Originally built for Napolean's sister, La Pauline is an elegant 18th Century Estate situated just outside of Aix en Provence. There are 5 rooms decorated in classic provençale style, each having a private patio. With a stone pool, gardens, statues, a hedge maze, olive groves, fountains and ponds, there is plenty of charm to go around.
Having seen photos beforehand, I knew this was a unique place, but nothing could truly prepare me for experiencing this home. The rotating floor to ceiling windows allowed the surrounding environment in, with soft breezes carrying throughout the home. I love how the vegetation was left in its natural state, as if the house was literally placed from above. Yes, this is a special place indeed. Click here to see more photos of this stunning home designed by Studio Ko.
Having recently visited Metafort, I have to say that this beautiful space completely encapsulates what I see as 'The Perfect hideaway'. A boutique property with 5 rooms and an apartment, a unique location, all designed with an incredible aesthetic that is both minimal and thoughtful, with accents of color and touches that make it feel like home. But the clincher is that it is run by an amazing couple that literally built it from the ground up, salvaging a 17th century house and creating both a space and experience that leaves you wanting more. I already want to go back...
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