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The Olive Estate, Aix-en-Provence, France

€18,360 Per Week

On the doorstep of cultural Aix-en-Provence, nestling in 25 acres of lavender, cypress & mature oak trees, fruit orchards and an olive plantation, this impressive estate offers a haven of peace.

With incredible views over the rich French countryside towards the Massif de l'Etoile Mountains, in the far south, The Olive Estate is one of the rarest offerings in Provence.

The property comprises a principle 19th century Aixoise Maison de Maître (Gentleman's House), a beautiful fully restored farmhouse built from local stone, and a range of additional outbuildings.

A thousand olive trees fill the grounds, 40 of which are form a magnificent avenue leading to the principle house. Harvested annually, they produce a rapidly increasing volume of exceptionally high quality oil, giving the property a wonderful sense of purpose and charm.

Aix-en-Provence, one of the most vibrant, beautiful and entertaining cities in France, is located a mere 15 minutes' drive away, Marseille Marignane International Airport 30 minutes.

A professional 18 hole golf course is located five minutes by car and beaches at Cassis and Bandol are a 35 minutes' drive away.

There is air conditioning in all the rooms.

Please note the price fluctuates according to dates and season.

Principle House Kitchen | Dining room | Large sitting room with fireplace | Two upper hall study areas | Five double bedrooms | One twin rooms | Four bathrooms | Laundry room | Large play room/office | Tennis court | 17 metre swimming pool | Garaging for several cars Farmhouse Kitchen | Large dining room | Guest WC | Cinema/games reception room occupying the entire top floor | Separate studio with bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/sitting room Pigeonnier The building offers the potential to offer three further bedroom suites offering a private garden Pool House Large seating area | Shower, separate WC | Plant room housing maintenance equipment

GUEST COMMENTS

Sept 2014 Words cannot describe what a wonderful, magical place your home is! From the beautiful pool and breathtaking views to the carefully decorated and comfortable interior, everything was perfected. We have rented many homes and visited many beautiful places among the six of us, but I think I can say each of us agrees this cannot be topped! All in all a most wonderful way to celebrate our 30th anniversary being here in heaven on earth with our dearest friends. Mary Ann, Maine USA

26th July to 2nd Aug 2014 Much, much better than just fabulous, this is perfection in every way. Sebastian J - UK Thank you! Most beautiful house in France! Allie - UK

July 18-26th 2014 Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality - the villa was beyond our highest expectations! We can’t wait to come back. John K - Florida USA This beautiful Maison de Maitre provided our families with experiences we will forever treasure. We are grateful to its’ 18th Century forbears and current owners for this place we will never forget. Trey - USA

June 21st 2014 Best ever way to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary. The villa was BEYOND any expectations we might have had. All my children are begging to return and we have not left yet. Thank you for a gracious stay. Lynn USA Paradise in Provence! All was perfection. Will make it my life’s ambition to find a way to return. Diana USA

June 8th -14th 2014 Quelle semaine merveilleuse! Our multi-generational group found so much to love about Notre Dame du Val and we’re so glad for our week stay here. The property is lovely and so well cared for - how lucky we were to call it our home for a week. UK Family

May 16th 2014 Heaven on Earth! It was an eye-opening experience for two card-carryon g city folkes from Hong Kong. We loved every bit of it and can’t wait to return. Vive la Provence! Vive Notre Dame du Val! Dora & Ray - Hong Kong

A simple guide to buying in France

All property purchases in France are conducted by an officer of the state, the notaire. Depending on the size and nature of the transaction, you may well want your own legal representation, and two notaires can sit at the heart of the transaction: one for you, one for the seller.

As with any professional adviser, do some homework to satisfy yourself you are dealing with a reputable specialist with good local knowledge.

Step 1: Agreeing to buy

When you have agreed your purchase in principle with the vendor, an initial agreement is drawn up by the notaire. This is usually called a compromis de vente, although you may encounter others names (such as promesse unilatérale de vente, or a promesse synallagmatique de vente). They can have different protections/liabilities if the sale does not conclude successfully, so make sure you ask what you are committing yourself to.

As well as the sales details, the compromis de vente should note any mortgage you may be planning to take out. If later you find you cannot raise the finance, you should normally be able to withdraw without losing your deposit. The compromis will cover a cadastral (property boundary) plan, reports on energy and asbestos, and any preceding conditions (‘clauses suspensives’).

With the compromis signed, it’s time for you to stump up your deposit, which is usually 10% of the purchase price.

Step 2: Cooling off or pressing on

Now there’s a brief cooling-off period. You can at this point have a change of heart and still withdraw, with your deposit. It’s a narrow window of 7 days, and if your purchase was conceived over rather too good a lunch, this could be the cold water you need. Also, this can be a good time to get a full survey done, should anything untoward be lurking.

Otherwise, as the window shuts, it’s time to commit. Your deposit is now non-refundable.

Preliminary contracts are now drawn up and exchanged, and all the necessary searches are carried out: notably, land registry, local authority and planning permission.

Step 3: It’s all yours

With all the searches complete and the paperwork agreed, you and the vendor are summoned to the notaire’s office to sign the acte authentique de vente. All outstanding fees and charges, including the notaire’s, are settled – and the property is yours.

Typical costs

As the purchaser, you will need to allow for various fees, charges and taxes. These are given as a very rough guide, as a percentage range of the purchase price:
Registration fee 0.60% - 4.89%
Notary Fees 3% - 10%, + 20% VAT
Land registry 0.10%
Estate agent’s fee 1.50% - 5% (+ 20% VAT) (with a similar cost to the seller)

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in France. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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