Set amid the picturesque rolling hills of Gascony, these two villas for rent in France each form a distinctive piece of a historic property that tells a unique story of its origins, and the team who transformed them into something entirely new.
Restored and shaped over a ten year period by current owners; aesthete and former London restaurateur Marwan Badran and business entrepreneur Jeremy Grose, the beautiful 18th century structures couldn’t be more opposed in function or style, but were reimagined to highlight their individual beauty as a destination celebrating art, architecture and gastronomy.
Originally constructed during medieval times and concentrated around South West France, the muscular but elegant forms of traditional Bastides were built especially for defense, while remaining beautiful representations of fortified architecture.
The façades of the chateau have been restored to their original stone walls, while the interiors have been stripped to create vast open living spaces and intimate suites with a colorful and eclectic fusion of historic and contemporary style, and a fascinating art collection culminating in a towering interior structure.
Across the courtyard, the original barn has been converted into an elegant and rustic set of suites creating an extra large compound ideal for Marwan’s culinary events.
Established as a Culinary Utopian Retreat, Marwan has created a Food & ‘Other’ Art Foundation and Food Lab artist in residency and performance program, which curates creative collaborations with architects, craftsmen, designers, and artists, celebrating the good life – all with food at its heart.
No stuffy fine dining or formality here, but rather a place to fold dolma with an Iraqi chef, or stuff and sculpt dumplings with a Chinese expert, study fusion and fermentation techniques, learn about nutrition, mindfulness and yoga with wellbeing gurus, and everything in between.