House in Aniane

Like virtually all village row houses, this one is taller than it is wide. It has four levels, with two bathrooms and three bedrooms. Quiet and sequestered, it has a small, stone-walled garden behind the main living level and a roof terrace at the top with a sweeping view of the surrounding mountains, vineyards, neighboring villages and nearby gardens.

A grocery store, bakeries, cafes and restaurants, a pharmacy, a cash machine, the Thursday open market and other amenities are close at hand. Yet within ten minutes' walk from the center of town, one finds one's self in the country, among vineyards and hillsides. The area is typical of Provence and the Languedoc, with limestone hills, stone buildings, and characteristic Mediterranean vegetation--cypresses, live oaks, umbrella pines, vineyards and orchards.

The house has been renovated and newly furnished from top to bottom. All the surfaces, plumbing, electricity, and windows are new. A roof terrace and "french doors" leading to the garden from the living room have been added. Pains have been taken to preserve the attractive features of the old-style masonry architecture, the original wood beams and exposed stone walls.

The house consists of a living room, kitchen/dining room (addtional renovation 2016), two bathrooms, three bedrooms, basement, a roof terrace and a small walled garden. It is basically two large spaces per level, with party walls on the sides.

At the street level the vaulted basement contains a bathroom, shower room and clothes washer and dryer.

One floor above, the main livivng level has a kitchen/dining room in front and a living room in back with double glass doors that open onto the garden. There are a table and chairs in the garden, for easy and pleasant outdoor dining.

The level above that has a small bedroom with a bunk bed in the front of the house overlooking the street and a master bedroom with a double bed at the rear, overlooking the garden. Between the two bedrooms is the upstairs bathroom.

On the top level, originally a hayloft, is a studio or bedroom. It has a double bed and opens onto the roof terrace.

Fully furnished and supplied, the house is livable year 'round; heated by an oil stove, gas burner and wall-mounted electric heaters. There is a stereo tuner and CD player in the living room. The sofa in the living room opens into a double bed, so that there are a total of three double beds in the house, and one bunk bed.