This traditional stone farmhouse may have been made in France, but the furniture came courtesy of the UK...
An 18th-century ‘mas’ or farmhouse, approximately 300 square metres, south of Perpignan, France, near to the Spanish border. The house comprises kitchen, living room, chill area, cinema room, four bedrooms with en suites, two further guest bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a courtyard and large back garden with an outside kitchen, terrace and swimming pool.
Arranged as a collection of nine mini apartments, with many of the original features hidden, it was the owners’ mission to open up the space and restore it back to beauty. The kitchen of this holiday home was designed with family and guests in mind – the island is around three metres long. The UK owners’ spent quite a bit on the new brickwork to make it look authentic. The table is an 18th-century French farmhouse table, which they brought from Tunbridge Wells. To the left is a long, stone-floored walk-in larder and the couple’s office, where light filters through the glass doors.
This is a more formal area for when the family is entertaining. It doesn’t get used much in the summer, as they are usually outside, but the room is popular in the winter with a roaring fire. The fireplace was designed by the owner and custom-made by a local blacksmith.
The owners have created different areas around the house to relax and flop. They wanted to make the most of the incredible light and views on the second floor, creating a Catalan garden with pomegranate, lemon and plane trees, which this room overlooks.
This is one of the family’s favourite hang-outs during the day, as this room catches the sun in the afternoons.
The beautiful white-painted bedroom is the ultimate in serenity and has wonderful views, overlooking the Pyrenees.
MASTER EN SUITE
The owners designed the layout so that when they are in the bath they can admire the views of Les Albères. The solid cast-iron bath was brought from London and hoisted through the window by six workmen. It took a whole day to manoeuvre into position.
The owners’ sons like hanging out together, so they wanted to share a bedroom. They also have friends who often stay, so the bunk beds are custom made and each has a docking station for Macs or iPads with their own light and headphones.
To maximise the light inside, there is a set of six concertina windows along the courtyard. The family spend all their time out here in the summer – the favourite times being first thing in the morning and late afternoon, when the sun is about to set.
Photography / Paul Massey