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Cotignac 83570 France

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Last Updated: Monday, March 26, 2018

Chez-Provence - detached house and gardens with swimming pool in the heart of Provence

Chez-Provence is a very pretty three bedroom detached house with a good-sized swimming pool set in substantial terraced gardens, all located in a quiet, private location under five minutes walk from the centre of the market town of Cotignac, known as one of the prettiest small towns of Provence.

Background: The Canadian author Timothy Findley lived here for many years and developed the house and the gardens. His books included "The Piano Man's Daughter", "Not Wanted on the Voyage" and the short stories in "Dinner Along the Amazon".

Outside: from the private terraces and the main garden at the front of the house, there are panoramic views across the landscape of Provence, looking south and south-east. At night the star canopy is amazing. To the north of the house there are rising terraces to two driveways, a car port and parking area suitable for up to four cars. Also located here is the former studio of the writer Timothy Findley - not available for rental. We continue to develop the gardens, where you will find three attractive and large terraced areas with seating, olive trees and numerous plants and shrubs. There is a small fish and lily pond on the second terrace which has a large wisteria and shaded awning.
In October 2017 we installed a good-sized swimming pool (8.4m x 3.7m / 27' x 11') on the third terrace, which is a real bonus during the hot summer months here.
The fourth terrace has ancient olive trees and offers some space for games such as boules.

Inside: The house is full of charm. It is very spacious with a dining room that seats six, a large living room with a grand open fireplace and through French doors a very large conservatory with a sofa bed. Then there are two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom as well as two bathrooms. A small alcove between the bedrooms houses the desk of the writer and serves as a small office.

Hot water and central heating are powered by a large oil-fired boiler. Satellite TV and a fast internet connection are included.

Visit the Chez-Provence web site: http://www.chez-provence.com


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices

Suited for
6 people
Property Type


Available from Sunday, May 13, 2018 until Friday, June 15, 2018
Available from Saturday, July 7, 2018 until Saturday, July 14, 2018
Available from Wednesday, August 1, 2018 until Saturday, September 8, 2018
Minimum Stay
1 week(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Cotignac
Postal Code - State or Province 83570 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Country France
Neighborhood Keywords Ancien Chemin des Salernes, Cotignac
Closest University Aix en Provence
University nearby Marseille

Rental Price:

Rental Fee Comments
Rent from EUR1500 per week
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Woods
  • Near Shops
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Long Term
  • Off Campus
  • Available for Short Term


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other: Large mature gardens on three terraces.


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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Based in England but now spending as several months a year in Europe so as to explore this wonderful continent and follow the sun. My profession is tour operator specialising in adventure holidays and safaris around the world. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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