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  • Alpes Maritimes
Price £1,273,456
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Property Description

This former coaching inn on the road from the coast to Vence, built about 1870 and recently completely renovated to a very high standard, offers spacious and flexible accommodation with old Provencale character. In an elevated position in a quiet residential area, it is private and not overlooked, and enjoys big countryside views to the west. Plus: attractive courtyard, nice pool, large flat garden, garage, and independent gardener's rooms.

Location :
* 5 mins to the famously pretty village of St-Paul de Vence, with its galleries, cafes and restaurants.
* 5 mins or less to all shops and amenities
* 10 mins to the coast and beaches
* 15 mins to Nice airport and to Antibes

Ground floor : An imposing entrance hall with a massive Vence stone fireplace.
A very spacious kitchen : fully equipped in a modern farmhouse style, grey granite surfaces, and period features like exposed wooden beams and a big antique copper hood that used to cover the old cooking range. Modern appliances like double oven and glass-fronted drinks fridge. Laundry room.
Dining room featuring an arched stained glass window.
Double lounge with a second stone fireplace. French doors opening onto the terraces and garden.
A study.
Thick solid stone walls (excellent insulation, both in winter and in summer), solid oak doors, old terracotta tiled floors and exposed wooden ceiling beams.
TV or games room.
Guests' WC.
Spacious guest bedroom suite with independent access, French doors out to the garden. Luxury modern bathroom with separate walk-in shower.

1st Floor : A very comfortable master suite: bedroom with views of the old village of St. Paul de Vence and the hills beyond. Large luxury bathroom with walk-in shower and sunken bath. Stone surfaces, Salernes ceramic tiles, and stone tile floors. Direct access to the courtyard and garden. Dressing room.
On the landing a splendid blue stained glass window by J Fonmarty, St. Paul, 1961.
3 more double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and parquet floors.
Another bathroom with walk-in wet-room shower and separate bath.
Access to a roof terrace with solar panels.
A large attic above offers plenty more storage space.

Garden : The reception rooms lead out onto a charming west-facing courtyard with flagstone floor. A real sun trap in winter, and shaded by the trees in the heat of summer.
A 13m x 6m tiled and heated swimming pool, with an adjacent outdoor shower and terracotta paved terraces.
The house has flat gardens on 3 sides, mostly laid to grass lawns and with abundant mature plantings of roses, bougainvillea (both purple and red), 3 huge datturas, oranges, lemons, limes, clementines, figs, cherries. Pines, palms, chestnut, maple and jacaranda trees ; olives, mimosa and oleanders.
A splendid reflecting lily pond stocked with gold fish and carp.
A 3-room gardener's house for storage and with workshop, shower and WC.

A large garage with wine cellar below, equipped with wall-to-wall wine racks.
Drive-way with sunken ground lights ; attractive remotely controlled iron gates.

Summary : Part of the house is very old, part more recent - it successfully combines old character with comfortable modern living, in a convenient and sought-after location.

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