La Louve

La Louve
La Louve...Garden of the She-Wolf, Bonnieux, France. La Louve is a private French contemporary garden, open to the public, in the town of Bonnieux in the Vaucluse Department of France. It was created beginning in 1986 by Nicole de Vésian, textile designer for the Paris fashion house of Hermès. It is classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

5/16/11

A return to Paradise!

 
Kathy Morris and I again had the pleasure of staying with Beatrice Navarre at her beautiful bastide in Saint Albergati during our antiquing trip. The main house, with eight antiques-filled bedrooms and private baths, is available for both individuals or families. The property covers several acres, is convenient to Avignon, and has a large pool and cabana. The bastide, once an operating mill until the early 20th century, has been in Beatrice's family since the late 1700s. All the furniture in the house is authentic and offers visitors the opportunity to see how French families have lived for centuries. (Coming home to my very ordinary 21st century retirement cottage would be near impossible if my husband wasn't there!)

Kathy and I always prefer to stay in the private guests quarters behind the main house which has its own entrance and courtyard. Did I mention that a lovely canal runs beneath one of the bedrooms? I always call 'first dibs' on that!

Small canal running through the property
View of the exterior of the guest quarters from the bridge

A lovely wisteria covered bridge over the little canal leads to private guest quarters




Private courtyard beside the canal


View of the courtyard and canal from the second floor of the bastide
le dejeuner



18th century walnut chair in the original silk damask








Front of house



 
Rose-covered arbor at entrance to house











  17th century chimney from original mill


Old mill

The interior is everything one would expect in a home that is centuries old. First-rate art and furnishings have been added to by each successive generation resulting in rooms both comfortable and personal. It's the kind of environment interior designers strive for but seldom attain.

The salon, the only contemporary room in the bastide, is the first room one enters from the drive. It's kept casual so that those who have been at the pool or out walking can relax in total comfort...regaining their strength for cocktails!

More interior views tomorrow. Stay tuned!





1 comment:

A Perfect Gray said...

looks like heaven to me. the wisteria is beautiful - all those outdoor spots are. looking forward to the interior views...donna