La Maison d'Ulysse: contemporary hospitality in Provence

An ancient fortified farm house converted into a hotel

by Malcolm Clark
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La Maison d'Ulysse is an ancient fortified farm house located in Baron, a small town near Nimes in southern France. The house, surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden, was named after the poet Ulysse Dumas who was born there. The owners, respecting the history and atmosphere, assigned the project of restoration and revamping into bed&breakfast accommodation to Frédéric Jacquot.

The result is a house, surrounded by the charm of Provence, which welcomes its guests into a serene, minimalist and refined atmosphere. The architectural structure was left almost intact, preserving vaults, floors, tiles, beams and exterior architectural details which were in good condition like wells, terraces, corridors and stone stairs.

The furnishing is contemporary, yet simple and plain. “We did not want a guest house full of objects, in Provençal style decoration, an “art gallery” for the guest. We wanted it to just be simply our home” explain the owners.

The Jacquot project has protected the authenticity of the place sensitively, combining the contemporary style and modern lines with the simplicity of the materials.

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La Maison d'Ulysse

Baron / France / 2011