For almost three centuries Beatrice's family has lived in this bastide in Provence that was originally built by the family to operate a grain mill. Added on to and enhanced by successive generations, Beatrice has opened her home to select guests and generously permitted me to photograph some of the private chambers available. This is not a grand, intimidating chateau, but a family home. It's so easy to feel comfortable here, to be able to relax and enjoy being surrounding by objects in place for use, not show. Nothing cries "Hands off", nothing is excessive. Everything says "Make yourself at home!"
The first pictures show the staircase, original in its walnut-enclosed tile steps and wrought iron railings. All the lighting is also original and has been electrified. My photographs unfortunately do not do justice to these beautiful interiors.
The three story staircase has walnut-enclosed tiles and iron spindles and railings
View from the second floor landing. The pastoral oil painting is 18th century French. The brass chandelier is original and has been electrified.
View from the third floor landing down to the second and first floors
One of the private chambers. The prints on the walls are all 18th century, in the original frames. The fabric on the sleigh bed and windows is an early 20th century reproduction of a 17th century design.
The walnut armoire is 18th century
The 18th century walnut bedside table is one of a pair. The chair is late 18th century.
The marble mantle is 18th century, as is the silk firescreen. The latter is quite beautiful, and I apologize for the poor quality of the picture.
I love the way the outside of the bedroom doors are decorated in the same manner so that there is a cohesiveness to the hallways
The second bedroom is known as the Coral Room and is my favorite. The walls are wrapped in a coral silk that glows like a jewel in the morning light.
As in the first bedroom, the armoire, bed and bedside table are all from the 18th century. The chair is from the late 1800s and is in the Directoire style.
18th century marble mantle, prints, desk and chair. The fabric on the chair and at the windows is a 19th century documentary.
The border is very much in the Directoire style.
|One of a pair of walnut 19th century doors in the salon. This pair leads to the dining room which was not accessible at the time of shooting. The coffer to the left is 17th century.|
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