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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Salernes House Rental Photos and Description

Period 3/4 bed house for 6/8; 2 bed cottagefor 4 ; studio for 2/4

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

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).

More Details

Details for The Tower House, with own pool, sleeps 6/8 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms

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)
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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What makes this house 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 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The vacation was one of the best ever, superb. Thank you very much.
Jun 2013
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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17th-18thCentury property : Stunning Location, 3 private pools, river,cascades
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Melbourne, Australia

It just doesn't get better than this

  • 5 of 5

We're experienced travellers, and we've become used to discounting the claims made (and photographs shown) for properties around the world.

We had to discard our cynicism as soon as we were welcomed to the Tower House. It was everything that was promised and more.

The property was genuinely enchanting and immaculately prepared for us. We particularly liked the roof terrace (a great place to have a barbecue and relax at dusk watching swifts swooping after insects), the private pool (complete with concealed fridge to keep your drinks cool), and the stroll through the olive grove down to the secluded river (complete with cascades, pools and, yes, a proper waterfall).

It's a great centre for touring, too, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the property itself and the charming nearby towns and villages (we particularly liked Tourtour). We went north to Moustiers and the Gorges du Verdon (outstanding natural beauty and grandeur) south for some glamour at St Tropez (a bit of a trek - it's really designed for people to turn up by yacht or helicopter!); west to Nice and Monte Carlo; and finally east to Aix-en Provence to catch the TGV to Paris for the next leg of our trip.

We were a mixed group: me (a mid-50s pommy expat living in Australia); my mother (aged 76 and sprightly enough to handle the stairs); my fourteen-year-old step-daughter; and my beautiful Australian wife (age withheld because I'm not entirely stupid). Not an automatic recipe for harmony or shared interests.

But we all adored touring Provence and in particular our base at the Tower House. Thanks to Catherine and Alexia for providing us with such a perfect place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway

Romantic and splendid location

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd visit to The Olive Mill, 2 times Studio, 1 time Tower House with family. We enjoyed each and every time!! The serenity, the wild life, the waterfall, the swimming pool, the house itself, it's great to be here and it's a short distance to all nice locations (Nice ca. 1 hour away) although the small villages near Sillans are more then worth visiting too (f.e. TourTour, Aups, Cotignac) but staying at the swimming pool with a nice glass of champagne with a blue sky and blazing sun above you is also more than perfect! The property is clean and is well provided for your holiday. We sure will come back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway

"A week of pure bliss"

  • 5 of 5

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.

M. L .

Oslo July 2011

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Our best holiday ever!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Les Baumes and think about it every day still - what a special place. We found a tortoise and the morelles at the same time - would you believe it.

The iris on the rocks were just stunning - I couldn't work out if they were wild or whether you had planted them originally. We could see the eryngiums and poppies starting to grow and wished we could just come back in time to see them all in flower. The asparagus was fabulous and I am missing the herbs now we are home.

With regard to the house, I can't think of anything else that we needed - it was very well stocked. (The children adored Catherine's books.)

Very much looking forward to a return visit - we all agreed it was our best holiday ever!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Melbourne, Australia

A memorable week.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in The Tower House. Thank you for sharing it with us.

We enjoyed the library of books available, including the children's books, the grounds and found everything we needed in the house.

Thank you again for a memorable week.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

The most special place!

  • 5 of 5

The Tower House was very clean when we arrived and everything was even more beautiful than the photos. The rooms are well decorated and there are some lovely antique pieces of furniture. The views are outstanding and the interior was cool, despite the heat outside.

The stairs are not easy and could be a problem for aged visitors. We have a 2 year old and used the stair gate that is provided.

We just loved the pool and the river. For older children the small cascades are a real adventure and for teenagers the big pool at the bottom of the waterfall is irresistable. We went to the river in the mornings and stayed by our own pool in the afternoons.

The grounds are full of wild flowers, butterflies, lady birds, and all kinds of beetles. There were dragon flies by the river and a family of wild ducks came each morning to swim there. Our children just loved it.

We walked into the village for our bread and croissants and then had breakfast at “home” under the mulberry trees. The restaurants in the village were very good, with cheap lunch menus.

We could have visited a lot of places nearby but couldn’t drag the children away. We did go to the lake, which was stunning and we thoroughly recommend it.

It is, without a doubt, the most special place we have ever stayed in. We will be back - but for 2 weeks next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway


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 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


Rates & Availability

From £1,000 Per week

Salernes House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Easter/early spring
Apr 1 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Spring flowers
May 1 2015 - May 28 2015
7 night minimum stay
late Spring
May 29 2015 - Jun 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
early Summer
Jun 5 2015 - Jun 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 19 2015 - Jul 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 9 2015
7 night minimum stay
High summer
Jul 10 2015 - Aug 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
Summer figs
Aug 28 2015 - Sep 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
late Summer
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 17 2015
7 night minimum stay
late Summer
Sep 18 2015 - Sep 24 2015
7 night minimum stay
Last Summer
Sep 25 2015 - Oct 1 2015
7 night minimum stay
Falling leaves
Oct 2 2015 - Oct 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Oct 16 2015 - Oct 31 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £600
Notes 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.
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Salernes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - The annexe has its own shower,separate wc (see under 'beds')
  • 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. The independent annexe consists of a very attractive double bedroom & separate shower room, separate wc. 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1m 60 wide
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , 1 m 40 wide
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 80cm wide each
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , If 4th bedroom&shower required please add £350pw to rent
  • 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. An annexe with a 4th, very attractive bedroom & private shower with separate wc is available (£350pw): this is independent, with access by foot across a sunny courtyard, Lovely views, very private - perfect for grandparents or a couple without children. PLEASE ASK FOR OUR WEB SITE FOR MORE PHOTOS.
  • 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
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • 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 small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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