Jason and Keiko, a British-Japanese couple living in London, needed an escape to city living. They found a rural hamlet between the foothills of the Southern Alps and the mountains of Provence, then La Maison du Mûrier. After 12 years meticulously restoring the villa, they welcomed their first guests.
The home oscillates between old and contemporary, with ancient stone next to floor-to-ceiling glass windows and concrete. Furniture includes classics by Jean Prouvé, Charles and Ray Eames, and Hans Wegner, mixed with pieces by Jasper Morrison, Terence Woodgate, Tom Dixon and Wouter Scheublin.
Guests can catch up on their film queues in the Cinema Room or cook in the cinematic kitchen. Or descend into the cellar bar, stocked with honesty spirits and snacks. The owners suggest churning your own reine-claude sorbet with the bar’s Magimix with the greengage plums off their trees.
Outdoor living is equally as alluring, where the alpine air meets Provencal light and the Circus Stools of Martino Gamper pop up along the landscaping and patio. Have a dip in the UV-cleaned pool, toast with a RinQuinQuin cocktail in the lavender-scented front courtyard. Move into the eating and cooking area under the oak tree, make your own pizza in the wood-fired oven, prepare a barbecue on the charcoal grill, and visit the concrete hot tub to ensure a restful night.
The couple says that restoring this villa in Hautes-Alpes was “truly a labour of love.” Arguably the most singular in Haute-Alpes, that feeling is evident in every glimpse.
You can also rent the Studio, an open-plan stand-alone apartment that was converted from an old chapel connected to the farmhouse.