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The Cascade, Aups

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Private patio under the figs and vines
Le Moulin de la Montre (1740) La Cascade is first floor
Lac Ste Croix and the Chateau at Aisguines
1 of 18Private patio under the figs and vines
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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
4 nights minimum
Condo/Apartment
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 i...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. Further details: 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. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Michael H
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:86%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2011
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Reviewed 4 September 2020

I had a terrible stay here. Exhaustive, traumatising, vicious mosquito attacks from 5 pm to 9 am each day/night. Closed windows almost shut each day at 5.pm and kept closed until 9 am, sweltering and still relentless attacks. Proliferation due to loud body of water...More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank Pioneer60339224530
Reviewed 24 October 2018

La Cascade is the perfect place to stay if you would like to holiday in a traditional Provencal village. It is within walking distance of the village centre, so you can get your daily baguette (or cakes!), there are no parking issues (very common in...More

Date of stay: September 2018
Thank jools1111v
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Our week at La Cascade was a pure delight! We were fortunate to have our visit overlap with owners Michael and brother Chris who went above and beyond in every way imaginable, both before and after our arrival, to make our visit to Aups amazing....More

Date of stay: September 2017
1  Thank LynnO660
Reviewed 6 June 2017

It is situated just on the outskirts of Aups. The view from the balcony over the town and horizon is excellent. The hills behind the house features an old almost untouched forest that is well suited for walking tours. The house itself is well stocked...More

Date of stay: May 2017
Thank Dream705634
Management response:Responded 10 June 2017

It was a pleasure Arild to overlap with you and your parents and to hear of your explorations locally and afar. The surrounding woods and the extraordinary Grottes Madeleine all add to the magical ambience of La Cascade. Sorry not to have got to join...More

Reviewed 30 September 2016

La Cascade has everyone you could possibly want for a relaxing break in some of the world's most beautiful countryside. It has a a wonderful view over the countryside to the South and on the edge of Aups, so very quiet (apart from the sound...More

Date of stay: September 2016
Thank Topdowner
Management response:Responded 3 October 2016

Thanks and it was a pleasure to overlap with you, even just briefly. The magnificent scenery of the Gorge de Verdon and the magical turquoise Lac Ste Croix certainly seem to have woven their spell with you and driving that Porsche round the gorge must...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2015

Very helpful and informative owner. REALLY comfy beds and well stocked. Parking was a little tricky, but that was our only concern.

Date of stay: August 2015
Thank Liz B
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 November 2014

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Date of stay: August 2014
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

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Date of stay: September 2014
Reviewed 19 July 2014

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 comfortable...with a stocked fridge and wine at...More

Date of stay: June 2014
2  Thank Dianne A
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 July 2014

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Date of stay: July 2014
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Balcony
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Highchair
Internet Access
Linens Provided
Parking
Private Garden
Safe
Terrace
Towels Provided
Wi-Fi
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How to get there
For any guests who don't yet have their preferred driving route south to Provence I can make several suggestions, including overnights if desired, other than battering down the motorway in one hit. Eg the spectacular 'Route de Napoleon', or the cut-acrosses via the Luberon and the heart of the Peter Mayle country. If flying to Marseille (my preference) or Nice then renting a car, full directions for the 90minute drive up to La Cascade from either are available. But do investigate the splendid Eurostar option, even nonstop St Pancras to Marseilles in 61/2 hrs or so, or if linking with SNCF then a change in Lille (or Paris) with arrival in Aix-en-Provence tgv where they have the usual car rental companies.
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