Bastide Brignoles (83)
In Brignoles, looking out over an enclosed, verdant garden, a large, 19th century, middle-class home.
Just a stone’s throw from the historic centre of the little town of Brignoles, with its large, Saturday morning market. This little town, once the county town of the French department of Var, has the advantage of being well located courtesy of its proximity to Aix-en-Provence; 40 minutes from Toulon TGV train station; an hour from Marseille airport; 75 minutes from Nice airport; 45 minutes from the beaches in Hyères and Issambres; an hour from Sainte-Croix lake and Verdon Gorges; less than 2 hours from the ski slopes; 5 minutes from small shops and a shopping district.
This middle-class home, spanning approx. 500 m² of living space, was built in the 19th century. Facing south, it has a double overhanging cornice and 8 facade openings on each of its three levels. The ground floor features two symmetrical doors, with stone surrounds and glass fanlights, which lead indoors. All the shutters are slatted and made of wood. The garden, spanning just over 1,100 m², is dotted with old trees (magnolia, ginkgo-biloba, acacia, pine, boxwood) which provide shade in the summer. It is enclosed by walls, keeping the swimming pool out of sight of onlookers. Made by Desjoyaux, with chlorine filtration, the pool measures 8x4 m and is surrounded by stone decking and a wooden terrace. A veranda and a guest house also look out over the pool area. Six different sorts of gates open on to the street. One set of double gates lets vehicles on to the property.
The main houseThe outside dimensions measure approx. 10x20 m. Almost all the bedrooms have fireplaces, all a different marble. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles, parquet flooring, stone or polished concrete and all the windows still have their indoor shutters.
The main entrance and its heavy old door open on to the north side, facing the street, and two other doors provide access to the garden on the south side. A west-facing room is illuminated via a large picture window which lets in copious amounts of light. It is adjoined by a small storage room, with an exit on to the street possible. A door on the north side opens into a little courtyard where a Jacuzzi has been installed, out of sight of onlookers. Adjoining, a large, through kitchen, with an eating area, is set out in an old stable. The floor is laid with stone and polished concrete and an exposed stone wall gives some contrast to the room and enhances its size. The kitchen is extended on the north side by a back kitchen-laundry room and a boiler room, next to the stairway. The remaining space is divided into three lounges with parquet flooring: a first, with a modern fireplace, opens into the second via two symmetrical passageways; a third, smaller one on the other side of the entrance hall, is used as a television room. A toilet and a cloakroom open into the north-south, through entrance hall. The walls of the latter are painted with floral decoration that extends into the stairwell.
A classical stairway, with terracotta tile steps, wooden nosing and wrought iron railings, goes upstairs from the entrance hall on the road side. The old, north-facing kitchen has been preserved with its potager (a secondary hearth where soups and other previously prepared dishes were cooked on embers), its Cassis stone sink, its Provencal style extraction hood and its cable system for opening the entrance door on the ground floor. A long corridor provides access to four bedrooms, each with two windows overlooking the peaceful, verdant garden. The ceilings are painted with floral, bird or Oriental motifs. The floors are covered with terracotta tiles. The windows feature indoor shutters with diagonal-shaped motifs and panelled lower sections. A fifth bedroom, a shower room, a …
Le Figaro Properties reference: 27414913