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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).
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