Mas Aubenas (07)
- 620 m2
- 17 rooms
- 10 bedrooms
An 18th century residence, with a guest house and a swimming pool, at the foot of a little town on a rocky promontory in the south of Ardèche.
This property is in the south of the French department of Ardèche, along one of the old roads between the Rhône Valley and highest points of the Auvergne region, on the outskirts of the Ardèche mountain regional nature park, midway between the Ardèche mountains where the river Loire originates and the Ardèche gorges where the natural Pont-d'Arc stone bridge is classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco. It stands at the foot of a rocky promontory, on which a small town has grown up from a 12th century castle. The hilltop town abounds in narrow, picturesque streets along which historic residences sometimes house cafés. It also hosts a lively, fragrant and colourful market every Saturday morning; a must for enthusiasts of local wines and produce.
An hour from Montélimar and its TGV train station. Avignon and its international airport are less than 2 hours away whilst the Mediterranean Sea is 2œ hours away.
This property, out of sight of onlookers, extends over fully enclosed parklands which span approx. 5,500 m² and are bordered by a canal. Standing below the town, once governed by the noble Montlaur family, this middle-class residence was constructed in 1750 in the middle of the spinning district of the Ardèche's fast-growing textile industry. A stone caretaker's cottage, transformed into a guest house, stands nearby, not far from the swimming pool. The parklands, planted with lush Mediterranean plants, are enhanced with little ornamental pools.
The 18th century residenceThis stone building features two sections, one spanning four levels and the other spanning three. The main facade, featuring the entrance, has been lime rendered and several rows of overhanging cornices precede the roofs. A central flight of stone steps goes up to a vast terrace, running the width of the building.
Double wooden doors, with glazed upper sections protected by wrought ironwork, open into a wide vestibule with cement floor tiles. A stairway, with wooden steps and intricate wrought iron railings, is at the end. This vestibule initially provides access to the lounges. Two small lounges, heated by two marble fireplaces, are now intercommunicating. Parquet flooring looks up at two superb ceiling roses. The double lounge opens into a conservatory, housed in an old greenhouse laid out at the end of the terrace. The vestibule also leads to a dining room, featuring cement floor tiles and a black marble fireplace. A rose decorates the centre of the ceiling. It adjoins a functional kitchen that opens on to the terrace. A door at the back opens into a vestibule which runs the length of the residence, meeting the entrance vestibule at right angles. It provides access to a separate toilet, a linen room and a cloakroom, all preceding the stairway. A study then communicates with the lounge and, finally, a bedroom with its own bathroom.
The central stairway goes up to the first floor. Midway, double doors open on to a terrace, laid out behind the residence. The first floor has parquet flooring throughout. A wide vestibule provides access to five bright, spacious bedrooms, each with its own bath or shower room. A linen room completes this level. The stairway continues up to the top floor.
A landing welcomes residents to the second floor and provides access to two attics which precede the bedrooms. There is parquet flooring throughout. The attics, on either side of the landing, are laid out under the slopes of a first roof. One of them houses a dark room. The landing leads to a long vestibule providing access to two independent bedrooms and a suite, comprising two bedrooms with a shower room and a separate ...
reference : 580959 - Le Figaro Properties reference : 17403309