Homes and Houses: Restoring the spirits in Ampus near the Gorges du Verdon

Restored property in Ampus

Here’s a special property that’s been beautifully restored using recycled materials and lashings of tender loving care.

The owners aimed to create a home that as well as being easy on the eye has a very special vibe to it that promotes a deep sense of well-being – and they have succeeded.

Standing on a small hill or collet near Ampus in the Var, the house is approached up a flowery path towards a well-crafted and imposing iron gate.

The house is endowed with a large terrace that leads towards the swimming pool, from where the panoramic views over the surrounding countryside open out.

Solar power has been harnessed to make the property as eco-friendly as possible, and old olive terracing has been preserved to create that special Provençal atmosphere.

Ampus property, terrace

The grounds are enhanced with numerous special features, including a fountain and a 12-hole miniature golf course. Up here on the hill, the property is not overlooked and guests can enjoy the privacy and solitude of an ideal country location – the perfect place to unwind or practice your artistic or culinary skills.

Nearby, the spectacular Gorges du Verdon provides endless opportunities for hiking, rafting and a host of other outdoor pursuits.

The property is made up of three independent apartments, each fully equipped. It is a perfect model for a bijou business, for instance running a residential art or cookery course. Or simply for renting out to adventurous explorers who wish to discover more about this beautiful and sometimes wild region.

Ampus property, kitchen

The first apartment has a terrace overlooking the pool, a dining room with wood-burning stove, four snug bedrooms, two shower rooms, two separate toilets, and an ancient cellar for keeping your wine in tip-top condition.

Below the terrace a huge utility room opens out. A summer kitchen area is equipped with sink, toilet, shower room, office, living room and a direct access to the balneo pool and hammam.

The second apartment, which faces west, was once a pigeon house. It features a living room, kitchen, a bedroom and shower room, and an office.

Ampus property, bedroom

The third apartment has a living room, a bedroom plus shower room.

The whole package, with seven bedrooms and more than 27,000 square metres of grounds, adds up to the sort of unique property that should attract buyers who want something that as well as a home can provide a business opportunity.

The property is available through Leggett Immobilier for €1,890,000.

For more details on this property, contact Tim Clark at Leggett Immobilier on 06 76 59 25 88.

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