|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
One of two gîtes comprising 'L'Eau Salée', both entirely private with independent entrances and gardens, the 'Tilleul' gîte sleeps up to a maximum of 15 people. Five bedrooms, kitchen/diner, sitting room (with convertible bed settee), 3 bath- or shower rooms, a terrace in the shade of the ancient lime blossom tree, large gardens, a summer kitchen, a converted small barn open to the setting sun with pizza oven / BBQ, dining area.
3 km from Malaucène in the Vaucluse, l'Eau Salée, magnificent south-facing Provençal 'mas' built in 1783, secluded, protected from the Mistral, peaceful, a panoramic view of the Dentelles range, the ideal spot to recharge one's batteries. A perfect destination for cyclists and hikers, with the summit of the 6,000 ft Mont Ventoux less than 30 min' drive away. Close to Vaison-la-Romaine, a featured destination in the French 'Most Beautiful Detours of France' guide-book, with its picturesque old medieval quarter and Roman remains, numerous artists and craftsmen, and its busy Tuesday market. Nestling in a small private valley with not another house in sight, at L'Eau Salée you can either enjoy our large 16m x 6m pool with ping-pong table, or take a siesta in the shade of lime blossom and walnut trees. Former home of the famous French singer-actress Brigitte Fontaine, who described L'Eau Salée as her 'little corner of Provençal paradise'.
The property is very extensive, with several independent entrances, and accommodation which can be divided off (independent kitchens and bathrooms). For group reunions, should you wish to retain a degree of privacy for each family, L'Eau Salée is the ideal location. You can also have a party at one end of the property, without being able to hear the slightest noise at the other end.
A translator and interpreter from Yorkshire in England, having lived in France much of my life, I now spend part of the year in France and the remainder in SE Asia.
The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 1994
My family fell in love with this property at first sight. It had everything - peace and quiet, yet proximity to local services and amenities. Beautiful mountains and countryside, skiing, cycling, and a wonderful climate. An ancient property with so much character, springs and wells, fertile land. Such a great place to bring up a young family.
L'Eau Salée sits at 1,000 ft on the western foothills of the Mont Ventoux, 7 km from Vaison, 3 kms from Malaucène, 25 min from Orange and Carpentras, 35 min from Avignon. The medieval hill villages of Crestet and Entrechaux are 3 km away. Cultural, sporting, open air and artistic activities abound for all tastes. Sample the laid-back Provençal joie de vivre in the many local cafés and restaurants. Close to Vaison wine lovers can wander the Route des Vins Côte du Rhône and Ventoux itineraries, sampling the excellent vintages of famous vineyards in Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Séguret, Châteauneuf du Pape, Beaumes de Venise. A short drive from Malaucène takes you to the Ventoux's Mont Serein ski station, with summer sports and open air activities including free-wheel carting on the ski pistes, horse and pony trekking, grass skiing, a tree platform course and Tyrolean traversing, mountain biking, as well as less strenuous hiking around the many marked paths.