Brittany Higgins, David Sharaz arrive at the French chateau the couple now call home

Brittany Higgins’s stunning French chateau has been pictured for the first time.

The five bedroom property is located in the pretty but remote town of Lunas and backs onto sprawling green fields.

In the exclusive images, published by The Daily Telegraph, Higgins and her fiance David Sharaz can be seen arriving at their new home where they intend to build a life away from scandal.

Lunas is an interesting choice for the couple who both previously enjoyed city life and fast-paced careers.

Even the local mayor conceded that “nothing much happens” in the secluded village they now call home.

The couple left Australia for good on Monday night dressed in Suffragette white.

On Tuesday, they landed at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport all dressed in black with Ms Higgins’ posting a selection of images of Australia accompanied by words from the Peter Allen song I Still Call Australia Home.

The pair then began the final stage of their journey to their new home in the community of Lunas.

Located in the region of Occitanie in south east France, the closest city to Lunas is Montpelier.

It is part of a collection of small villages known as the “pays des mont et des sources”, which translates, in English, to the “land of mountains and springs”.

The community is situated in a picturesque position straddling the small Gravezon river dotted with restaurants and churches.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Ms Higgins and Mr Sharaz arrived by hire car to their new country home, which is located on a hill overlooking the small village of around 650 people.

Pictures from the paper show a cream building with green doors is surrounded by countryside and has a driveway with entry barred by a pair of black gates.

Earlier this month it emerged the Albanese government had compensated Ms Higgins to the tune of $2.4 million.

The house had reportedly been on the market for a year.

Ms Higgins is waiting for her dog, a cavoodle called Kingston, to be released from French quarantine.

‘Nothing much happens’

It’s been reported that Ms Higgins is planning on studying and learning the French language. Mr Sharaz has already advertised locally for a French teacher as well as a gardener to keep up the grounds.

“They’re welcome here … everyone is talking about the Australians who bought the house last year,” local mayor Lia Baste told the Telegraph.

“It’s a tiny village, where nothing much happens; beautiful wine is made, and it offers a life of tranquillity and escapism. Are they trying to run away from something?” Mr Baste asked.

Another local said Lunas was a “beautiful place” and was “so isolated from the rest of the world”.

“It’s perfect if you want to start afresh. You’re in peace here.”

The couple’s departure followed a tumultuous month during which Ms Higgins and both of her parents were called as witnesses in a high profile defamation trial, lodged by Bruce Lehrmann.

Mr Lehrmann is suing Network 10 and Ms Wilkinson over The Project’s interview with Brittany Higgins in which she alleged she was raped at Parliament House.

Mr Lehrmann is arguing he was defamed by the broadcast that did not name him but he argues identified him.

He strenuously denies the claims and Ms Higgins’ rape trial was aborted with no findings made against him.

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