Ad Austrum is a luxury rental in the south of France full of charm, surrounded by fruit trees and vineyards. It is located 15 min from Uzès close to all the sights of Languedoc-Roussillon.
How would you describe Baudon de Mauny in a nutshell?
Baudon de Mauny is a very stylish 18th-century boutique hotel with extravagant rooms in the historic heart of Montpellier in Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
What was your inspiration to open a Hôtel Particulier?
The name Hôtel Particulier actually has nothing to do with a hotel. It is a private mansion that’s like a castle in the city. In the mid-17th century, noblemen used Hotel Particuliers when they were in Paris for aristocratic parties.
The living room is 60 square meters or so with 14.5 foot high ceilings. The staircases are vast and there is a lot of free space. To rent it out as an apartment didn’t make sense because it’s just much too big. It’s more of a pleasure to spend a few nights here instead. That’s what the house was designed for.
Baudon de Mauny has been in your family for seven generations. Please tell us a bit about the history of the building.
Baudon de Mauny was the name of the man who built the house in 1777. He was managing the king’s affairs in Montpellier. The house was only used by his family, but we can imagine there were probably roughly 30 people working for him, a housekeeper, a cook, and so on.
My grandfather, who was in the fabric industry, bought this house in 1829 and it has been in our family ever since.
What is different about staying at Baudon de Mauny instead of a regular hotel?
Within two mins of arriving at Baudon de Mauny, our guest feel comfortable. They feel a personal connection rather than the generic greeting people usually receive at most hotels. The most common reaction when guests see some of the rooms is simply ‘Wow!’. They are overwhelmed by the very high ceilings and huge rooms.
To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running Baudon de Mauny?
Our vacation guests. For example last week, we had people from India visiting and we have a lot of architects come to stay as well. We didn’t want to make it so luxurious that it only drew people who had money to spend. We really wanted to have more of a cultural draw, and I think we have really succeeded in that. It’s a very diverse mix of people we receive here at Baudon de Mauny.