A 99-acre domain
Just imagine... your gaze takes in the hills of Provence as far as the eye can see, settles on the formal French-style garden and its ponds, wanders along an olive grove, meets with a chapel, an orangery, stops on a remarkable tree, escapes in the fast-flowing waterfalls... The Domaine de la Baume's 99-acre grounds, lulled by the sound of cicada song, the neighing of horses and the murmuring of water, are simply sublime.
An exceptional bastide
The bastide is a majestic building, placed between the earth and the sky, with a prestigious elegance that makes it stand out. It was the last home of Bernard Buffet and a tremendous source of inspiration for the painter. In the shade of the chestnut trees, its ochre façade with bright touches provided by sky blue shutters, its stone inner courtyard and its windows that look out onto nature are an ode to Provence. Inside, the walls are adorned with the warm colours of the South, orange, emerald green, electric blue, creating the stage for a very fine collection of antique furniture. Each of the lounge areas is cosier and more delightful than the previous one, offering endless invitations to daydream a little, curl up with a book in an armchair by the fireplace, engage in animated, passionate discussions over a Provençal aperitif... One could almost forget about the shady terraces that afford panoramic views of the verdant Provençal surroundings.
Their decoration is a stylish, colourful reinterpretation of 18th century style. Inside, the decoration provides an elegant, colourful reinterpretation of 18th century style. Shades of warm colours ranging from brown to dusky pink, pale jade green to deep blue plus saffron echo prints that pay tribute to Indian printed fabrics and Toile de Jouy, which were incredibly popular during the 18th century. The tasteful drawings of stylised flowers, swaying stems in bright colours and the sophistication of everyday scenes in the form of monochrome masterpieces create an allegory to nature and the region of Provence.
Cabriolet and Bergère armchairs take their place alongside delicately painted antique furniture. Kilim rugs in deep hues adorn the parquet flooring with geometrical patterns. Objects placed here and there are a nod to the splendour of the East India Company and travelling. The arabesques and sparkling chandeliers add the final touch of panache, creating an overall atmosphere of warm, joyful elegance.
Does this not provide proof that the relevance and beauty of a place come from the subtle blend of a number of elements?
An exercise in which Jocelyne Sibuet excels.