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:
+ the construction work was done by his brother who is an architect with help of their friends.
+ the pond in the garden was kept and fishes are living there right now although it was almost put in the garbage during the construction madness.
+ despite the full glazed walls there is privacy in the bedroom and living room but not in the garden
+ a wood burning stove is the only heating in the house which is enough due to the big pipe running up through the bedroom
+ stylish interior with geometrical patterns, cement and mosaic tiles, steel stair structure, rush flooring in the bedroom, unique piece of decoration
– the garden is visible from the neighbour apartments
– the accessibility of the second floor through the stairs can be problematic for people with special needs or children
Location of the restaurant ‘La Ola’: 201 Promenade du Lido, 34200 Sete, France