Our dream home

A light, bright home in Provence wins Stephanie Shel­drake over this month

Living France - - Contents - smartfind­er­var.com

One of my ab­so­lute musthaves in a dream home is light, bright rooms. Crooked half-tim­bered cot­tages may be quaint to look at, but my ideal home is one that has tra­di­tional French style with­out com­pro­mis­ing on light. For me it brings a sense of calm and space and a con­nec­tion with the out­side world.

This stone villa near Lorgues in Var seems to com­bine both per­fectly. Built in 2003 in a tra­di­tional Provençal style, the villa has ex­posed stone and beams giv­ing it much of the charm that is typ­i­cal of so many prop­er­ties in this area, al­beit in a mod­ern way. The rooms are dec­o­rated in a clean, sim­ple style with white walls, giv­ing this home a re­lax­ing spa­cious feel. A sense of space con­tin­ues out­side – the villa sits in three and a half acres of land, and there is a 12 x 7 me­tre in­fin­ity pool, a cov­ered ter­race with fire and bar­be­cue, mak­ing it easy to make the most of the long sunny days.

The prop­erty boasts three ter­races, giv­ing plenty of op­tions for sit­ting back and en­joy­ing the views of the stun­ning wooded coun­try­side.

There is a large open-plan re­cep­tion room, din­ing area and fully fit­ted kitchen – ideal for en­ter­tain­ing guests. And if any want to stay over, there is no short­age of space with five en-suite bed­rooms – two on the first floor and three on the gar­den level with doors lead­ing to a ter­race with lovely views of the Provençal land­scape.

Lo­ca­tion is so im­por­tant when it comes to buy­ing a prop­erty, and the pretty lit­tle town of Lorgues has shops, restau­rants and ameni­ties. Not only that, ac­cess to the prop­erty is straight­for­ward with the TGV sta­tion of Les Arcs close by, and the air­ports of Nice and Mar­seille are ap­prox­i­mately a one-and-a-half hour’s drive away.

My ideal home is one that has tra­di­tional French style with­out com­pro­mis­ing on light. For me it brings a sense of calm and space” - says as­sis­tant ed­i­tor Stephanie Shel­drake

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