Le Mas de Peint in Arles - France
If there is a French equivalent of "Marlboro Country", here it is. Le Mas de Peint is a former Camargue manade 'located to the south of Arles, home to black bulls and white horses and Gypsies. The Camargue is unique: no castles - nothing but simple whitewashed ranches; and no aristocratic heritage - owners and farm boys work side by side 'Flamenco is played there (the Gypsy Kings come from the Camargue); there are bull races during which agile razeteurs try to tear a ribbon from the bull's horns (and to leave the arena before being skewered). Men and women proudly wear the fabrics, printed on wood, made by companies such as Souleïado.
Americans will find a lifestyle closer to that of New Mexico or the stays from Argentina, only the impeccable refinement of the north of France.
Jacques Bon, who owned Mas de Peint born in the Camargue, was very keen on his “cowboy” roots. He always took part in horse or cattle gatherings, often spent most of his day on his horse (white, of course), and wore only the gardian's costume: cashmere-patterned shirt, moleskin pants and boots. horse.
With his wife Lucille, architect, he decided more than twenty years ago to convert part of his ranch into a small luxury hotel. But that did not mean he had abandoned his animals: fifty white horses and three hundred black bulls. Jacques and Lucille Bon knew from the start what they wanted. And, first of all, to keep the roughness so characteristic of the Camargue.
Customers would not be pampered or pampered: "Yes sir, no sir" as in a five-star. They would be like friends who had come to help them collect the horses. They would eat in the kitchen, spend the day on horseback and collapse in the evening in a pretty room, but not outrageously dolled up. Nothing glitzy and nothing flashy but the sweet feeling of true hospitality, good food and life in the great outdoors. Le Mas de Peint is completely in line with this ambition. Everyone eats together in the kitchen, the bedrooms are large but sparsely furnished, and guests are encouraged to come on horseback to help round up the herds. Every evening, around ten o'clock, the Bons engaged in a ritual that they would not miss for the world. They left their private apartments to greet their hosts and chat with them in the kitchen. Jacques Bon appeared as a rodeo star, in moleskin pants with a red stripe on the side and a red silk shirt with a paisley pattern, not hesitating to slap clients on the back, pull out jokes and work the room as one. With his white fanged mustache and his picturesque clothes, he was a character, this Jacques Bon. In their articles, the magazines had called him "Jack Palance of the Camargue". He brought the scent of picturesque and local color which, combined with the touch of refinement given by his wife, make the stay at the Mas de Peint so pleasant.
Because, despite Jacques Bon's insistence on saying that he does not want to pamper his customers, the Mas de Peint is clearly more luxurious than the average of the Camargue ranches - the rooms are large, the bedding immaculate (and embroidered in ranch brand) and the bathrooms are of a size and design worthy of the finest city hotels. A large swimming pool with a tiled terrace is hidden in one of the paddocks, and a large stable has been transformed into a party room. Unlike other parts of Europe, the Camargue has not been sanitized and standardized by tourism. Here, people cling fiercely to their lifestyle.
Jacques Bon left us in January 2012 and his wife Lucille took over the establishment with his daughter Anaïs who kept intact the Camargue spirit wanted by Jacques Bon.
The reception areas of the Mas de Peint:
“Le b, Lounge Bar”: cozy and warm space of 170 m2. Capacity of 10 to 80 people.
"La Bergerie", the unusual tailor-made. Beautiful 750th century building of 2 m80. Capacity of 750 to XNUMX people.
“La Cabano dis Ego: Sheepfold of 800 m². Sound and lighted arenas with 1 seats. Capacity of 000 to 50 people.
“Campement Lodge”, touch the stars… and wake up with nature.
A camp worthy of a 5 star, a real event concept, the alternative or complementary solution to the classic hotel industry.
Address: Le Mas de Peint in Arles, Le Sambuc, Arles - France
Telephone: +33 4 90 97 20 62 - Fax: + 33 4 90 97 22 20
Website : http://www.masdepeint.com/fr/