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Venelles, France: €5.25m

Venelles, France: €5.25m

Venelles, France: €5.25m

If anxiety levels are high, try closing your eyes, holding something lavender-scented to your nose, and imagining a gorgeous Provencal mansion in the middle of the countryside, standing on three hectares of landscaped parkland - including a magnificent lavender field - to calm the nerves.

Venelles is actually three houses in one as, in addition to the main house, there is a guest house and caretaker's house, each with independent access.

The principal house has five bedrooms, all en suite, with the main living areas and reception rooms opening on to a terrace and the swimming pool.

There's a hard tennis court for when you tire of lounging in the sun, a bowling green, and an indoor pool so you can swim year-round.

Venelles is 10 minutes' drive from the centre of historic Aix-en-Provence. Founded by the Romans in 124BC, a Roman theatre re-discovered in 2004 has become Aix's most famous ancient monument.

Agent: John-taylor.com Property Ref: V1752AP

Sunday Independent