Le Mas de la Rose
- Style Fabulous farmhouse finesse
- Setting Van Gogh country
Cypress and olive trees mingle aromatically at Le Mas de la Rose hotel, a gathering of 17th-century farm buildings perched along a hillside in lavender-strewn Provence. An ideal base from which to explore the area, this rustic stay with earthy elegance has everything you need for a luxury stay: driving range, tennis court, foliage-trimmed pool and acres of groomed gardens.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $243.96 (€178), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€23 a person; €11 for under-10s).
- Facilities Gardens, tennis court, golf range, library with DVDs, free WiFi in certain spots. In rooms: flatscreen TV, bottled water, Côté Bastide products.
- Poolside There is an outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi, set amid the verdant scenery.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3.30pm. Guests wishing to arrive after 10pm must arrange this with the hotel in advance.
Children Little Smiths are welcome, with cots provided free, and extra beds at €40 a night (only one bed can be added to Classic, Superior and Luxury rooms). The hotel can arrange babysitting with a local nanny at €10 an hour.
- Hotel closed Most of January and February.
- Also Smokers, it will come as little surprise that you are expected to wait till you’re outside to light up.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Classic Room 6 is light and spacious, overlooking the front garden. Luxury Room 9 has a private patio, with a little bistro table positioned by a jasmine hedge. Families or pairs of couples should book the apartment, which is separate from the main building and has two bedrooms decorated in milk-white and dove-grey hues. Lovebirds may lust after Room 14, the honeymoon suite, which has an ornately carved headboard in the boudoir and a vintage roll-top tub in the bathroom.
- Packing tips A French cookery book to guide your foodie requests at the restaurant; an art pad and pencils to capture the landscape; a painter’s smock and straw sunhat to look the part.
- Also The hotel has a stash of bicycles for guests to wheel around on.
Food and drink at Le Mas de la Rose
- Hotel restaurant Dinner is a traditional affair, with Provençal meals prepared on request. Expect regional, seasonal specialities, such as roasted lamb with tapenade and tagliatelle of local vegetables. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays and in low season (from mid October to mid May).
- Dress code Cool and casual: a linen shirt or dress teamed with tousled hair and a dash of citrussy scent.
- Top table Sit at a wrought-iron table in the courtyard, enjoying candlelight by night and countryside views by day.
- Last orders Breakfast can be ordered between 8.30am–11am; dinner from 7.45pm–9.45pm.
- Room service None as such, but you can request to have breakfast in your room.
- Hotel bar There’s no bar in this family-farmhouse hotel, but if you ask nicely you’ll get whatever you’re thirsting for.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details