- George and Amal Clooney set to splash A$12.5M on 172 hectare property
- Extensively remodelled farmhouse near Brignoles, in the Provençe, southeastern France
- Mediterranean area known for its rolling vineyards, olive groves, pine forests and lavender fields
Various global media outlets have reported that George and Amal Clooney are about to splash out €7.9 million (A$12.5 million) on a stunning 18th century Provençal manor set on 172 hectares. Some reports have said the deal has already been concluded.
The southeastern region of France, bordering Italy and the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most sought-after areas in the world for the rich and famous. Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and George Lucas own properties in the area.
To the south is the Côte d’Azur (or French Riviera), including the ritzy towns of Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes.
The property itself includes a remodelled farmhouse, a pond, swimming pool and a few hectares of vines.
The formal gardens are reputed to be among the most beautiful in Provençe and have been featured in two books. Beyond the swimming pool lies a tennis court with sitting area, a lavender garden, and a boules pitch.
The property had been on the market for a few years, and was put up for sale by its 80-year old owner, a resident of Monaco. The agent was William Montgomery, of Sotherbys, in Ireland.
Meanwhile, the mayor of the nearby town of Brignoles, is pretty excited, apparently.
When you have a personality like George Clooney who comes to buy in your town, I think you can only congratulate yourself!
Didier Brémond, UDI mayor of Brignoles
Oh oui, monsieur, bien sûr.