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French property of the week: Stunning hillside house in Provence with spectacular views

An 'ancient' house with a large terrace and spectacular views built onto the hillside of a picturesque Provencal village. Tempted?

French property of the week: Stunning hillside house in Provence with spectacular views
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
 
The property is located in the village of Saumane-de-Vaucluse, a picture postcard hilltop village overlooking the River Sorgue valley.
 
The village, located at the divide between the Luberon park and the Vaucluse hills, is only three miles from the famous beauty spot of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse and four miles from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a Provencal town famed for its antiques stores, weekend markets and waterwheels. 
 
The property is also close to one of the region's best golf courses. 
 
For transport purposes Avignon TGV is just 20 miles away and Marseille airport, which has regular flights to the UK and elsewhere in Europe, is 40 miles away. 
 
Map: Google maps
 
How much does it cost?
 
The property is €355,000 or £315,251 or $437,847 depending on exchange rates.
 
Describe the property
 
This picturesque property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and is a total of 220m2.
 
It comes with a large drawing room with open fire, beamed ceiling and exposed-stone walls. 
 
From this room a short flight of stairs leads up into a very large main lounge/dining room with high ceilings, an American style kitchen and a mezzanine office area with an open fireplace. 
 
Patio doors lead out onto a terrace with a BBQ area and breathtaking views of the valley.
 
Below the house is a staircase which once lead down to the old village laundry which is now a spacious cellar, the lower terrace and the garage. 
 
Why buy it?
 
Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This lovely village house is a real gem. A beautiful 4-bedroomed Provencal village house full of character and enjoying stunning views of the provencal countryside. This substantial and ancient property with spacious rooms and high ceilings.
 
“The cellars hold many possibilities for conversion into a spa area.”
 
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CRIME

French police launch new service to keep empty homes secure

Leaving your property empty puts it at risk of burglars or squatters and this is a particular worry for second-home owners, whose homes are often vacant for prolonged periods.

French police launch new service to keep empty homes secure

French police run a scheme called Opération Tranquillité Vacances which involves householders telling their local police that they will be away, so they can keep an eye on the property.

The scheme has run in various forms since 1974, but now an online platform has been set up allowing property owners to make their declaration in just a few clicks.

It’s largely targeted at French people who are going away over the summer and leaving their homes empty, but it’s not limited to French nationals and can be used all year around.

Under the scheme, householders and businesses can ask their local gendarmes to keep a watch over their properties while they are away for a period of up to three months.

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Police and gendarmes patrols visit houses on their list at various times during the day or night, checking shutters, gates, and back gardens to make sure all is as it should be – and to act as a deterrent to any criminal groups checking the area.

The new online service is not limited to French nationals or French residents, but it does require a FranceConnect account to operate, meaning that you need to be registered in at least one French database (eg the tax office, benefits office or in the health system).

The form can be used to cover both main residences and second homes (résidence secondaire) but there is a limit of three months at a time for the property to be vacant.

You can find the form HERE and it can be completed between three and 45 days before your departure.

You can also register in person at your nearest police station or gendarmerie unit. Take ID and proof of address, such as a recent utility bill, if you do it this way.

Summertime is high-season for criminals in France, who target homes that have been left vacant while their owners are away on holiday.

Opération Tranquillité Vacances was introduced in 1974 as a means to keep crime rates down during the summer holiday period. It was extended to include other school holidays in 2009, and is now available all year round.

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