La Maison d’Ulysse is a haven of peace whose charm lies equally in its beautiful 16th-century building and in the magnificent gardens surrounding it. When he first set eyes on what would later become our boutique hotel, Gauthier fell in love with the outdoor spaces and began to think about how these gardens could be landscaped.
The dry garden
Fig trees laden with sun-ripened fruit. Tamarisk covered with small pink flowers. Fragrant lavender bushes. Wisteria running along one of the building’s walls. Savory, thyme and rosemary reminiscent of the surrounding garrigue scrubland. Discover all this botanical diversity and more in our luxury hotel’s Mediterranean dry garden, as you step through the doorway to La Maison d’Ulysse.
Assisted by a landscape architect and the books of Olivier Filippi, a botanist specializing in Mediterranean gardens, Gauthier designed a garden suited to the soil and the climate of Provence The focus here is on perennials, shrubs and climbing plants which are resistant to drought, wind, limestone and cold, as the winters can be severe in Languedoc.
The wild garden
Sit on a garden table and enjoy a mint tea. Gather on the pétanque court for a game with friends, or just sit beneath the majestic century-old oaks, which in the height of summer bring us the cool shade we desire.
In the Cévennes, from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, some farms specialised in breeding silk worms for textile businesses in Lyon. The garden was planted with white mulberries, cultivated for their leaves to provide food for the worms.
This mulberry plantation, which had been gradually abandoned, was saved by Guy and Gauthier, who wanted to keep the unique and wild character of the place. Today, nature is thriving again and new plants are appearing of their own accord.
The kitchen garden
Enjoying a fruit salad fresh from the hotel’s orchard. Rediscovering the flavour of crunchy vegetables from the kitchen garden. Sipping an infusion of peppery verbena freshly picked from the garden. Simple little pleasures, often forgotten, which you can now enjoy again at La Maison d’Ulysse thanks to its kitchen garden.
The kitchen garden enables Gauthier to enhance his cooking with organic vegetables, aromatic plants and flavoursome fruit. His orchard shows us the real meaning of the words “homemade jam”.
Orchard fruits : apricots, almonds, figs and olives
Kitchen garden fruits and vegetables: raspberries, strawberries, melons, redcurrants, mulberries, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, courgettes, chilli peppers, olives, sorrel, pumpkin, etc.
Garden herbs : thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, wild mint, chervil, chives, basil, coriander, parsley, etc.