Not sure what a ‘bastide’, ‘colombage’or ‘mas’ is? Learn the features of 10 common types of French property so you can decide type of property you want to buy. The term mas can be used to describe any large countryside property in the southern regions of France, but is particularly used for properties in Provence. Originally a largely self-sufficient economic unit, it could produce its own fruit, vegetables, grain, milk, meat and even silkworms. It is typically constructed of inexpensive local materials (stone/wood), originally housing animals on the ground floor and having its bedrooms, food storage places and sometimes a room for raising silkworms on the upper floor. The mas is distinct from the bastide, another typical Provençal house, which was originally the home of a wealthy family.
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Common types of French property
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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