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Stunning Private Estate with Authentic 1803 Bastide, Minutes from Center of Aix

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COMPLETED IN 1803, THOUGH PARTS OF MAIN HOUSE DATE FROM THE LATE 18TH CENTURY

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Aix en Provence chateau / country house description

AIX EN PROVENCE, FRANCE

La Belle is for those seeking the ideal South-of-France experience. The estate features a large ancient Provençal bastide (5,400 square feet) that has been modernized, with its authenticity, history and charm preserved. There are two separate guest houses as well. All of the essentials exist for a perfect holiday in Provence right out of the movies such as 'A Good Year': beds imported from the USA, duvets and high thread count sheets, cook's kitchen, beautiful pool, soccer field, tennis court, boule court, and 200 year old Plane trees that provide shade for dining and entertaining on a massive gravel courtyard. The setting is a totally private 7 acres, but incredibly, the bustling center of Aix is only 10 minutes away. Additional photographs can be found at: strikingly.com/aixlabellebastide

This property consists of the 6 bedroom/4.5 bathroom 'Maison Principal', finished in 1803 with 2 foot thick walls, tall ceilings, ancient flooring & original doors, windows and shutters. It is a truly authentic Provençal bastide, facing due south with 3 floors of occupancy. The kitchen is equipped for both family living and catered entertaining: Two huge ovens, 10 burners, 2 dishwashers, microwave, 2 large Lieberr refrigerators, 'Nespresso' and coffee/tea pots, plus storage cabinets. silverware, cooking utensils and appliances, Provençal linens, serving pieces, lots of wine glasses and simple white ceramic dinnerware are all provided. Directly off the kitchen is a stunning, covered dining area with a fireplace and pizza oven. There is a dining room which seats 12, living room, two family rooms, and a media room. There is a full laundry room with washer and dryer as well as a line-dry area if you want to live like a local!

There are six lovely bedrooms and 4 1/2 Bathrooms that are basic, very functional, and for the most part, original. There are two guest houses, one with two bedrooms/1bath and one with one
bedroom/1bath.

The exterior grounds are georgeous. The main automatic gated entry and gravel driveway have magnificent presence. The main house and massive Plane trees come into view. To the right of the house is an enormous lawn, the 12.5 meter pool and pool house (changing rooms, bar and bathroom), then down to the tennis and boule courts and soccer field (with Mulberry and Olive trees). Landscaping is mature and the ancient Plane trees in front of the Bastide are breathtaking.

The Parker family manages the property and they make holidays memorable for all of La Belle guests. They speak English and French and can help advise and arrange any kind of excursion.

Please Feel free to call or email if you need additional information or photos.

The Grounds:

· Two Formal gated entries, one Main entry with security camera and automatic opening mechanism and one Service entry.
· Park like setting on 2.8 Hectares (Approximately 7 acres) with spectacular Plane Trees shading house and dining areas.
· Tennis Court with Tennis House which is equipped with dressing rooms.
· Pool with Pool House with wet bar, changing rooms and bathroom.
· Teak pool furniture including dining table/chairs
· Regulation Boules de Petanque court.
. Soccer filed with goals
· Outdoor Kitchen/Dining area with fabulous pine farm dining table and chairs accommodating 12 people comfortably. Plus pizza oven and huge stainless steel Webber gas BBQ.
· Outdoor lighting of walkways, dining areas and recreation sights.
· Large Guest Parking Areas in service area.
· Location is unique in that the property is surrounded by farmland, but only 10 minutes from downtown Aix-en-Provence and its historic main boulevard, Cours Mirabeau, with its great 'Rotonde' fountain.

The property is quiet and very private.
· 15 minutes to TGV and 25 to Marginane-Marseille International Airport. Direct access of to the house is via a small gravel road which terminates approximately 300 meters after the property. This creates a very private entry with little traffic.

Main House

* 6 beds and 4.5 baths
* Master Bedroom, 1 king
* #1 Guest Room, 1 king
* #2 Guest Room, 1 king or twin.
* #3 Guest Room, 2 Twins or queen
* #4 2 Twin Beds
* #5 Twin bed.

Other amenities include:

· Pillow top American made mattresses
· American type shower heads with good pressure
· Totally equipped Kitchen with top of the line appliances including dish drawers, large refrigerators with wine storage and double ovens.
· Dining rooms seats 12
· Living room and family room, both with large fireplaces, plus additional family room and media room
· Laundry room with stacking Miele Washer/Dryer
· Children's play room/ movie room
· Media room + office with fax and wireless internet
· Wireless internet in the kitchen.

Guest Houses

· Guest House #1 - 1 Bedroom and 1 bath, Small kitchenette, king bed
. Guest House #2 - 2 Bedroom and 1 bath, king and two twins

· Property Managers, The Parkers, reside on-site and are English and French speaking.
· Sports equipment including bicycles, and vespa rental is negotiable.
· House cleaner 3 days per week included, 3 hours daily.
· Gardener/Pool maintenance included

Keywords: Beautiful & Private Estate, Close to Aix Center

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 490 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Swimming Pool, soccer field, tennis court, basketball hoop, ping pong, children's play room (with flat screen) foosball (mini foot) boules de petanque, pine forest, fully fenced 18 acres of land. Children can very happily stay home while parents head off to the market or tour for the day....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

          • MASTER: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 2: 1 king

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          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

            CAN ALSO BE MADE UP AS A KING...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

            CAN ALSO BE MADE UP AS A QUEEN...moreless

          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

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          • Bedroom 6: 1 twin/ single

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          • GUEST HOUSE #1: 1 king

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          • GUEST HOUSE #2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

            TWO BEDROOMS, 1 BATH, LIVING ROOM, KITCHENETTE...moreless

          • All mattresses are of high quality. The sleeping is set up for 4 couples plus children with two couples in the Main House and one couple in each Guest House. Two cribs plus linens can be assembled in the room of your choice upon request....moreless

          Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • MASTER BATHROOM: toilet, shower, bidet

            SEPARATE TOILET ROOM AND DRESSING AREA...moreless

          • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

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          • Bathroom 5: toilet

            LOCATED ON THE FIRST LEVEL...moreless

          • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

            LOCATED ACROSS FROM GUEST ROOM #2...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            PRIVATE TO GUEST ROOM #1, TWO SINKS...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • We bought 'La Belle', this amazing and historic place, because it provides everything essential to a true Provençal experience. The house is ancient, though completely modernized and is very close to the center of Aix despite its private location on 7 acres. The drive in sets the tone with a stunning view of Saint Victoire, the mountain Cézanne never tired of painting. We lived here for two years with our four children and it was an incredible experience. We have a wealth of information about day trips and how to best coordinate them. We also have many local contacts for: dinners catered at home, dining out, catamaran rentals, skiing, art/sculpure tours, hiking, wine tasting/buying, golfing, schools, traveling around Europe via air and TGV, touring the countless villages, and where to go in Aix, etc, etc. But, be warned, it's very hard to leave the house! ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Foosball
              • Games
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Satellite / Cable:

                42 inch flat screen plasma tv with dvd players for both zone 1 dvds (north America) and zone 2 dvd's (Europe)....moreless

              • Television:

                A flat screen is available in the Family Room directly next to the kitchen and in the Media room. There is no TV in either of the guest houses....moreless

              • Video Library:

                We have +-100 videos on DVD format....moreless

              Theme

                  • Family

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Monument View:

                    From some parts of the property, one can see the Sainte-Victoire, the mountain made famous mountain by Cezanne. Exactly 4.5 kilometers from our driveway, is in the center of Aix-en-Provence. Our bastide is authentic and was rumored to be owned by 'Mirabeau', of the Cours Mirabeau, the famous main boulevard in the Centre Ville D'Aix....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    Beautiful country Views with views of Sainte-Victoire....moreless

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Dining:

                    Indoor as well as ample outdoor dining areas...moreless

                  • Dining Room
                  • Seating for 12 people

                  General

                  • Broadband Access:

                    Wi-Fi internet functions in most areas of the main level of the Bastide. ...moreless

                  • Clothes Dryer:

                    Line for outside drying on a sunny day and stacking Miele dryer in full laundry room...moreless

                  • Fireplace:

                    In Living Room, Family Room and Outdoor Dining Area....moreless

                  • Free Long Distance:

                    Free Calls to Land Lines...moreless

                  • Garage
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Radiator Heat...moreless

                  • Internet:

                    In Kitchen and Media Room...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    100% cotton high thread count imported sheets. 100% cotton towels and pillow cases; down pillows and duvets. All the nicest, simple, white sheets and towels....moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                  • Parking Off Street:

                    Parking is abundant but the dedicated parking area is set for 4 cars. The entire property is fenced and entry / exit through an automatic gate. Additional off street parking is available....moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine:

                    Stack Washer Miele...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace:

                    Two beautiful authentic, original 1803 fireplaces are fully operational and firewood is included (no fires in June, July or August please)....moreless

                  Kitchen

                  • Catering Available:

                    A cook can be arranged at additional costs. The kitchen is directly accessed by both the interior and exterior dining rooms for ease of catered meals. This property is ideally suited for very high end entertaining....moreless

                  • Coffee Maker:

                    Nespresso maker as well as regular drip coffee pot and tea pot...moreless

                  • Cooking Utensils:

                    Abundant Utensils. ...moreless

                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                    All provided...moreless

                  • Dishwasher:

                    Whirlpool double dish drawers....moreless

                  • Kitchen:

                    10 burner SMEG ranges with two large ovens. Double Dish Drawer dishwasher, two very large refrigerators, microwave, all normal pots and pans typical of a well equipped cook's kitchen....moreless

                  • Microwave
                  • Oven:

                    Two large ovens with 10 burners...moreless

                  • Refrigerator:

                    Liebherr side by side, large....moreless

                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Bicycles
                  • Deck / Patio:

                    The outside area is approximately 1000 square feet (90 m 2) with a tile roof, fireplace and wood burning pizza oven. Outdoor area has an antique farm table with seating for 10 to 12. We dine outside in front of the fire during the months of March, April, May and September and October (sometimes even in November). It is a lovely Provincial experience to view the plane trees and garden while dining in front of the fire outside!...moreless

                  • Golf:

                    Golf is approximately 5 miles away....moreless

                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    In addition to the covered eating area, we have a teak dining table for 12 under the ancient Plane trees....moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Tennis

                  Payment Type

                  • Amex
                  • Eurocard
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Private Pool:

                        12.5 meter by 6 meter pool. pool cover. Not heated....moreless

                       

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                      Nov to Apr .. 6000 Euros/week
                      May and Oct...... 7,000 Euros/week
                      Jun ...... 8,000 Euros/week
                      Jul & Sept...... 9,000 Euros/week
                      Aug ...... 10,000 Euros/week
                      50% DISCOUNT 6,000 euros per month for sept 2013 to June 12 2013+ utilities
                      Normal long term rates are 12,000 per month- now 50% discount
                      

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                      Location

                      15 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Marseille Provence Airport
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Les Milles
                      19 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Marseille SNCM
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Golf D'Aix En Provence-Set Club
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      AIX-EN-PROVENCE TGV
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      A8; A51;D9;D7
                      0.5 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Le Mas Des Écureuils
                      45 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Mont Ventoux
                      15 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      L'Escale Borely

                      Car: Recommended

                      Nature walks in the area are fabulous. The bike ride to our local bakery or 'boulangerie' is approximately 5 minutes along a quiet country lane.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2007

                      About the owner: We live in California with our four children and love to travel.

                      Why the Owner Chose Aix en Provence:
                      We lived at La Belle for 2 years, from 2007-2009 and it was one the best things we have ever done as a family. We relocated back to California in 2009. Life in Aix is fantastic and our house serves as an amazing base to explore Provence and all of Europe.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                      La Belle is within 10 minutes of all the metropolitan assets of central Aix including world-class theater, dance, shopping and schools. However, it is in the quiet countryside, so the location benefits from the best of both worlds.


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                      Speaks: english, french

                       

                      Photos

                      • COMPLETED IN 1803, THOUGH PARTS OF MAIN HOUSE DATE FROM THE LATE 18TH CENTURY

                        COMPLETED IN 1803, THOUGH PARTS OF MAIN HOUSE DATE FROM THE LATE 18TH CENTURY

                      • SECURE GATED ENTRY WITH ELECTRONIC REMOTE OPENER

                        SECURE GATED ENTRY WITH ELECTRONIC REMOTE OPENER

                      • DINING ON THE COURTYARD UNDER THE PLANE TREES WITH THE SOCCER FIELD IN DISTANCE

                        DINING ON THE COURTYARD UNDER THE PLANE TREES WITH THE SOCCER FIELD IN DISTANCE

                      • POOL & POOL HOUSE WTH BATHROOM, CHANGING ROOMS AND BAR

                        POOL & POOL HOUSE WTH BATHROOM, CHANGING ROOMS AND BAR

                      • BOULES AND TENNIS COURTS & TENNIS HOUSE

                        BOULES AND TENNIS COURTS & TENNIS HOUSE

                      • DINING ROOM AND FAMILY ROOM WITH LARGE FIREPLACE

                        DINING ROOM AND FAMILY ROOM WITH LARGE FIREPLACE

                      • LIVING ROOM HAS STUNNING, ORIGINAL 1803 WINDOWS

                        LIVING ROOM HAS STUNNING, ORIGINAL 1803 WINDOWS

                      • MASTER BATHROOM WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER, CLOSET AND SEPARATE TOILET ROOM

                        MASTER BATHROOM WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER, CLOSET AND SEPARATE TOILET ROOM

                      • BATHROOM TO GUEST ROOM #2 WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER AND TOILET

                        BATHROOM TO GUEST ROOM #2 WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER AND TOILET

                      • BATHROOM WITH TWO SINKS, TUB, SHOWER AND PRIVATE TOILET ROOM

                        BATHROOM WITH TWO SINKS, TUB, SHOWER AND PRIVATE TOILET ROOM

                      • GUEST ROOM #4 HAS TWO TWINS, LOVELY WINDOWS AND A BEAMED CEILING

                        GUEST ROOM #4 HAS TWO TWINS, LOVELY WINDOWS AND A BEAMED CEILING

                      • MEDIA ROOM ON THE 3RD LEVEL

                        MEDIA ROOM ON THE 3RD LEVEL

                      • THE MAIN HOUSE IS THREE LEVELS AND FEATURES ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR PLANE TREES

                        THE MAIN HOUSE IS THREE LEVELS AND FEATURES ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR PLANE TREES

                      • OUTDOOR COVERED DINING AREA WITH FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

                        OUTDOOR COVERED DINING AREA WITH FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

                      • VIEW OVER THE POOL AND FRONT LAWN WITH SOCCER FIELD IN THE BACKGROUND

                        VIEW OVER THE POOL AND FRONT LAWN WITH SOCCER FIELD IN THE BACKGROUND

                      • FROM THE BOULE COURT LOOKING ON TO THE TENNIS COURT AND TENNIS HOUSE

                        FROM THE BOULE COURT LOOKING ON TO THE TENNIS COURT AND TENNIS HOUSE

                      • KITCHEN WITH TWO OVENS, 10 BURNERS, LARGE FRIDGE AND DISH DRAWERS

                        KITCHEN WITH TWO OVENS, 10 BURNERS, LARGE FRIDGE AND DISH DRAWERS

                      • BEAUTIFUL LIVING ROOM WITH ORIGINAL FLOORS, WINDOWS, FIREPLACE AND CEILING

                        BEAUTIFUL LIVING ROOM WITH ORIGINAL FLOORS, WINDOWS, FIREPLACE AND CEILING

                      • MASTER WITH KING BED, 18TH C. PROVENÇAL CHEST, HIGH CEILINGS, HUGE WINDOWS

                        MASTER WITH KING BED, 18TH C. PROVENÇAL CHEST, HIGH CEILINGS, HUGE WINDOWS

                      • GUEST ROOM #1 WITH A KING BED, BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS AND PRIVATE BATHROOM

                        GUEST ROOM #1 WITH A KING BED, BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS AND PRIVATE BATHROOM

                      • GUEST ROOM #2 HAS SOARING CEILINGS, HUGE WINDOWS AND CAN BE MADE INTO A KING BED

                        GUEST ROOM #2 HAS SOARING CEILINGS, HUGE WINDOWS AND CAN BE MADE INTO A KING BED

                      • GUEST ROOM #3, 2 TWINS OR CAN HAVE A QUEEN BED. TALL CEILING, WINDOW TO FOUNTAIN

                        GUEST ROOM #3, 2 TWINS OR CAN HAVE A QUEEN BED. TALL CEILING, WINDOW TO FOUNTAIN

                      • Guest Room #5, a charming room with custom pine bed, two windows & book shelves

                        Guest Room #5, a charming room with custom pine bed, two windows & book shelves

                      • FAMILY ROOM #2 ON THE FIRST LEVEL

                        FAMILY ROOM #2 ON THE FIRST LEVEL

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                      6 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
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                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english, french
                      • Calendar last updated: 03/27/2014
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