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Only a very short distance from central market square and belonging to the one of the
oldest parts of the village, L'Olivier's 'modern' history dates back to the 17th century.
It was once used in the lucrative silk worm trade which made the local merchants very wealthy some centuries back.
You couldn’t really say that this beautiful traditional edifice is a “cottage” but neither is it a “villa”. It is really better described as a large and very old village town-house. Some say it is like a small château.
Words fail since it is quite unique being most unusual in layout and character. Large rooms, a very beautiful garden, not one but TWO wine caves, the lower of which even has the vestiges of an old Roman road! (so the town architect has confirmed)
It abounds in original features which we have striven to preserve and one of these was something we added to the back garden: a 300-year-old Olive tree. This talismanic tree seems to possess a soul as you sit and observe it under the dappled Provençal sunlight.
A beautiful and extensive outdoor garden with a fountain playing and a terrace with a table that can seat 12 people is at your disposal. There is a little 'Mazet' (local word) where you can sit and enjoy a view the length of the garden and shelter from the odd summer shower.
At night the whole garden can be lit providing the most beautiful atmosphere conducive to enjoying the balmy evenings in warmer months. Even on extremely hot days, the cool evening breezes that descend from the nearby Cévenne mountains make the temperature outdoors very comfortable.
Private lock-up garage supplied a short distance from the villa.
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The garden at night. You will enjoy the atmosphere created by our subtle lighting.
Antique Panetière and Dough Bin, typical of Provence
One of the TWO wine caves in L'Olivier Villa
L'Olivier Villa Provence. Garden with fountain.
Grand old fireplace in the sitting and dining room
The second bedroom with its gorgeous stone wall
Main Bedroom with traditional tiled floor.
Help yourself from our well stocked wine rack!
Sitting room: with 19th century painting of Paris
L'Olivier Villa Provence. Library
L'Olivier Villa Provence. AGA kitchen
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