|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
La Cascade takes its name from the small mill stream that tumbles down, right opposite the front door. It's part of an 18th century water-powered olive mill, Le Moulin de la Montre (spot the remains of the old sundial), and a small bridge leads to your private patio with wild fig and vines. You're only 10 min walk under the plane trees from the unspoilt village with its Wednesday and Saturday markets, bakeries, cafes and numerous exceptional restaurants. With 2 double bedrooms, a traditional kitchen, bathroom, separate WC and lounge (with an extra double sofa-bed), La Cascade enjoys a panoramic view over Aups towards the mountain ranges of Provence to the south. With many local festivals, a wide range of activities and delightful hill villages nearby it is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful, turquoise Lac St Croix (20 min by car) and the spectacular Gorge du Verdon (30 min). Parking at the Moulin for 2 or 4 wheels. Our normal change-over day is Saturday but there can sometimes be flexibility, so do ask.
Winter attractions include wild-boar and small game hunting and the renowned truffle market (every Thursday from end of Nov to early March) with the Fete des Truffes on the last Sunday in January.
This was our first visit to this part of Provence and we were delighted to find a charming and busy market town, with open aspects, and extensive wooded areas for walking. The property, being a former Olive Mill, has very singular characteristics, in stout and traditional stone construction and the pleasing presence of the channeled water and the waterfall which gives its name. The interiors are ample, clean and well appointed, and there are multiple terraces, which enjoy the sun and shade as the day turns round. There are many similar villages in easy reach and the Gorge of Verdon is an essential day's excursion.
We enjoyed our visit to Aups and our stay in La Cascade, very much, and would recommend the house to others.
what a super time we had in beautiful La Cascade. The apartment is gorgeous and quirky and very French. All the amenities and practicalities are good and great pleasure was had cooking with the windows wide and fresh herbs from the terrace to add to the pot! Michael could not have been more helpful and is a mine of fascinating historical facts and useful information about the area. The location on the edge of wonderful Aups is also ideal. Many thanks Michael for a marvelous holiday - we will be back!
a delightful property, very French & full of character, with very pretty outside areas. It is in a very peaceful location, but only a few minutes walk from the lovely village of Aups. La Cascade is very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The village has plenty of bars & restaurants to choose from and we particularly enjoyed Restaurant St Marc & Auberge de la Tour.
The Provence countryside is beautiful to explore and we particularly enjoyed our couple of trips to Lac St-Croix (the lake was a god send in the 35+ temps!) If you are feeling adventurous, we would recommend taking the train & spending a day wandering around Monte Carlo (how the other half live!)
This lovely old former olive mill is an excellent retreat if you’re looking for a relaxing break in the beautiful Provençal countryside. The location, in a gently rising cul de sac where 4 olive mills originally stood, is ideal for getting away from it all without being more than five minutes’ walk from the heart of the village with its medieval streets, shops and restaurants (our particular favourite was the Auberge de la Tour).
The gîte is well equipped, and furnished throughout in the local style. The owner, Michael, whether in residence next door or on the telephone from England (all landline calls are free of charge from La Cascade), is helpful and friendly and is a mine of information about the local area. In addition there are stacks of leaflets and books to help you plan your itinerary.
There are one or two things which we would recommend to enhance any future stay in this otherwise beautiful house and, having spoken with Michael, we know he has these ‘on the radar’. The provision of a washing machine would help hugely when planning which clothes to bring. Trips to the local launderette are not something which everyone would wish to include in one’s holiday. The TV (complete with a multitude of French and English satellite channels) could perhaps be moved out of the kitchen-diner and into the living room to enable one to watch in greater comfort. Finally, accessibility to two of the property’s three patio areas could be improved.
However, our overall impression of the property and its situation is positive and we thank Michael for his much-appreciated contribution to the success and pleasure of our stay.
We enjoyed our stay in the old mill in Aups very much. The patio outside is just delightful, and we were picking grapes and figs for our breakfast. The mill stream runs along the patio, giving it a refreshing feel and sound. The old mill is in the town of Aups, picturesque, but not just a tourist town, but somewhere where locals have their morning coffee in the square and go about their business. The views from the property are very lovely, and Michael the owner could not be more helpful. If you are lucky to be there when he is, he is the most delightful person, and we had a BBQ on his terrace, ate the most delicious food and talked into the night.
The mill is incredibly good value compared to other properties in the area. It is very well equipped, Michael always makes sure that there is enough in the cupboard for a first meal. Herbs, spices, aluminium foil, things you do not expect from a holiday cottage. Inside, the rooms are quite small, and a little over well furnished, so expect quaint and traditional, not super sleek and stylish. It is close to the Verdon Gorge, and there is lots to do in the area, from swimming in the lakes to adventure activities. We did Aquatrecking, Aquafoil and Kayaking which our kids (14 and 15) loved. There are places you can jump of rocks into the Verdon, places you can walk and hike, markets to visit or the coast is about 2 hrs away. Most of the tourists we came across were French, hardly any British people at all. I would definitely recommend this simple place for a holiday in France.
This apartment is unique and wonderful, and feels like a charmed cottage. The accommodations are rustic, but clean and comfortable. What i like the best was the brightness of the main bedroom - the window looks out over the countryside towards Aups and the sun fills the room. With the window open, you hear the stream going through the property, and sounds of the birds, dogs barking....very rural and lovely. There are 3 different patios you can sit on, with differing exposure, depending on whether you want heat or shade. The private, exclusive patio, is a wonderful retreat - the stream running through it, the partial shade created by the figs and grapes hanging overhead. The location is amazing.....it is very close to Aups (truly a 5-10 minute walk and you are at the plaza) and yet out of the main centre enough to feel rural. Michael, the owner, was very quick and responsive to emails before our arrival, and when we were there, went out of his way to make us feel welcome, informed, and enchanted with the area. Our car had broken down on the way to staying here, so we arrived late and tired. But Michael always ensures that basic supplies are on hand for an emergency meal, including a bottle of Rose - so we were able to relax, and have a little to eat and drink at the end of a hard day. This kind of thoughtfulness pervaded the stay here: the kitchen was well equipped, the basics well stocked (e.g., toilet paper, soap, garbage bags). For part of our stay, we overlapped with Michael who was in the adjacent apartment, and he was generous enough to host us for a Provencal BBQ. He is a warm and fascinating host. We stayed here for 5 nights after a week in the Luberon region. We found this part of Provence much less touristy, much less expensive, and in many ways more beautiful than the Luberon. We would highly recommend this apartment, and this region, to anyone travelling to France. You do have to be prepared to enjoy a rustic, cottage-y feel though!
Lac St Croix, a magnificent 12 mile freshwater lake is 20 min away with beaches and coves, boating, canoes, pedaloes and windsurfing all available during the summer. Safe swimming and perfect for children. At the end of the lake (30 min) is the spectacular canyon of the Gorge du Verdon with all sorts of adventure activities from canoeing, climbing, abseiling, white-water-rafting, paragliding and bungy jumping! There is a magnificent golf course at Barbaroux some 25 min away. Also St Endreol at La Motte which features a fabulous spa. Airports at Nice, 90mins; Marseilles (MP2) and Toulon-Hyeres (90 min). Rail to Les Arcs (37km). Eurostar/TGV 8 hours London to Aix en Provence.
Eurotunnel/Ferry and drive, 12 or 13 hours from arrival in France. Nearest car hire is in Draguignan 35 min away. A vehicle is pretty much essential in this area. The nearest sea is at Frejus and St Raphael with the French Riviera, St Tropez, St Maxime and Cannes all a 1.30 hr drive. Aix-en-Provence (81km).
Other Activities: winter wild boar and small game hunting, also black winter truffles (Truffle Fair every Thursday, end of Nov to early March & Truffle Fete Day, last Sunday in Jan.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$123|
A 30% non-refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.
A security deposit of £100 is required, preferably by cheque at the same time as final payment. This will be returned within a week of the end of stay unless there is undue damage or breakages.
Full terms and conditions including cancellation's policy available on request.