The Tower House

sillans-la-cascade, provence
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(1 review)
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€413 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This magical former olive mill in the heart of Provence is surrounded by 30 acres of unspoilt land, with plenty to discover, from a river with pools and waterfalls to wild tortoises and clouds of butterflies. Enjoy outstanding views from the roof terrace, which has a barbecue and dining furniture; you can also enjoy long leisurely lunches outside in the garden, under ancient trees. When you can tear yourselves away from this beautiful property, you will find the Var’s unspoilt countryside to explore nearby, with elegant cities to visit, medieval towns to discover, rustic villages with great family restaurants, sparkling clean beaches and the finest food and wine in the world. It is a 90-minute drive to Nice and the same to Aix-en-Provence. It is an easy, flat walk to the nearest village which has a café, restaurant, pizzeria, baker, and grocery store.

Why Kids Love it

This property is suitable for all ages and has unlimited space for older children to play. There is a play area for under 5's by the private 10m x 5m pool, and a river for supervised swimming in shallow, natural pools. Children will need constant supervision near the water. The house has fields for playing games (balls, croquet, and netball are provided), a forest to explore and an exceptional variety of flora and fauna to delight children. Wild tortoises, clouds of butterflies, bright green lizards, a shy toad under the fig tree, flocks of birds...children spend hours exploring and drawing what they find. The house itself is very quiet and has a n entrance hall/game area with stone/tiled exterior area for wheeled toys (all provided). The residence has plenty of toys and books for children under 10 and is a great family holiday location.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 5 days. The pool is gated and while the stairs in the house are steep, stair gates are provided. Children should be supervised around any of the water areas in the garden and on the roof terrace. There is unlimited parking at the property. The residence has a family bathroom with shower and bath for the children and a second ensuite shower room plus 4 toilets. Extra items for those traveling with young children are provided - on offer (please request on booking) are a stroller, infant crib, baby bath, high chair, changing material, potty, and a wide variety of books, toys and games for all ages. All photos shown are taken on the property; the river is not navigable and that part of the property is private. Car rental is essential in this area. The property has a washing machine but no dryer. NOTE: The forest and the river may be closed in dry, dangerous conditions. Please contact the host if further information is required before booking.

About the Location

The residence is a short walk from the medieval hill village Sillans la Cascade, and is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Situated in the Heart of Provence, the Var offers some of the loveliest scenery in southern France. Sillans la Cascade is 90 minutes north of the coast at Toulon/Hyeres and around 30 minutes south of the Lac du Verdon. It is well located for exploring the famous towns and countryside of Provence - an hour’s drive will land you in St Tropez in one direction and Aix-en-Provence in the other. The local area includes a spectacular 42-metre high waterfall (which you can see from the property in spring and autumn) and idyllic walks in unspoiled countryside. It is an easy 90 minutes drive to Nice airport, 100 minutes to Marseille airport, and 90 minutes drive to Aix-en-Provence railway (TGV).

Accommodation Details

The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is set over 3 levels plus a roof terrace. On the ground floor, there is a large stone-paved entrance hall with a toilet. A short flight of steps leads to the first double bedroom, with ensuite shower and second toilet. The upper floor has a sitting room, kitchen/dining room and 2 bedrooms - 1 with a large double bed and 1 with 2 twin beds - plus a bathroom with a tub, shower and toilet and a separate fourth toilet. There is a roof terrace with spectacular views at the top of the house, with a barbecue and teak dining area. A separate laundry room includes the washing machine and outside games. The gardens include a swimming pool, swingset and playhouse, plus grassy terraces planted with lavender, sage and irises, with wild mint, thyme, fennel and rosemary, and mature trees for shade.

Style Notes

French fantasy. This beautifully restored 18th century olive mill is set in 30 acres with river and cascades next to the olive grove. The property has been completely restored using period materials where possible, and incorporates the best modern equipment in the kitchen and bathrooms. Provençale floor tiles, antique furniture and exposed beams add a unique touch. There are extensive views south across the 18th century courtyard, plus views south and east through trees (mulberry and fig, as well as ash and pine) and across the valley towards the river. We love the bohemian spirit and romantic location of this very special property.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 full / double
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Alexia S.
Member since March 30, 2018
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Sillans-la-Cascade, Provence

Ancient trees and a wonderful waterfall

Right in the heart of Provence, this medieval hill village is named for the main cascading waterfall of 42 metres, to the west of the olive mill, overlooking a valley of ancient oak and plane trees. It’s a wonderful retreat in this part of France, just over an hour from family-friendly beaches on the south coast, and 30 minutes from watersports and active pursuits, not to mention lavender fields, around the Verdon lakes

1 review

Michelle H.
Visited in August 2019
Our stay at The Tower House in Sillans-la-Cascade far exceeded our expectations! The Tower House was a perfect home for the 5 of us for the week- the beds were very comfortable and the charm factor was a '10'! We really appreciated the warm welcome from Alexia and Catherine with the olive oil from olive grove along with the snacks & bottle of rose! Alexia was an excellent communicator and very helpful with suggestions and additional information ahead of our stay. The environs of the house were amazing- from the beautiful pool to the rooftop terrace (where we enjoyed some delicious home-cooked meals) to the incredible river with waterfalls that was a natural, adventure playground for the whole family!!! When it got too hot we would head to the river to cool down in the shade and refreshing waterfalls (the pictures do not do justice to this natural wonder). The location was the perfect launching spot for our off-property adventures: we loved exploring Cotignac, Aups and beyond. Sillans-la-Cascade is a 10 min walk from the house with a couple restaurants and a patisserie. The highlight was a trip to the Gorge de Verdon, Mousiers-Ste-Maxime and Lac St Croix. Mind blowing beauty all around! Honestly, this was an incredible vacation for our family (kids ages 13, 15, 18). We hope to be back one day because it really was so magical & special.