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Magnificent 18th C. Former Farmhouse in Provence, near Vaison La Romaine - 'Eléphant' gîte

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 2,174 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



'Eléphant' gîte

L'Eau Salée's second gîte gets its name from the elephant-shaped children's playhouse in its private gardens. With 4 bedrooms and 2 lounge / sitting rooms equipped with convertible bed settees, up to 11 guests can be lodged. It is completely separate from the 'Tilleul' gîte, with independent gardens and entrances. It comprises rooms in the original building dating back to 1783 with 'cool' rooms dug into the rock, ideal for those Provençal summers. Other rooms are located in the modern extension, a former restaurant built in 1968. The private gardens and terraces are located to the east and south of the gîte.

As well as the equipped ground floor kitchen, there is a kitchenette on the first floor. It is quite possible for 2 families to share this gîte and be relatively independent of each other,, 2 kitchens, 3 lounge / sitting rooms.

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About the property

L'Eau Salée

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.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Haut-Vaucluse

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.

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The tariffs are for the weekly rental of L'Eau Saléé's 'Eléphant' gîte, sleeping up to a maximum of 11 people. If your group consists of seven or less people, please contact us as a small reduction in the weekly rental may be possible. A deposit of 30% is payable on reservation, with the balance due on arrival. A breakages deposit of 300 Euro is also payable on arrival, following the property inspection. It is reimbursable, subject to the rental agreement conditions (posted to you after reservation), within seven days following the end of your stay.
In high or peak season, rentals are for one or more weeks, commencing Saturdays. The gîtes are available from 1500hr. on arrival day, and must be liberated by 1000 latest on departure day. Outside these periods, week-end or short week rentals may be possible. Please contact us for further information.


Malaucène Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2174 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 15 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - combination tub/shower , bidet
    WC 1 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • In the 2 lounge / sitting rooms, there are also 2 convertible bed settees; the gîte can therefore sleep up to 11 guests.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Although we generally prefer guests to provide their own bed linen, hire of some sheets can be arranged, with sufficient notice. Please contact us for further details, cost.


3/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

'Eléphant' gîte
average rating of 3.0 based on 2 reviews

Superbe endroit, ménage à revoir

  • 3 of 5

La maison est très spacieuse et le site calme et tranquille. La piscine est très bien. Nous avons cependant été très déçus de l'entretien des chambres et des salles communes qui semblaient avoir été inhabitées pendant des mois (toiles d'araignées dans les coins, les plafonds, les cadres de fenêtres, de portes...), par contre, les salle de bains et les cuisines étaient propres. Il y avait régulièrement des odeurs de fosse septique et les chambres sentaient la vieille chapelle. La literie est totalement à revoir, notamment celle de la chambre du haut avec salle de bain, il est impossible de dormir dans cette literie. Les oreillers jetables (excellente idée) n'avaient pas étaient changés...(dommage). Il manquait de tout au niveau des ustensiles de cuisine pour faire à manger pour 10 personnes et la grille du barbecue géant n'avait pas été nettoyée. Au total, nous avons été déçus du rapport qualité-prix. De plus, le propriétaire n'a jamais répondu aux emails que je lui ai fait parvenir, sauf lorsqu'il s'agissait de régler la facture. Les locataires du gîte communiquant ont eu les mêmes désagréments et nous en ont fait part le jour de notre arrivée. Malgré tout, nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans ce cadre magnifique.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maison de charme mais qui manque d'entretien

  • 3 of 5

La maison a beaucoup de charme, elle est spacieuse, idéale pour un groupe. Les extérieurs sont plaisants. La piscine est très grande. Le prix est en adéquation à la taille du logement.

Cependant, la maison manque très nettement d'entretien. Nous avons demandé le forfait ménage pour simplifier notre séjour, mais en arrivant nous avons découvert une maison qui semblait un peu abandonnée: toiles d'araignée partout, poils de chat sur certains matelas, les portes fenêtres du bas sont fissurées...

De plus, nous nous sommes fait de nombreux amis. Nous avons fait la connaissance de nombreux scorpions qui se baladaient dans la maison! Préparez vous à vérifier votre chambre tous les soirs! Dans le jeu destiné aux enfants, il y avait un nid de guêpe. Mon fils et mon mari se sont fait piquer dès qu'ils se sont approchés du jeu donc nous n'avons pas pu l'utiliser.

Lors de notre séjour, la pluie s'est invitée et nous avons découvert que la toiture avait des fuites, nous avons donc dû sortir les serpillères dans la grande salle à manger. L'eau ruisselait le long du mur!

Au final, passées les surprises, nous avons tout de même passé un bon séjour. Nous étions entre copains et nous avons fini par prendre à la rigolade nos mésaventures! Il vous faudra donc une bonne dose de second degré pour passer de bonnes vacances!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
112 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
32 Kilometres
Nearest Train
48 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Le Crestet
Nearest Ski
21 Kilometres
Mont Serein
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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.


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