La Maison d’Ulysse

Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Jun 2015

To Guy, receiving guests and showing them La Maison d'Ulysse is a ritual. He always starts from the Northern Garden – a wonderful paragon of jardin sec – but it is the house botanist, Gauthier, who tells its story. We had to knock down the roof here, since it could not be repaired. The room has become the breakfast court. The Southern Garden is deliberately wild; silkworms were rolled up in these mulberry trees’ leaves. Over there is the kitchen garden, while there we play pétanque. Some guests are swimming in the pool, a couple sips rosé at an Italian-design table. We smell sweet jasmine trails, spiced with curry, sharp with thyme and rosemary. Every corner has its own perfume, and each one of us will find their favourite corner. The day after, Gauthier tells us about the plants in his jardin sec, with unchanged love, –They have to be trained, like children-, and then he serves breakfast. Local sheep and goat cheese, -We don’t have cows here-, homemade fig, pear and cinnamon jams, baguettes, croissants, and the delicious Belgian waffles in their light version, Gauthier’s favourite. La Maison d'Ulysse is an ancient sixteenth-century silk-farm where, in the eighteenth century, the writer, photographer and archaeologist Ulysse Dumas lived his short life with his partner and their two daughters. Today it is Guy and Gauthier’s maison d’hôtes. An idyllic oasis, secluded and precious, we would like to make our own ritual. In the tiny centre of Baron, Languedoc-Roussilon.



Words Laura Taccari



Pictures Leone Di Sebastiano

Translation Alessia Andriolo

Thanks to Urlaubsarchitektur

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