Le Mas de Barbut is an extraordinary house. It's been in Danielle's family for over a hundred years; she and her mother were born in the house, and there is a strong sense of family heritage. The house is overflowing with objects and collections, like a hippy antique shop. It has a scatty, homely charm, but if minimalism is your thing it's not the place for you. The kitchen in particular has the most incredible amount of clutter; it's clean, but a bit overwhelming.
We had the Cupidon room, which is more like a suite, with plenty of space and even a basic kitchenette. The decor is stylish, and the bed is comfortable. Some minor quibbles: the towels were distinctly past their best, and there were signs of damp. Wifi was only available in the main house, not in the room.
Jean-Claude is a genial and chatty host. Breakfast was stylishly served, and he was endlessly helpful with suggestions for restaurants and sightseeing. When fellow guests got lost on their way back from Aigues-Mortes after dinner, he even went out in his car to find them and lead them home.
This was a great base for visiting the Camargue, and we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The origin of the Mas goes back to the mid 16th century, and it has been in our family for more than 100 years, all this time maintaining the historic charm characteristic of old family homesteads.The Mas de Barbut, nestled deep in the countryside, yet close to the Rampart of Aigues-Mortes and to the area beaches, is a perfect departure point for outings and discoveries of the Camargues, with its wealth of ancient sites. ... more less