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House Viens (84)

Price: € 650,000
  • Surface 300 m2
  • Rooms 15 
  • Bedrooms 5 
  • Land 120 m2

An 11th century village house in the midst of the Luberon mountains.
In the midst of the Luberon mountains, in a little, authentically Provencal, hilltop village, a delight for the eyes and for enthusiasts of medieval villages, an hour from the A7 motorway, 1½ hours from Avignon TGV train station and Marseille international airport, 15 minutes from Apt, with its many shops and its weekly market which was created in the 12th century. In a dominant position on its rocky spur, protected from the Mistral winds, the view extends for as far as the eye can see, taking in unspoilt, natural surroundings, grandiose landscapes composed of hills, reflecting the green hues so dear to local writer, Jean-Giono, cultivated fields, rows of vines and olive trees with, on the horizon, the Luberon mountains dominated by Mont-Mourre.
The early history of this little village resembles that of its neighbours: their subsoils having been scattered with souvenirs of their Neolithic, Gallic and Gallo-Roman inhabitants, followed in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries by the most outstanding period of its history when the village emerged culturally and economically and constructed its extraordinary architectural heritage. The narrow streets are a treat for the eyes: facades of houses constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries are adorned with windows featuring mullions and crossbars, geminated windows and doors with finely decorated lintels. Below the village, the parish church predominantly dates back to the 12th century, notably with its outstanding Romanesque bell-tower, the upper section of which features semi-circular arched geminated windows on each of its sides, enhanced with a Lombard band of blind arcading.
This property, with approx. 300 m² of living space spanning three levels, two half levels and a garden level on the south side, is no doubt the most outstanding in the village and stands in its centre. Facing south, it has a completely unobstructed view over the Luberon mountains and a communal garden laid out at the foot of its south facade. Its construction dates back to the year 1150, when it was called the “Tower House”. The arch on the east facade was one of the gates providing access to the village. Following the construction of ramparts enclosing the old village in 1380, it became known as the “Commander’s House”. Many centuries later, the current owner has devoted 25 years to restoring and embellishing this exceptional property. The south facade is enhanced with windows featuring mullions and crossbars, geminated windows and a covered terrace adorned with a monolithic column, topped with an ornate capital. The more impressive north facade, composed of regularly-laid exposed stone, features tall, narrow mullioned windows. Its Roman tile roof, is edged with a triple cornice and copper guttering.
The main houseThis house blends the codes of Romanesque architecture, the first great style created in the Middle-Ages after the decline of the Greek-Roman civilisation, the Renaissance style enhancing notions of symmetry, proportion, regularity and balanced motifs. The outside masonry walls are constructed from perpend stone, carefully aligned in horizontal courses. The corners of the house are embellished with rusticated masonry quoins. The south facades feature mullioned windows designed using the aesthetic golden ratio rules and including a Latin cross, geminated windows. Views over the Luberon mountains.
First floor
The main door, topped with a finely decorated, basket-handle-arched lintel, is set in the north facade. A small paved square leads to a first landing. On a slightly lower level, a toilet and a bathroom. A few steps on the first landing lead to the first level: on the east side, the old kitchen, with three windows making it very bright, has been preserved with its “potager” (a secondary …

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Advertiser reference: 194867 - Le Figaro Properties reference: 32258271

In detail

    • Surface 300 m2
    • Rooms 15
    • Bedrooms 5
    • Land 120 m2
    • Construction N/A*
    • Parking N/A*
    • Bathrooms 1
    • Toilets N/A*
    • Exposure N/A*
    • Heating N/A*
    • Kitchen N/A*
    • Property tax N/A*
  • Energy Performance Certificate

    in KWhPE/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 50
    • B 51 to 90
    • C 91 to 150
    • D 151 to 230
    • E 231 to 330
    • F 331 to 450
    • G > 451

    GreenHouse Gas emission

    in CO2eqkg/m²/year

    N/A*
    • A ≤ 5
    • B 6 to 10
    • C 11 to 20
    • D 21 to 35
    • E 36 to 55
    • F 56 to 80
    • G > 80
  • € 650,000

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