La Maison des Arènes

La Maison des Arènes is a historic townhouse in the centre of Arles in Provence. The ancient Roman city is one of the oldest cities in France and, with its many monuments and ancient treasures, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 17th century, the large townhouse is situated between the Roman Forum and the amphitheatre. Two Parisian architects renovated it while preserving many of its historical elements, staying true to the original. With rooms of a height of over four metres, arched windows, and stucco and wood-beam ceilings, its rooms radiate grandeur. The interior design breaks with the restraint of the architecture, featuring a skilful mix of antique pieces, vintage furniture and modern design paired combined with contemporary works of art and photographs. Textiles in bold colours set cheerful accents.
The house extends over four levels and offers 250 square metres of space for up to eight people. On the ground floor there is an impressive entrance hall and a bedroom with a living area and access to the garden. On the first floor you will find the living and dining room, the kitchen and a terrace. Three bedrooms are on the second floor. On the top floor there is a small summer kitchen, a sitting area and a roof terrace with a view over the historic old town.

What to do

Visit to the monuments and ancient treasures of the city.
Arles offers a lot of culture: festivals during the summer months including Les Recontres de la photographie (photography festival) and Le Sud (music festival); musuems including the Musée Arles Antique (archaeological museum), Fondation Vincent van Gogh (dedicated entirely to the painter who lived in Arles) and Luma Foundation (contemporary photography).
Excursions: Camargue Nature Reserve, Rhone, Alpilles Nature Park, Mediterranean Beaches

Why we like this house

A spacious house, with a lot of historical charm and a very individual interior in the middle of the old town of Arles. 

This house is great for

Holidays with family and friends, art and culture lovers

Details of the property

Region/Town: FR – France, Provence, Arles

Name: La Maison des Arènes

Scenery: In the historic centre

Accommodation: House

Number of guests: Max. 8 in 4 double rooms

Architecture: Old & new

Completed: 2014 (renovation)

Design: Gaetan Le Penhuel, Paris und Xavier Gonzalez, Paris

Published: Cote Sud


Dominique Gagnon said:

I stayed in the house a few times as guest of the owners. It’s one of the grandest houses in the city, a spacious set of rooms located right in the middle of this Roman city. The arena on one side, the forum on the other, with a great view of the city from the roof terrace. If you like culture, arts and especially photography, this is a perfect location with the cultural venues within a short walk and the villages of Provence a short driving distance away.

The Rencontres de la photographie in summer is possibly the most important photography exhibition in Europe. It occupies several historical buildings in the old city as well as the vast railway hangars just outside of the centre. You buy a pass and visit at your leisure. Nearby are the Parc naturel de la Camargue, the amazing medieval fortified town of Aigues-Mortes. The Mas de la Chassagnette is a great restaurant in the countryside.

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