18thcentury Property : Stunning Location, 3 Private Pools, River, Cascades,Views - The Tower House, with own pool, sleeps 6/8Multiple rentals available (9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:House
- 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
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": http://www.toptentraveltips.co.uk/?p=4486&page=10
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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- Max. occupancy 6
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
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- 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
- 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
- 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 For Adults
- Books For Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Games For Kids
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Autumn Foliage
- Botanical Garden
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Near The Ocean
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Activities Guide
- Baby Gate
- Basic Soaps
- Free Local Calls
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Beach Towels
- Child's Swing
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Furniture
- Outdoor Grill:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Housekeeper Optional
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.
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": http://www.toptentraveltips.co.uk/?p=4486&page=10 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
- Primary: +33 494387233
- Secondary: +33 689237064 Within France: 06 89237064
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One of several cascades below our olive grove - perfect for summer swimming!
Olive Mill: wild flowers in spring. Tower roof terrace with splendid views.
Tower House detail
Tower House dining.
Cottage dining opens onto leafy garden.
Tower House pool
Tower House interior
Twin bedroom (Tower House)
Private Cottage pool (solar heated,splendid views)
Private Studio pool (solar heated, splendid views)
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