Architect: Edward & Margot Jones
Haut-Var Villa, Bargemon, FranceFrom £2,500
Set amongst the olive groves and woodlands above the village of Bargemon in the Haut Var, this villa is an idyllic retreat in rural surroundings. Entirely private, this large house offers spectacular views over a wooded valley towards the Mediterranean.
In plan, the sequence of the entrance salon, loggia, living room and swimming pool court are all connected enfilade. The south side of all these spaces relates to a 60-metre long pergola which, apart from forming a promenade, acts as a frame to the garden and the view. The section of the house with its one-room depth, allows for simple and effective cross ventilation, added to this the thick walls giving the house excellent insulation.
Le Corbusier declared that a house should be a ‘machine for living’, and this aphorism might be extended here whereby the house acts as a mechanism for viewing the landscape with some views accidental and others more composed.
The villa was designed and built by Edward and Margot Jones in 2003 as a holiday house for their family and the design responds directly to the site conditions of the man-made topography of stepped terraces formed by dry stonewalls. As a founding member of the practice Dixon Jones, Edward Jones has been involved in the design of the Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery extension, as well as the masterplan for the National Gallery.
Four double bedrooms, (one with full en-suite and three with showers en-suite).
There is also a living room, dining room, kitchen, double height loggia (with BBQ), 60-metre long pergola (with dining tables at the east end) and 14.5m pool. Table tennis, croquet and boules courts, WiFi, Amp/DVD and projector are all available.
Nice airport (80km away), Toulon airport (100km) Les Arcs/Draguignan TGV (30km)
Jan-Apr £2,700 per week
May-Jun £3,050 per week (£5,600 for two weeks)
Jul-Aug £3,950 per week (£7,000 for two weeks)
Sep £3,050 per week (£5,600 for two weeks)
Oct-Dec £2,700 per week
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