In the pretty village of Maussane-les-Alpilles – officially voted one of France’s most beautiful villages – lies this idyllic French farmhouse, the creation of architect Alain Meylan and interior designer Liliana Atilova.
The architect and designer fell in love with the old farmhouse’s historic features, as well as the stunning surrounding landscape of Les Baux-de-Provence. The villa sits at the foot of the Massif des Alpilles mountains, and is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards – a great source for exceptional olive oils and wines on tap.
Named Le Mas de Chabran, the 18th-century Provencal house may be steeped in history, but it’s been skilfully renovated to retain its original character while also boasting modern, contemporary interiors.
This is no twee chateau; the large vaulted rooms are invigorated with bold, contemporary furnishings and artworks, while floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead out to landscaped gardens, a heated swimming pool and stables.
Aside from the modern living spaces, a contemporary black kitchen, and eight bedrooms and bathrooms, the property also comes with a home cinema, a spa with a massage room, sauna and yoga/fitness room, and for those traveling privately there’s even a helipad.
The interiors are a harmonious blend of modern and rustic interiors, combining historic features with modern furnishings, lighting and art.
Antique furniture, braided leathers, patinas, and colours loaded with natural pigments combine with contemporary works of art throughout. Many of the rooms also have an underlying equestrian them, inspired by the designers’ love of horses.
The kitchen is thoroughly modern, featuring an all-black design.
Countertops and splash backs are made from large slabs of black marble.
The adjacent dining room offers more modern style by the bucket load, with statement pendant lighting.
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A rustic tiled staircase leads up to the eight bedrooms (the house sleeps 16) upstairs.
Each bedroom is decorated with Pierre Frey fabrics, bespoke king-size beds, flat-screen televisions and ensuite bathrooms.
We love the way modern furniture contrasts against the rustic, traditional floors and walls, giving it a fresh look.
Everywhere you look there’s modern art and lighting.
The views from the balconies aren’t bad either.
Bathrooms combine rustic tiles and materials with modern bathroom fittings.
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Outside there’s a terrace for al fresco dining, with a modern farmhouse-style outdoor dining table and chairs.
The swimming pool is heated, and lined with sun loungers.
Around the property there are also century-old olive trees, picturesque ponds, a vegetable garden and a private chapel.
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Photography / Alexis Armanet