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Stunning Estate with Guesthouse & All Amenities, Minutes from Aix Center

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

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
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Property description

AIX EN PROVENCE, FRANCE

La Belle is for those seeking the ideal South-of-France experience. It is available for lease on a weekly basis, but we would prefer a long-term tenant. The estate features a large ancient Provençal bastide (5,400 square feet) that has been modernized, with its authenticity, history and charm preserved. There is a separate 1br/1ba King Bed guest house 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: http://aixlabellebastide.strikingly.com/

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, dishwasher, microwave, 2 large Lieberr refrigerators, Nespresso machine and coffee/tea pots, plus storage cabinets. Silverware, cooking utensils, 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. The house features 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! The 4 1/2 Bathrooms are basic, very functional, and for the most part, original. The guest house has one bedroom, 1bathroom with shower, kitchen and small living room.

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 lives on-site in their own lovely house. They manage the property and help to make holidays memorable for all of La Belle guests. They speak English and French. There is an additional house on the property privately used by family and not available for lease.

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 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.
· Parking Area 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 (MRS). Direct access of to the house is via a small gravel road which terminates approximately 300 meters after the property. This allows for a 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
* #3 Guest Room, Queen
* #4 Guest Room, Queen
* #5 Guest Room, Full
Twin beds can be put in place of Queen beds if desired.

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 washer, large refrigerators with wine storage and double ovens.
· Dining rooms seats 8-12
· Living room and family room, both with large fireplaces, plus additional family room and media room
· Laundry room with stacking 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 Bedroom and 1 bath, Small kitchenette, king bed



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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 490 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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 8 acres of land. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 14

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • MASTER BATHROOM: toilet, shower, bidet

    SEPARATE TOILET ROOM AND DRESSING AREA...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet

    LOCATED ON THE FIRST LEVEL...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower

    LOCATED ACROSS FROM GUEST ROOM 3...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    PRIVATE TO GUESTROOM 2, 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 full laundry room...moreless

  • Fireplace:

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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

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

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
PEAK: JULY & AUGUST
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

€8,000
HIGH SEASON: SEPTEMBER
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015
7 night min stay

€7,000
FALL SEASON: OCTOBER
Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015
7 night min stay

€6,000
LOW SEASON: NOV THRU FEB
Nov 1 - Feb 29, 2016
7 night min stay

€5,000
MID SEASON: MARCH & APRIL
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2016
7 night min stay

€5,500
SPRING FLING: MAY
May 1 - May 31, 2016
7 night min stay

€6,000
HIGH SEASON: JUNE & SEPTEMBER
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2016
7 night min stay

€7,000

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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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french

 

Photos

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

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

  • SECURE GATED ENTRY WITH ELECTRONIC REMOTE OPENER

    SECURE GATED ENTRY WITH ELECTRONIC REMOTE OPENER

  • LOVELY TREES, FRONT LAWN, OUTDOOR DINING TABLE

    LOVELY TREES, FRONT LAWN, OUTDOOR DINING TABLE

  • POOL AND POOLHOUSE WITH BATHROOM/CHANGING ROOMS & BAR

    POOL AND POOLHOUSE WITH BATHROOM/CHANGING ROOMS & BAR

  • SOCCER FIELD

    SOCCER FIELD

  • BOULES AND TENNIS COURTS & TENNIS HOUSE

    BOULES AND TENNIS COURTS & TENNIS HOUSE

  • LIVING ROOM WITH GORGEOUS FIREPLACE, COMFORTABLE SEATING AND BOOKSHELVES

    LIVING ROOM WITH GORGEOUS FIREPLACE, COMFORTABLE SEATING AND BOOKSHELVES

  • DINING ROOM AND FAMILY ROOM WITH LARGE FIREPLACE & BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS

    DINING ROOM AND FAMILY ROOM WITH LARGE FIREPLACE & BEAUTIFUL 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 GUESTROOM #2 WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER AND TOILET

    BATHROOM TO GUESTROOM #2 WITH TWO SINKS, SHOWER AND TOILET

  • BATHROOM DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM GUESTROOM #3. SHOWER, TUB, TWO SINKS & BIG WINDOWS

    BATHROOM DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM GUESTROOM #3. SHOWER, TUB, TWO SINKS & BIG WINDOWS

  • GUESTROOM #5 QUEEN BED, TWO WINDOW, BEAMED CEILING & LOVELY NATURAL LIGHT

    GUESTROOM #5 QUEEN BED, TWO WINDOW, BEAMED CEILING & LOVELY NATURAL LIGHT

  • 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

  • OUTDOOR COVERED DINING AREA WITH FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

    OUTDOOR COVERED DINING AREA WITH FIREPLACE AND PIZZA OVEN

  • 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

  • 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 DISHWASHER

    KITCHEN WITH TWO OVENS, 10 BURNERS, LARGE FRIDGE AND DISHWASHER

  • LIVING ROOM HAS STUNNING, ORIGINAL 1803 WINDOWS

    LIVING ROOM HAS STUNNING, ORIGINAL 1803 WINDOWS

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

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

  • GUESTROOM #2: KING BED, TWO LARGE WINDOWS & PRIVATE BATHROOM

    GUESTROOM #2: KING BED, TWO LARGE WINDOWS & PRIVATE BATHROOM

  • GUESTROOM #3HAS A QUEEN BED, BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS AND LOVELY NATURAL LIGHT

    GUESTROOM #3HAS A QUEEN BED, BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS AND LOVELY NATURAL LIGHT

  • GUESTROOM #4 QUEEN BED, SOARING BEAMED CEILINGS AND LARGE WINDOW

    GUESTROOM #4 QUEEN BED, SOARING BEAMED CEILINGS AND LARGE WINDOW

  • GUESTROOM #6 FULL BED, BEAMED CEILEINGS, TWO WINDOWS, LOTS OF LOVELY BUILT-INS

    GUESTROOM #6 FULL BED, BEAMED CEILEINGS, TWO WINDOWS, LOTS OF LOVELY BUILT-INS

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    14
  • Bedrooms
    6
  • Bathrooms
    4.5
  • Property type
    Chateau / Country House
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
  • Response time Within 2 days
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 05/15/2015
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Aix en Provence #167739

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