Hotel Mas de Peint: traditional elegance and modern comfort in Arles

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It’s time to start planning for a spring or summer holiday in the south of France. For many people, that means a sojourn in the Provence, where one can combine a love of history, art and tradition with gastronomy and relaxation. In a previous article we wrote about a lovely boutique hotel called Hotel Particulier in the center of Arles. But you may wish to stay outside Arles (which gets very busy and touristy because of the town’s association with Vincent van Gogh).

Escape the crowds and stay instead at a restored 17th century farm estate surrounded by the peaceful fields of the Camargue, south of Arles. The Hotel Mas de Peint is an intimate country hotel run by Jacques and Lucille Bon. The land around the hotel, which is used for growing Camargue rice, has been in the family’s hands for generations. They also raise a distinct breed of long-horned bulls on their ranch.

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The hotel has only 8 guestrooms and 3 suites, each of which has been designed individually, blending classic French style with contemporary furnishings. The hotel has a lovely restaurant which is popular with locals in the area. Guests gather around large tables in the kitchen to savour local Provençal dishes including fresh seafood and the estate’s red Camargue rice. You can reserve a room with half-board or make a reservation at the restaurant if you don’t feel like heading out into the neighboring towns.

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Because the hotel is out in the countryside, there are wonderful opportunities for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and bird watching. Hanging out at the swimming pool with a good book is also a tempting option. Room rates start at 250 EUR per night (check their website for the half-board rates).

Hotel Mas de Peint
Le Sambuc
Arles, France

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