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French countryside villa yours for $6.9M

Just minutes outside of Aix-en-Provence

Exterior shot of iron gate opening onto fount and two-story villa with shuttered windows behind it.
House Ventabren is located just minutes outside Aix-en-Provence.
Michaël Zingraf/Christie’s International Real Estate

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Location: Ventabren, Bouches Du Rhone, France

Price: €5,950,000 ($6,936,000)

Even though crumbling castles elicit the most romantic daydreams of running away to the French countryside and living the slow life, their upkeep can be more trouble than a covetable Instagram account about their restoration is worth.

So instead of pouring all that money into peeling back layers of old paint and reviving intricate millwork, how about plunking down that cash for a move-in villa instead? Sound appealing? Here’s one for you to consider.

Located in the hill-top village of Ventabren in the Bouches du Rhone of Provence just minutes from Aix-en-Provence is a completely renovated 18th-century residence that would make a picturesque family estate or a charming bed-and-breakfast.

Measuring 6,458 square feet, the bastide features six suites and sumptuous formal living areas (including a glorious sun room), all dressed in floral wallpaper, beautiful molding, and huge windows.

Outside are exquisitely landscaped gardens and grounds, with a swimming pool and various patios and other outdoor living opportunities for entertaining and relaxation.

Rounding out the property are a guest house and numerous outbuildings, all of which can be yours for €5.95 euros, or about $6.9 million.

Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate