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
Number of guests: Max. 8 in 4 double rooms
Architecture: Old & new
Completed: 2014 (renovation)
Published: Cote Sud