Unusually, the garden of this fine and much-loved seventeenth- and eighteenth-century hunting-lodge in Perigord, south-west France, was laid out and replanted before the old internal partitions were stripped out to reveal the bones of the house.
Unlike the garden, which is filled with roses and lush herbaceous planting, the house has a sparseness that its owner attributes, in part at least, to five years spent living in Japan.
The walls are mostly a soft yellow, the floors are bare popular boards, tiles or stone flags, and there are no curtains and few paintings. The walls are hung instead with groups of prints and drawings, some by Chardin and Henry Moore.
Internal shutters control light, and even on a dull day the house glows with a gentle warmth. In the grand salon a pair of bookcases stand either side of chimney-piece, and a Regency panel above it display prints.
Much of French furniture is painted, and in petit salon, red fabric from Mali covers the sofa while two Louis XVI chairs are in a fabric by Le Manach. English rush matting covers the floor. The bathrooms feature old-fashioned claw-foot bath and Pierre Frey fabric lining the cupboards. The chesnut beamed tower room, formerly a tobacco-drying bam, was opened up for use as a bedroom.