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Domaine du Grand Malherbes
Ranked #2 of 2 Aimargues B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 June 2013

This was quite an experience staying at this Hotel . Vincent, the owner informed me that it was once a castle and that he had owned the property for 15 years and said that it would take another 15 years to get it right.(His English was pretty good) The grounds had been well laid out and the outside swimming pool and area were very clean and a delight. The rooms were a little austere and dark. Vincent's Father was into Abstract Art which was dotted all over, some being very weird indeed (not my cup of tea)_ and seemed inappropriate for this very old property.

There was some confusion about the evening meal, we were a party of eight and at first we were told that the restaurant was closed on a Sunday night. However, Vincent and his wife then went out of there way and they cooked a very special meal for us all. I have to say that it was excellent
and well above normal hotel food. Service was also very good and very friendly.

The Hotel and food was good value for money and I highly recommend a stay here
Graham S
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

We loved our stay at the Domaine, have every hope of returning there. The grounds of the property are among the loveliest we've seen across France. The buildings are very beautiful; the interior decor includes a vast art collection... hidden among the sometimes amateur canvases, some very good works of art. (An entirely personal critique is the--for us--garish color scheme throughout the interiors... lime green, etc as a backdrop for highly colored paintings is an unfortunate choice.)
We would have loved to have been able to dine (a reason we hope to return) but because there was a wedding the night we stayed, the kitchen was otherwise employed. The breakfast was classic continental, but high quality and included divine homemade yogurt and fruit preserves.
The description of the owners as discreet in another review is apt... they are quite reserved... initially there may be a sense of a lack of welcome... certainly to blame here is the lack of a clear reception area, in spite of signage that seems to point new arrivals in a specific direction. We wandered around more than one floor of the main building before finding the host.
We got over this very quickly as we fell more and more for the charm of the place! Our room had a private stone balcony that overlooked the courtyard, heaven. Our 4-year-old daughter loved the fish in the fountain and the five well-behaved dogs. I could go on and on... Nearby Aimargues should not be missed, lovely, quiet, authentic town... Aigues Mortes is architecturally and historically extraordinary but tourist-infested.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Marseille-NYC
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

I've stayed three nights during a wedding in May 2012.
Overall impressions are very mixed.

On the plus side the chateau is beautiful. The owners have decorated it with a lot of taste, the outside are looks welcoming and the pool surroundings is full of character. Our room was lovely, mix of modernity and tradition. Spacious and well appointed with air con (note not all rooms seems to have the same amenities). Location is good although the road noise can be heard when outside. Double glazing prevents that in the rooms.
Besides the wedding party we had a dinner at the domaine and the food was excellent, would highly recommend.
Breakfast is pretty basic and purely continental: pastries juice bread, no meat not hot food and no fresh fruits.

The real downside is the service provided by the owners.
Whilst I understand they cherish their property above all I never felt that they were enjoying welcoming guests.
In all occasions guests have to comply with their rules (forget breakfast in your room for example).
So overall I have put four stars as an encouragement but really they need to think this through!

Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

We had a fabulous stay of three nights at The Domaine du Grand Malherbes. The chateau has been beautifully restored and the guest rooms are very large and furnished with lovely period pieces and art. The bathroom was huge with a separate tub and shower and a large area for your clothing. The owner, Vincent, and his wife, Dominique are two of the nicest people that I've ever met. They were very polite and helpful in every way and Vincent speaks excellent English. This is a lovely private haven to spend a few days while exploring the area as it is close to Aigues-Mortes, Montpellier, Nimes, Arles, the Carmargue. Breakfast was served every morning on the terrace to the sounds of birds singing and one afternoon we enjoyed our own little picnic of wine and cheese in the magnificent pool area. It truly is a calm relaxing place to stay.
I can't say enough good things about the Domaine, it's like having your own private chateau !

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Cindy C
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

We loved our stay in the "domaine".
Location: very nice, renovated with style
Cleanliness: excellent
Rooms: big enough, very authentic, air conditioning, no shower curtains in our room
Service: hotel run discretely by a couple, very friendly, can give you quality information about the area
Restaurant: breakfast is very good, although not too much choice, but good quality
recommendation: have dinner at the hotel at least once: all the vegetables used come from their own garden next to the domaine... the taste of the tomatoes... will change your vision of vegetables :-)
Pool: awesome, it's big, with a lot of sunchairs and parasols (you can even place them in the shadow under the big olive trees... :) with glass of icecold champagne...

i can only recommend this hotel if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful place to stay. nevertheless, it's very near to the city of aigues-mortes, the beach-villages (le grau du roi, la grande motte) and the city of Montpellier (40km), Uzès, Pont du Gard etc...

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

Potentially one of the loveliest places I have stayed however the reality was not to be.A close friend had her wedding here marrying a French man a couple of weeks ago and the thing I will remember the most is the word 'Non'. Madame is outright rude and unpleasant and Monsieur is more amenable. No water available either at breakfast or in the rooms, no posibility of any drinks outside of breakfast hours. These are done to suit the owners definatly not to suit the guests. We had a couple of babies and they wouldn't even make hot water available to make bottles. As the only real french speaker in the group I even had Madame walk into my room while on the toilet to complain about other guests! Bath towels are tiny and no drink making facilities in the rooms. What has so much potential but is completely ruined by the people who own it. Sadly left a bad taste in the memory some peoples very special day.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank Patuche
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Domaine du Grand Malherbes

Address: route des Plages | Aimargues, 30470 Aimargues, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Gard > Aimargues
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Aimargues
Price Range: £62 - £81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Domaine du Grand Malherbes 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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