Provence Property

Provence – or to be more correct – Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur (PACA) is a popular area for foreign investors. Its chic and lavish reputation encourages investors from around the world.

PACA is divided into Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhone,Var and Vaucluse. Strangely no department for the Cote d’Azur or French Riviera. The Cote d’Azur area stretches from the Italian border to east of Toulon including playgrounds of the rich and famous. Cote d’Azur property is expensive.

Inland Provence property prices tend to drop significantly. The Luberon, however, remains very expensive. The Luberon was made famous by Peter Mayle, and has attracted many buyers and visitors. The Var department is lovely and is worth investigating for property that is more competitively priced.

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Outside the house, a cobbled patio is ideal for outdoor eating -…

Outside the house, a cobbled patio is ideal for outdoor eating – a special place under the vines in the summer. It is covered by several vines which offer shade. The views are out towards the landmark mountain with exposed strata.

Outside the sitting room, there is outdoor furniture (a sofa, two arm chairs & coffee table) for relaxing in the shade.

A teak table with eight chairs is provided for outdoor eating. The children will enjoy eating from a small stone table.

Our house in Provence

Our house is a carefully renovated natural stone country house (built in 1796) set in terraced olive-groves in the commune of Mons, near Fayence. The house (a perfect rectangle on 3 floors) faces south-east and its terraced patio is covered by beautiful vines supported by a wooden pergola.

What makes this a great holiday in Provence for you?

    * Eleven acres of tranquillity amongst olive terraces – away from it all

    * Stunning secluded setting in the hills, surrounded by views

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Outside the house, a cobbled patio is ideal for outdoor eating -…

Outside the house, a cobbled patio is ideal for outdoor eating – a special place under the vines in the summer. It is covered by several vines which offer shade. The views are out towards the landmark mountain with exposed strata.

Outside the sitting room, there is outdoor furniture (a sofa, two arm chairs & coffee table) for relaxing in the shade.

A teak table with eight chairs is provided for outdoor eating. The children will enjoy eating from a small stone table.

Our house in Provence

Our house is a carefully renovated natural stone country house (built in 1796) set in terraced olive-groves in the commune of Mons, near Fayence. The house (a perfect rectangle on 3 floors) faces south-east and its terraced patio is covered by beautiful vines supported by a wooden pergola.

What makes this a great holiday in Provence for you?

    * Eleven acres of tranquillity amongst olive terraces – away from it all

    * Stunning secluded setting in the hills, surrounded by views

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Mosquito wakes up early
The common house mosquito has emerged early from hibernation due to the warm and wet winter. The tiger mosquito, however, shouldn’t be affected by the warm temperatures and is expected to become active on the Côte d’Azur in May.
Riviera on high sneeze alert
You might have noticed a light mist drifting out of certain trees recently, as the cypress has started to pollinate. The Mediterranean coastline is on the highest alert for pollen-related allergies with symptoms ranging from runny noses and itchy eyes to asthma attacks for the most sensitive.
Traffic disruption warning for Paris-Nice race
Paris-Nice 2014, a major event that attracts all the pros launches the international cycling season and is held mid-March every year. The 72nd eight-stage ‘Race in the Sun’ started in Paris on 9th March and after a gruelling 1,300km contestants arrive in Nice this weekend on Sunday the 16th. Traffic disruptions are expected.

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Beware Alpes Maritimes-Var border camera
In a study of the most flashed speed cameras in France published this week by national weekly ‘L’Express’ the one on the Les Adrets-de-L’Estérel descent on the A8 made it to number five in the Top 100. It averages 284 flashes a day as drivers fail to note or obey the change in maximum speed limit from 130km/h in the Var to 110km/h in the Alpes Maritimes.
Watch ‘Girl Rising’ for International Women’s Day
For International Women’s Day, the Professional Women’s Network of Nice Côte d’Azur will be screening the inspirational documentary ‘Girl Rising’ at the Banque Populaire Côte d’Azur’s auditorium on 11th March. International Women’s Day (IWD)celebrates women’s rights every year on 8th March.
Alzheimer’s Centre opens in Nice
A new Alzheimer’s centre, L’institut Claude-Pompidou, was inaugurated today, 10th March, in Nice. The centre is the first in France to provide specialised care and training for doctors and other medical professionals treating Alzheimer’s patients. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Bernadette Chirac, President of the Foundation, were among a host of VIPs who attended the ceremony alongside Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi.

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The dangers of neknomination
The Alpes Maritime’s regional council – Conseil Général – has launched an awareness campaign against the Facebook fad called ‘neknomination’. At least five people from the United Kingdom and Ireland have died as a result of the online drinking game which hit the headlines in early 2014.
New Michelin-star chef at Var resort
The five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort has appointed a Michelin-star chef to take charge of its four restaurants on the estate. Just 45 minutes from Nice, the exclusive golf resort near the perched village of Tourrettes combines luxury private villas, restaurants, two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel, world class spa – and now its own Michelin-star chef.
Public transport hit by suspended Ecotax
No less than 17 public transport projects in the French Riviera could be pigeonholed as all depend on funding from the indefinitely postponed ‘Ecotax’. The tax on heavy transport vehicles was supposed to come into effect on 1st January 2014 but was suspended following violent protests in Brittany.

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How safe is your water?
A new study shows that 1.5 million people in France are consuming contaminated water, but supplies in most of the Var and the Alpes Maritimes have been given the all clear. According to the study, the most common causes of water pollution are related to agriculture.
High-tech hotels for senior tourists
The city of Menton is opening itself to a brand new market for tourism thanks to a cooperation project between La Palmosa hospital and local hotels. Four hotels will rearrange two of their rooms with home automation equipment and a constant connection with the hospital to fit the needs of people with health problems.
The most breathtaking view in the world
The city of Nice has been preselected as one of the most beautiful airport landing destinations in the world. A survey is being conducted by private plane booking website PrivateFly, and the public can now vote for the ‘most beautiful airport approach’ of 2014.

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A hospital worthy of Nice
The Pasteur 2 hospital, a 12-year project soon coming to fruition, will enable Nice to close the old Saint Roch hospital, which has become disgraceful, according to Mayor Christian Estrosi. During a tour of the new facility this week, Mayor Estrosi said the new medical centre should start operating before the end of the year.
Michelin stars dished out to young Riviera chefs
It has been revealed that four restaurants in the Alpes Maritimes have been awarded their first Michelin star – the highest honour for chefs around the world. But it wasn’t all good news with the release of the latest edition of the Michelin Guide, six restaurants actually lost their coveted star.
Meningitis cases reported in PACA
Two people have died from meningitis in Nice and two more are still being treated for the disease. While news of the virus is causing panic among many parents, authorities are quick to reassure that these cases are not related and there is no reason to fear an epidemic.

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A hospital worthy of Nice
The Pasteur 2 hospital, a 12-year project soon coming to fruition, will enable Nice to close the old Saint Roch hospital, which has become disgraceful, according to Mayor Christian Estrosi. During a tour of the new facility this week, Mayor Estrosi said the new medical centre should start operating before the end of the year.
Michelin stars dished out to young Riviera chefs
It has been revealed that four restaurants in the Alpes Maritimes have been awarded their first Michelin star – the highest honour for chefs around the world. But it wasn’t all good news with the release of the latest edition of the Michelin Guide, six restaurants actually lost their coveted star.
Meningitis cases reported in PACA
Two people have died from meningitis in Nice and two more are still being treated for the disease. While news of the virus is causing panic among many parents, authorities are quick to reassure that these cases are not related and there is no reason to fear an epidemic.

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France’s first convenient police station
The nation’s first police station drive-through is being installed in Le Cannet near Cannes. Soon people will be able to report an incident to the police without even having to leave the comfort of their car or queue inside the station.
Pirates at large
A group of four pirates reportedly highjacked a yacht near the southern coast of Corsica on Sunday 16th February, taking the three people on board hostage for several hours before abandoning them aboard an emergency dinghy.
Bank conman arrest
A 48-year-old man from Cannes has been arrested for allegedly defrauding five different banks of a total of 9,000 euros. The man is accused of rumaging through bins at banks to find personal customer information before posing as clients and withdrawing money from their accounts. The crime went unnoticed for an entire year.

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It’s official, this weather is not normal
This year is the wettest winter recorded in Nice since Méteo France started tracking levels in 1980. And while the city’s rainfall was five times more than that recorded in Paris this winter, temperatures in Nice were actually two degrees above the seasonal average.
Political Column: Love in the time of recession
Whatever may be said about François Hollande’s amorous dalliances, they did not cost the taxpayer dearly. As befits a time of economic crisis and austerity.
“Just looking the other way is not an option”
Lonie was abandoned because she was sick and her owners wanted to save on vet bills; Daisy, because her owner had become too old; and Bosco because his best friend died, and while the children were happy to inherit the house, they didn’t want the last remaining habitant in it.

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