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We’re in Homes and Gardens Magazine, France, (Maison et Jardin) May edition 2023!

We have shared a brief insight into the fascinating history of this beautiful house!

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Journey to the sumptuous Domain du Mas d’en Llinas, a unique place located in one of the most beautiful villages in France, available to rent.

To describe the Domaine du Mas d’en Llinas, we must first go back in time. In the 1970s, Daniel Pujols, an international antique dealer who had close and privileged ties with the Shah of Iran, bought this former Catalan bergerie (farm building). He then embarked on the construction of the Mas (ex Mas d'en Pujols), financed by his companion, the Marquis de Langle and descendant of Marie-Antoinette. Mr. Pujols drew the plans himself and had all the wrought ironwork for the house manufactured in Italy. The marble, of many different colours, comes from the region and from all over the world. 

In this place, they organised sumptuous parties where all the artistic and political jet-set, the gay community or even the big executives and personalities of the time rub shoulders. In 1992, for an unpaid debt of VAT, the Mas was seized by the tax authorities, for a pittance. Sold by auction, Mr. Pujols then locked himself in the Mas, preventing the lucky buyer from taking possession of it. It was in 1993 that the GIGN dislodged the antique dealer, who had holed himself up for six months in the Domaine's water tanks... Despite the many potential buyers, the Mas was abandoned for several years.

In 1999, the politico-judicial case of Mas d'en Llinas made the headlines throughout the media. It involves in particular the Keeper of the Seals and the Prefect of the time, indicted for influence peddling and taking of illegal interests.

And it was five years ago that Saskia and Dan, along with Malcolm (Saskia's brother) and his partner Murielle, fell in love with the place. They chose to restore it to its former glory and undertake major renovations. Saskia, designer and Dan, builder, had only one wish: to perpetuate its heritage.

To provide a guided tour of this exceptional Mas, The Domaine du Mas d'en Llinas has first and foremost, breathtaking views. Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the Massif des Aspres, it offers a breathtaking view of Mount Canigou, the Albères and the Mediterranean Sea. The Mas, all in cut stone, has a large swimming pool (16 x 8 m) with a view, surrounded by 12 hectares of green spaces and a 3.5 hectare olive grove, which is gradually being rehabilitated. A large lawn even allows arrival by helicopter!

Inside, with 10 spacious bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a large living room with the original bergerie fireplace, other living rooms, intimate terraces dotted throughout and 4 kitchens, it can accommodate up to 24 people. For the interior design, Saskia looked to preserve the atmosphere of the Mas, while bringing it into the 21st century. The designer enhanced elements such as the original marble and ironwork. In her quest for authenticity, she favoured materials such as limewash paint or tiles from Spain and introduced a subtle mix of modern furniture and antiques. An environment conducive to retreat and well-being.

The place can be rented for many occasions such as weddings, corporate events, reunions with family and friends as well as for filming of all kinds. In 2004, the singer Cali moved to the Mas to record his album and shoot his clip. It is also the ideal place for many activities and the discovery of the surrounding vineyards, yoga, art and well-being retreats.

Indeed, staying there means getting away from the outside world and living a few days in harmony with nature. In the meantime, the Domaine du Mas d'en Llinas is just waiting for you to revive its splendour of yesteryear!


Fantastic week !

"We had a fantastic week here in August. The scenery and views are beautiful and the house is wonderfully secluded. There are some lovely local villages to visit and the coast is only a short drive away. We spent lots of time hanging out around the huge pool and enjoying evening drinks on the terrace. It’s a gem of a place that we have recommended to lots of friends.."

Evan Birrane, August 2021

Amazing holiday house

"What an amazing holiday house with lovely grounds and a beautiful pool large enough for our big extended family. They have thought of everything - the house is so well equipped. We were so grateful for air-con as the weather was very hot - but plenty of shady spots and outdoor seating areas. We feel so refreshed and ready for another year."

Sue Jackson, August 2022

A magical place for the whole family

"Mas D'en Linas is a magical place for the whole family. We loved our stay with 360 deg views across to the mountains. The pool is huge and kept the children entertained for hours. With air conditioning in all the bedrooms, you can cool down at any point in the pool or have some quiet time in your room. Amazing facilities with several kitchens that are well equipped. BBQ area too.
You can reach the seaside in 45 mins and the shops in 15 mins. It's nicely away from the town so you feel part of the olive groves and vineyards that surround the property."

Annabel Storey, July 2023

Heavenly Location

''What a fantastic place for our family reunion with three generations from all over Europe and from as far as New Zealand. Great fun had by all in this magical place. The memories will be with us forever!''

Kirstie Forbes, July 2023

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