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18thcentury Property : Stunning Location, 3 Private Pools, River, Cascades,Views - The Tower House, with own pool, sleeps 6/8

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No


The Tower House, with own pool, sleeps 6/8: Salernes Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 1056ha

The Tower House faces full south, overlooking our private valley & the grassy terraces which lead to the large private pool. Large Entrance Hall/play/video room, sunny & beautifully furnished sitting room, fully equipped kitchen/dining room, 3 (4 with the annexe) very pretty & comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,4 W/C’s (3 bathrooms & 5 wc's with the annexe), magnificent roof terrace (BBQ) for al fresco dining. Antique furniture in each room.
Stunning views of our gardens from each window, panorama east, south & west from the roof terrace.
Excellent outdoors facilities: grassy terraces with lavender, irises, mint & rosemary; mature trees for shade; swings for children and unlimited space for all games.
Fans in each bedroom (rarely necessary-the thick stone walls keep the house cool).
The annexe,an independent double bedroom with own shower room & separate wc, lovely views, can be rented(£350pw)

About the Property

Period 3 bed house for 6; 2 bed cottage for 4, studio for 2 .Three private pools

PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB ADDRESS FOR MORE PHOTOS & for details of 3 BED house for 6 (own private pool), 2 BED COTTAGE (private, heated pool) FOR 4 persons, STUDIO (private, heated pool) FOR 2 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 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.
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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Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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Please ask for our web address for more photos. PLEASE NOTE THAT RENTAL PERIODS ARE FRIDAY-FRIDAY in SUMMER. 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. OUTSIDE THE SUMMER PERIOD WE ACCEOT OTHER ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAYS. 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,

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • 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

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • 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


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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 nestles in the countryside near the little village of Sillans la Cascade, in the heart of Provence. The beaches of the Cote d'Azur are directly south and to the north (30km) are the Gorges(grand canyon) de Verdon & the Lake Sainte Croix. The Grand Canyon is spectacular - created over a period of thousands of years, it is unique in Europe.

Nice & Marseille airports are just over 1 hour away.

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 (outstanding formal gardens & towering castle), La Roquebrussane(home of Provencal cooking: please ask to book a class ).

Michelin starred restaurants are at Tourtour, Lorgues, Moustiers, Callas & Grimaud. It is an easy walk to our excellent village restaurants.

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

Other Activities: canoeing, water skiing at the lake, fishing and swimming in our river, mountaineering at the Gorges Verdon.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1990

About the owner: Visitors' Comments: "“We had a brilliant stay in the cottage - a fantastic time! it was a lovely place to stay and enjoy the local countryside, waterfalls and access to local towns of interest like Moustier, Cotignac, Aix, Antibes, St Paul de Vence, even Sillans was very lovely! Everything was perfect and we had all we needed to have a very comfortable stay. Thank you so much for re scheduling us in and we hope to return. Would highly recommend the cottage! Great to have a swim in the first week of October! “ KG, Norfolk, England, October 2016 "Many thanks for returning the deposit. We had an absolutely lovely stay, thank you very much for everything. Your grounds are stunning; we loved the waterfalls. The cottage is absolutely delightful and we found everything we needed there. Richard was very impressed with your barbeque and has been searching for an identical one since we got back home. Thanks to Catherine too for making us feel so welcome. We hope to come back and visit again!" Gemma and Richard, Reading, England "Everything was excellent and charming and we will recommend the olive mill to our friends. We wanted to say goodbye to Catherine, who was very kind with us, but we didn´t find her." Berthold W. Emmendingen, Germany "Our holiday in the cottage was fantastic. Everything was provided and appreciated such an incredibly beautiful place we hope we can return soon." Sarah & Paul R. Paris, France "Thank you very much, we had a great holiday in your Cottage and in Provence. We appreciate a lot the wi-fi :-) It was of a great quality." Jurgita B. Vilnius, Lithuania “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 12 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": VISITOR'S REVIEW: “The Cottage was exactly what we were after – a picturesque property set in beautiful grounds. Catherine provided a warm welcome upon arrival and checked that we had everything we needed. The Cottage itself was spotlessly clean and had all the mod cons one would require (loved the gas bbq). The swimming pool was lovely for a quick dip to cool down and had magnificent views. The nearby river and waterfall (which you could swim in) was a hidden gem. Lots of quaint little Provincial towns nearby to explore and near the Lac de Sainte-Croix (30 mins drive away) was unbelievable for swimming in – much better than any beach I have been to of late. Would highly recommend this property.” George and Clair, London, September 2016

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/18/2017

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  • Tower House pool

    Tower House pool

  • 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.

  • Cottage dining opens onto leafy garden.

    Cottage dining opens onto leafy garden.

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

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

  • Tower House interior

    Tower House interior

  • Tower House

    Tower House

  • Twin bedroom (Tower House)

    Twin bedroom (Tower House)

  • 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)

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