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