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18thCentury property : Stunning Location, 3 private pools, river, cascades,views - Romantic, stone vaulted Bergerie for 2, private pools & views.

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights



Romantic, stone vaulted Bergerie for 2, private pools & views.

This romantic hide-away is in the southernmost part of the 18th century olive mill, with direct access to the grounds overlooking our valley& the hills beyond. It is completely private, with its own secluded pool & own private road. There are 3 rooms: the main room(30m2), with an impressive vaulted ceiling, is beautifully furnished with good quality modern(king bed) & period furniture. TV. The fully equipped kitchen has a 2nd dining area. The wet room has a large,walk-in shower,basin,WC & washing machine. The terrace,with dining furniture,has wonderful views across the valley,where you can see all varieties of wild life: wild boars running beside the river at dusk,red squirrels,red legged partridge & pheasants. A wild tortoise family (please don’t disturb) lives under our plum trees next to the wild orchids. You will see eagles & hawks soaring below . THE POOL IS SOLAR HEATED in spring and autumn.

About the property

18thC Olive Mill,river,3 pools

The photos here are of our property, except the high waterfall:

PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB ADDRESS FOR MORE PHOTOS of our olive mill & for details of its 3 BED house for 6 (own private pool), 2 BED COTTAGE (own private, heated pool) FOR 4 persons, STUDIO (own private, heated pool) FOR 2 persons.

Please see captions under each photo to identify which refer to the Tower House, the Cottage or the Studio.

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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Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, french, italian
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017

About owner

Visitors' Comments:

"“We had a brilliant stay - 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 prooerty 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 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 olive mill 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."

owner purchased this cottage in 1990

Why owner chose Provence

Our family moved from London to Provence in 1988. The olive mill was still owned by the Count de Castellane, whose family had owned the entire village of Sillans la Cascade since 1781. The properties were all sold towards the end of the 20th century when the last Count died without heirs.

The Domaine des Baumes is an authentic 17th-18th century olive mill with medieval vestiges, in an important natural environment which includes a listed waterfall. The entire property is protected by European legislation ("Natura2000").

It is very private but not isolated, with 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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":


“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

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Many thanks for a truly wonderful stay at in the studio. The one consolation of being home is that the weather here is very Provencal!

Jill and I have thought and thought about how or if our stay could have been improved any further and we have to admit that we can’t. It was all pretty perfect. I think that what you are doing and what you have got is just about right. We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending the holiday to friends and relatives.

Do pass on our thanks to Catherine, she was so helpful and full of really good tips about what to do and what to see.

Once again, thanks for a memorable holiday."
Jun 2013
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We prefer a Thursday arrival: travelling is easier for our visitors, queues at airports are shorter, shopping for the weekend is easier AND fares are much cheaper.

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 100km (60 miles),Marseile 100km (60 miles).Ryan air/easy Jet/German operators HLX & Condor.
Euro star/ TGV to Avignon. Direct flights New York-Nice.

The Pool is solar heated except in high summer, when it is not necessary.
I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed staying at your Olive Mill. It was such a gorgeous setting - from the arched stone ceiling to the view over the valley to the private pool. It was all that I hoped it would be. It’s always a little scary committing to a place sight unseen, but the Studio lived up - and even surpassed - our expectations. The time we spent at the Olive Mill will always be remembered as a special period.
We had a wonderful holiday in your fabulous property. It was the most relaxing holiday we have had for many years.The studio is absolutely perfect & the setting is glorious. We hope to return in the future.
Dr F and DR J .C.,Oxford

We had a wonderful holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Studio, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in Provence.
Deborah, Edinburgh
We have thoroughly enjoyed staying in your beautiful house - we loved the things you have done.
Jennie and Matthew, Kent
“First thing to say is that the Studio was a fabulous place, the buildings, the location and the surrounding area were truly memorable. Quite the most enchanting of holidays....


Sillans-la-Cascade Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , wet room
  • The generous wet room (a real one!) has an extra large walk-in shower. There is also a washing machine, ironing board & iron, hair dryer. All linen is supplied, including towels for the pool.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1m 60 wide
  • The Bergerie's generous main room has well-defined 'living' and 'sleeping' areas. The good quality (1m 60 cm wide) double bed has a canopy separating it from the dining/sitting space. Antique oak dining table with pretty Provençal chairs, comfortable modern settee, armchair, Provençal sideboard & wardrobe, TV (DVD) & CD player.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
“Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks again for providing the Studio for our holiday, it was a truly wonderful place to stay – I wasn’t expecting the wild tortoise! We seem to have brought the weather with us back to England too, although there’s no danger of getting burnt here !  We will definitely be looking to return, there was so much more we wanted to do, you were right – a week is nowhere near enough. We now know that there’s no point searching for anywhere else to stay in the region either – you wouldn’t find better !” Matt and Catherine, Lancashire “We had a lovely, relaxing time. The location is great.” Gareth, Switzerland “Thank you so much for our stay, it was so beautiful and peaceful. We found everything we needed , and were especially excited to find the bottle of rosé waiting after our long drive! Catherine was very helpful too and she kindly chatted and told us the history of the mill which was interesting too. Thanks again for having us.” Ian& Lindsey, Northern


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Romantic, stone vaulted Bergerie for 2, private pools & views.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Don't be surprised if we book again.

  • 5 of 5

Don't be surprised if we book again.  We both lead quite hectic and public lives so we adore the isolation of such a lovely place as the studio.  

Mike and I both enjoyed Aups and went there a few times for coffee in the square, and we thought Fox Amphoux was stunning.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Manchester, UK

A perfect hideaway, beautiful inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

"The Studio is a perfect hideaway, beautiful inside and out. The highlight was watching wild tortoises come up to the driveway whilst we had lunch. The Olive Mill property as a whole is genuinely spectacular, walking down to the river with the butterflies fluttering around your ankles really is like something out of a fairy story! The waterfall itself is well worth swimming under - I've never been in water so cold!

If you want to explore the region the location is excellent - easily drivable to the coast and to northern attractions such as Avignon and Orange. But if you want to be lazy and do nothing I cannot imagine anywhere better to do it. We will be back!

Matt and Catherine, Manchester, UK"

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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London, UK

We will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fantastic time and there wasn't anything else we could have asked for.

I would recommend it to anyone.

We will definitely be back in the future. Thank you for letting us stay there!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Sillans la Cascade
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Toulon (for Corsica)
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Draguignan/Les Arcs or Aix ,
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Le Luc or Brignoles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Sillans la Cascade
Nearest Beach
64 Kilometres
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.


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