Mas le Clos Souris

  • Location: Countryside
    Closest restaurant: In walking distance
    Local village with grocer etc.: In walking distance
    Uzès: 23km (25 mins by car)
    Avignon: 50km
  • Nîmes Airport (FNI): 65km (1h by car)
    Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (MPL): 90km (1h 30mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Mas le Clos Souris

How would you describe Mas le Clos Souris in a nutshell?

The house combines the old and new, with touches of the Hungarian artist who lived here from the 1950s. He was a big character in the village and locals have a lot of stories to tell, so we’ve restored some of the drawings, paintings and sculptures we found in the house to give it something special. The old part of the house dates to the 1500s and is quite rustic in its feel, with spectacular views across the region, while there’s also a more contemporary section that was built by the artist in the 1970s.

What was the inspiration/story behind Mas le Clos Souris and its recent renovation?

We wanted to purchase a small house in the south of France where we could holiday with family and friends, then eventually move there at a certain point. The idea was to find something that was accessible by car or train from Belgium. But then we found this house and just fell in love — we had to buy it!

The property was almost a ruin and we spent six years restoring it. From the floors to the roof, everything had to be redone. We transformed the garden from a jungle into an oasis with a swimming pool and pétanque lanes, while the interior combines old furnishings with modern appliances.

At the moment the house has a minimalistic feel. But we plan to invite artists and designers for residencies, so we want to give them space to create and leave something that will add to the story.

How would you describe the atmosphere of Mas le Clos Souris?

When we first saw the house, we immediately felt “wow”, like we were stepping into a fairytale. It’s relatively hidden from the street by trees and an old wall but the minute you step into the inner courtyard, you feel a sense of tranquility and that you are connected to nature. I’m sure this is what the Hungarian artist felt too — that this was a place to relax and enjoy the good things in life.

We are design and art lovers, so we’ve decorated the spaces with select pieces but without making it feel like a showroom. It features a mix of eclectic but authentic items, as well as a lot of materials that we reused during the renovations. I think everybody who comes has the feeling of it being a “home”, rather than a “house”.

Mas le Clos Souris pool
Kitchen in The Old Mas
The Old Mas
Kitchen in The Old Mas
The Old Mas living room
The Old Mas interior
The Old Mas bedroom
The Old Mas bathroom
The Extension living area
The Extension kitchen
The Extension kitchen
The Extension sleeping area
The Extension kids bedroom
The Extension terrace
The Loft dining area
The Loft dining area
The Loft living area
The Loft bathroom
The Loft bedroom
Garden
Garden
Garden

Mas le Clos Souris rooms & rates

The property has 3 houses connected to each other, so we can host large groups or families. The Old Mas houses 5 bedrooms — each with a private bathroom, The loft has 4 bedrooms and the extension 2. Each house has its own soul. The mas has a brand new kitchen designed by Casimir that opens to the private inner courtyard where you can enjoy the long summer evenings. The loft has a kitchen designed by the Dutch artist Rikkert Paauw connected to a terrace overviewing the garden.

Guests arrive at The Old Mas through an electric gate with a video camera so the concierge can confirm who they are and let them in. A large inner courtyard is entered through a wooden gate, creating an enclosed space for people travelling with small children or dogs. There’s an open fire and barbecue here, as well as a terrace with a table and chairs.

French doors connect the inner courtyard and kitchen or you can enter through the main door that leads to a hallway. On the ground floor is a toilet and laundry, as well as a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom that’s designed for guests with limited mobility. The kitchen leads to a small salon with an open fire and sofa where you can relax, together with an antique staircase connecting to the mezzanine office space.

The first floor is home to the master bedroom, which has north-facing views across the garden and an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bathtub. A soundproof door leads to another area with a bedroom and en-suite (which also has north-facing views), then up to the second-floor tower room with a Japanese-style shower and views on all sides.

The old and new parts of the house are connected by a bedroom that caters to either four children or a couple. There’s also a shower and toilet adjacent to the room, as well as big windows looking out over the inner courtyard.

Another soundproof door leads to the first-floor loft in the new part of the building, which features an open-plan kitchen and salon with a beautiful terrace. This part of the building is like a separate house that can host seven people, with three double bedrooms and a small one that’s really designed for a single person. All of the double bedrooms have doors that directly access the garden, as well as en-suite bathrooms with showers and/or a bath.

  • The Old Mas for 12 people / 400 m²
    / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Old Mas houses 5 bedrooms (2 twins, 2 doubles and 1 room with 4 beds) — each with a private bathroom. You can use your cooking skills in a brand new kitchen designed by Casimir, appliances by ATAG. WIFI is available in all of the rooms of the house. The dinner place opens to the private inner courtyard where you can enjoy the long summer evenings.

  • The Loft for 8-10 people / 250 m²
    / night
    • 3 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Loft is the former atelier of the painter Joseph Szabo. Rikkert Paauw created the kitchen, made from found and donated antique furniture from the region. He also made the benches and curated the space. Attached to the big living space there is a huge terrace, also great for yoga. The loft has 3 twin bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, each with shower, one with bath. The bedrooms are on the ground floor where you also can relax outside in the evenings.

    There is also a mezzanine area where two children can sleep on additional beds.

  • The Old Mas + The Extension for 14-16 people / 500 m²
    / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bunk room
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 2 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 2 Kitchen
    • 2 Baby cot (on req.)

    You can rent The Old Mas and The Extension together. There will be no other guests on the estate.

    The Old Mas houses 5 bedrooms (2 twins, 2 doubles and 1 room with 4 beds) — each with a private bathroom. You can use your cooking skills in a brand new kitchen designed by Casimir, appliances by ATAG. WIFI is available in all of the rooms of the house. The dinner place opens to the private inner courtyard where you can enjoy the long summer evenings.

    The Extension used to be a 'dépendance' of the mas, it had to undergo an important restoration. The Extension is a perfect spot for a couple or small family (max. 2 kids). There is a double bedroom and a separate room with bunk beds fr the 2 small kids. The kitchen is designed by Casimir, new appliances by ATAG. It has its own private terrace and great views on the surroundings from the living space.

  • The Loft + The Extension for 10-14 people / 350 m²
    / night
    • 3 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 2 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 2 Living room
    • 2 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    You can rent The Loft and The Extension together. There will be no other guests on the estate.

    The Loft is the former atelier of the painter Joseph Szabo. Rikkert Paauw created the kitchen, made from found and donated antique furniture from the region. He also made the benches and curated the space. Attached to the big living space there is a huge terrace, also great for yoga. The loft has 3 twin bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, each with shower, one with bath. The bedrooms are on the ground floor where you also can relax outside in the evenings. There is also a mezzanine area where two children can sleep on additional beds.

    The Extension used to be a 'dépendance' of the mas, it had to undergo an important restoration. The Extension is a perfect spot for a couple or small family (max. 2 kids). There is a double bedroom and a separate room with bunk beds fr the 2 small kids. The kitchen is designed by Casimir, new appliances by ATAG. It has its own private terrace and great views on the surroundings from the living space.

  • Exclusive rental for 22-26 people / 750 m²
    / night
    • 5 Twin bedroom
    • 4 Double bedroom
    • 2 Bunk room
    • 3 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 6 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 3 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 3 Kitchen
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 3 Baby cot (on req.)

    You rent the entire estate exclusively.

    The Old Mas houses 5 bedrooms (2 twins, 2 doubles and 1 room with 4 beds) — each with a private bathroom. You can use your cooking skills in a brand new kitchen designed by Casimir, appliances by ATAG. WIFI is available in all of the rooms of the house. The dinner place opens to the private inner courtyard where you can enjoy the long summer evenings.

    The Loft is the former atelier of the painter Joseph Szabo. Rikkert Paauw created the kitchen, made from found and donated antique furniture from the region. He also made the benches and curated the space. Attached to the big living space there is a huge terrace, also great for yoga. The loft has 3 twin bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, each with shower, one with bath. The bedrooms are on the ground floor where you also can relax outside in the evenings. There is also a mezzanine area where two children can sleep on additional beds.

    The Extension used to be a 'dépendance' of the mas, it had to undergo an important restoration. The Extension is a perfect spot for a couple or small family (max. 2 kids). There is a double bedroom and a separate room with bunk beds fr the 2 small kids. The kitchen is designed by Casimir, new appliances by ATAG. It has its own private terrace and great views on the surroundings from the living space.

Included in the rates
Rates include all linen, fresh towels, and final cleaning.
Optional extras
Available on request are a private chef, catering, extra cleaning, yoga and tai chi classes.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. Two baby cots are available free of charge.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 17:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Discounts/Special offers
5% off for bookings of more than 14 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Toys for kids
  • Movies/DVDs
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Playground
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

We have a concierge who lives on-site and can offer recommendations on restaurants and things to do, as well as organise any additional services you might want. This includes bicycle or moped rentals, a private chef to cook breakfast or a gastronomic dinner, as well as horse riding at the nearby ranch. We’re also well connected with people in the local yoga and healing community who can run private sessions at the house on request. Whatever you imagine, we can probably make it happen.

Things to do in Provence & Fons-sur-Lussan

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing

The region is perfect to relax, to enjoy local gastronomy, to taste lovely wines, enjoy sports or to visit some beautiful sights. I would definitely recommend visiting Uzès, which is a UNESCO-listed city and has a very Provençal feel. We also love to go canoeing on the Cèze River, which runs almost parallel to the Ardèche but is far less touristy. You can also hike until you drop, with so many pathways and natural wonders to discover, all within 10 kilometres of the house.

The region is also very nice to explore by bicycle and there are plenty of wineries, olive farms and fruit orchards. If you’re travelling with children, there are nearby aquaparks and adventure parks, as well as an old steam train that goes into the mountains. You can also spend a day at the sea in the Camargue area (which is around 1.5 hours’ drive away) or travel into Avignon to enjoy the July festivities.

The location of Mas le Clos Souris

Mas le Clos Souris feels remote but you’re definitely not alone. There are no immediate neighbours but you’re only 1 kilometre (and within walking distance) from the village of Fons sur Lussan, a beautiful authentic village in the Provence. There’s a restaurant/bar that’s open throughout the year and serves good, honest food, as well as hosting live performances by some great musicians. The village has a very lively culture and is surrounded by unspoiled nature as far as the eye can see.

There’s also an old-fashioned grocer that has everything you need, including a good selection of wines, local cheeses and fresh bread that you can pre-order each day. It serves as the heart of the village, with people coming here for their coffee in the morning and an aperitif in the evening.

Uzès is around 25 minutes’ drive to the south and Barjac is the same distance to the north. Although not as charming, Alès is around 30 minutes’ drive to the west and has all the services you might need.

When is the best time to visit Provence?

Anytime. Summer is hot, and it's warm from May to November. Autumn & spring are beautiful. Winter is cosy.