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

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One of several cascades below our olive grove - perfect for summer swimming!


Last updated: 10/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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 -4 persons

Featured as one of the "Top Ten Riverside Gîtes" in "A River Runs Through It: The Top Ten Riverside Gîtes For A Spot Of Wild Swimming":

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:

    Children's play area (Wendy house, swings, trees to climb), river with shallow paddling sections, acres to explore (with supervision), gentle wild life (red squirrels, wild tortoises - protected, so don't touch please - the fat cat who never says "no", hundreds & thousands of butterflies, grasshoppers, toads, bright green lizards, dragon flies, white snails sleeping on lavander stalks, fish in the river, owls at night and cuckoos, wild pheasants.....and lots more). Discover Provencal herbs - rosemary and thyme growing wild and covering the hill, fennel and marjoram - even a curry herb....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • 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

  • 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. PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE PHOTOS....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom: toilet


  • Bathroom: toilet


  • Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • 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. 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

  • Also available: Cottage for 4 with own private pool and Studio for 2 with own private pool (total including the Tower House pool: 3 pools). Please enquire (see photos on PHOTOS section here). WEB ACCESS: WIFI BROADBAND (bring your own computer). POOL SECURITY: IRON FENCE & GATE. PARENTS SHOULD NEVER LEAVE YOUNG CHILDREN UNSUPERVISED. ...moreless


  • 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
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • 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
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Dining furniture and BBQ on the roof terrace overlooking the valley and olive grove. Dining in the kitchen/dining room (see photo) and also in the garden. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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:

    Free wifi provided....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Siemens stainless steel...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Boat:

    All boating and kayaking on the wonderful Lac de Sainte Croix and the Gorges de Verdon. ...moreless

  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    Roof terrace overlooking valley and hills. BBQ on roof terrace with dining furniture and views extending for miles....moreless

  • Golf:

    Excellent golf courses nearby. Ask for details....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    All boating and kayaking on the wonderful Lac de Sainte Croix and the Gorges de Verdon. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    30 acres private property surrounded by hundreds of acres gentle Provencal hills. Ideal for walking, climbing, exploring....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    BBQ on roof terrace with dining furniture and views extending for miles....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Terrace/patio in garden with dining furniture....moreless

  • Tennis:

    There is a tennis club next door which the owner will let you use if there is a court free. The cost is about €5 per hour. Just walk down the hill and ask!...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    There are a total of three pools: Tower House, Cottage and Studio. Each pool is for the exclusive use of the corresponding accommodation. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 5
from 9 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Autumn colours
Sep 23 - Oct 31, 2016
7 night min stay

Apr 1 - May 25, 2017
3 night min stay
early Summer
May 26 - Jun 8, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Summer
Jun 9 - Jun 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2017
3 night min stay
High Summer
Jun 30 - Jul 13, 2017
7 night min stay

Peak season
Jul 14 - Aug 31, 2017
7 night min stay

Late summer
Sep 1 - Sep 14, 2017
3 night min stay

Fig season
Sep 15 - Sep 28, 2017
3 night min stay
Olive harvest
Sep 29 - Oct 31, 2017
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $733.94
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 10/08/2016
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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

About the owner: Visitors' Comments: “Thank you so much for such a wonderful holiday home. If was much more than we ever expected to see – it exceeded our expectation in all the ways ! We loved the beautiful location, privacy, colourful little villages with markets, and of course the beautifully restored Tower House. It was so unique, had a rustic atmosphere but with modern conveniences. We found everything we needed – great selection of books, movies, description of activities and local attractions. Fresh mint, rosemary, thyme and poppy flowers were a highlight for me personally. We had a wonderful time! We will come back one day and will bring our extended family with us. Next time we should spend two weeks at your place.” Natalya, Switzerland, May 2011 “We had a really lovely time at the Tower House – thank you so much. The property is beautiful and wonderfully well equipped and it was great having so many toys for the children to play with.” Debra, England, June 2011 “Thanks again for everything. It was a week of pure bliss to wake up to the wonderful smells and sounds emanating from your beautiful property. I’m still dreaming about the smells of lavender, sage, thyme and rosemary that wafted up from the plants on the Tower House grounds. I had to tear myself away from the roof deck and the glorious sound of the breeze rustling through the olive grove. It was a delight to explore the towns in the region and to experience a small town circus one night (my daughter’s favorite experience) in Sillans-la-Cascade. The people we met were wonderful, the food delicious, and your place was a little slice of heaven. Thank you, thank you for making your property available to us for a week – what a delight ! Your daughter Catherine was also incredibly kind to us.” L . Oslo, July 2011 “Thanks for sharing your private paradise with us : everything was fantastic, beyond expectations! We will strongly recommend your property to our friends.

Why the Owner Chose Salernes, France:
An authentic 17th18th century olive mill with medieval vestiges, in an important natural environment -which includes a listed waterfall. Protected by European legislation ("Natura2000"). Very private but not isolated. Wonderful views. Walk to the village for morning croissants and coffee. Morning swimming in the river with its multiple cascades, lunch under ancient mulberry and fig trees, siesta by private pool.. Easy drive to lake Ste Croix (boating, swimming, sailing) and to the coast.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
In the heart of a European-protected natural site ('Natura2000') with private river, several waterfalls and low cascades, very private restored olive mill dating from the Middle Ages provides accommodation for as few as 2 persons and as many as 16 in three completely independent and private dwellings, each with its own private, unshared pool. Outstanding views and wildlife including two protected, endangered species. A part of our river and our small waterfall of 10metres have also been classified by the French government as protected sites. The land is free of all chemicals and has never been farmed intensively. The olive grove is also completely organic. Featured as one of the "Top Ten Riverside Gîtes" in "A River Runs Through It: The Top Ten Riverside Gîtes For A Spot Of Wild Swimming":

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  • One of several cascades below our olive grove - perfect for summer swimming!

    One of several cascades below our olive grove - perfect for summer swimming!

  • Olive Mill: wild flowers in spring. Tower roof terrace with splendid views.

    Olive Mill: wild flowers in spring. Tower roof terrace with splendid views.

  • Tower House detail

    Tower House detail

  • Tower House dining.

    Tower House dining.

  • Private Cottage pool (solar heated,splendid views)

    Private Cottage pool (solar heated,splendid views)

  • Private Studio pool (solar heated, splendid views)

    Private Studio pool (solar heated, splendid views)

  • Tower House pool

    Tower House pool

  • Tower House interior

    Tower House interior

  • Tower House

    Tower House

  • Twin bedroom (Tower House)

    Twin bedroom (Tower House)

  • Cottage dining opens onto leafy garden.

    Cottage dining opens onto leafy garden.

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