A small luxury hotel and intimate refuge located among the Coteaux Varois vineyards in Provence, offering the serenity of a 12th century Benedictine abbey.
How would you describe Le Mas de Peint in a nutshell?
Le Mas de Peint is an authentic boutique hotel situated in the wild part of the Camargue area in southern France. The estate is located on 550 hectares of land, which we use as a working farm to grow organic rice.
Our hotel is a former seventeenth-century farmhouse, which was turned into a small hotel in 1994. The original building is more than 400 years old, covered in ivy and surrounded by rice fields.
What was the idea of combining a hotel and a working farm?
At the beginning it was Monsieur Jacques Bon whose grandparents lived on the estate in the 1920s. After taking over the farm he started raising different animals such as sheep and then bulls.
Starting in the ‘80s the focus of Le Mas de Peint changed from regular tourism to offering group events. In 1994 Jacques’ second wife Lucille, an architect and designer, transformed the townhouse into a luxury hotel in order to receive individual guests.
After Monsieur Bon passed away in 2010, Madam Bon has beenl the manager of the hotel. Today it's their son Frédéric who has taken over management of the hotel with his wife, Clémence, and their two children.
To you personally, what is so special about the whole experience of staying at Le Mas de Peint?
What makes Le Mas de Peint special is that it is a farm turned into a hotel in a part of France that is not frequented much by regular tourism. Therefore we offer a ‘real experience’ that is very different from what most other hotels can provide. It is a unique place, a retreat. It’s hidden and very special as there are a lot of different ecosystems in existence here. Our guests can really immerse themselves into this world.