Provence Holiday Villa: Les Oliviers, Bargemon

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View of house from pool
Pool from master bedroom
View of Bargemon from front veranda

Villa Les Oliviers was built earlier last century. Once the highest dwelling in the fortified medieval village of Bargemon, it is still the best vantage point over the ancient roofs, yet only a few steps from the centre of the village.The villa is on an acre of land originally belonging to Count de Boisgelin, a former local mayor. It includes thesite of a tiny chapel,close to the house, now converted into a glass-fronted writer's studio.There is a large (5 X12 metre) pool, generous plage, and a separate pool house which has its own “crow’s nest”terrace and eating area.

The property is on spectacular terrain, and the house has been specifically remodelled so that the inspiring views can be seen from as many places as possible, both inside and outside the villa. The setting is a pine forest which extends behind the house, once concealing several large natural caves. The magnificent rolling hills of verdant eastern Provence can be viewed for miles around. In the distance is the village of Claviers, perched on a wooded spur. "On a clear day", as they say, you can see the sea off the bay of St.Tropez.

The house has been extensively renovated (most recently in 2010) as a family residence by the present owners. It comprises an L-shaped sitting-room, featuring a fire-place as well as a bay with floor-to-ceiling windows. The roofs of Bargemon seem to extend directly from the bamboo below the glassed-in bay, which is one of the favoured eating areas. There is also a good upright piano with music for players of all standards. A corridor leads to two full double bedrooms, one West-facing with a full “tout-de-suite” bathroom, i.e. connected to the main room through a wide arch! The other (South and West-facing) room has spectacular views of the village and surrounding hills which can also be enjoyed from its own large (15sq. metres) balcony designed by the owners for the beginning and end of languid summer days. Also on this floor is a marble shower-room with lavatory, and a good-sized kitchen,fully equipped with fridge/freezer, washing-machine, dishwasher and ample cupboard space.Adjoining the kitchen is a terrace, ideal for al fresco meals, with a Weber barbecue.

On a lower floor, reached by the outside staircase, there are two further bedrooms of a good size, each with an en suite shower-room and basin. There is also a separate lavatory in the corridor between the two rooms. Each room is furnished with period wooden double-beds; one of the rooms has a second single bed. They both open directly on to the garden and pool area.

Total privacy.The house stands on its own, no other property overlooks it.

Views of master bedroom
Views of master bedroom
Back bedroom
Back bedroom
Shower room
Terrace off master bedroom
Pool from house
View of pool from bedroom terrace
Pool by night
Scrabble, backgammon and books
Drawing room
Pool and poolhouse
large new terrace off the kitchen
large new terrace off the kitchen
kitchen leading on to new terrace
Main living-room

The 12-metre pool has its own generous surround, as well as stone terraces above. There is a 'pool-house' above the pool with a large patio ideal for sundown aperitifs. On the other side of the house is a flat pinede among the pines which makes another charming eating (or siesta) venue. Above it is the writer's studio, which can be furnished with a bed and a table for the prospective author! The rest of the garden consists of terraces with a number of fruit and nut trees (olives, figs, cherries and almonds), rose bushes, lavender and the famous herbs of Provence. There are thirty wide steps down to the garage.

Veranda from drawing room
Books, books, and more books
View from master bedroom
Just above the pool
Pool house
From pool house
Lower level bedroom
Writer's studio
West terrace
Village from pool-house
Pool-house patio
Thai spirit house
House-play outside master bedroom

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