I love Arles and my favorite hotel to rest for a few days is ” Le Mas de Peint”. Owners Jacques Bon and his wife Lucille own this rustic but stylish inn dating from the 17th century; Located down in the Camargue, 25 kilometers south of Arles, in the Sambuc. Jacques Bon was born on the property and if you speak French ( he does not speak any English) he will get a fast tutorial in the mystique of the Camargue by riding with him over the ranch’s 1,200 acres. That’s the wild side; for the inn’s gentility, credit Jacques Bon’s wife Lucille who is an architect. Along with a local interior designer she decorated – but not too much – the eight double rooms and three suites, all of which are simple and cozy. The rooms are pretty comfortable and I recommend room # 9 for its size, open deck and I also really liked room #8 for its rustic wood ceiling beams, pink walls, and larger than usual bathroom. The common rooms are done in the same style: polished sandstone floors, ocher walls, wrought- iron chandeliers or candlesticks, beige and overstuffed couches and chairs. The walls in the entrance hall are decorated with old leather bridles and the head of Arlesienne, a champion bull bred here.
The dining room is utterly characteristic of Le Mas . The executive chef , Daniel Egreteau cooks the two main meals, lunch and dinner in view of guests on the stove at the back of the dining room, and then finishes them in the main kitchen. He speaks very good English and will always welcome spectators.
You should know that the hotel always offers a fixed menu, but the food is explosively wonderful and flavorful, most of the ingredients come from the garden.
A great place to stay and enjoy the Provencal life!.
Le Sambuc off (route D36). 4-90-97-20-62