The spacious house, with plunge pool, has been the subject of a complete renovation and provides a stylish interior, where contemporary comfort blends with the traditional features of this seventeenth century former olive mill. The acacia-shaded dining terrace winds down to further terraces and an attractive decked plunge pool (unheated). There is a table-tennis table at the very bottom of the garden, under the twelfth-century Saracen tower. The house used to be in the grounds of the former Chateau, since replaced by La Chapelle de Notre Dame and is tucked away in the oldest part of Aups. Guests enjoy the convenience of walking the couple of minutes to the Boulangerie then breakfasting in the seclusion of their own garden before setting out to explore the beauty of this special corner of Provence.
The main bedroom has twin beds made up as a king-size double; the smaller bedroom has a double bed and there is a single bed in the bedroom/sitting room between the two bedrooms.
Top floor - the main bedroom bathroom has a very large bathtub, washbasin and WC as well as single divan bed in first section. The double-bedded room a walk-in shower room with wash basin and WC; First floor - walk-in shower room has WC and wash basin.
The kitchen/dining room has a large teak and glass sliding door onto the dining terrace. Heavy duty Godin gas range with powerful electric oven; Old stone shallow sink with wooden plate rack. Cement tiles from Morocco give colour and character.
Off the kitchen is a large pantry with fridges, store cupboards, and microwave.
The ground floor living room next to the kitchen opens onto the terrace and has a flat screen TV with freeview, DVD player and ipod/iphone dock ( iphone 4 and 4S) and L-shaped sofa
The middle floor sitting room has an open fireplace, dining table, and a large Italian L-shaped sofa.
The sitting room/bedroom on the top floor, with single bed, has a small sofa, armchair and wonderful views over the red-tiled rooftops to distant hills.
Bed linens, towels are provided at the beginning of your stay.
Barbecue, Private Pool, Garden.
Dishwasher, Fridge, Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.
Central Heating, Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite.
Cool in summer, warm and cosy in the fresher months, this is a delightful small house for a couple. Bedroom with king-size bed and adjacent bathroom on the top floor; beamed sitting room with French door and balcony overlooking the garden; very pretty kitchen with antique country table and chairs in dining area opening through French doors onto paved terrace with Provence-tiled round table. Steps down to small, private garden with deck chairs. Overhanging fig trees for welcome shade but still with areas for catching the sun. At the highest part of town so far reaching views from the bedroom window. Beautiful and well-marked walks in the forested hills immediately behind Aups. Excellent touring base for this special corner of Provence with wonderful hilltop villages, wild dramatic scenery of Gorges du Verdon; swimming in the pure waters of Lac St Croix or day trips to the beaches of the Cote d'Azur.
Bedroom with king-size bed on third floor with views over roof tops to the distant hills. Ample wardrobe and drawer space.
Tiled bathroom on third floor with full size bath and shower over. Basin and WC.
Kitchen /dining room with work surfaces in tiles sourced locally from Salernes; Hob with three gas rings and one electric; new fan-assisted oven; sink with draining board and wooden plate rack; fridge with freezing compartment; washing machine
Pretty sitting room with white painted beamed ceiling, French door and balcony. Single sofa bed and two arm chairs. TV/DVD with Freeview UK satellite channels.
Bed linens, towels and tea towels provided at beginning of stay
Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Oven, Washing Machine.
Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite.
The friendly market town of Aups, with a population of 1800, retains a medieval village atmosphere whilst providing essential services to the area; Credit Agricole bank, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, supermarket, boulangeries, boucheries, and a good selection of restaurants.
The winding narrow streets with their ancient flower bedecked houses are fascinating to explore.
During the summer months activity centres around the cafe tables and boules playing of the shaded town square. At an altitude of 500m, the air remains fresh even on the hotest days.
Tennis courts are open all year, and the swimming pool in july and August. Excellent base for walking and biking.
Twice weekly market in the town square (Wednesday and Saturday mornings).
Aups is a 20mn drive to the wild and dramatic Gorges du Verdon - the deepest gorge in Europe - and the Lac de St Croix, for swimming or wind surfing in its brilliant turquoise blue waters.
Terraced vineyards, olive groves and pine forests surround the town.
The pretty neighbouring villages of Cotignac, Villecroze or Tourtour are delightful to visit and discover on foot.
Further afield Aix-en-Provence, St Tropez or Cannes and the beaches of the Cote d'Azur are just over an hours drive.
Both Nice (BA, EasyJet) and Marseille (BA, EasyJet and RyanAir) are 90 minutes drive. Toulon/St Tropez airport at Hyeres is served by RyanAir and is about 80 minutes away. Nearest train station is Les Arcs/Draguignan, a 40 minute drive.