A rare chance to buy a 67-hectare olive estate in the beautiful Parc du Verdon near Aups in Provence for only £2.93 million has arisen.

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Two large houses come with the property, including a three-storey six-bedroom six-bathroom home with a separate apartment and an adjacent 5,000 square-foot agricultural building in need of restoration that could provide extra living space or staff accommodation.

The property also comes with 10 horseboxes, its own heliport, truffle and olive groves, arable land and woodland.

The location is good, with Draguignan 29 kilometres away and Nice just a 90-minute drive.

The country estate near the Gorges du Verdon and turquoise lake of Ste Croix will appeal to someone who wants privacy and to own lots of land, says selling agent Darya Hoare from Aylesford International (020 7351 2383;www.aylesford.com).

‘You can have horses and make your own olive oil in a quiet area surrounded by beautiful countryside,’ says Mrs Hoare.

Another plus, she believes, is that there is a certain amount of work to be done on the houses, which means you are buying at a reasonable price with potential value to be added.

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