.....is a centuries-old Provençal stone-built farmhouse, renovated to the highest standard.
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The local craftsmen have endeavoured to retain the ancient character of the C17th building whilst integrating clever devices into the structure aimed purely at comfort. An ancient Roman wall is even built into the building.
320m²(3,400ft²) living space with a sheltered terrace, two ancient wells, a fountain, a pool (5x10m) with a pool house + necessities such as a garage, laundry, garden shed and front gate.
Ground space = 1.25 hectares (over 3 acres or 140,000ft²), of which ½ hectare is the surrounding park and 0.8 hectares is an open field, formerly planted with asparagus.
All the renovations have recently been completed, making the house never lived-in, and are covered by a 10-year guarantee (garantie décennale) with full insurance coverage.
Le Mérindol is located in a secluded valley with a picturesque open view southwards; it can be reached by a rural road called Chemin Mérindol just off the Route d’Uchaux (D74) and is in the locale known as Quartier Mérindol Est. The next village with full amenities, Uchaux, is 2 km away, with the historic village of Mornas not much further in the other direction. There are many walking paths, bicycle routes and a couple of horse riding schools in the immediate vicinity. Very secluded, private and quiet with a rural and remote neighbouring houses. The location does not suffer from noise nuisance and is well protected from the wind.
The closest towns within a 10 km radius, are Bollène and Orange, both of which have motorway access to the A7 ('Route de Soleil'). Closer access to the A7 is at the nearby village of Piolenc ('Home of Garlic') but is limited to southbound traffic. The beautiful and historic villages of Rochegude and, as previously mentioned, Mornas are very close by with their own Chateaus and incredible cliff-top views.
The TGV (very high speed train) to London, Paris, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Lille can be caught at Orange but more commonly at Avignon, 40 km away (45 mins) or Valence, 100 km away (1hr) and soon from Montélimar Sud. The train to Paris takes 2hr15 from Valence, 2hr30 from Avignon; therefore less than 6hrs to London.
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The Mediterranean beaches and La Camargue are only 1hr away by car with The Gorges of the Ardèche just on the other side of the Rhône river.
Airports are :
Nimes 60 km (37 miles), Ryanair to London Luton, East Midlands, Liverpool and Brussels.
Marseille 120 km (75 miles), BA to Gatwick, Easyjet to Gatwick, Liverpool and Bristol, and Ryanair to London Stansted, Glasgow, Brussels, Frankfurt,
Lyons 200 km (124 miles), with worldwide connections Oslo, Rome and Dublin.
Nice 280km (174 miles), with worldwide connections including Glasgow and Edinburgh
The climate is mostly dry and sunny, hot in summer, pleasant in spring, wet in autumn and crispy in winter.
Orange was the regional capital in Roman times; its Roman monuments and the Pont du Gard nearby are Unesco World Heritage sites. In summer the region, which has hardly any industry at all, is buzzing with festivals and cultural life.
The Plateau d'Uchaux spills with 'Vin de Pays' and has just received its AOC; furthermore, just to the south is wine from the Principality of Orange and to the north the world revered 'Côte du Rhône Village'.
The local main crops are wine, sunflowers, apricots, olives, lavender and… truffles. All kinds of fresh vegetable can be found at the very lively local markets.
Main features of the house
Main reception, 70 m² (755 ft²) Featuring a 7m-high beam ceiling (23ft) and a strongly featured fireplace
Kitchen 30 m² (325 ft²) Fittings and equipment to be chosen by the new owner
although two sets of designs are included in order to help visualise
Dining Room/Library 25 m² (270 ft²) Full of character and charm with its ancient stone walls
Laundry + cellar 20 m² (215 ft²) Cellar with dry and cool pebble floor in order to lay the wine as well as a water softener.
WC Toilet near to laundry for easy access from ground floor
Garage 40 m² (430 ft²) Fully separated from the living space
Swimming Pool 10m x 5m (540ft²) Pool and filter system surrounded by beach-style tiling with mosaic finish for the pool interior
Pool House/Summer kitchen 50 m²(540 ft²) Pool house (old 'pigeonnier') with multi-purpose shower, WC, washbasin and shelves for
towels and a sheltered terrace ideal for a summer kitchen and/or BBQ/pizza oven area with full
plumbing and electrical supply
The base of the main quarters covers 185 m² (nearly 2000 ft²)
4/5 double bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms, with a total surface area of at least 25 m² (270ft²) each.
N.B. The 5th bedroom of 40m² (430ft²) can be used as a kids’ room with bunk beds and/or games room and/or office with full
plumbing and electrical supply, suitable for an extra en suite bathroom.
2 Balconies. 20 m² (215 ft²) overlooking main hall and one also looking out to the fountain courtyard and main grounds
Further Ground facilities
sheltered terrace 30 m² (325 ft²) connects the main hall with the garage and provides shelter for the front door.
2 ancient wells, one with plenty of character.
4300 m² (46,300 ft²) Park with open spaces dotted with oak and pine trees - ideal for pétanque / bowls field.
8000 m² (over 86,000ft²) open and sandy terrain, formerly an Asparagus field.
A centrepiece fountain in an ancient local style.
8m² (86ft²) flower or vegetable garden, next to the centuries old Mulberry Tree.
Power force electricity supply (31 KW) with plentiful supply of plug sockets in each room.
Water from the local mains supply inside the dwelling with a further possibility of spring water from directly below the grounds.
Reversible heating and cooling system, temperature-adjustable in each room and from a central console (PAC WESPER).
All bathrooms are reached by a central system for mechanical ventilation (VMC)
Two 300 litre boilers
Integrated alarm system, TV aerial and phone system built-in with the possibility of ADSL connection and wi-fi.
Concerning the renovation
- Wherever possible the ancient stone-walls were cleaned, re-cemented and re-joined maintaining some of the ancient and clever structural qualities. Parts of the house foundation even date back to Roman times and the builders used the same types of stones as the Romans used to build the impressive Pont du Gard.
- The old roof was lifted and some structural beams were replaced.
- 10 cm thick insulation material was laid under the tiles.
- The ancient tiles were re-used in all visible parts.
- Most window frames were cut in new stones similar to the old ones.
- The foundations of the northern walls were laid bare, re-enforced, drained and damp proofed.
- The northern wall was fully insulated inside.
- All windows are PVC double-glazed with traditional Provençal coloured shutters.
- Beautiful Provençal tiled staircase in main hall leading up to the 1st floor.
- Inside - ceilings were laid only when it was necessary to hide pipes and electrics, otherwise open to the roofs.
- old stone walls were left bare.
- one bedroom has kept its ancient tiles.
- balustrades made out of very solid cast iron
- The pool-house was rebuilt with the same stones, refashioned form an ancient pigeon-house (pigeonnier)
All the renovations are covered by a 10 year guarantee, (garantie décennale) with full insurance coverage.
Why buy it
It is very rare to find such a well-restored country house with Provençal design and workmanship throughout yet with very modern conveniences built-in for maximum comfort. Most houses of this size have typically been lived in so this gives the new owner a chance to really make their mark on the property and make it their own. Only a personal visit can fully demonstrate the quality of the work that has been carried out.