The Mas D’Alphonse

Probably influenced by a well-known French TV program, I wanted to test the formula “Bed and Breakfast” also offering a host table, since it is more convenient for us to take the evening meal on spot, while our youngest son is sleeping.

I immediately started looking for a charming place, unusual, aesthetic, luxurious, and preferably at a reasonable price. After hours of surfing on internet, when I was about to throw in the towel and choose the first room I would meet, my wanderings led me to the “Mas d’Alphonse”, in the Duchy of Uzes, between Nimes, Uzes and Anduze. A beautiful and very complete website, great pictures and an unusual mixture of Provence and Thailand which arouses curiosity: good points that caught my attention. A quick glance on convinced me: the note and the reviews were excellent.

We arrived at the “Mas d’Alphonse” at about 7 p.m. and it was love at first sight. The place, still bathed in the mild sun of the spring late afternoon brought together everything I love. A 19th century winemaker house with azure shutters, with its beautiful stone walls topped by a roof of old tiles, stood proudly in front of its property: at its feet, eight hectares of vineyards and crops, as far as one can see. Under some old trees and a shade sail, a large table announced peaceful breakfasts accompanied by the refreshing song from a nearby fountain. On the table next to the pool or hardly hidden between two flowering shrubs, the soothing and unexpected presence of Buddha…

Inside the house we were equally delighted: Proven├žal stones, tiles and beams and Thai furniture and refinement. We had booked the suite for us and our little boy, the Malisa room for our elder children. Therefore we occupied all the space for the guests and were enjoying complete privacy. The master suite was superb, spacious and decorated with exquisite taste: ceiling vaults, terracotta floors, old stone walls, antique Thai furniture, huge fireplace for cooler evenings and a large French door opening onto a private terrace and the beautiful countryside views. The en-suite bathroom offered luxury and character: bathtub in exotic wood, black stone tiles, soaps, fluffy bathrobes and towels.

While Suwannee was preparing for us a Thai meal and our teens were surfing on the internet, my husband and I went for a walk in this wonderful garden and we discovered… the Thai house. The owners have built on a small promontory overlooking the fields a Thai bamboo house on stilts with a wooden gazebo, which is a haven of peace: not a sound, not a house on the horizon, only vines, flowers an immense sky… Two comfortable sofas, some cushions, a table with books about Thai massage and some candles: a place where you would like to stay forever.