4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 8 maximum.
About Edward Farrant
I bought the land in 1979 and built the house myself to a very high standard over a period of three years. I have been living in France since 1989 but previously lived in Kent, England. Before coming to France I ran with my now ex wife the holiday homes at Three Chimneys Farm, Kent
Why Edward Farrant chose Salernes
Having Holidayed localy for several years, I had the opportunity to buy the land that the house now stands on, it is set away from the main road has fantastic southerly views but is within easy reach to both Sillans la Cascade and Salernes, Sillans la Cascade being a very Old and pretty provencal Village. Walking distance of the well known water fall a must to visit.
What makes this Villa unique
Having built the house myself with the help of my family in the early 80's it was built too be what I felt was an ideal holiday home. I then went on to plant 80 olive trees which now suplies my family and myself with enough oil to last us the year approx 50 litres. I realy don't think I will ever be able to sell the house it has so many good memories, I am now into the 25th year of renting. And my longest standing rental is a family who are returning next year for the 17th year running.
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A comfortable, well-located, peaceful, and very private villa in the Var
There were just two of us at La Mude for two weeks in May, so we had a lot of space, and we loved it. The location was perfect for exploring this less-visited (but well worth it) part of Provence. We found the villa spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed, set in beautifully landscaped and well-maintained grounds. The kitchen is roomy and well-equipped (we cook quite a bit). The bed (in the master bedroom, at least) is very comfortable, and the showers are fine.
La Mude (both house and setting) is the creation of Edward, the owner and our host, a British gentleman and one of the most interesting and gracious hosts I have encountered in many years of renting vacation accommodations. He is very helpful and engaging if you need something or just want to chat, and he will leave you alone if you don't. His terraced property, with its own brook and fish pond just below the house, is well worth a wander. It is a lovely, isolated place, and the heated pool is the cherry on top. Perfect.
Salernes has several supermarkets (overall, Casino is the best). There is a big outdoor market on Sunday morning, and some shops are open while the market is on, but after things close, it is worth noting that there is a small but good shop adjacent to the restaurant in Pontevès that is open in the afternoon, with a good selection of basics, including organic produce and other foods.
There are many varied drives and things to see and do in all directions. The Var is much less spoiled by tourism than the neighboring Luberon, although attractive places such as Cotignac and Tourtour have been too commercialized for us. We preferred less pretentious villages such as Ampus, Pontevès, Tavernes (despite the busy road that runs through it), and small Fox-Amphoux, as well as the medieval parts of Aups and Villecroze. The Gorges du Verdon is not far off. If you've visited America's Grand Canyon, lower your expectations a bit, and it is spectacular on its own terms.
Enjoy the Var, enjoy La Mude, enjoy Edward. As a package, they will provide a very relaxing, enjoyable holiday.
Fantastic beautifully kept house and gardens
Just returned from a week at La Mude. Lovely clean house and beautifully kept gardens. Pool is gorgeous with great views and is clean and warm. The owner Edward was very kind and helpful. Lots to do in the area. Highly recommend.
Just returned from a 2 week stay at the villa. There were 4 adults and 4 kids. Villa is nice and remote and accessible via a bumpy/stony path from the road. Not ideal to drive on but then that's the compromise for the remoteness of our stay. Close to Sillans and Salernes. Salernes has numerous restaurants, a pharmacy and twice weekly market and well worth a visit. The big supermarkets are also that way. Sillans, which is closer, has 3 restaurants, a small child's playing area, pony rides and a waterfall. We also spent two half days at Lac St Croix, which has pedalos, canoes etc and is worth visiting. You should also go to Aups for more restaurants and a walk around.
We were a lazy bunch and spent most of our time at the villa. The villa is very authentic and well set out with a good sized kitchen and living area with Sky TV (which helped when we wanted the children out of the sun). The decor is perfectly fine/acceptable (comfortable beds) and has two travel cots and high chairs. Lots of toilets, showers, etc. The steps leading up to the 1st floor are steepish but upstairs also has a seating/TV area. There is no air-con but generally we had no issues and it was in the 90's every day for our stay.
Outside the villa has a nice grass patch with shade and a gate which leads down to the pool. So 'up top' is a nice place to eat and let the kids play in front of you. There is also a badminton net and table tennis table (plus bats).
Through the gate will lead you onto steep steps down to the swimming pool. The pool is superb and a decent size (10mx5m). It was clean for most of our stay (probably a combination of 8 people + suntan lotion made it cloudy but Edward came and cleaned it and I'm sure would have come more frequently if we had asked). We spent most of our time in the pool. A good sized green area is next to the pool for loungers and has good shade in the afternoon.
The only caution I would express if for those with young kids. We had four ranging from ages 2-6 and we had no problems however you will need to keep an eye on them. For example, there are some steep drops/stairs here and there and a (safe) stream next to the pool. However, you should expect this in a villa in rural France and this was part of its charm.
We all loved the area and the villa and agreed that we would definitely return (which I guess is the ultimate compliment). We are missing the pool already. I can see why this place is so popular.
It was great haveing you too stay just so pleased you enjoyed your selves and I look forward to you returning next year.
Salernes and Sillans la Cascade lie in the heart of Provence, 15 miles South of the Lac St Croix,and the impressive Gorge de Verdun. 30 miles inland from the bay of St. Tropez and one hour east of Aix-en-Provence. The nearest large town is Draguignan, 15 miles to the east, but the towns of Cannes, Monaco, Nice and Grasse are all easily accessible. Nice and Marseille airports are both approximately 1.hour15 mins by car.
Other Activities: Golf, Golf driving Range, Horse riding, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing Walking, Cross country Biking all within easy reach. We also have a number of very good vineyards all worth a visit. During the heat of the day the caves at Villecroze also well worth a visit.