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Magnificent 18th C. Former Farmhouse in Provence, near Vaison La Romaine - 'Le Tilleul' gîte

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Updated: 21-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 15
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


'Le Tilleul' gîte

One of two gîtes comprising 'L'Eau Salée', both entirely private with independent entrances and gardens, the 'Tilleul' gîte sleeps up to a maximum of 15 people. Five bedrooms, kitchen/diner, sitting room (with convertible bed settee), 3 bath- or shower rooms, a terrace in the shade of the ancient lime blossom tree, large gardens, a summer kitchen, a converted small barn open to the setting sun with pizza oven / BBQ, dining area.

About the property

L'Eau Salée

3 km from Malaucène in the Vaucluse, l'Eau Salée, magnificent south-facing Provençal 'mas' built in 1783, secluded, protected from the Mistral, peaceful, a panoramic view of the Dentelles range, the ideal spot to recharge one's batteries. A perfect destination for cyclists and hikers, with the summit of the 6,000 ft Mont Ventoux less than 30 min' drive away. Close to Vaison-la-Romaine, a featured destination in the French 'Most Beautiful Detours of France' guide-book, with its picturesque old medieval quarter and Roman remains, numerous artists and craftsmen, and its busy Tuesday market. Nestling in a small private valley with not another house in sight, at L'Eau Salée you can either enjoy our large 16m x 6m pool with ping-pong table, or take a siesta in the shade of lime blossom and walnut trees. Former home of the famous French singer-actress Brigitte Fontaine, who described L'Eau Salée as her 'little corner of Provençal paradise'.

The property is very extensive, with several independent entrances, and accommodation which can be divided off (independent kitchens and bathrooms). For group reunions, should you wish to retain a degree of privacy for each family, L'Eau Salée is the ideal location. You can also have a party at one end of the property, without being able to hear the slightest noise at the other end.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2011
Speaks French, spain, itali , english
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Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About The Owner

A translator and interpreter from Yorkshire in England, having lived in France much of my life, I now spend part of the year in France and the remainder in SE Asia.

The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 1994

Why The Owner chose Haut-Vaucluse

My family fell in love with this property at first sight. It had everything - peace and quiet, yet proximity to local services and amenities. Beautiful mountains and countryside, skiing, cycling, and a wonderful climate. An ancient property with so much character, springs and wells, fertile land. Such a great place to bring up a young family.

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The tariffs are for the weekly rental of L'Eau Saléé's 'Tilleul' gîte, sleeping up to a maximum of 13 people. Bed linen and end-of-stay cleaning (120€) is not included. If your group consists of six or less people, please contact us as a small reduction in the weekly rental may be possible. A deposit of 30% is payable on reservation, with the balance due on arrival. A breakages deposit of 350 Euro is also payable on arrival, following the property inspection. It is reimbursable, subject to the rental agreement conditions (posted to you after reservation), within seven days following the end of your stay.
In high or peak season, rentals are for one or more weeks, commencing Saturdays. The gîtes are available from 1500hrs on arrival day, and must be liberated by 1000hrs latest on departure day. Outside these periods, week-end or short week rentals may be possible. Please contact us for further information.

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From the Owner

My family fell in love with this property at first sight. It had everything - peace and quiet, yet proximity to local services and amenities. Beautiful mountains and countryside, skiing, cycling, and a wonderful climate. An ancient property with so much character, springs and wells, fertile land. Such a great place to bring up a young family.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Marseilles at 112 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Malaucene at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Orange at 32 Kilometres Nearest Train : Avignon at 48 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bollene at 33 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Crestet at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Mont Serein at 21 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marseilles at 150 Kilometres Car: recommended

L'Eau Salée sits at 1,000 ft on the western foothills of the Mont Ventoux, 7 km from Vaison, 3 kms from Malaucène, 25 min from Orange and Carpentras, 35 min from Avignon. The medieval hill villages of Crestet and Entrechaux are 3 km away. Cultural, sporting, open air and artistic activities abound for all tastes. Sample the laid-back Provençal joie de vivre in the many local cafés and restaurants. Close to Vaison wine lovers can wander the Route des Vins Côte du Rhône and Ventoux itineraries, sampling the excellent vintages of famous vineyards in Rasteau, Vacqueyras, Gigondas, Séguret, Châteauneuf du Pape, Beaumes de Venise. A short drive from Malaucène takes you to the Ventoux's Mont Serein ski station, with summer sports and open air activities including free-wheel carting on the ski pistes, horse and pony trekking, grass skiing, a tree platform course and Tyrolean traversing, mountain biking, as well as less strenuous hiking around the many marked paths.


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 170 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • WC 1 - Toilet
  • WC 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Three bath- or shower-rooms, including a 7 m2 bathroom (next to the triple bedroom), which has a corner shower as well as a bath. Separate WC on the landing. The second shower-room (with separate WC) is on the ground floor of the same annex. The third is an ensuite with Italian shower and wc.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Sofa bed/Futon, Shared shower/bathroom
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, En suite shower room/WC
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, shower room with wc ensuite
  • A Provençal-style main quadruple bedroom (31,5 m2, one double (160 cm), one double futon bed) has direct access to the private garden and terrace. It shares a bathroom (with separate shower) with a (14m2) bedroom (1 single bed, 1 bunk bed), and a children's bedroom (2 single, 1 half-length bed). The separate WC is on the passageway separating the main bedroom from the two others. A fourth bedroom (with two bunk beds) is located in the 'Lime Blossom Tree' annex, with its own private entrance from the garden, and a shower room with separate WC. The fifth bedroom with a double bed and ensuite shower/wc is in the Lime Blossom Annex.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The swimming pool (16m x 6) is heated by a natural solar energy-based system. The 140m2 wall-enclosed pool surround is equipped with sun-beds and a ping-pong table. The pool is shared with the occupants of the second gîte, unless of course a large group (up to 22 people) rents the entire property, in which case you have the pool entirely to yourselves. The 'Tilleul' gîte's garden and terrace nestles under our south-facing small private hill covered with olive and green oak trees, ensuring complete protection should the northerly Mistral wind blow. As well as the kitchen-diner inside the gîte, there is an outside summer kitchen, equipped with freezer, fridge, hotplates and washing machine. Attached to the summer kitchen is a converted small former barn, open to the setting sun, equipped with a stone pizza oven and BBQ, table and chairs for dining outside. The Provençal lounge has a convertible bed settee which can sleep two people.

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