This stunning 800 year old château is located in the heart of a lush valley in the Dordogne region of South West France has been in the same aristocratic French family since it was built. It can be rented in its entirety or by wing/room at certain times of the year. Château de la Bourlie is currently home to artist Cyril de Commarque and his family, and has been sympathetically renovated – a medieval kitchen was preserved whilst a contemporary kitchen created for the chef. The juxtaposition of old and new here is brilliant.
“I wanted to create a family home with soul. The house is early Edwardian and double fronted with good size rooms and high ceilings. To enhance the existing architectural character whilst retaining warmth and charm I pared back unnecessary detail by opening rooms where possible. I then introduced a simple elegant style with a good balance of texture and colour.”
From the snug loft bedroom down to the Shaker meets modern kitchen Acton House, London by Anna Haines Design oozes Brit style and confidence. I mean pink bathroom with roll top and fireplace? Yes please!
Pattern on pattern and a kaleidoscope of colour. Antiques and family hand me downs reloved. Books and flowers from the garden, pleated fabric lampshades, plenty of brown furniture and an army of floor rugs. The English do it so so well. Berkshire House by Vanrenen GW Designs.
Today’s château is located in Caussade (a commune in the district of Montauban, located in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Occitanie region in the south of France). A mouthful that makes it sound fancy. And a château needs a fancy location. This 14th century, 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home on 4.7 acres of land is a stunner with rustic, casual vibes and why I chose it over many of the much more posh/elegant châteaus I found in my search. 3 floors in an L-shape are set around a central stone staircase. A lovely pool is a bonus feature. If only I had €995,000. For sale here.
Constrast between the Edwardian home in front and the modern at times brutalist rear extension with its strong solid forms. Contrast between block and marble and timber cabinetry. Constrast between dark and light, in and out. All this contrast in a South Yarra, Melbourne home, the result of a successful collaboration between Pop Architecture and Beatrix Rowe Interior Design.
Photography by Willem-Dirk du Toit