This incredible French estate, designed by architect Patrick Bouchain in Saône-et-Loire, has restored rustic farm buildings, a Michelin-star restaurant and a trio of striking contemporary gîtes that look like upturned boats.
La Colline du Colombier is an award-winning restaurant and hotel established in 2008 by the pioneering family culinary business Maison Troisgros, on the banks of the Loire in Iguerande. The family enlisted Bouchain to design the complex as a rural hideaway, reviving a trio of historic stone buildings for the restaurant and hotel.
Bouchain’s indelible thumbprint runs throughout the rustic interiors but is most evident in the trio of gites. These holiday homes are inspired by the traditional dry stone huts found across the Côte des Bar wine-growing region, between Burgundy-Franche Comté and the Grand-Est. They cantilever over the valley, offering dramatic views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
Inside the old agricultural buildings, raw concrete rubs against Burgundian stone and rammed earth. Exposed timber beams and restored frames add warmth to the cavernous spaces while roof lights bathe interiors with natural light. Hemp, cork, sheep’s wool and jute are all used, rounding off the organic feel.
Gardens by botany artist Liliana Motta have low hedges and indigenous plant species and trees, including acacias and oaks. Traditional stone walls frame views of the valley.
Architecture de Collection is exclusively selling the complex, which offers potential as a destination-wedding venue, hotel or country retreat, at an asking price of €2.63m.