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Arles
€640,000
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  • 6 bedrooms
  • 10 habitable rooms
  • 300 square meters of living space
Property description
An old, 300 m², traditional Mas house, with a hectare of land and a lake, 20 minutes from Arles in the Camargue Nature Park - ref 150538
This residence is a true ambassador for the Camargue Nature Park, a much sought-after haven harbouring the most varied fauna in Europe and starring the pink flamingo. More than 300 other species of birds live in the 145,000 hectares of magnificent, desolate scenery, with its beaches, including the longest natural beach in France (40 km), its dunes and its salt marshes.
The fragrance of the open sea as well as freedom is all around and the proximity of Vaccarès Lake nature reserve adds to the wild character of this infinitely romantic property. Small bulls and very lively horses, emblems of the region, can be admired in virtual liberty. Apart from a few fishermen and gamekeepers, the nearest population is 35 km away in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
A stony pathway leads off a secondary road to the courtyard of the farm of a Baroque chateau, the foundations of which are said to be medieval. The long traditional farmhouse forms the south side of this courtyard.
The actual building, spanning two levels, stands in a plot of approx. 1 hectare. Although the facade turning its back on the land is not particularly attractive, the other side is completely different. A structure in the shape of a shallow stone pool and two fishponds are first to come into view. And then, the full impact of the Camargue is there, with a lake, islets, copses of canes and bamboo, bunches of wild irises, feathered guests, etc. The lake takes up a large part of the property. It is fed and drained via a canal from the Grand-Rhône.
The building’s south facade is typical of the region, apart from the fact that it features large openings, created for better observing the flora and faunae.
A pathway goes around the land and the lake, leading visitors to several jetties much appreciated by wading birds, whilst the islets are very popular amongst wild palmipeds.
The presence of gigantic fresh water mussels bears witness to the purity of the water. An observatory resembles a hunters’ hide. An electricity-board transformer has been converted into a look-out post.

The traditional Mas house

This building, resembling a long traditional farmhouse, extends from east to west. It spans a total of approx. 300 m² of living space, laid out as three separate houses. Each has a separate entrance, a bathroom, a toilet and a kitchen.



Our opinion
The use of this traditional Mas house and its various sections awaits invention. What does not need inventing is the miniature Camargue as seen through the large, glazed openings which have been added. Consequently, not one scrap of the permanent, continually changing landscape of these distinctive natural surroundings can escape. The houses are like look-out posts over the lake, its ducks and its pink flamingos as well as the vegetation: an entire universe with which the interiors will always be in tune even if the current rustic layout is transformed by conversion works.
Arles, France
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