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Long­ing for bet­ter weather, edi­tor Vicky Leigh is charmed by a pretty house in Provence

I’m cur­rently look­ing out of the of­fice win­dow at men­ac­ing skies and tor­ren­tial rain, so it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that I’m wish­ing I was still in Provence. A friend of mine is lucky enough to live there, and not for the first (or in­deed last) time I found my­self wish­ing I did too when I vis­ited her re­cently. So choos­ing my dream home this month gave me the per­fect op­por­tu­nity (or ex­cuse) to in­dulge in a spot of Provençal prop­erty shop­ping, and (for­tu­nately) it turns out I don’t need the bud­get of a red car­pet celebrity ei­ther. You cer­tainly get a lot more house for your money if you move away from the Riviera, and this one even comes with my favourite fea­ture too – pale blue shut­ters.

Set on a pri­vate plot of al­most 3,000m2 of land, this re­cently built house near Lorgues in Var has plenty of space both out­side and in. The grounds in­clude a land­scaped gar­den and pé­tanque court, not to men­tion a swim­ming pool and large ter­race sur­round­ing it, and with the prospect of so much sun­shine I’d have no trou­ble putting all of the above to good use. But equally I’d also want to spend time in­side, which has the feel of a cosy, coun­try farm­house. I love the wooden beams in the liv­ing room and kitchen, and I’d def­i­nitely be com­fort­able in the master suite, which has a bath­room and dress­ing area. With four bed­rooms in to­tal I’d be able to of­fer guests a bed for the night too should we de­cide to open the rosé. Which ob­vi­ously we will, per­haps after a game of pé­tanque.

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