International Property of the Week: Villages of Southern France

1. Mougins, Cote d’Azur

Mougins is one of Southern France’s most dreamy villages, a hilltop beauty fifteen minutes from the Mediterranean coast. It has been a magnet for artists since Picasso set up home there in the 1930s and today small art galleries and boutiques join exceptional restaurants in the narrow cobbled streets.

In the prestigious neighbourhood of Castellaras, this substantial period home combines the joy of village life with utter privacy and security. The 442 square metres of accommodation includes up to seven bedrooms while outside in the established and well-landscaped gardens there’s a swimming pool, staff accommodation and terraces.

Just the place to sit and enjoy the wide views over the Esterel mountains and on to the Mediterranean. Priced €5,400,000.

2. Les Baux-de-Provence, Alpilles

Between Arles and St Remy-de-Provence in the region of the Alpilles Regional National Park, Les Baux-de-Provence is an enthralling medieval village, one of less than 200 in France to be officially awarded Plus Beaux Villages. Slender, tightly packed houses line narrow streets and nearby, a Chateau-fortress stands high on a rocky ridge, offering spectacular views.

Close to the Chateau des Baux with its own wonderful views, an eighteenth century Mas offers perfect Provencal living. The 344 square metre accommodation is matched by grounds of over four acres including a swimming pool, landscaped gardens and staff quarters. The Mas is both elegant and comfortable, ideal for family holidays or entertaining.