Le Mas de Peint is an authentic small boutique hotel on 550 hectares of land in the wild part of the Camargue in Provence.
How would you describe Château de la Resle in a nutshell?
Château de la Resle is a typical French countryside château, characteristically Burgundy. The château was built from the 17th to 19th century and then rebuilt several times after.
It’s big enough to work as a small boutique hotel, but has a cosy side to it as well. We’ve given it a rather contemporary edge with our art collection. All the restoration was done for the more classic side of the building and then contrasted with contemporary art.
What was your inspiration to open the château as a luxurious small hotel?
We moved to France for work reasons, bought the house, and then started renovating it. At the same time we started to expand our art and design collection.
After five years of living here by ourselves, at one point we decided that it would be a nice idea to share this beautiful home and its art collection by opening it up to guests. In the beginning we opened the hotel with three rooms for guests, later expanding it to six when we became members of Design Hotels.
We had always wanted to create a mixture of a luxury hotel and a cosy bed & breakfast. Our house has the personal side of someone’s home combined with the luxurious accommodation of a hotel. It offers the best of both worlds.
How would you describe the style of the hotel?
What’s difficult with these big houses is to create a comfortable, cosy environment. To deal with that challenge we decided to use very bold colours for the interior design. Château de la Resle is decorated as a home where one can feel comfortable right away.
Since the houses of the estate were restored several times throughout the centuries, we felt comfortable to add a contemporary side to it. Staying mindful of the traditional structure, modern décor was introduced to provide clear structures.
To you personally, what is so special about staying at Château de la Resle?
Despite Château de la Resle’s luxurious size, with all the amenities of a hotel, everything is designed in a way that makes you feel like you are in a house. It is decorated as a home and therefore is very personal and comfortable.
There are different artwork and design objects present everywhere in the house. Throughout the five years we’ve been open as this mix of a B&B and a hotel we have had guests from 30 different countries stay with us. It is very rewarding to see our visitors from various backgrounds and lifestyles appreciate the château’s design concept.
What made you fall in love with Burgundy?
Paris is only two hours away. Even though we are located in the countryside it actually is quite central as it’s not too far from either northern or southern France. It’s strategically located in the middle of France – a very interesting region.
How long should guests stay at the hotel for and what could a guest’s day look like?
In order to see a good amount of the surrounding Chablis region you will need about three to four days, such as a long weekend or a short mid-week break.
This area has become a destination for travellers to calm down, enjoy life at a slower pace. Our guests come to spend time here because they like the space, and they know they can do everything onsite.
When traveling for work, for example, you can easily spend all of your time on the premises of Château de la Resle. However, we are always happy to recommend places to see and things to do – such as visit the local flea markets. For most of our guests it usually depends on the weather – they take every day as it comes.
A typical day could look like this: As it is really quiet here, people tend to get up late, spend a quiet morning with a late breakfast, go out for a visit to some of the wineries, and then come back in the evening to enjoy the pool and sauna.