Inside the stone walls of this restored 19th-century French farmhouse is a contemporary retreat designed with creatives in mind.
The five-bedroom Aquitaine holiday home – available to book from Welcome Beyond from €3,125 per week – is packed with original features, including exposed beams, wooden floors and terracotta tiles.
‘From the outside Hautefage appears quite unassuming which was exactly how we intended it,’ says its owner, British designer Jason MacClean. ‘Once you open the doors you discover an interior that is unexpected in rural France.’
The French holiday home – which sits between the medieval villages of Penne D’Agenais and Pujols in Lot-et-Garonne – is spread over three levels. Its heart is the kitchen, with lofty ceilings, pristine white tiling, and a large fireplace. Also on the ground floor is a living room, dining room and four of the five bedrooms.
Pass through a small cupboard door in the kitchen and a surprise awaits – an enormous, 1,600 sq ft living room, with a period fireplace and a soaring beamed ceiling.
The devil is of course in the detail, and design enthusiasts will not be disappointed. Robert Welche glassware and cutlery live in the kitchen, while rooms feature Eley Kishimoto wallpaper and pieces by Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner.
Outside, the holiday home is surrounded by five acres of landscaped grounds, orchards, a private swimming pool and terrace.