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Built in the early 18th century for the mayor of Arles, the Baron of Chartrouse, this grand gated stone house opened as a hotel in 2002, the handiwork of owner Brigitte Pagès de Oliveira. She has exquisite taste. The original eight rooms have white plaster walls, some rough, with vaulted beamed ceilings, others refined, with moldings and dados (depending whether they're in the main house or the converted stables). There's furniture to match—Louis love seats, gilt-framed mirrors, and coroneted beds, or slipcovered shabby-chic chairs and low, carved-wood tables; all have minibars, cable TV, and a/c. Outside, the grounds feature a cypress-shaded terrace with dark green slatted Paris park chairs and stone urns, a lounging terrace under a curtained grass roof, and a pool (unheated). A decadent-looking spa-hammam opened in 2004 down in the atmospheric stone vaults, with white buttoned lounging seats and grand Moorish chandeliers, and in 2007, the property expanded to another 18th-century house next door, adding seven rooms decorated in both Baroque and contemporary styles.
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