— How would you describe Hautefage in a nutshell?
This villa was designed as a refuge for creative minds, people and families in the creative industry such as designers, artists, filmmakers, writers and many more.”
— Hautefage villa and pool
— Please describe the layout of the villa.
There’s one element in the house that was so mind-blowing that we got a bit sidetracked and ended up buying it many years ago.
The living room on the second floor is only accessed through a staircase in a tiny kitchen cupboard. You walk into this tiny little staircase and it opens up into the vastest living space, with huge ceiling beams. When you look at the house from the outside, you don’t expect this amazing space to be inside the house. That was really our motivation in buying it.”
— Loft living area
— Please tell us about the rooms of the villa.
All of the building was carefully restored to retain its historic character while incorporating modern elements into it. The stainless steel kitchen by Tisettanta is fully equipped such as with glass and kitchenware by Robert Welche. Furniture around the house include Swan sofas by Arne Jacobsen and Peacock chairs by Hans Wegner.
The attic is certainly the most unique and surprising space in the house. It is open-plan with high ceilings, exposed wooden beams and stonewalls. We didn’t change much about this 1600-square-feet-living area. Instead we decided to furnish it with Ueli Berger sofas and modern appliances.”
— How would you describe the interior design of the house?
From the outside Hautefage appears quite unassuming which was exactly how we intended it. Once you open the doors you discover an interior that is unexpected in rural France. For example, one of the world’s premier print-based fashion houses, Eley Kishimoto, developed the wallpaper for the house.
We had cutlery and lights made exclusively by a company called Robert Welsh. All of the original, extremely rare classic furniture was handpicked and the kitchen was custom made. Hautefage features an eclectic interior design with a mix of modern and classic elements. The original wooden beams, weathered floors, stonewalls and terracotta tiling are contrasted with contemporary, simplistic design. The villa has a very calm and peaceful atmosphere that is just beautiful.”
— Who should stay at Hautefage and who should rather book something else?
Families really enjoy the house and we’ve had many kids through this door. It is a great space even for two families traveling together.”
— Master bath tub
— Please tell us about other facilities and services offered.
We have a barbecue station set up outside on the terrace. The swimming pool is walled-off and next to it is a big garden that our guests can enjoy. Daily housekeeping is available on request.
The building’s surroundings are perfectly maintained gardens and further out fruit orchards and sunflower fields.”