La Bastide d'Angouire

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04 May 2021  |  Holidays

A 200 year-old Provençal Bastide

Nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale just outside one of the most 'beautiful villages in France'. It includes a private pool, kid-friendly bedrooms and a setting to fall in love with.

Bordered on one side by a gentle mountain stream, with small cascades and rock-pools, and on the other by gradually sloping rock terraces covered in aromatic herbs and olive trees, this rare property has been stylishly renovated and is exceptional both inside and out. This house is uniquely situated to discover incredible landscapes and enjoy hikes, bike trails, sailing, paddle, canoe, rafting and canyoning, as well as the culinary delights of the region, for a holiday that you will always remember. Relax in the sun with a good book by the pool, enjoy numerous outdoor activities and end your day dining at Alain Ducasse's Michelin-starred 'la Bastide de Moustiers' or in any of the many lovely restaurants in Moustiers.

This hideaway offers a variety of occupations for everyone in the family, ranging from peaceful to adventurous: there are many beautiful walks and hikes inside the property for families with babies and young children. For older siblings and parents, scenic drives and hikes in the Gorges du Verdon, along the river and around the village of Moustiers. In addition, the Lac de Saint-Croix (the fourth largest in France) is 5 minutes' drive away, where kids can swim, stand-up paddle, canoe, hobie-cat or windsurf. Canyoning, rafting, rock-climbing and abseiling, paragliding discovery and bungee jumping (from the highest spot in Europe) are some of the other more sporty or adrenaline-filled activities that older siblings can enjoy.

About the location... The residence is at the southernmost tip of the Alpes de Haute Provence, at an altitude of 500m, right next to Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Mountain bike or E-biking is possible on numerous trails of all levels, along peaceful rivers, lavender fields or high cliffs, and you can rent E-bikes in nearby Greoux-les-Bains. It is next to the Gorges du Verdon and is easily accessible by car, taking 2 hours from Nice or Marseilles Airport. It is 1½ hours from Aix or Avignon train stations and the same from the Mediterranean at Saint-Tropez, Fréjus or Cannes. It is 5 minutes from the street markets of gorgeous Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and from the Sainte Croix lake La Cadena nautic base, right along the edge of the renowned Gorges du Verdon. Car rental is essential in this area.

Accommodation details... This farmhouse has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and measures 240 m². The house is set in 15 acres with a garden including a mountain stream with rock-pools and a 10 x 4 metres pool with an open view on the valley. The ground floor is open plan with a dining room, study/living room and kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and induction hobs on a convenient central island. Connecting sliding doors lead to both outside terraces. Another sitting room on the ground floor, with double sofas, bookshelves and a flat satellite TV, has an open fireplace. The main guest bedroom is on the ground floor and has an ensuite bathroom and doors to the terrace. On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with island bath and ensuite bathroom plus dressing room. There is also a bedroom with 2 twin beds on this floor, a bedroom with a double bed and a bedroom with a bunk bed. Bathrooms include showers and bathtubs.

Style notes... Dream house. This XVIIIth century country house has been fully renovated using top quality fixtures and fittings, including double-glazed windows and underfloor heating, to create a historic home with modern comforts The bastide is all about the amazing scenery on your doorstep: the entire Angouire Vale is yours to enjoy from the Vallonge mountain stream to the top of the hill covered in rock terraces. You can lounge by the pool, read and enjoy pristine views of the surrounding mountains, especially at apéritif time as the sun sets on the mountains above. You can walk up the fragrant terraces covering the side of the valley and gaze out over the Lac de Saint-Croix or take the mountain walk into the village for fresh croissants. It is the perfect backdrop for a dream stay in this most wonderful corner of France. We love the freestanding bathtub for fun bathtimes with the kids, the sweet in-built bunk beds and calming, neutral colours throughout.

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Thierry Neveux

I am the property owner of La Bastide d'Angouire in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France.

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