On the doorstep of Provence, where the Cote d’Azur rises towards the mountains, you will find Le Mas de Pierre, a beautiful place to spend a few days in the countryside surrounding the medieval village of St Paul de Vence.
Le Mas de Pierre is hidden behind a large gate that opens slowly as you approach the entrance. Behind the imposing gate is a world of oversized modern art sculptures, Provençal herb gardens, ancient olive trees and a real sense of appreciating nature and its beauty.
The hotel itself is housed in 7 ‘bastides’, which blend perfectly into the landscape. Built only 10 years ago, the organic buildings appear as though they had been planted hundreds of years ago with the olive trees.
The area had been a favourite destination of artists over the last century due to the light of the sunshine in this part of the world; it is apparently unique in its ability to make colours dance.
The luxurious, but bijoux, rooms of Le Mas de Pierre are colourfully decorated to catch this light. Each room also comes with an outdoor terrace, balcony or garden to draw you outside to appreciate the surroundings.
The 54 rooms have unique features such as Burgundian stone and oak floors with Versailles parquetry, which make the property feel more like a chateau than hotel.
Days at Le Mas de Pierre are spent on plush sun loungers in semi-private cabanas, which surround a heated pool, before the scene moves to the terrace restaurant.
Elegant and chic, it is still relaxed enough to lunch in your finest pair of Orlebar Browns.
After an afternoon napping under an olive tree with the wafting scent of lavender, it is time for dinner at La Table de Pierre, traditional Provencal in style with tiled floors, beamed ceilings and mansion-sized stone fireplaces.
After dinner, retire to the bar with its deep wing-back chairs, and settle in to the sounds of a jazz piano.
Mornings at Le Mas de Pierre are spent grazing on a fine selection of Vienoisserie served on the terrace contemplating whether to spend the day following in the footsteps of the hotel’s artistic guests of old, or whether to continue with some more rose by the pool….
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