Spanish hospitality in French style – Bordeaux, France

Location: Downtown, Bordeaux, France 

The interior with the original wooden flooring, stove, the shutters and big windows introduced me to the ‘Bordelais’ style . The room was cozy due to the well-thought-out details: candles, paintings on the wall, the bed linen.

The hospitality of the Spanish owner was exceptional. Every morning she made the breakfast for me and talked a lot about interesting stories. She also gave good recommendation about what to visit in the area, so I was lucky to make it to Saint-Emilion vineyards before I moved on to Strasbourg.

Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Staircase in the apartment block The house was built of large stone blocks which was left as a rough surface in the kitchen

BnB: French chic in Bel Aspect château

Location: Bel Aspect, 11410 Salles-sur-l’Hers, France

It’s easy to find this castle despite the remote location which is half an hour driving from Toulouse or Carcassonne. The place is just perfect for a laid-back getaway. There are no disturbing highway or any noise near this property.

+ The calm and relaxing atmosphere I like the most

+ the room and facilities are furnished according to the chic French-style what you would expect

+ there is plenty of space at the dining area and lounge of the orangerie, so you can freely decide to have the breakfast on your own or if you would like to have the company of other guests

+ the garden and surrounding nature is romantic also with chickens and there is also a pool at the backgraden

– on Sundays or on bank holidays the supermarket or restaurant is 20 minutes driving from this place. Plan your meal beforehand!

As a side note regarding the renovation work and interior: I was lucky to get some insight about the renewal work from the owner. There were still ongoing interior work last April. All new materials have high-end luxury quality selected with care. Muriel was talking about the new marble flooring in the dining hall and she has had a story about every new item, like the bath tub in the suite for honeymoon or the leather couch in one of the main rooms. My experience with the BnB is based on the wonderful long-weekend I spent in the orangerie room, I haven’t stayed in the castle though.

The orangerie is a smaller modern building attached to the castle. It has had several rooms on the ground floor with windows facing to the garden. I haven’t used the blinds in the en-suite bathroom when I was relaxing in a hot bath and it was still a private place where noone could see me.

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Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite in the orangerie
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Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite bathroom in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 Dining area in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 The garden
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11854575 Main en-suite room in the castle

Special guests in an artist’s home – Aix-en-Provence, France

Marielle and José live in a beautiful small mansion. I really loved my stay in Aix and José’s place could help me immerse into the atmosphere of this French town.

After arrival, the host served coffee and we were chatting about what to visit in the town and where to eat. José was telling everything about Aix. How the people live there and what main events they have at summer. Our conversation was mostly in French and I was happy to find someone who is patient enough to wait for me to refresh my French vocabulary 🙂

Until José’s wife, Marielle arrived and showed me the room, I was sitting on the antique coach in the dark living room. The curtain was not fully open, so it resulted to this gloomy atmosphere. The paintings and drawings laying around and hanged on the wall, looked dramatic in the darkness. Nevertheless, I found the place  peaceful and quiet. I could clearly hear the clock beating.

In half an hour, the lady came and I followed her to our room. The large key was telling something about the age of the house. The furniture looked antique and had good quality.

She assured that the whole bathroom is especially for us. Although it was not ensuite, we were and showed the towels. There were special soap from Marseille and scents from Provence in the bathroom.

Things I liked + / Things I didn’t like -:

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Heimtextil and interior design EXPO review

As I was visiting the Heimtextil 2018 expo at Frankfurt am Main, Messe I want to share my photos and notes to give some insight from the event.

There was a presentation held by Kate Franklin (from FranklinTill) at 2 pm on Wednesday titled: “The future is urban”.
Main topics: Soft Minimal, Perfect imperfection, Co-living & Co-working, Maker’s space like Opendesk, Biophilia, Re-made space (reuse of recycled materials)

A few examples grabbed from the presentation:
– 13 m2 Flat by Studio Mama

Image source: http://www.studiomama.com/13m2-house

Urban nomad furniture by Hannabi

Itaca furniture system for nomads by Elena Bompani

co-living in ‘Old Oak’ London by The Collective

co-working, a house for creatives: Alma in Stockholm

My personal opinion on this:

Digital nomads, tiny homes, co-living and co-working is clearly a trend which will dominate our industry. The main reason is the housing problem in big cities which provide the workplace but less and less available homes for rent.

In the video linked above, it was mentioned that “by the end of this century, almost all of us will live in cities”. I believe we won’t see this happening. First of all because as soon as I will have the possibility to work remotely, I will take this opportunity and move out to the country side. This is just my personal taste but I think I’m not the only one who likes calm atmosphere closer to the nature.

Co-living and workshops, maker space can be a good thing though. I love to see that there is market for unique (not mass produced) products and craftsmanship can raise again.

INTERIOR – HOSPITALITY EXPO at Frankfurt Messe

Today, I’m on vacation officially 🙂
I take a small break from daily madness and going to attend the INTERIOR.ARCHITECTURE.HOSPITALITY EXPO at Frankfurt Messe which will be also chaotic!

Pictures will follow!

Retrofit for B&B – Sète, France

Location: Sète, France

This newly refurbished house is the typical reason why I prefer staying in a B&B over booking a hotel room. Hotels can be also stylish but never so ‘personal’ experience than living in someone’s home for a few days.

Sète is a small touristic town on the Mediterranean cost in France. It can be reached by car easily and on the way from Arles, across the Camargue, the surrounding nature is beautiful.

It was not easy to find the house since it’s hidden in a junction of two small one-way road. I’ve had to call the host who navigated me to the back of the house. This small newly refurbished building is originally dated from 18th century. The walls were kept and new structure was built for the duplex apartment.

The host was telling stories about the construction and planning and also about her interesting life:

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The River Retreat – India

Location: Palace Road, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur, Kerala

The River Retreat was probably the most peaceful place I’ve ever stayed till now. The facilities have had exceptional quality compared to the other Indian hotels I’ve been to. The staff was also very competent and the food was amazing. Being a guest in the River Retreat is a lifetime experience.

More about the facility itself:
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