La Cascade, Aups
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 mins walk under the plane trees from the unspoilt village of Aups 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, so 6 guests at a push), 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 mins by car) and the spectacular Gorge du Verdon (30 mins). Parking at the Moulin for 2 or 4 wheels.
Notes on accommodation:
Any heating for cooler days is by wall-mounted electric heaters. There are ceiling fans in each room with extra, portable fans available for the height of the summer. The plashing of the channeled millstream is a refreshing background to your stay and the stream is small enough to be no danger for children. From the kitchen you look out onto a field on one side and on the other, over the back courtyard with its disused aqueduct to fields and the wooded hillside above.
Known as a "village de charactere", Aups, dating from the 12th century, has a long and fascinating history marked by many ancient chapels, convents, fortifications, wrought iron bell cages, street fountains and communal lavoirs (laundries). Amply provided with village shops there is a good-sized supermarket (Intermarche) on the outskirts of town. The year-round Wednesday and Saturday markets are supplemented (in late Nov-Feb) by a Thursday truffle market, rated as the third most important in France, and the black, winter truffles are a feature of the local 'menus gastronomiques'.
In season Aups is an area renowned for its hunting (chasse), particularly wild boar, and fishing (peche) and permits can be obtained in the village. It is wonderful walking, riding and cycling country. There is cricket played on the ground behind the chateau at Entrecasteaux (18km). Immediately below Le Moulin de Montre is the working, and award-winning, Gervasoni olive mill and olive oil museum. Most summer weeks feature visits from a fair or circus or outside concert under the plane trees in the main square which are also where you'll find the inevitable boule games. There are tennis courts in the village though the village swimming pool is due/undergoing restoration at the moment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Provence region
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20 Nov 2014
"Character Apartment in fabulous location, in Aups."
The location of this apartment is simply perfect, within walking distance of Aups for good eateries in the evening. By day it is very easy to explore all that the region has to offer and perfectly located for the Gorge du Verdon and Provencal villages. The Apartment is very old, with bundles of character, but internally would benefit from a bit of a spruce up; some may say "shabby chic" - I guess it depends on your taste. It suited our family of three perfectly for one week, but I wouldn't like to squeeze more people in. The beds are not great and very lifeless pillows, but great supply of everyday items is left in the apartment on a use it and replace basis which was very welcome - as was the welcome bottle of wine. The owner was an absolute delight to deal with - very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We would return and I would recommend to others, as it is great value for money.
11 Oct 2014
"Great place and location"
Just lovely we really needed a break and Le Cascades delivered close enough to walk into the village and easy to drive to the Verdon Gorge and surrounding areas great break, loved eating the figs and grapes and waking in the morning to the lovely views, all the best to Michael he really made us welcome, we will return.
18 Jul 2014
"A wonderful stay"
We were two couples and found La Cascade to be very comfortable. The 2nd bedroom was a little cramped but it was nice to hear the cascading water. The owner went out of his way to make us comfortabl… More
16 Jul 2014
"A lovely property in a great position"
We arrived in Aups after an overnight stop in Macon, and found La Cascade easily by following the signs to the nearby olive mill which sells olive oil and related products.
The keypad on the door saves problems finding keys, so we were quickly installed and felt at home. Essential supplies of coffee, condiments etc are provided which was very helpful.
The kitchen is fully equipped and was very clean, as was the whole place. Rooms are spacious and in the hot weather were pleasantly cool, due to the massive stone walls.
The property is a few minutes walk from Aups, which is a thriving community which is not solely dependent on the tourist trade.
There are all the shops you are likely to need and a vibrant market twice a week.
There are many delightful villages around, and the Gorge du Verdon is spectacular and needs at least one full day trip to explore.
The south coast is also easily reached for a day trip to places such as St Tropez which is best visited by a regular ferry from St Maxime, where parking is easy very close to the harbour for a few Euros.
After such expeditions it was great to relax at La Cascade and see the distant mountain views and the swifts and kites flying around.
Occasional melodious church bells could be heard, but never disturbed our sleep at all.
13 Nov 2013
"Gorgeous setting by a natural stream with fig trees and grape vines."
The old olive mill house, is beautifully set up with all that you could possibly need. A lovely bulb of garlic and chilled wine awaited us. The kitchen had basic provisions which were appreciated such as oil, vinegar, herbs and spices along with Marmite which was a good substitute to Vegemite! The natural stream of water that flows outside the property was a welcome refuge to sit by at the end of a hot day under the fig trees and grape vines enjoying a beverage, whilst the children made little twig and leave boats to flow down the stream. We slept comfortably and would highly recommend spending time at La Cascade and around the area of Aups and visiting amazing places such as Gorge du Verdon, Maustier-St-Marie and Cotignac.
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