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A delightful apartment in an old olive mill in Aups, Var, Provence, France

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Sleeps 4 (2 bedrooms) plus extra double sofa bed

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.

More Details

Michael Howarth
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 2018


Aups Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Flexible: single,twin or super king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Though normally for up to 4, the lounge has a double sofa/futon bed which can sleep another couple.
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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A delightful apartment in an old olive mill in Aups, Var, Provence, France
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews

Delightful stay at La Cascade!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our week at La Cascade was a pure delight! We were fortunate to have our visit overlap with owners Michael and brother Chris who went above and beyond in every way imaginable, both before and after our arrival, to make our visit to Aups amazing. My cousin and I were on a sentimental journey to retrieve treasured memories of times we had spent in Aups and Moissac in our childhoods. Our American grandmother had owned farm property just outside of Aups since before WWII and she later invited each of her grandchildren to experience life in Provence during time spent living with her at Le Serre. Michael performed magic! He located several of our best friends and classmates from 60 years ago! He and Chris hosted a reunion party for us all on La Cascade's large front terrasse! Biggest SURPRISE and JOY imaginable ! I can truly say that every one of our days spent at La Cascade was delightful, from coffee on the small private terrace in the morning by the sweet waterfall, to relaxing with wine and BarBQ on the large "terrasse" in the evening, sunsets lighting the expansive view of the town and countryside below and beyond. Guests at La Cascade will find a fully- equipped kitchen, fit for gourmet chefs ---or casual meals. Hosts thoughtfully provided essentials for a dinner and breakfast upon arrival. The Provencal decor is both cheerful and comfortable. (Kitchen far more attractive than shown in some older photos!) Owners have provided a wealth of information about the surrounding areas and La Cascade's location is perfect both for walks into town and as a center point for exploring all of Provence. We loved the open-air markets on Saturday and Wednesday! Thank you Michael and Chris for making dreams come true!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Perfect base for exploring the Haut Var

  • 4 of 5

We have visited Aups and the Haut Var many times but this was our first two-week stay in the village. La Cascade is perfectly situated on the edge of Aups, a five minute walk from the restaurants, cafes, shops and the fantastic twice-weekly market where we bought local produce to cook in the huge, well-equipped kitchen. We ate all our meals on the beautiful terrace by the mill stream, shaded by fig trees and grape vines. It was also a great place to relax after a long bike ride exploring the beautiful villages of the Haut Var or the dramatic scenery of the Verdon gorges and the lavender fields of the Valensole plateau. And later in the evening we would sit on the huge terrace in front of the owner's apartment watching the sunset. We loved our time at La Cascade and would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Spring Visit to La Cascade, in Aups

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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charmingly authentic

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Delightful Property (previously an olive mill)

  • 4 of 5

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!)

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Owner's Response: Delighted to hear, Karen and Ron, that you so enjoyed the ambiance of La Cascade and the pleasures of relaxing up at the spectacular Lac Ste Croix. I reckon there are enough good restaurants just 10 mins walk away to eat out all week should you wish. As you discovered it's a great base to explore from even as far afield as Monaco! If there is a next time I hope we can overlap at t'ut mill.
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A lovely property in an ideal Provençal setting.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Marseille or Nice
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Cafe du Cours
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Barbaroux, Brignoles
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Les Arcs
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
St Maximin
Nearest Restaurant
0.75 Kilometres
Le Restaurant des Gourmets
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Val d'Allos, Seignus
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Lac Ste Croix
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $140.37

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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