Le Mas De Peint
Why We Love This Hotel
- This “genteel” (Lonely Planet) hotel is housed in a former 17th-century farmhouse on a sprawling estate with horses
- It’s a 35-minute drive from Arles’ historic centre
- There’s an outdoor pool and a restaurant that plates “farm-grown or raised ingredients in…elegantly simple creations” (Condé Nast Traveller)
- The 13 rooms and suites feature rustic-chic décor, and some have wood-beamed ceilings
Described by Condé Nast Travelleras the “ultimate farmhouse conversion”, Le Mas de Peint provides “very upmarket” (Lonely Planet) accommodation in the Camargue countryside, a region known for its wildlife, bird-watching opportunities and distinctive white horses. Set on a 525-hecatre estate, this boutique, family-run lodging occupies a restored 17th-century farm building, around a 25-minute drive from both the Museum of the Camargue, detailing local history and customs, and from the shores of Étang de Vaccarès saltwater lagoon. Arles, packed with Roman-era architecture, and the ruined Abbaye de Montmajour, founded in the 10th-century by Benedictine monks, are within a 35-minute drive of the hotel.
There’s a rustic-chic feel to Le Mas de Peint’s design-led interiors, which feature “elements that nod to its rural roots: solid beams, wooden furniture, saddles on the walls, a bull's head in the lobby” (Lonely Planet). Guests can relax in the plush lobby lounge with its sandstone floors and dramatic fireplace, stroll through the colourful landscaped gardens and enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel’s plum selling point is its restaurant, housed in a homely kitchen/dining area with a “ravishing” (Michelin Guide) wisteria-lined terrace, serving a daily-changing menu of “lovely dishes that put a new spin on old classics” (Michelin Guide). On-site activities include 4-wheel drives through the estate, guided nature tours and horseback riding (fees may apply).
The 13 guestrooms are individually decorated in classic Provençal style and finished in warm colours such as terracotta, mid-blue and soft yellow. All include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Higher tariff rooms add mezzanine levels and wood-beamed ceilings, whilst suites come with separate entrances, coffee machines and private terraces. Top-level suites have sitting space, and some include fireplaces and kitchenettes.