Staying at Le Mas de Salel is like being treated as if you were a cherished relative that has come to visit. Françoise, Nicolas, the cooks, housekeepers, and guides were attentive, cheery, flexible, and fluent in French, English, and German. Excellent menu upon excellent menu came out of the kitchen. The food was interesting, healthy, and local. At the table, conversation was lively and engaging with lots of laughter. The accommodations have been created out of the farmhouse and barn, a well-done renovation highlighting thick, stone walls against natural wood paneling with all of the modern conveniences of individual bathrooms, kitchenettes, and washing machines. The pool overlooks the nearby village. A big screen TV is in the common room and wireless internet is available on the terrace. All of this is set in the incredible landscape of hills and high plateaus. Weekly activities, chosen from a list of historical (e.g. medieval castles of the Knights of Templar and Hospitalier), cultural (e.g. the caves of Roquefort cheese), and natural (e.g. the Tarn river) items, were nicely paced. Special outings, such as going to visit a farm to pet the animals, were offered for children. Or one could set off from le Mas de Salel to explore this gorgeous countryside on a hiking trail on foot or on the nearly empty roads on one of their mountain bikes, equipped with one of their maps. There was no need for a car. Nicolas drove me to and from the airport and the outings were by car or van. Le Mas de Salel is a first-rate destination with warm hospitality and great attention to detail. I can hardly wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Mas de Salel is a magnificent 18th century holiday cottage, surrounded by nature, located at 1 hour’s drive from Montpellier. Enjoy a large garden with a beautiful swimming pool, 12 lovely bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, 3 appartments with own garden terraces… We organise for you a fascinating discovery of the region’s history and monuments, but also of its local people and traditions. ... more less