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Provence Property

The Area

Blazing with colour, Provence radiates sensuous beauty and variety. Its scenery moves from the craggy inlets and sandy beaches of the coast to the valleys carpeted with lavender and the fields filled with sunflowers and olive trees that Van Gogh loved to paint.

Provence is renowned for its gorgeous climate and light, delicious foods of sun-ripened fruit, vegetables and herbs and of course its wines, which are amongst the best in France.

Although Marseilles was founded as a Greek colony in 600 BC, it was the Romans who left the most lasting influence in the form of Nimes, Arles, the magnificent theatre at Orange and the Pont du Gard which are amongst the finest examples of Roman architecture in Europe. In the middle ages the ruins inspired Provence's pure Romanesque architecture.

The countryside around Avignon is truly breathtaking. The chief city of the Vaucluse region is Avignon itself, dominated by three miles of fortified walls and housing a culturally rich city with its own opera house, university, and of course, the Palais des Papes. The streets and squares are often full of buskers, and the Avignon festival in July, which includes theatre, mime and cabaret, has now become a major European event.

The hilltop villages of Provence are very quaint with tiny cobbled streets, often too small to admit cars. With such a relaxed way of life, hours go by in the warm sun, gazing over vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields and beyond to a glimpse of the sea.

Activities

Besides basking in the sun or exploring the local villages, tennis courts and riding stables are never far away and every village has a shady court for Pétanque, a lazier version of Boules. Lovely walks can be taken amongst the hills and mountains - hike the Grand Canyon du Verdon or ride the famous white horses in the Camargue. Boat excursions are also available along the Rhône.

France's oldest city, Marseille, is a bustling port with a lively local atmosphere. Avignon, once the Papal residence is now a cheerful town of cafés, art galleries and fashionable shops.

Guide to the French Buying Process

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)
On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner. The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent. Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit
Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion
Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase. During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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6 bedroom house for sale, Cucuron, Vaucluse, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Cucuron, Vaucluse, Provence

A substantial 18th century mansion house which has been newly and comprehensively restored in the village of Cucuron in the south Luberon area of Provence. Set in the heart of the village, this pr......

1,100,000 EURREF: 181529
3 bedroom villa for sale, Trans en Provence, Var, Provence
3 bedroom villa for sale, Trans en Provence, Var, Provence

Built in 2007 and fully renovated in 2017, this superb 3 bedroom villa, which has a total living area of 146m2, has been beautifully finished to a very high standard and is set within a beautiful g......

695,000 EURREF: 230032
5 bedroom villa for sale, Correns, Var, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Correns, Var, Provence

Grand and spacious 5 bedroom countryside villa, which is almost entirely self-sufficient, with its own well for water, solar panels for electricity, vineyard for wine and an olive grove for olive o......

1,150,000 EURREF: 229926
9 bedroom villa for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence
9 bedroom villa for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence

Full of charm and character is this gorgeous 5 bedroom stone villa with 4 separate one bedroom apartments, nestling in over an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens with expansive pool, while enjoyi......

1,990,000 EURREF: 229886
8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bedoin, Vaucluse, Provence
8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Bedoin, Vaucluse, Provence

Charming 8 bedroom stone built farmhouse, ideally situated in a quiet setting in the southern foothills of Ventoux, in absolute calm and with stunning 270 degree views over the Monts de Vaucluse an......

1,590,000 EURREF: 229844
4 bedroom mill for sale, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom mill for sale, Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Unique and perfectly restored whilst retaining its character and charm, this listed historical monument is situated in a quiet setting on the top of a hill, ideally situated in a renowned Provencal......

Enquire For PriceREF: 229081
5 bedroom house for sale, Cambes, Lot-et-Garonne, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Cambes, Lot-et-Garonne, Provence

Charming 5 bedroom house set in an elevated position in Cambes with lovely countryside views, set in a large plot of 2.5 acres with a swimming pool. With a total living area of 260m2, features in......

455,800 EURREF: 228710
21 bedroom house for sale, Les Baux De Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
21 bedroom house for sale, Les Baux De Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Outstanding South facing luxury estate nestling in nearly 5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, while enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful hillside location near to Les Baux......

Enquire For PriceREF: 228395
5 bedroom house for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Beautifully presented and spacious 5 bedroom villa with expansive pool, ideally nestled within a mature landscaped plot of 1.5 acres in Maussane les Alpilles, within the National Park and enjoying ......

3,500,000 EURREF: 228394
9 bedroom house for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
9 bedroom house for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Absolutely enchanting South facing 9 bedroom stone property with separate house and pool, nestling in 7 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with a spring, while enjoying far reaching panoramic vi......

3,265,000 EURREF: 228393
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Paradou, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Paradou, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Charming South facing 6 bedroom bastide with pool, set in nearly 5 acres of glorious land while enjoying panoramic views from its location in the heart of the Alpilles hills, close to Maussane les ......

2,491,000 EURREF: 228274
5 bedroom house for sale, Vers Pont du Gard, Gard, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Vers Pont du Gard, Gard, Provence

Beautifully renovated and elegant 3 storey, 5 bedroom 19th Century South facing house with garden and pool, located near all amenities in Vers Pont du Gard. This fabulous property once played an ......

995,000 EURREF: 227758
3 bedroom house for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence
3 bedroom house for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence

Full of character and charm, this superb Provencal property, which dates from 1850 and which was extended in 1980, is ideally situated in a quiet setting in La Motte and surrounded by 2,521m2 of la......

1,500,000 EURREF: 227541
5 bedroom villa for sale, Paradou, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Paradou, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Fabulous 5 bedroom villa with expansive pool, beautiful landscaped gardens and separate one bedroom studio, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its location near Paradou in Les Alpilles hi......

1,990,000 EURREF: 227322
2 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Built in 1950's, this 2 bedroom south-west facing house is in excellent condition, conveniently situated close to the centre of Aix en Provence. It has been tastefully renovated with taste and com......

550,000 EURREF: 226459
8 bedroom villa for sale, Draguignan, Var, Provence
8 bedroom villa for sale, Draguignan, Var, Provence

Spacious 8 bedroom villa with lovely sea views, situated in a quiet setting high up on the hills of Malmont in Draguignan and just 5 minutes from the town centre. Set within a large and private g......

545,000 EURREF: 226333
5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Barbentane, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Barbentane, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Full of character and charm, this authentic and spacious 5 bedroom Provencal farmhouse, is ideally situated within a quiet setting between Saint-Remy de Provence and Avignon. Entirely restored to ......

1,300,000 EURREF: 225920
6 bedroom house for sale, Aups, Var, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Aups, Var, Provence

Beautifully presented throughout, this grand and spacious 5 bedroom house is set within a mature 3 hectare plot with a swimming pool and is, located just 1.5km from the village and 15m from the fam......

780,000 EURREF: 225675
5 bedroom house for sale, Eygalieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Eygalieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Outstanding 4 bedroom stone farmhouse with expansive pool, tennis court, boules pitch and independent one bedroom studio set in over an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying panoramic view......

2,800,000 EURREF: 225643
15 bedroom manor house for sale, Lorgues, Var, Provence
15 bedroom manor house for sale, Lorgues, Var, Provence

Exceptional country estate located in a quiet and peaceful setting, right in the heart of Provence, just 80km from Cannes, 65km from Saint Tropez and 15km from Lorgues. This stunning estate of aro......

11,300,000 EURREF: 224895
6 bedroom house for sale, Cotignac, Var, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Cotignac, Var, Provence

Full of character and charm is this exceptional 6 bedroom house with pool nestling in over half an acre of beautiful landscaped gardens, enjoying stunning countryside views from its peaceful locati......

882,000 EURREF: 224641
6 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Andiol, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Andiol, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Bright and spacious 6 bedroom house, ideally situated in a quiet setting in Saint Andiol, close to Saint Remy de Provence, 30 minutes from Avignon TGV station and 45 minutes from Marseille airport.......

2,890,000 EURREF: 224350
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pont Saint Esprit, Gard, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Pont Saint Esprit, Gard, Provence

Beautifully refurbished and exceptional 5 bedroom estate, set in a quiet area within 40 hectares of forest, land and vineyards, with breathtaking views over the Rhone valley and the town of Pont-Sa......

3,980,000 EURREF: 224185
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Draguignan, Var, Provence
7 bedroom manor house for sale, Draguignan, Var, Provence

Full of character and charm, this grand, spacious and elegant 19th Century manor house is ideally situated within a quiet area on the outskirts of Draguignan, on a flat plot of around 9,500m2 with ......

990,000 EURREF: 224170
4 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Full of character and charm and with a vast total living area of 422m2, this beautifully presented Provencal style farmhouse is ideally situated in a quiet setting, yet just 5 minutes from the cent......

1,395,000 EURREF: 222961
2 bedroom townhouse for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2 bedroom townhouse for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Bright, spacious and full of character and charm, this 2 bedroom townhouse is ideally situated right in the heart of the historic centre of Saint Remy de Provence. Completely renovated by a renown......

595,000 EURREF: 221816
5 bedroom house for sale, Fontvieille, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Fontvieille, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Charming and completely refurbished 5 bedroom home, with a total spacious living area of 400m2, ideally situated in a quiet setting in the centre of the lovely village of Fontvieille. This beauti......

1,350,000 EURREF: 221095
5 bedroom villa for sale, Var, Var, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Var, Var, Provence

Excellent opportunity to purchase a gorgeous and spacious 5 bedroom villa located in a quiet and peaceful setting in Var and with panoramic countryside and sea views. Nestled within 16 hectares of......

7,850,000 EURREF: 220544
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Fully renovated first floor, 3 bedroom apartment located in the heart of the historic city centre. Materials such as oak for the wooden floor and various frames have been used in the renovation. ......

339,000 EURREF: 219909
6 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Magnificent grand house set out over 2 levels with a lovely garden and swimming pool situated in Aix en Provence. This delightful property comprises of a fully fitted kitchen, spacious living room......

1,780,000 EURREF: 219904
8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
8 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Grand and spacious 7 bedroom manoir situated in a quiet setting right in he heart of Provence, in a village setting close to Saint Remy de Provence. With its origins dating from the early XVIIIth ......

2,950,000 EURREF: 219259
4 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

A rare property in the sought after and peaceful residential area of 'Quartier des Faculties' in central Aix en Provence. The architect-designed house of about 190 m2 comes with a double recept......

1,070,000 EURREF: 219232
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Mouries, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
10 bedroom manor house for sale, Mouries, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Full of character and charm, this grand and spacious 10 bedroom 18th Century Bastide, is ideally situated right in the heart of the Provencal village of Mouries, close to Maussane-les-Alpilles. W......

1,780,000 EURREF: 219102
7 bedroom villa for sale, Beaucaire, Gard, Provence
7 bedroom villa for sale, Beaucaire, Gard, Provence

Impressive classically-inspired Romanesque-style hilltop villa with lovely views over the Provencal countryside, featuring a lovely pool area, 6 bedrooms and a detached gite. The magnificent fa......

1,279,000 EURREF: 218009
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Outstanding luxury character apartment within an Eighteenth Century mansion in the heart of Aix en Provence. Situated on the second and top floor of the residence, there is living space of 194m2 i......

1,750,000 EURREF: 217065
6 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Andiol, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom manor house for sale, Saint Andiol, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Spacious and full of character and charm, this beautiful manor house is ideally situated in a quiet setting in Saint Andiol, just 10 minutes from Saint Remy de Provence. This beautifully restored ......

2,950,000 EURREF: 216433
23 bedroom hotel for sale, Le Thoronet, Var, Provence
23 bedroom hotel for sale, Le Thoronet, Var, Provence

Income and lifestyle opportunity with this charming 3 star hotel in Le Thoronet, in the heart of the Var and within easy reach of the vineyards, lavender fields, the Mediterranean and several citie......

2,520,000 EURREF: 216242
6 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Beautiful renovated character property with 6 bedrooms and swimming pool, set in 3 acres of grounds in a quiet location in the hills above Aix en Provence. With character and charm, this unique ......

3,350,000 EURREF: 215950
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Fabulous and superbly renovated eighteenth Century bastide with 6 bedrooms, offering chic and contemporary accommodation in a beautiful situation with panoramic views. The spacious 375m2 stone pr......

2,995,000 EURREF: 215187
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Rare opportunity in the heart of Aix. This is an example of a two bedroom apartment within a beautiful and newly renovated mansion in the historic heart of Aix-en-Provence. This is a state of t......

680,000 EURREF: 213106
Modern Provencal Bastide, Close to Aix-en-Provence, in a Peaceful  Location. Perfect for Equestrian Activities
Modern Provencal Bastide, Close to Aix-en-Provence, in a Peaceful Location. Perfect for Equestrian Activities

PRICE REDUCED - Perfectly Located in a beautiful Provence countryside setting, just a few minutes' drive north from the heart of Aix-en-Provence, close to the village of Puyricard and historic P......

2,575,000 EURREF: 210275
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Verquieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Verquieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Superb and totally restored 6 bedroom home, located in Verquieres, close to Saint Remy de Provence. This beautiful renovated and authentic Provencal farmhouse has a total spacious living area of 6......

2,890,000 EURREF: 209594
21 bedroom hotel for sale, Var, Var, Provence
21 bedroom hotel for sale, Var, Var, Provence

This beautiful 4 star hotel stands in an idyllic setting at the heart of more than 22 hectares of parkland in Var Provence and includes a glorious garden surrounding the hotel. This immaculately p......

10,000,000 EURREF: 204032
5 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - This spectacular contemporary villa in Aix-en-Provence stands in a dominant position with fabulous views of the Sainte Victoire mountain. The property is surrounded by a wonderful ......

3,980,000 EURREF: 195854
23 bedroom hotel for sale, Le Thoronet, Var, Provence
23 bedroom hotel for sale, Le Thoronet, Var, Provence

This charming 3 star hotel is set on the outskirts of a delightful village, in a bucolic area surrounded by olive trees, vineyards and beautiful pine forests. The stylish hotel was completely reno......

2,700,000 EURREF: 195131
Luxury Country Estate with Vineyard and Equestrian  Facilities in the South of France.
Luxury Country Estate with Vineyard and Equestrian Facilities in the South of France.

A unique and utterly exceptional luxury country estate in the beautiful Var department in the South of France. This exclusive equestrian and wine property is set in 130 hectares, with beautiful......

60,000,000 EURREF: 194904
6 bedroom house for sale, Lambesc, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Lambesc, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

A modern house with fabulous green credentials and a generous 320m2 of living space with great views and swimming pool. The main house comes with 260m2 of living space with 4 bedrooms including......

1,155,000 EURREF: 181708
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Quality T5 apartment with 136m2 of living space in a quiet location in the centre of Aix en Provence. Covering the entire 4th and top floor, with a private lift, the apartment comes with panoram......

577,500 EURREF: 181542
3 bedroom villa for sale, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, Provence
3 bedroom villa for sale, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, Provence

Delightful 3 bedroom villa with swimming pool close to Lourmarin in the South Luberon area of Provence. This property is in perfect condition and is in a peaceful location without being isolated, ......

650,000 EURREF: 181532
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, La Fare les Oliviers, Vaucluse, Provence
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, La Fare les Oliviers, Vaucluse, Provence

Ideal investment opportunity in a central location in the village of La Fare les Oliviers, a substantial 18th century farmhouse in need of restoration. With 500m2 of living space. 3 large vaulte......

525,000 EURREF: 181268

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