Mas Armelin

Tarascon, Provence, France

When the guests wake up in Mas Armelin, the first glance falls on the old walls and the large gate through which the romantic garden and the green area with pool can be seen. The house with an interior mix of industrial design and southern charm skillfully combines the traditional with the modern.

All rooms are individually furnished with attention to detail and have their own terrace. The guests particularly appreciate the unique tranquility, whether in the house or in the garden, which invites you to relax.

The house, built in 1733, used to be a sheep farm. It was completely renovated around 1980 and was privately inhabited. In 2018, a complete renovation was carried out by the current owners, who transformed the house into a chambres d'hôtes.

Cordula and Ulrich Havemann, who have traveled extensively for more than 20 years, run the hotel with enthusiasm and a lot of attention to their guests and business partners. As a host: you place great value on individual guest care and sustainability in your actions and work.

From their numerous visits to Provence, they were so enthusiastic about the varied and beautiful landscape with its countless attractive excursion destinations that the idea of their own guest house was born. Their intention was to open a refreshingly different B&B in the best location in the region. After a two-year search, they finally found the idyllic Mas Armelin.

Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom119 €
Suitefrom129 €
Family roomfrom135 €
Apartmentfrom230 €


ArchitectureThe house is made of old natural stone from the region. The limestone is 300 years old, the wall thickness of the building is up to 60 cm thick and thus ensures natural insulation and an optimal indoor climate: warming in winter and cooling in the summer heat. The renovations carried out inside and outside have retained the original character, or restored it if it was no longer recognizable. The rooms do not have numbers, but names that relate to nature and the region. The color concepts through to the choice of wallpapers and decorative elements reflect the individual themes and are coordinated down to the smallest detail. The Mas Armelin was furnished with antiques and stylish furniture, some of which were collected in different countries around the world. In the garden there are special sculptures made of rusty steel from the hosts' collection.

FoodBreakfast consists of regional products such as eggs from a neighboring farm, milk is bought at fair prices and local traders / shops are supported. The rolls come from a baker who bakes them himself and the meat from a local butcher. The old trees are permanently tended and the own cultivation of apricots, figs and early cherries is used to make our own jam. To avoid waste, breakfast is served on floors; guests can reorder as they please. This step has resulted in food waste being reduced by at least 40%. In the immediate vicinity of less than ten kilometers, the hosts recommend ten restaurants with a chef: inside, which offer regional and high-quality cuisine. Cooking courses can be booked on request, with a maitre de cuisine offering the course on site. Two to a maximum of four participants can prepare vegan, vegetarian dishes or dishes with meat or fish. The cost is 50 euros per person. After cooking together, we eat together at a nicely laid table. Intolerance is gladly taken into account.

EnvironmentA solar system ensures the generation of electricity, the pool system has an environmentally friendly electrolysis system with salt water without chemical additives. The heaters are extremely energy-saving with the highest e ffi ciency class. All energy bodies comply with the latest French energy saving proposals. All colors and building materials were selected and used in accordance with the highest ecological requirements, such as the floor covering made of natural minerals, with no adhesives or PVC. Home remedies are used as cleaning agents and the laundry is washed and dried outdoors. The garden lighting is done with energy saving lamps. In addition, no single-use plastic bottles are used. A few years ago a mason bee hotel with 50 places for natural pollination of the plants was established, which is very well received. In order to talk about the sustainability initiatives, the hosts put appropriate instructions on how to protect the environment, for example when using laundry in the rooms. When using food, attention is paid to regionality, as is organic certification. The textiles in the house are certi fi ed with the eco-standard 100, the down comforters and pillows also have a certi fi cation that the feathers were obtained without live plucking.

Well-BeingOne-week yoga courses are offered from October to April, which are accompanied by a certified yoga teacher. The units take place in the most beautiful places in Provence, full of culture, nature and magic - for example in a cave in the Alpilles or directly by the sea. The week consists of seven nights and six yoga units with an Ayurvedic brunch. The area offers countless opportunities to explore nature: hiking in the Alps and the Montagnettes, bike tours on the paths of the via Rhona, always along the Rhone to the sea in the Camargue or to Avignon. Guests can also ride horses in the Alpilles or the Camargue. There are three golf courses within a radius of 20 kilometers. Kayaks can be enjoyed on the Gadonne, just 20 minutes from the property. The hosts are happy to recommend hiking routes and have maps that they are happy to make available to guests.


  • In the heart of Provence, between Saint Remy de Provence, Arles and Avignon, Chambre d'hôtes in boutique style
  • Experience slowing down, comfort, hospitality and a Provencal ambience
  • Individually and tastefully furnished rooms
  • The beautifully landscaped, large garden offers many corners to relax and enjoy nature
  • Apricots, figs and early cherries from our own garden
  • Regular one-week yoga retreats (from October to April)
  • A dachshund and a cat live on the premises
  • Various activities such as hiking, biking, horse riding, yoga are possible in the area
  • The ideal starting point to explore the region: Camargue (approx. 40 minutes), Avignon and Arles (15 minutes), Pont du Gard and Uzes (30 minutes), Aix en Provence (40 minutes), Nimes (30 minutes) and the Alpilles with Les Baux de Provence and Saint Remy de Provence in 10 minutes
  • Suitable for lovers of culture, culinary delights and nature

Chambre d'Hôtes4 rooms + 1 apartmentBreakfast + cooking facilities in the apartmentChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessPoolno pets


  • Guest house with 4 rooms (1-4 people) and 1 apartment (max. 5 people)
  • All rooms with their own terrace
  • Apartment with own cooking facilities
  • Breakfast with regional ingredients
  • Lounge and fireplace room
  • Pool with a small snack bar
  • Cooking courses can be booked on request
  • Bicycle and e-bike rental on site (can be brought to the accommodation)
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Rooms + Rates

per night
Double roomfrom119 €
Suitefrom129 €
Family roomfrom135 €
Apartmentfrom230 €

Location + Directions

By car

As the nearest train station is around 2 km away and the area offers many excursion destinations, a car is an advantage for exploring the region. From Avignon it takes about 25 minutes by car to Mas Armelin (24 km). Arles about 30 minutes away (18 km), Nîmes about 40 minutes (32 km),), Aix-en-Provence a good hour (96 km), from Marseille you need just under 1.5 hours (108 km), Lyon is just under 3 hours away (247 km) and from Geneva it takes just under 4.5 hours to Tarascon (393 km). The exact address can be found on the website.