Eco-credentials don’t always go hand-in-hand with aesthetics but this holiday rental in France’s Charente marries the two.
La Maison Bois – the wood house – was designed by young British architect Tom Kyle as a low-impact, eco holiday home and, as its name suggests, is built largely from timber.
The property’s silhouette resembles that of a farm building, with a slatted pergola at the front, in keeping with its countryside location.
A double-height, open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room form the heart of the house. Here, patio doors open onto a wooden deck overlooking the garden.
Four bedrooms are tucked at the back of the house, which sits on a grassy slope surrounded by trees.
The property is far from remote, however, situated within the village of Montemboeuf.