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Beautiful Boutique Villa, Antiques, 4 ensuites with baths/showers.



Updated: 02-Dec-2016
Villa near Sillans la Cascade, Cotignac, Var, Provence, France - Set In 2.5 Acres, Glorious Views, Rural Location, But Within Minutes Drive Of Sillans And Salernes

Recently completed south facing ‘Boutique Villa’, set in one hectare of olive trees and woodland, surrounded by magnificent countryside. A courtyard with orange and lemon bushes encloses the outer ‘Orangery’, which leads to a large hall and 40ft sitting/diningroom with excellent open-plan kitchen. The Villa is furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques and modern pieces. There are numerous french-doors leading onto the first of two terraces overlooking the pool, with glorious views of the wooded hill opposite. Four ensuite bedrooms, all with views, baths and showers. The two main bedrooms have their own private terraces, which catch the morning sun. Wall mounted 55” 3D, Smart TV, wifi linked, Sky, with sports, movies, BBC, ITV, etc . Nice/Marseille airports approx' 1.20hours. The small village of Sillans la Cascade, (home of the famous ‘La Cascade’ waterfall), approximately 1km away, with an excellent boulangerie, several cafes and restaurants. Salernes (5 mins by car), offers a good range of supermarkets, banks, etc.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Having had a varied history in Interior Design, Restaurants and Gift Shops and having always renovated the house that we lived in, we decided it was about time we built one to our own design.

We fell in love with the South of France 27 years ago, when we came down for a wedding in Cotignac.

We designed and built the house and grounds, having first bought 2 diggers and a dumper!

We shifted 2000 tons of earth, built 345m2 of dry stone wall, created 600m2 of house, garage, courtyard, terraces and pool and planted over 300 shrubs and hedging. We have finished the house, but will always be working on the garden and wood. That is a job for life!

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based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Elegant and Peaceful Home in great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely fortnight at Villa Alta with our two girls (9 & 12) who nearly refused to leave! John and Margot were very welcoming and even went the extra mile of laying in groceries to cope with our late Sunday arrival when the local shops would be shut. The house is stylishly furnished but still felt homely and welcoming. It is excellently equipped with comfy beds and lovely linen and the British TV channels were a hit with the kids. The layout means there is lots of space for the family to spread out. Outside the different terrace spaces meant there was always a shady spot to sit and we loved eating outside at all times of the day, with plenty of BBQ possibilities. The views over the wooded valley are beautiful and it felt tranquil without being isolated. The pool was the focus of our stay and came complete with ball, snorkels, lilos and inflatable tyres to entertain the children. I found it a fraction chilly but everyone else tells me I was just being a a bit wimpy, so probably just me!

The house is in a great location for both relaxing and exploring. A choice of supermarkets is less than a 10 minute drive away which makes life very easy. We hit something of a hot spot with temperatures rarely straying from 32 degrees, so we did not sight-see as much as planned, but thoroughly enjoyed the short trips to delightful nearby towns like Cotignac and Aups with their lovely markets (arrive early - 9ish - to find parking and beat the main crowds), as well as stepping back in time in the winding streets of Tourtour (good pizza at La Place) and Sillans-la-Cascade (where you can also walk to the waterfall, but sadly no longer swim). We enjoyed visiting the troglodyte dwellings in Cotignac and Villecroze which are only small but make a fun outing with children. The highlight for our girls was hiring a pedalo to explore the Gorge du Verdon (easiest place to go is the beach just before the bridge Pont de Galetas on the D957, again arrive earlyish to beat the queues - we were there around 9.45am) Brilliant to swim off the pedalo right in the gorge. We went twice.

We would thoroughly recommend Villa Alta and hope to return! Only suggestion I would have is to leave a book for guests to share tips for outings etc. John and Margot can help of course, and I had done research online via Tripadvisor etc, but many of the local places do not have much of a web presence of their own, so a bit of experience sharing could be great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Impressive villa with helpful owners

  • 5 of 5

Villa as described, clean and well provided. We were five adults on a special family holiday, the villa impressed all with location, facilities, ambience and equipment. The owners live close by and provided helpful advice re visits, restaurants and local facilities including gifts of figs from the garden at intervals. We like cooking and cooked many meals on the gas barbecue in fact we ate every meal there out on the terrace. A small point but as the main cook I particularly appreciated kitchen knives that were sharp and did the job, indicative of the very complete kitchen equipment. High temperatures are not a problem as the house design and advice from the owners enables the house to be kept adequately cool.

Over two weeks we visited Nice, Aix and San Tropez in addition to the many more local attractions. The local countryside is generally wooded and hilly giving interesting rides and vistas. We particularly enjoyed meals in nearby Aups.

Bedrooms very comfortable and well equipped, overall one of the best family holidays we have had.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous villa in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

This villa is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful corner of France - especially recommended for families with older children who like the outdoors, or two families holidaying together (as there are bedrooms on both floors). The house is clean, well-maintained and equipped to a very high standard.

Just a short walk from the house is the cascade (48m waterfall) of the river Bresque, with beautiful turquoise woodland pools you can swim in. The Lac de Sainte-Croix, where you can swim and rent boats to paddle up into the magnificent Verdon gorge, is a 45 minute drive away.

The location of the house is perfect, and it's just so quiet! I woke up in the morning to the crowing of a rooster, and in the evenings the only noise was the chirping of cicadas. I could spent the rest of my life sitting on the veranda, watching the stars come out over the hills!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tres Bien

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from staying 10 nights at this Villa and we had a fantastic time. The house is beautiful thought out with plenty of space for a family, we have three boys (12,8,5) and they loved having their own en suite rooms upstairs. The outside of the house offers nothing but an absolutely stunning view and a great pool for lazy evenings. The area is also great, we went to the lakes several days for swims and also down to Port Grimaud and neither was more than an hour or so. Both Salernes and Cotignac are very close and offers great dining. I would also recomend a trip to one of the Chateaus in the area.

The owners are very nice and helpfull with anything you might need.

We can highly recomend this Villa and would love to go back.


  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four who stayed for two weeks (twin 11 year old girls). It's a beautifully maintained villa with all the modern conveniences and a view and pool to die for. John and Margot were there to deal with any queries or requests. Lots of things to do in the area as well. Highly recommended. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Excellent Villa

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 7 that spend the last week in August at this house. The Villa is beautifull throughout & a mentioned in other reviews, the pictures do not do it justice. All 4 bedrooms are a good size, particularily the 2 kingsize rooms. The bathrooms are all very mondern & well equipped, note that the 2 kinsize rooms have bathrooms open into the bedroom. There is plenty of downstairs living space which is well decorated & the kitchen has everything you need. All fittings & appliances in the house are of a high quality. There is plenty of space outside too - more than there looks on the photos!. Pool was very clean, if not a littel cold!. Great relaxing location overlooking the forest and is very quiet. You do need a car as there is only a very small village in short walking distance. We have stayed at numerous villas in Europe & I would rate this as 1 of the best for quality & value.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your great review. We are so glad you all enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for the comment about the pool being slightly cool! Just before you came we judged it to be bath water temperature and therefore cooled it down by adding cold water from the mains....possibly too much? As this is a new property, we are still feeling our way somewhat, but will be keeping a close eye on it from now on.
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From the Owner

We bought this hill with a wood behind the Villa and to the North. This protects us from the winter Mistral. Opposite is another hill which catches the evening sun and turns gold... Although it is blissfully quiet, we are ideally positioned for all our needs. Our local village is a brisk 20 minute walk away and provides the best baker, an excellent pizzeria and even boasts a Post Office. A few minutes drive away we have several pretty towns with excellent restaurants and bars. When other properties boast about being in a town for all the amenities at arms length, they also have the all night parties and dustcarts at 0500!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nice at 70 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sillans la Cascade at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Brignoles at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Les Arcs at 14 Miles Nearest Motorway : A8 at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sillans la Cascade at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : at 70 Miles Nearest Beach : Lac de St Croix at 20 Miles Car: necessary


St Tropez is 46ml and St Maxime is 35ml away. Lovely to park at St Maxime and take the short ferry ride to St Tropez, (very invigorating) and in the busier summer months, avoids much of the traffic. Lac de St Croix, (a large man-made lake with beaches) is 20ml away. Pedalos and boats for hire, sailing and windsurfing too. Other water sports (canoeing, rafting and kayaking) can be found at the top fo the lac, at the famous and magnificent Gorges du Verdon (a favourite of Jeremy Clarkson), with the most spectacular views.


Nice airport 1.15 hours away. Marseilles 1.30 hours. To get the best rates, it is important to book you car hire online, when you book your flights. Toulon-Hyéres is closer,but offers a much more restricted service. TGV stations at Les Arcs (25 mins) and Aix en Provence (1.30 hours).


Nearest village, Sillans la Cascade, 1ml.

Nearest town Salernes, 5 minutes by car

Cotignac, 10 minutes by car

Aups, 12 minutes by car

St Tropez 46ml

Cannes 55ml

Lac de Ste Croix 20ml

Aix en Provence 52ml

Marseille 69ml

Further Details:

Provence is truly a gastronomic delight. You can enjoy a simple family menu or a Michelin starred feast, The weekly markets offer excellent fresh produce, cheese, wine, olive oil, etc and are always full of local colour. Have a coffee and you will probably stay for lunch. The nearby vineyards produce very good wines (Provence is one of France’s largest wine making regions) and owners are quite happy to offer free tastings. The surrounding countryside is varied and beautiful. Consisting of hilltop hideaways, olive groves, vineyards and wonderful woods. It is not surprising that there are so many resident artists. The nearby villages are well worth visiting. Our favourites, Cotignac (great Tuesday market and many interesting shops), Tourtour (known as ‘The Village in the Sky’, because of it’s spectacular views) and Aups (gateway to the Alps and famous for it’s truffle market). There are summer concerts, jazz evenings and many brocante and Antique markets. Salernes has very good supermarkets plus the usual amenities. Plenty of local bars and restaurants. Very popular Wednesday and Sunday markets.


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Additional pricing information

Cleaning £100
weekly laundry £25

Booking Notes:
25% non refundable deposit is required to secure booking. Balance payable 6 weeks prior to the rental period.
Security deposit of £800, payable 2 weeks before arrival. The security deposit will be returned within 2 weeks from the end of the rental period.
Final cleaning £100, compulsory for all rentals. Laundry charge £25 weekly.These charges will be deducted from the security deposit.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays preferred in the high season,

Notes on prices:
Prices shown, are for the property per week in UK pounds. Rentals are normally Saturday to Saturday in high season, but other options can be discussed, especially out of season. Guests are asked to be ready to vacate the property by 10am, while incoming Guests are asked to arrive between 4pm and 7pm. It is important that those times are adherred to, to enable the Villa to be properly cleaned.

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From the Owner

We loved the fact that we could leave here at 6am and be in San Remo, Italy in time for coffee at 8am, 4 hours drive to the West is Northern Spain and we are within 80mins of 3 main airports. The coast that boasts the famous St Tropez, Cannes and Antibes is also 70mins to the South. This is one of the last bastions of quiet, away from the main roads and flight paths, where you feel the silence percolating into your core and after a week here, you will not want to leave. Out of season we can drive to a local restaurant with all the buzz of french life, then walk out into the deserted streets with the smell of wood fires and drive home on deserted roads, back to the stillness of the night, the owls hooting and the blaze of stars overhead.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 265 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • All en-suite bathrooms Bathroom 1 Freestanding bath, huge shower, 2 basin units, bidet, loo. Bathroom 2 Bath with shower, basin unit, loo Bathroom 3 Bath with shower, basin unit, loo Bathroom 4 Freestanding bath, shower, 2 basin units, bidet, loo


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Ground Floor,kingsize bed,private terrace Bedroom 2 Twin beds, french doors, with balconette, views over pool. Bedroom 3 Double bed, french doors, with balconette, views over pool. Bedroom 4 Kingsize bed, 3 folding doors to private terrace.


  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Our Villa has recently been built to the highest standard, using blocks made from volcanic rock. The french windows are double glazed using tinted reflective glass and the space between is filled with Argon. We also have ‘aluminium louvred shutter windows’, which can be closed during the hottest part of the day, but tilted to let the light in. All this means that the house stays beautifully cool. The pool is 10m x 3m and is one level of 1.6m deep. It has wide internal steps. It has the latest Ozone system to keep the water clean and clear, without the smell of chlorine. We have 7 terraces, including 2 private (with bedrooms 1 and 4) an internal courtyard with high walls and a summer diningroom. The internal specification of the villa is to a high standard and all the fixtures and fittings are new. THERE IS NO SMOKING IN THE VILLA OR GROUNDS. Outside: We have transplanted mature olives for shade, in front of the villa and there are other mature oaks to the front and back of the house. The pool with ozone system has glorious views towards Tour Tour to the SE and of the wooded hill opposite. 6 sunbeds with umbrellas for shade. More sunbeds on upper terrace. Summer dining area with seating for 8, gas barbeque. Garden with numerous olives, lavender and oak trees. There is a acre of wood behind the house. Many mature trees, right up to the villa, which brings nature (nuthatches, treecreepers, tits and finches) almost within touching distance. We have a sheltered courtyard with high walls, for growing plants susceptible to frost. We have our own wood for a sustainable heating supply. There is the beginnings of an ecosystem, with biodiversity at it’s centre. The aim is to encourage plants and animals to thrive. Utility Room: Utility room approached from either end by double swing restaurant doors for easy access! One and a half bowl sink unit, fridge, washing machine, drawer units, wine racks, iron and ironing board. CLOAKROOM with loo and basin. Linen, towels and beach towels included, changed weekly. Cleaning on departure included. Other: Study area with Escritoire. Very useful for a permanent computer base. Summer dining area with lighting

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