Friday, October 2, 2009


The Luberon is not the Cote D'Azur.  Instead of glamour, yachts, and Belle Epoch villas, you get mountains, forests, farmhouses, quiet roads and, in this case, a former monastery turned into a fantastic home for Daniel Vial.  He restored and made livable this 11th and 12th century priory surrounded by the forests of the Aiguebrun Valley.  His summer living room, above, is the former chapel.  This Provence is more my speed.

The pool has been built below the priory so it doesn't disturb the harmony of the original design.

The kitchen (forgive the crease in the scan) in a newer wing carved into the hillside, is also the winter living room.  I love the idea of using a big, soaring summer room and a low, cozy winter room to alternate living from season to season.  And that fireplace is epic.

Great floor tiles, a Renaissance fireplace surround... and some sketches by da Vinci adorn the study.

The bedroom.

Look at that isolation of the bell tower in the woods.  Nothing better.

Images via WOI

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