Theme: Art Galleries & Interior Design

Houses with art galleries, artists’ studios or shops selling furniture and ornaments kan you find in our selection of charming B&Bs, country houses (gites) and small hotels

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La Maison d’Hector

Saint Mard de Réno/, France

This B&B is named after Hector, the Jack Russell terrier belonging to Pierre-Yves, and he is omnipresent, in the decor, on the sign and business stationery and you may also bump into him in real life! This traditional Le Perche longhouse has been carefully converted into a B&B by Pierre-Yves, who is an interior designer. He has given each room its own personality: the entrance hall where guests are welcomed and can leave their shoes; the richly-decorated lounge filled with books, magazines, engravings and other unusual ornaments and the cosy dining room, where gourmet breakfasts, including home-made jams and pastries, are served. On request, Pierre-Yves will prepare set-menu evening meals using vegetables, herbs and fruit from his garden. Upstairs, the guest bedrooms will surprise you with their interesting colours, their furniture and ornaments picked up here and there and their ensuite shower rooms. Their names tell you something about the philosophy that guides your hosts: ‘’Mauvaises graines’’, ‘’Belles de nuit’’ and ‘’Poules de luxe’’ which refer to the herbs, flowers and chickens in the garden. The pretty Perche region is not short of attractions, including churches, manor houses, gardens and jumble sales, not to mention the themed weekends organised at the B&B in each season of the year.

 

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Les Chambres de l’abbaye

Saint Germer de Fly, France

This B&B is located opposite the abbey in the pretty village of St Germer-de-Fly, on the border between Picardy and Normandy. It is a huge, long building, with a garden on one side and an orchard on the other, making it a veritable haven of greenery and calm. An artist’s studio has recently been added to house the works of Jean-François Comte, a talented painter who is also a film director and writer. His paintings decorate the walls of every room in the house. Upstairs, the guest bedrooms named ‘’La flèche du parthe’’ and ‘’L’amour des trois losanges’’ ooze charm. They are spacious, furnished with traditional furniture and the latter has a beautiful ensuite bathroom. The two other guest bedrooms are in the attic and are smaller but cosier. On certain evenings, Chloé prepares tasty meals in her kitchen using fresh produce from small, local producers. The elegant, generous breakfasts offer a range of fresh fruit, farmhouse cheese and home-made cakes and pastries. The surrounding area is rich in historic buildings and other attractions, including abbeys, chateaux, listed villages and unusual gardens. The B&B’s location on the London-Paris Green Route makes it an ideal, upmarket overnight stop for cyclo-tourists.

 

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Du Coq à l’Ane

Flevy, France

The exterior of this house, which was part of an eighteenth-century group of buildings including a dovecote, a bread oven and other outbuildings, certainly does not hint at what you will find inside! For your host is an artist, a real one who can work in any medium. Paintings, sculptures, lamps, tables, mirrors, cupboards…all are recovered, changed and transformed. They are in every room of the house, particularly in the former barn which is now used as a lounge, dining room and gallery. Breakfast is served there at a beautiful long stone table, on pretty ceramic plates. Pascal also runs workshops there and the space can also host receptions, dinners and other creative activities. On the ground floor, the ‘’Patine et Lin’’ bedroom overlooks the garden, and has a small lounge area with a single sofabed. Upstairs, the ‘’Piment & Cerise’’, ‘’Danse avec les vues’’ and ‘’Souvenirs de belles choses’’ bedrooms overlook the “Entrelacs”, a beautiful space with a lounge area and kitchenette. All the rooms are coloured, lit and decorated with works of art by Pascal. An unusual address where, if you love art, you will make many discoveries. As it is located a few kilometres from Metz, you could include a visit to the Pompidou Centre there during your stay.

 

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La Maison d’hôtes du Parc

Ronchamp, France

Ronchamp is best-known for its chapel by Le Corbusier, built in 1955 on a hilltop with the Vosges mountains in the background. It can be seen from miles away, like a beacon among the foliage of the forests that surround it. Located in the former mining village at the bottom of the hill, “Les Hôtes du Parc” is a pretty early twentieth-century villa which welcomes travellers. The River Rahin flows nearby and the B&B has a pretty landscaped garden, which is a haven of calm and freshness. The charming house has been skillfully converted into a B&B by Emmanuel and Marc. A delightful atmosphere is created inside by inherited furniture, porcelain, silverware, lamps, paintings and ornaments, starting with the lounge and the dining room, where breakfast and evening meals are served. Emmanuel prepares the evening meals and offers a range of specialities of the Franche-Comté, prepared using the freshest ingredients, and inspired by the dishes cooked for him by his grandmother. The guest bedrooms and suites upstairs are very cosy, with their patterend fabrics on the walls, their curtains and pelmets, their marquetry furniture and their standard lamps. The suites on the top floor are more spacious and have small lounges, where a third person could sleep) and large bathrooms. A refined address whose owners are attentive and skilled in welcoming their guests, interior design and cooking and generally “doing things well”.

 

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Quay des Anges

St Quay-Portrieux, France

The facade of the “Quay des Anges” is decorated with charming dark blue woodwork and brightly-coloured baskets. The building has a teashop, an upmarket interiors shop and a paint-effects workshop, as well as a B&B with three beautiful ground-floor rooms opening onto the garden. The wallpaper and paint that decorate the interiors are from the stylish Farrow & Ball range. In addition, the beds have pretty sheets and embroidered bedcovers. The ensuite bathrooms are hidden behind antique, time-patinated wooden doors. Breakfast is served in the teashop, and includes home-made pancakes, cakes, seasonal fruit salad, organic yogurt and jams. On request, you can enjoy a relaxing massage or borrow bicycles. There are plans to install a jacuzzi soon. The harbour and the sea are a 200m walk away, where you can enjoy the beach or take a boat trip. You can also explore the beautiful villages and Breton churches of the “Emerald Coast” on foot, by bicycle or by car.

 

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Gîte du Tapissier

Polignac , France

“Le gîte du Tapissier” (“The Upholsterer’s House) is hidden in the pretty hilltop village of Cheyrac a few kilometres from the town of Le Puy en Velay, in the Haute Loire district, which has an international reputation, not only for its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, but also as the most popular of the French starting points of the Santiago de Compostella Pilgrims’ Way. The volcanic origins of the surrounding countryside are impressive, and most of the town’s houses are built of black volcanic stone. Sylvie and Philippe’s home is built of the same stone and dates back to the fifteenth century. They have carefully restored it in the most environmentally friendly way. In different parts of the house are upholstery workshops, a gite and three B&B guest rooms. You will see Philippe’s handiwork in the home-made upholstery of the armchairs and the headboards of the beds. Each guest bedroom has a pretty private shower room. Guests also have access to the living room with its huge library, as well as to several relaxation areas in the garden. Evening meals are not available, except for light meals for cyclists or walkers, but there are plent of restaurants nearby. You can also combine your stay with one of Philippe’s courses where he will reveal the secrets of upholstery, lining with fabric and other decorative techniques. Indeed, the B&B’s name is most appropriate!

 

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Place des Nobles

Cuiseaux , France

Located between Burgundy and the Jura, the mediaeval village of Cuiseaux oozes charm, with its beautiful pale stone houses, its arcaded square, its wash-house and its ramparts. It even has a charming B&B, “La Place des Nobles”, opposite two rows of chestnut trees in a restored and converted eighteenth-century house, completely redecorated and furnished by its very creative owners. Each room is its own special creation, with floor, walls and ceiling all designed and executed by Patrick Trouillet, who also collected the furniture and ornaments, including beautiful wooden sculptures and paintings by his friends. You will not know where to look, there is so much to look at, read or discover. The large living room and open kitchen set the tone with a pizza oven acting as a reminder of the owners’ previous business. The guest rooms and family suite upstairs are similarly very spacious, each accompanied by a private bathroom across the hall or up a small staircase. The colours are warm and traditional and the paintings and ornaments are amusing. The family suite on the second floor is made up of two large bedrooms, one of which has a lounge area and bathroom. Recently named a “Painters Village”, after Puvis de Chavannes and Vuillard, who lived and worked here, Cuiseaux is a fitting location for this B&B.

 

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Château de Grenier

Saint-Léger , France

There is no doubt about the charm of this B&B. It combines with the atmosphere here to create everything a guest could wish for in a B&B. Chantal and Patrice Breton le Grelle are enthusiastic restorers of old buildings who have real artistic talent and a passionate interest in the arts. Patrice is an estate agent, always on the lookout for charming houses and chateaux. In his spare time he is a sculptor. Chantal’s artistic talent is expressed in other media, such as the warm, bright colours used to decorate this house. The couple also organise classes, courses and exhibitions around their studio. The spacious guest bedrooms and bathrooms invite you to linger. The Château de Grenier is surrounded by a park with trees and is located at the confluence of three rivers whose names evoke the South-West: the Garonne, the Lot and the Baïse. You can explore the charming hilltop village of Prayssas, the town of Nérac or the Buzet vineyards, or simply wander around the Lot & Garonne district, often nicknamed “Little Tuscany”. As in all the land of Cockaigne, the surrounding region has a wide choice of excellent places to eat, such as “Le Goujon qui frétille” and “Le Vignoble” less than 5km away, and recommended by your hosts. In addition to the charming atmosphere of the house, meeting the couple who own it will be an unmissable pleasure for those who stay at the Château de Grenier.

 

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A la Fontaine de Grégoire

Saint Urcize , France

It is certainly worth the effort required to get to this beautiful B&B at the heart of the village of St Urcize, in the Aubrac district. The village is perched on top of a hill and is full of old houses built of limestone and schist stone, and has narrow lanes and fountains and a beautiful Romanesque church that is on the pilgrims’ way to Santiago di Compostella. This rather austere eighteenth-century building was a lawyer’s house, then the village school, and now its rendered walls hide a surprising B&B. Fred and Isabelle have let their inner collectors, interior designers and artists run wild. They have re-used old building materials, furniture and ornaments to create their own special world, which pays homage to the famous people after whom the five guest bedrooms are named: Georges Sand, the Comtesse de Ségur, Maximilien Robespierre, the Marquis de Sade and the Marquis de Condorcet. The guest bedrooms are very spacious and each has a beautiful bathroom with a bath and shower, with wood-panelled walls. In the attic under the beautiful rafters is a huge space with an office area, a sofa and a lounge where guests can relax and enjoy delightful views of the surrounding countryside. Huge paintings by François and life-size portraits of friends and animals decorate the walls of the house. Breakfast is served in the huge guests’ dining room, on a large table with pretty linen and crockery, opposite the open fire. A warmly welcoming address in the beautiful Aubrac district which is both austere and attractive.

 

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La Grande Maison

Chanteuges , France

Located on the edge of the hilltop village of Chanteuges, La Grande Maison enjoys spectacular views over the Desges valley. Narrow stone paths wind through the village around beautiful houses built of basalt stone and terraced gardens overflowing with vegetation. This large fifteenth-century house has five floors with a large vaulted cellar, which can be used for receptions or exhibitions. On the ground floor is a beautiful, huge dining room with a lounge area and an open kitchen, where delicious lunches and dinners are concocted for the B&B guests and the neighbours. On the first floor are more reception rooms and the street entrance. Each floor opens onto terraces or gardens where guests can relax in the open air. The guest bedrooms are on the two upper floors and are accessed down long corridors. They have wooden floors and ceilings, pretty furniture and ornaments picked up here and there and pastel-hued walls, which give them lots of timeless charm. Marloes has used her artist’s eye to choose the colours, furniture and ornaments with talent and creativity. Her studio and gallery is a short distance away in the village, and she offers drawing, painting, photography, music, singing, creative writing and philosophy classes in the summer months.

 

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