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Romantic 18th Century water mill, pool, shady terrace, brook, terraced garden

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with twin beds, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4

The Moulin de la Viste is an olive mill built in 1776 and tastefully restored, with high beamed ceilings and a central patio with original mill features. It is airy, light and cool in summer with thick stone walls and simple and comfortable furniture.

The fully fenced terraced garden faces south with mature trees, bushes and flowers and original mill troughs. There are no immediate neighbors so there is complete privacy in the garden and salt-water pool, good for skinny-dipping. A shady terrace by the front door is furnished for outdoor eating, right above a babbling brook. There are two Weber barbecue grills. The Mill is outside an unspoiled village on a quiet lane amid olive trees and woods.


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Andrew Borowiec
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Andrew Borowiec

I am a photographer based in New York City and Akron, Ohio. I was also a university professor for over thirty years.

Andrew Borowiec purchased this house in 1999

Why Andrew Borowiec chose Claviers

It was love at first sight. The Mill is ideally located with a shady terrace right on a lovely brook, well restored, simple but elegant and in good taste. There are no immediate neighbors but it is not isolated. At night, one can clearly see all the stars, a rare enough sight in our cities.

What makes this house unique

Perfect privacy and calm with a good-size garden.

This mill, built in 1776, is as old as the United States of America!

The village of Claviers is still unspoiled, unlike other Provencal villages which have been taken over by fancy boutiques and tourist attractions.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Claviers in Var

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom has a whirlpool bathtub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • In the second bedroom the two single beds can be pushed together to form one king bed.Linens are provided for both configurations.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The Mill is not suitable for toddlers or unsupervised small children: there is no fence around the pool, nor at the edge of the terrace overlooking the river. Cleaning fee is included in the rent.


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Romantic 18th Century water mill, pool, shady terrace, brook, terraced garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Peace & tranquility in a rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

Quiet & naturally shady, but with a well kept sunny swimming pool, La Viste has been sympathetically converted.

Space has not been compromised for utility,

For us the proximity of nature was all part of the experience - the climate of the Riviera with the benefits of privacy and elevation.

Many thanks & hope to return,

A & A.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A special place!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve been fortunate to stay at Moulin de la Viste on two occasions – for a couple of weeks in September 2010 and for the month of August 2013.

It is a secluded little oasis located on a quiet road with a babbling brook at the doorstep. With the consistently beautiful blue sky overhead it is a perfect place to relax and read by the saltwater pool which is a good size for swimming and very private.

The house itself is uniquely designed with a center courtyard that welcomes light into every room. The thick stonewalls keep the house comfortably cool with no need for an air conditioner or fan – even in the high heat of summer.

The owner, Tamara, is quite friendly and a pleasure to deal with as are her lovely team that care for the house and grounds. Tamara even found us a local to tutor us in French lessons during our last stay!

Moulin de la Viste is a short drive to three villages where you can shop, visit the weekly markets, enjoy a café or glass of rosé and a nice meal.

We would definitely recommend the Moulin for a couple looking for a quiet getaway holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful historic property, very quiet & private

  • 5 of 5

This is not the usual cookie cutter vacation house, it's a beautiful old olive mill that has been converted into a very comfortable home with high ceilings, an enclosed patio like in a Roman villa, and a shaded terrace overlooking a river. The large garden has olive trees and lavender, rosemary, and other typical Provencal plants. There is also a pool that affords complete privacy.

The location is idyllic: tucked away at the bottom of a hill away from traffic but only a ten-minute drive from nearby villages Callas and Bargemon, or a fifteen-minute walk up the hill to Claviers village. It's extremely peaceful yet close to many attractions—a perfect base for day trips around the surrounding region.

The owner is extremely helpful and quick to answer any questions. We have recommended this house to friends and are planning to go back ourselves!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent for private family or couples getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We're a family of 3 who spent a lovely two weeks at the mill in July/August 2009. A beautiful, historical treasure. Swimming and sunbathing in total privacy, grocery shops nearby. Large eat-in kitchen and salon for relaxing. Easy to take day trips by car to the neighboring villages in Var, as well as to St. Tropez, St. Maxime and Cap d'Antibes. Claviers is a beautiful city for walking. Owner very honest and responsive to needs of renters.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely one week stay in this romantic renovated water mill dating from the 18th century. The place is very special, absolutely calm, in the middle of nature, with all facilities, well decorated, a stunning pool, music records, table games, and everything you need for a relaxing holiday with family. The care taker couple Alain and Annick are very sympathetic and organization of the stay through the owner is absolutely reliable and easy. Claviers is a beautiful medieval town, but there are many more places to visit, the Verdun Canyon, Lake St. Croix, Grasse, and of course the beaches of Cõte D'Azur. We would definitely rent the mill again!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Lovely stay in romantic renovated mill house

  • 5 of 5

We fully enjoyed our one week stay in this lovely romantic and extraordinary Moulin de la Viste near Claviers. The environment is one of absolute calm and natural beauty, with beautiful medieval villages nearby (and only 1 hour to the sea, where we spent some additional days), and the house is comfortable, fresh, well decorated and fully equipped, and has a collection of table games and records to enjoy with the whole family. The pool is stunning and great fun for kids and adults. The care taker couple Alain and Annick are very friendly and organization of the trip was very easy. We would love to come again!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Claviers village
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
St. Andréol
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Les Arcs-Draguignan
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Le Muy
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Claviers village
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
St. Aygulf, St. Raphael, Fréjus, Les Issambres
Car: necessary

This old olive Mill is located on a small brook and surrounded by woods, olive groves, fields. The garden and pool are totally private. It is very peaceful and pretty. The Mill itself dates from 1776 and was tastefully restored about 30 years ago. The garden has terraces ( called "restanques" in Provençal) and is well planted with old Montpellier maple trees, flowering bushes and plants. There is always something blooming in any season. The entire property is fenced. Wildlife: boars, foxes, ducks, weasels, pheasants, etc. can come right up to the terrace in front of the house.

Other Activities: glider airport in Fayence

St. Tropez 45 minutes on a good day.

The Mediterranean at St. Maxime, about 45 minutes

A very good French teacher in Claviers

Golf: There are several golf courses in the area.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact owner.
Si vous préférez payer par virement bancaire, veuillez s'il vous plait contacter le propriétaire.
10% discount to returning customers, please contact owner directly.
€300.00/$350 returnable security deposit per stay.
Weekly cleaning included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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