A superb newly built home designed like a 19th century bastide (small fortress) in Seillans in the Var region of France is for sale at £1.13million.

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Constructed to exacting standards, the four-bedroom house has top-class features such as solid oak flooring, Luberon stone fireplaces and Travertine marble bathrooms. To remind buyers from Blighty of home, there are Farrow and Ball paint hues and cast-iron English radiators.

In keeping with the expansive bastide-style, the 2,500-square foot house – which is only 45 minutes from Nice airport – has exposed beams and double-height spaces in the living room, and 21st century touches like a family room, kitchen with Smeg and Bosch appliances and four luxurious bathrooms.

Other welcome contemporary additions are the utility room with all the controls and fuse boxes for the house and pool; satellite television, telephone and broadband connections in every room.

Protected by electronic security gates with a video entry phone system, the house is safe when you are absent.

In addition, 50,000-square feet of gardens come with the house, including terraced lawns, olive and fruit trees, a garden around the pool and panoramic views of the pretty nearby villages and surrounding countryside can be seen from both the pool and terrace.

The modern bastide is for sale through Aylesford International 020 7351 2383, www.aylesford.com

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