Villa near Salernes and Aups, Provence, France - Peaceful Location in the Heart of Provence
About David Gentle
We live and work in Central London and spend as much time in France as we can. When we are not able to be there we like to make it available for others to enjoy as much as we do!
David Gentle purchased this Villa in 2004
Why David Gentle chose Salernes
We decided to buy a second home in France in 2000 and spent the next 3 years looking for a suitable property . When we saw Les Olives we fell in love - and we saw it for the first time in November in the rain! Under the provencal sun, it was glorious and the views across the hills are spectacular. We love being there all year round and try to spend Christmas and New Year there when we can. The fireplace is wonderful and makes the house cosy - we play lots of board games, read by the fire and cook long leisurely meals.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is very private, quiet and nestled in the hills outside of Salernes, which is less than 2 kilometres from the property. The house itself is easy to share and very child-friendly with few ornaments within reach of little fingers and the pool is within steps of the house and easy to monitor from the main living area of the house. Kids have plenty of space to play on the grounds and the traditional 'terraces' that delineate property boundaries act as invisible 'fences.' For adults, there is plenty of space to spread out or gather for drinks and meals with both covered areas and areas in the sun.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A comfortable, easy house with an excellent pool
Les Olives is an attractive, traditional house, unpretentious but well-laid out and easy to use and enjoy. My three grandchildren aged 4,6 and 8 years enjoyed great games in the safe grounds and thought the pool amazing. This made for a most relaxing holiday for their five accompanying adults. We found lots to interest us in the surrounding area too with trips to local restaurants and to Terra Rossa, the Lac de Sainte Croix and the Gorges du Verdon, as well as many visits to Salernes, a lively, and charming town.
Lovely setting! Such a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. House was well-equipped and comfortable. Wonderful, clean pool. Ariane was very helpful on site. Thank you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at Les Olives and we hope you'll have the opportunity to return in future!
Absolutely stunning villa in a beautiful setting
My stay in this wonderful, Provencal villa was fantastic! The villa is warm and welcoming, with a lovely, homely feel. The whole place was very clean and well maintained, and the bed was really comfortable (I stayed in the en suite room). We spent most of our days exploring the local countryside (a visit to the lake is a must!) and our evenings sat out on the terrace, with a glass of wine from the local cave enjoying the beautiful settings. I would fully recommend staying in this wonderful Villa, and will be back again very soon!
Les Olive was all that we had hoped for and more! Centrally located, it is the perfect home base from which to explore the area. The house was beautifully appointed and the space perfect for our extended family. At night, we loved having a glass of wine beside the heated pool while the kids swam. And during the day, the house was the perfect home base from which to explore Salernes. We loved the heated pool & the sunken living room and frankly never wanted to leave! We hope to visit again next year!
Wonderful villa, perfect location!
The villa not only fulfilled, but surpassed it's online description. Best equipped kitchen I've ever had in a holiday rental. Deceptively spacious, comfortable and clean with the exceptional added bonus of wonderful caretaker, Ariane, who was more than willing to help us with reservations and suggestions of things to do and see. I would highly recommend Les Olives and in fact, I am hoping to return in 2016!
A beautiful villa in a stunning location
We have stayed in the villa several times. It is spacious, light and airy with a lovely heated pool to enjoy. The facilities are excellent and there is someone nearby who maintains the villa and pool who can be called any time should any problems arise.
Salernes is a good centre within easy reach of St Tropez (about an hour) and the beautiful Gorges du Verdon (about half an hour). There are plenty of restaurants in the area and recommendations are provided by the owners prior to arrival.
I would highly recommend this property
Special interest holidays:
PILATES en PROVENCE - weekend or week-long Pilates holidays at Les Olives for up to 8, self catering or inclusive of meals. Add-ons include massage and body treatments, wine tastings and vineyard tours, art or language tuition and day trips to St Tropez, Avignon and others. Contact owner for details or email below.
Nearest beach is St. Tropez or Frejus, both approximately 25 miles. Plage de Pampelonne St. Tropez is one of the most celebrated beaches in Southern France. Fringed with bustling bars, cafes, hotels and clubs, made famous by Bridget Bardot in And God Created Woman. The northern-most tip of the beach, Plage de Tahiti, is still famous for attracting celebrities. There is good swimming and watersports at Lac St. Croix by the Verdon Gorge, and kayaking, rock climbing an fishing at Lac de Carces.
Nice: 125km (1.15 hours by car on A8).
Marseille: 90km (1.15 hours by car).
Toulon-Heyres: 80km (1.10 hours by car).
Ferries from Cannes, Toulon and Marseille to pretty island of Porquerolles, Corsica and other Mediterranean destinations.
Channel crossings from UK to Dieppe, Calais or Boulogne.
Salernes (centre ville): 2km.
St. Tropez: 55km.
Lac de Ste. Croix: 20km.
Salernes is a very typical working French village with a twice-weekly morning market and several good restaurants, a boulangerie, patisserie, bank, and shopping. Nearby Draguignan, one of the larger Provencal towns, has all the amenities one could hope for including medical and dental facilities. Neighboring villages include Aups, Villecroze, Entrecasteaux (with its "fairy tale chateau" open to the public in the afternoons) and Lorgue, with numerous restaurants each with it's own speciality at very good prices. The village of Cotignac has a beautiful centre with pretty old shop-fronts. Fayence hosts popular antique fairs and the spectacular nearby Lac de Sainte Croix is a popular spot for boating and watersports. The Sunday Telegraph called it "one of the regions megastar attractions [with] primal forests and jade-coloured pools making it one of Europe's most stunning walks." Further along is Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a medieval pilgrimage village long known as the Soul of Provence. One of the most breathtaking views in Provence can be enjoyed over lunch in the square in Tourtour the "village in the sky", minutes away. The Var region is truly one of the most unspoilt in all of Provence.