the house, where a garage and a parking area are bordered by cypress trees. Terraces paved with terracotta tiles from Salernes, covered with wrought iron pergolas and a canopy, surround the house on three sides, protecting it from the sun and the heat. The main facade looks out over a garden, laid to lawn, planted with palm trees and a majestic oak tree, as well as a large, tiled swimming pool at the end of which are a succession of terraced areas, planted with a hundred or so olive trees. Here, there are two stone cabins, used as a workshop and a garden shed, as well as various water supply points.
The houseConstructed at the end of the 1940s, then extended at the beginning of the 1970s as well as in 1983, followed by recent renovation works, this house beautifully reflects its Italianate architecture, with its facades rendered in an ochre hue, its stone lower sections, its grey-tinted wooden shutters, its arched openings and its low roofs, covered with Roman tiles.
Constructed on three different surface levels, the base constituted by the garden level is rectangular in shape, and the main facade, featuring eight openings, faces south-east, in keeping with the tradition of all old Bastide houses. Approx. 75 m² of terraces, a canopy and a porch complete this property and are laid out as follows:
On the garden level: an 18 m² covered terrace, a 26 m² canopy and a 7 m² porch.
1st floor: 2 terraces spanning 8.55 and 8 m².
2nd floor: 1 terrace spanning 7.6 m²

Garden level
The house is entered via the porch set in the centre of the main facade. A curved, wrought iron grille opens on to a glazed door, giving access to the entrance hall. The latter houses a stairway going up to the first floor. On the south-east side, the entrance hall provides access to a vast, adjoining kitchen, reflecting red and black hues and featuring two French windows, followed by a summer kitchen, with a cross-rib vaulted ceiling. Two wide, arched, picture windows let in copious amounts of light. The floor is paved with terracotta tiles, inlaid with decoration. A corridor leaving from the entrance hall gives access, on one side, to a guest toilet and a cloakroom, laid out longwise, and, on the other side, to utility rooms such as a storeroom, a laundry room, numerous cupboards and an air-conditioned wine cellar. An outside door provides access via the laundry room from a covered terrace on the south side. A boiler room is located next to the laundry room and it too can be reached from the outside. Facing the kitchen, from the other side of the entrance hall, is a U-shaped reception area, spanning approx. 90 m². The rear section, with a lightwell, is laid with black and white floor tiles. Two of the walls feature exposed Vers stone, whilst the other section of the reception room is enhanced with a fireplace, flanked by bookcases. Floors are covered with terracotta tiles from Salernes. The French ceiling, supported by a concrete beam, is topped with a concrete screed. This section of the reception room, featuring two metal-framed, sliding openings, is bordered with a gallery, opening itself via two metal-framed, arched openings on to the outside terrace. A night-time area, spanning approx. 100 m², can be reached via a wrought iron grille set at the end of the gallery or via a door concealed in the bookcase. The area is composed of a dressing room, a bathroom, with a window, and two bedrooms. A first bedroom opens under the canopy, on the west side, courtesy of two French windows; another, which could also be used as a study, with a lightwell and a French window, also opens out under the canopy, itself featuring five arches. Numerous built-in storage units complete this area, floors are laid with first-class, Italianate ceramic tiles.
First floor
The stairway, with steps laid with tiles from Salernes and wooden nosing, goes up from the entrance hall to a vast, bright landing. A French window opens on to a terrace, embellished with a stone balustrade, set above the porch. A first suite, on the south-east side, takes up most of the floor. It comprises a large bedroom, with parquet flooring, illuminated via two French windows overlooking the garden, a bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe, each with a window, a study opening on to a covered terrace embellished with a stone balustrade, and a separate toilet. On the west side, a smaller suite comprises a large walk-in wardrobe, a bedroom, a shower room and a toilet.
Second floor
A concealed door opens off the first-floor landing on to a stairway going up to the second floor and leading directly into a bedroom. The latter is illuminated via a French window, opening on to a covered terrace on the garden side, and a window on the south side giving a vista of the Bay of Saint-Cyr as well as the rock known as the Bec-de-l'Aigle (Eagles Beak). A bathroom, with a toilet and two windows letting in copious amounts of light, can be reached via the bedroom.The outbuildingsThese outbuildings span a ground surface area of approx. 165 m² comprising a boiler room, a room housing pool machinery, a workshop, a garage, a garden shed, a cabin and a cellar.

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