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17th-18thcentury Property : Stunning Location, 3 Private Pools, River,Cascades

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Last updated: 09/21/2014

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Salernes house description

PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB ADDRESS FOR MORE PHOTOS & for details of 2 BED COTTAGE (private, heated pool) FOR 4 persons, STUDIO (private, heated pool) FOR 2 persons

Architect owner's beautifully restored 18th century Olive Mill faces full south across its own valley, with a river (several waterfalls & natural pools) & 30 acres of hills (ancient woodlands), wildflower, herbs, cherry, plum, fig & apricot trees as well as wild asparagus & truffles. The house, the cottage & the studio each has its own very private pool well away from the others, each in secluded grounds overlooking the valley (the Cottage & Studio pools are heated in spring & autumn). ALL OF THE POOLS NOW HAVE IRON SAFETY FENCES. The river is spectacular, with large, clear pools & a 10m high waterfall. Golf at 30min, horse riding in the village, fishing in the river, idyllic walks & cross-country cycling. The Domain is completely private, but within easy walking distance of the village. Equidistant from Nice & Aix-en-Provence, with St Tropez an easy drive south.

As well as the outstanding scenic splendours of Provence at your doorstep (waterfalls,wine domains,ancient buildings & still-preserved hill villages to visit in the immediate area), less than an hour away are the fabulous Mediterranean coast,sandy beaches,sailing to the islands for a lazy day trip, glamorous shops,cafés&restaurants.
Drive to three of the most famous cities in Provence - Aix en Provence, Nice & Marseille(wonderful shops, galleries & restaurants).
You have your own private pool & a series of spectacular waterfalls with large natural pools in the river.
Please note, though, that river access is not suitable for very young children and requres some agility.
If you fish, bring your rod, because the river has trout and other local fish.
Sillans la Cascade is a medieval hill village in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Aups(a medieval walled town)is the truffle centre of eastern France.

Other local villages: Salernes is famous for its beautiful ceramics: tiles (decorative& plain), kitchen ware(jugs,pots,cooking utensils), vases- visitors generally find them irresistible. There is also a wonderful local market in the village square.Tourtour has an international music festival,& two outstanding restaurants for special occasions.The views from this “perched” village extend as far as the Mediterranean to the south and the mountains near Aix en Provence to the west. Cotignac is a walker’s paradise,with fascinating cave dwellings & several medieval monasteries. Entrecasteux’s chateau has outstanding gardens & art exhibitions/concerts all year. La Roquebrussane is the home of Provençale cooking:you can join a cooking class & spend the morning prepare lunch. Collobrieres celebrates the annual wine festival by running wine through the village fountains. The village nestles in chestnut forests and visitors come from all over France for the sugared chestnuts, chestnut purée & chestnut honey.

Excursions and activities: To the north the Gorges de Verdun & the Lake Ste Croix are ideal locations for exploring outstanding natural sites (The village nestles in chestnut forests and visitors come from all over France for the sugared chestnuts, chestnut purée & chestnut honey.sail on the lake itself).
To the south is the Côte d’Azur : sandy beaches, colourful ports (Grimaud & St Tropez) and ideal sailing (especially the 3 islands around Hyères).
There are excellent antique and Provençal products shops in Hyères, Cotignac, Salernes etc .Easy day trips include Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Monte Carlo and San Remo (Italy).
The Golf Club Barbaroux (designed by Pete & PB Dye )is 30mins away, at Brignoles. Horse riding is available in the village (day treks can be organized).


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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Housekeeper Optional


                  • Children Welcome
                  • Non Smoking Only
                  • Pets Not Allowed
                  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

                  Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

                  • Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

                    1m 60 wide...moreless

                  • Bedroom: 1 double, 1 baby crib

                    1 m 40 wide...moreless

                  • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

                    80cm wide each...moreless

                  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen

                    If 4th bedroom&shower required please add £350pw to rent...moreless

                  • First Floor: double bedroom (en suite shower room, WC) with exposed beams. Good quality double bed, lovely antique furniture, sunny garden views south- east. Second Floor : double bedroom (king size bed) with extensive views south & west over our valley & the surrounding hills. Beautiful walnut & cherry antique furniture and original Provençale floor tiles. Small third bedroom (2 single beds) with views south and east through trees (mulberry & fig, as well as ash & pine), across our valley towards the river. A cot can be put in the large Entrance Hall (WC & basin at this level), curtained for privacy. An annexe with a 4th, very attractive bedroom & private shower with separate wc is available (£350pw): this is independent, with access by foot across a sunny courtyard, Lovely views, very private - perfect for grandparents or a couple without children. PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE PHOTOS....moreless

                  Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

                  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


                  • Bathroom: toilet


                  • Bathroom: toilet


                  • Bathroom: toilet, shower


                  • Bathroom 5

                    The annexe has its own shower,separate wc (see under 'beds')...moreless

                  • Main bathroom has bath, antique walnut furniture (modern basin and fittings), & WC. There is another WC on this floor. Second shower room with wc is ensuite to the the secnd double bedroom. The independent annexe consists of a very attractive double bedroom & separate shower room, separate wc. Magnificent roof terrace paved with white natural stone, with splendid views east, south and west across valleys and hills. Furnished (teak table, chairs, benches), with external lighting for outdoor meals. Weber barbecue, second sink. Washing machine, ironing board & iron, hair dryer....moreless

                  Other Amenities



                      • Audio Tape Player
                      • Books
                      • Books For Adults
                      • Books For Kids
                      • CD Player
                      • DVD Player
                      • Games
                      • Games For Kids
                      • Music Library
                      • Radio
                      • Satellite / Cable
                      • Television
                      • Toys
                      • VCR
                      • Video Library


                      • Adventure
                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Romantic
                      • Tourist Attractions


                      • Autumn Foliage
                      • Caves
                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Forests
                      • Library
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Pond
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Restaurants
                      • Ruins
                      • Waterfalls
                      • Winery Tours

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Babysitter
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Medical Services

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking

                      Location Type

                      • Near The Ocean
                      • Rural
                      • Village

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hunting Small Game
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Sailing
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing

                      Arrival Day

                          • Friday


                          • Child's Highchair
                          • Dining:

                            Dining furniture on the roof terrace overlooking the valley and olive grove, in the kitchen/dining room and in the garden. Please note that the kitchen/dining seats 6, not 8. ...moreless

                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 6 people


                          • Activities Guide
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Linens Provided
                          • Living Room
                          • Local Maps
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • Parking
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Sunbed
                          • Telephone
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet


                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Blender
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Grill
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                          • Barbecue
                          • Beach Towels
                          • Child's Swing
                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Golf
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Outdoor Grill Gas
                          • Tennis Court
                          • Terrace

                          Pool / Spa

                          • Outdoor Pool
                          • Private Pool

                          House Cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Optional


                              Write a review 5
                              from 8 traveler reviews
                              Please ask for our web address for more photos.
                              We prefer a Friday arrival: travelling is easier for our visitors, queues at airports are shorter, shopping for the weekend is easier AND fares are much cheaper.
                              As we are in the middle of the countryside you will find a variety of wildlife, ranging from the occasional wild pig tn the valley o the ever-present butterflies in the bushes ... as well as other insects, birds, frogs, etc. The presence  of these is largely determined by  changes in the weather and are beyond both our control and our responsability. As one of our guests said earlier this year, walking past a bush which suddenly erupted into a thick cloud of butterflies - “You usually only get to see this on tv!”.
                              You can fly to any one of 3 airports & be within an easy drive of our property: Nice 110km (66 miles),Toulon/St Tropez airport 100
                              'Many thanks, the girls are still agreed that it was best holiday ever! Bearing in mind they have been to Florida, Australia, Greece and France numerous times that is saying something!' Gary, Surrey, UK.
                              'We've had an incredible holiday - the highlight was preparing dinner while looking out over your beautiful property & drinking local wine! Everything was perfect. We hope to return!' Angela, Colorado
                              'Everything was perfect thank you, in fact you supplied way more in terms of childrens’ items than we had expected & that is a real bonus when you have children with you!'Gavin, Windsor, UK 
                              'Many thanks for letting us share a piece of Eden.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tower House, especially the roof terrace and the river!  It has certainly hit the upper end of our holiday experiences!  
                              Thank you again for your help in us having a relaxing, comfortable, peaceful and very memorable holiday.'
                              Melanie (Guernsey, Chanel Islands)
                              'I forgot to tell you how much I appreciated the lovely presentation of the house upon our arrival. The girls went directly the the little table & chairs and started playing with the toys.It made it easier to get settled in the house.We were charmed with the house & we especially liked the rooftop terrace. I think it is a bit downplayed in the description you have of the house. I loved sitting up there in the evening.You get such a sense of openness with the vast view,but it also feels so cozy and private.Perfect for a book & coffee in the morning & for star gazing at night.The overall sense of privacy combined with the extensive surroundings was absolutely delightful for a person coming from greater London.In fact, we could hardly be bothered to leave the house the first week because we were so satisfied with our surroundings that we could not see the point.It is an absolute pleasure to walk the path between the olive trees and the broom stirring up the fragrances'.Leah, London,

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                              100 Kilometres
                              Nearest Airport
                              1 Kilometres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Sillans la Cascade
                              80 Kilometres
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Toulon (for Corsica)
                              30 Kilometres
                              Nearest Train
                              Draguignan/Les Arcs or Aix ,
                              20 Kilometres
                              Nearest Motorway
                              Le Luc or Brignoles
                              1 Kilometres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              Sillans la Cascade
                              64 Kilometres
                              Nearest Beach
                              St Raphael

                              Car: Recommended

                              The Olive Mill is in the heart of Provence, inland from St Tropez on the Cote d'Azur(beaches) & accessible from Nice & Marseille airports(just over 1 hour to each).1 hour to TGV railway station at Aix en Provence or Marseille(each 3 hours from Paris).It is an easy walk to the village & 5-10 minutes’ drive to Aups, Cotignac & Salernes.Nearby are Tourtour,famous for its antiques,restaurants&music festival,Cotignac(a walker's paradise with fascinating cave dwellings & several medieval monasteries), Entrecasteaux(out standing formal gardens & towering castle),La Roquebrussane(home of Provencal cooking:please ask to book a class ).To the north are the Gorges(grand canyon)de Verdon & the Lake Ste Croix.The Grand Canyon is spectacular - created over thousands of years, it is unique in Europe.Michelin starred restaurants are at Tourtour,Lorgues,Moustiers,Callas & Grimaud.Walk to our excellent village restaurants.

                              A prehistoric cave is also to be found on our own property: please ask to visit,

                              Other Activities: canooing,water skiing at nearby lake, fishing,swimming in our river,mountaineering at Gorges Verdon


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1990

                              Contact us

                              Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Italian

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                              Guestbook comments from the owner

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                              • The waterfall below the olive grove

                                The waterfall below the olive grove

                              • Olive Mill in spring

                                Olive Mill in spring

                              • June 2013: exploring the olive grove

                                June 2013: exploring the olive grove

                              • Tower House in winter

                                Tower House in winter

                              • Tower House entrance hall

                                Tower House entrance hall

                              • Twin bedroom (Tower House)

                                Twin bedroom (Tower House)

                              • Private Cottage pool(solar heated,splendid views)

                                Private Cottage pool(solar heated,splendid views)

                              • Cottage interior

                                Cottage interior

                              • Cottage dining

                                Cottage dining

                              • View over valley

                                View over valley

                              • Explore our river

                                Explore our river

                              • Wild Poppies in spring

                                Wild Poppies in spring

                              • Tower House pool

                                Tower House pool

                              • Olive Mill: wild flowers in spring

                                Olive Mill: wild flowers in spring

                              • Tower House Pool

                                Tower House Pool

                              • View through Tower House Dining Room

                                View through Tower House Dining Room

                              • The cottage(has its own private, heated pool)

                                The cottage(has its own private, heated pool)

                              • View across Cottage pool

                                View across Cottage pool

                              • Private Studio pool(solar heated,splendid views)

                                Private Studio pool(solar heated,splendid views)

                              • Studio(separate kitchen,wet room)

                                Studio(separate kitchen,wet room)

                              • 40 metre waterfall next to our property.

                                40 metre waterfall next to our property.

                              • View over our valley to the olive grove.

                                View over our valley to the olive grove.

                              • Shade by the pool

                                Shade by the pool


                              4 Bedroom / 3.5+ Bathroom
                              Sleeps 8

                              Contact owner for availability
                              Member since: 1998
                              Speaks: english, french, german, italian, Italian
                              • Calendar last updated: 09/21/2014
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                              +33 (0)494 387 233

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