Mas le Clos Souris

Fons Sur Lussan, Occitania, France
Artist’s Crumbling Estate in Provence Given New Life

A Hungarian artist and local village legend once lived and worked within the stony blonde walls of this classic southern French country home dating from the 1500s, even creating an add-on to the estate in the 1970s. Crumbling and forlorn when it was discovered by a Belgian creative director, the multi-structure property has been given a six-year, head-to-toe makeover that’s restored its tranquil, inspiring character and rejuvenated it in an elegant, spare style—a timeless combination of old and new.

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Once upon a time, Hungarian artist Joseph Szabo painted, sculpted and created a splash in the local village from within the walls of this classic Provençal estate. Set in a wild corner of Provence, his traditional mas, or enclosed country retreat, located within walking distance of the storybook medieval village of Fons-sur-Lussan, was abandoned following his death in 2010. Crumbling, it was discovered by a Belgian creative director and her partner, searching for a holiday home.

Smitten by the property’s sturdy 16th-century walls, its magically intimate setting on two lushly wooded hectares, and its spectacular views, they undertook a seven-year, floor-to-ceiling renovation project, rejuvenating the original farmhouse, its attached dépendance, and artist’s atelier, restoring the estate’s homey, creative atmosphere. Updated in collaboration with architect Vincent Fordel, the property’s three separate structures all display a combination of reused original architectural features and furnishings by contemporary artists and designers like Casimir and Rikkert Paauw. 

The result is a fully transformed property returned to its creative haven status—a serene collection of villas for rent in France where old stones are brightened by generously proportioned new windows, ancient volumes are updated by sleek modern architecture and design elements, and upcycled antiques have been reimagined as contemporary kitchens and functional furnishings, beautifully patinaed from age and use, yet decidedly modern and original.


WHAT YOU CAN BOOK

All units can be rented separately; as a result, there may be other guests on the estate if you only book one unit. If the Mas and the Loft are rented, the studio will not be rented out to other guests. If the Mas and the Studio are rented together, the Loft may be rented out to other guests. The swimming pool and garden are shared, but every unit has a private terrace or courtyard. The property's housekeeper lives on-site in a separate house, and he maintains the swimming pool and garden.

The Mas

The oldest part of the property, dating from 1573, the farmhouse holds four double bedroom/bath suites. Its lyrical inner courtyard is hidden behind heavy wooden exterior doors, and is an enclosed garden perfect for alfresco dining and outdoor play, connected to the newly designed kitchen by Casimir. Wide arched windows flood the Mas in natural light, a quiet salon features a tightly twisting, antique spiral staircase to an upstairs office, and a third story tower room stands apart with its Japanese-styled, panoramic view shower. An additional multipurpose room on the second level creates overflow sleeping spots for guests or children.

The Studio

An annex to the ancient Mas, the studio underwent extensive renovation and now stands as an independent apartment with its own private entrance. An ideal, intimate family hideaway, the studio offers two bedrooms—one a bunkroom expressly designed for children—and an all-new kitchen and contemporary interior staircase signed by Casimir. An upstairs living area offers breathtaking views onto nearby Mont Bouquet.

The Loft

The former workspace of artist Joseph Szabo, the atelier loft showcases an imaginatively updated kitchen and dining area, designed by Dutch creator Rikkert Paauw, who built the new space from antique furniture pieces found on-site and/or brought to the property by local villagers. Four double bedrooms open onto a classic Provençal garden terrace, and an upstairs living room features a spacious, open-air deck in the treetops.


EXPERIENCES

Tucked into a lush, four-hectare plot in a rugged region of Provence, the immediate surroundings of this serene retreat offer space to play pétanque, lounge poolside in the sun or suspended in a hammock under mature fruit trees, pick seasonal herbs or fruits, and stargaze on a velvety midnight sky. An on-site concierge can assist in organizing gastronomical or viticultural tours, private chef meals, yoga or meditation workshops, bike or motorized scooter/moped rentals, or even equitation sessions. 


AROUND

These villas for rent in France are located near the picturesque medieval village of Fons-sur-Lussan, a classic Provençal community around which wineries, fruit orchards, and olive and lavender farms are located. Cycling is a great way to discover the area, and outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy hiking and/or canoeing/kayaking the Cèze or Ardèche Rivers. Easy day trips from the property include visits to local ceramicists, soap makers and other traditional artisans’ ateliers, historical sites such as UNESCO classified Uzés, only 20 kilometers away, or the larger communities of the south of France such as mythical Nice, Avignon, or Arles.


LOCATION

Fons-sur-Lussan, Provence, France. Nearest airports: Nimes, Montpelier


BEST TIME TO VISIT: March to October

 
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Mas le Clos Souris
Fons Sur Lussan, Occitania, France
The Magic of Provence

A Hungarian artist and local village legend once lived and worked within the stony blonde walls of this classic southern French country home dating from the 1500s, even creating an add-on to the estate in the 1970s.

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The Mas 5 Br 5 Ba Sleeps 12 Min 7 nights
from €589 /nt
The oldest part of the property, dating from 1573, the farmhouse holds four double bedroom/bath suites. Its lyrical inner courtyard is hidden behind heavy wooden exterior doors, and is an enclosed garden perfect for alfresco dining and outdoor play, connected to the newly designed kitchen by Casimir. Wide arched windows flood the Mas in natural light, a quiet salon features a tightly twisting, antique spiral staircase to an upstairs office, and a third story tower room stands apart with its Japanese-styled, panoramic view shower. An additional multipurpose room on the second level creates overflow sleeping spots for guests or children.
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TV Smart TV
Air Conditioning Not yet in every bedroom
Heating Floor heating
Kitchen Fully equipped with new appliances ATAG
Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Pool Yes
Dryer Yes
Indoor Fireplace In the salon
Smoking Allowed Only outside, inner courtyard
Suitable for Events For photoshoots, business meetings and parties
Wheelchair Accessible Yes
Bedrooms 5
Bed Type All bed frames are 90x180cm. The master and the white bedroom have king-sized mattresses (double).
Kitchen Fully equipped with new appliances ATAG
Bathrooms 5
Accommodates 12
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 6:00PM
Check-Out 10:00AM
Tax €1.00 per person/per day
Sec. Deposit €1000
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 14 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Strict50
The guest will receive a refund if the booking is canceled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the 50% deposit payment is non-refundable. The final payment is due 60 days before arrival day and after that is non-refundable.

BoutiqueHomes service fee is refundable in line with the booking cancellation policy, minus a 3.25% credit card transaction fee which is non-refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only in the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is canceled at least 14 days before the arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Owner Cancellation Fee €250
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The Studio 2 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 4 Min 7 nights
from €196 /nt
An annex to the ancient Mas, the studio underwent extensive renovation and now stands as an independent apartment with its own private entrance. An ideal, intimate family hideaway, the studio offers two bedrooms—one a bunkroom expressly designed for children—and an all-new kitchen and contemporary interior staircase signed by Casimir. An upstairs living area offers breathtaking views onto nearby Mont Bouquet.
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TV Smart TV
Air Conditioning Yes
Heating Floor heating
Kitchen Fully equipped with new ATAG appliances
Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Pool Shared pool with the other units
Indoor Fireplace Wood stove
Smoking Allowed Only outside on the terrace
Bedrooms 2
Bed Type 1 king, 1 bunk bed (for 2 kids up to 12 yrs old)
Kitchen Fully equipped with new ATAG appliances
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 4
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 6:00PM
Check-Out 10:00AM
Tax €1.00 per person/per day
Sec. Deposit €500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 14 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Strict50
The guest will receive a refund if the booking is canceled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the 50% deposit payment is non-refundable. The final payment is due 60 days before arrival day and after that is non-refundable.

BoutiqueHomes service fee is refundable in line with the booking cancellation policy, minus a 3.25% credit card transaction fee which is non-refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only in the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is canceled at least 14 days before the arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Owner Cancellation Fee €250
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The Loft 4 Br 4 Ba Sleeps 8 Min 7 nights
from €432 /nt
The former workspace of artist Joseph Szabo, the atelier loft showcases an imaginatively updated kitchen and dining area, designed by Dutch creator Rikkert Paauw, who built the new space from antique furniture pieces found on-site and/or brought to the property by local villagers. Four double bedrooms open onto a classic Provençal garden terrace, and an upstairs living room features a spacious, open-air deck in the treetops. The 2ha garden is shared with the other units, but the Loft has a private terrace.
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TV Smart TV
Air Conditioning Not yet in all the rooms
Heating Floor heating
Kitchen Fully equipped with new appliances ATAG
Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Pool The pool is shared with the other units.
Indoor Fireplace Wood stove
Smoking Allowed Only on the terrace, not inside
Bedrooms 4
Bed Type All bed frames are 90x180cm. One bedroom has a king-sized mattress (double).
Kitchen Fully equipped with new appliances ATAG
Bathrooms 4
Accommodates 8
Kid-Friendly Families are welcome.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 6:00PM
Check-Out 10:00AM
Tax €1.00 per person/per day
Sec. Deposit €750
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 14 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Strict50
The guest will receive a refund if the booking is canceled within 24 hours of making the reservation (grace period). After that, the 50% deposit payment is non-refundable. The final payment is due 60 days before arrival day and after that is non-refundable.

BoutiqueHomes service fee is refundable in line with the booking cancellation policy, minus a 3.25% credit card transaction fee which is non-refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only in the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is canceled at least 14 days before the arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Owner Cancellation Fee €250
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The Mas
5 BR | 5 BA | SLEEPS 12
From €589 / nt - 7 nt min.
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The Studio
2 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 4
From €196 / nt - 7 nt min.
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