Extremely rare historic and private mid to late 18th century estate, MAS DE BADET is a +/- 617 acres farm and ranch in the south of France. With its own unique direct access to the sea via Le Petit Rhone river, this agricultural and horse property in the protected Camargue region is less than five miles from famed 9th century coastal town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer on the Mediterranean sea.
Some of the structures of Mas de Badet date back to Circa 1750, nested in magnificent 300 year old umbrella pine trees, with a small chapel and part of the domain reportedly once used as a monastery and a vineyard. The vast main house is over 5,000 square feet on two levels which include 8 bedrooms, 4 baths and 3 dressing rooms. It has retained all of its original beam ceilings, original stone and terra cotta floors as well as 5 stone wood burning fireplaces. The grand reception room offers an oversized cooking fireplace. The backyard features an original stone fountain in the garden. In addition, the courtyard holds four independent living quarters with 2-3 bedrooms each for staff. Separately from the main structure, there are also 7 individual apartment houses each with 1-2 bedrooms for seasonal farm workers.
The land and farm improvements include fully irrigated +/- 490 acres of cropland for rice, organic rice and melon, together with 2 pump houses and levee. The remainder of the farm
has pastures for livestock and extensive horse improvements with 51 stalls, multiple paddocks, horse walkers, round pens and a 3⁄4 mile training track for both standardbreds and thoroughbreds.
Camargue, the wild west of France, is a unique and protected French regional park in the River Rhone delta with alluvials, marshland, lagoons, and an impressive wildlife. This coastal region of France is known for its beach, pink flamingos, native white breed of wild horses, bullfighting, and of course the town of Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mer where artists like Van Gogh, Picasso and Ernest Hemingway have painted or written.
This exceptional property is a working farm with revenue but could potentially be developed for tourism. Options are multiple and the opportunity is unique to have your very own ranch French- style in the south of France !