When houses be­come ho­tels

Milk Decoration - - En­glish Text - CHA­LET1864.COM TEXTS: IN­GRID BAUER

You could say they’re a ho­tel meets Airbnb cros­so­ver! We take a clo­ser look at these pri­vate homes that pro­vide a chic ho­tel ser­vice, in­clu­ding de­li­ve­ries of fresh pro­duce, a wine cel­lar and a bes­poke concierge ser­vice.

An avant-garde gues­thouse New Road Re­si­dence, Lon­don

More than six years ago, for­mer foot­bal­ler James Brown hung up his football boots and tur­ned his in­te­rest to fa­shion, de­si­gn and art with Hos­tem, a cut­ting edge concept store for men in Lon­don. The store pre­sen­ted a range of chic ob­jects and gar­ments fa­shio­ned by young and up-and-co­ming ta­lents cho­sen by James Brown to illus­trate his taste for dis­crete ele­gance, ra­ther than os­ten­ta­tious luxu­ry. A few years la­ter, Hos­tem ex­pan­ded in­to wo­mens­wear with the help of the keen eye of buyer Ch­ris­tie Fels. But the ad­ven­ture didn’t end there: in the sum­mer of 2016, James Brown and his as­so­ciate, Ch­ris­tie Fels ope­ned the New Road Re­si­dence, an art gal­le­ry of a house, a hy­brid and mul­ti­fa­cet­ted lo­ca­tion that they rent out to the lu­cky few. The idea was to of­fer a hand­ful of guests–there are just three be­drooms–a place to stay in the heart of East Lon­don, a ha­ven of fa­shion, de­si­gn and contem­po­ra­ry art. Once you step in­side and dis­co­ver the dus­ky, in­ti­mate in­ter­ior of this fours­to­rey Geor­gian town­house, once home to a dra­per, you can­not fail to be en­chan­ted. Cor­nices, a wal­led gar­den, pine wall pa­nel­ling, an open kit­chen, re­fur­bi­shed fi­re­places, a per­iod pan­ty, a pa­lette of mu­ted co­lours and the ori­gi­nal floo­ring… in short a rus­tic, mi­ni­ma­list ha­ven. A mantle of se­re­ni­ty and the ul­ti­mate in com­fort pre­side over the house. A cu­ra­ted selection of fur­ni­ture, such as Pierre Jean­ne­ret’s em­ble­ma­tic desk, Faye Too­good’s dream­like ‘Ro­ly Po­ly’ chairs and arm­chairs by Danish fur­ni­ture de­si­gner Hans J. We­gner, is jux­ta­po­sed with contem­po­ra­ry art, no­ta­bly works by Paul Lee, Lin­der’s pho­to-mon­tages and pain­tings by Lo­tha Hem­pel. By contem­pla­ting the art­work se­lec­ted by Lon­don-ba­sed Stuart Shave/ Mo­dern Art, guests can slow down the pas­sing of time. In­deed the whole house is akin to a hymn to slow­ness. Among­st other items in the house, the Crane co­ok­ware, ce­ra­mic cro­cke­ry by Skye Co­re­wi­jn and Bla­ck­creek Mer­can­tile’s ta­ble­ware are all avai­lable for sale. The ma­jes­ti­cal­ly soft and crisp Ita­lian li­nen bed li­nen is by Once Milano. The New Road Re­si­dence is one of those places you’d pre­fer to keep se­cret to make sure you are the on­ly per­son who can en­joy the in­ti­mate and vo­lup­tuous at­mos­phere of this house of cha­rac­ter. 33NE­WROAD.COM

Win­ter farm Cha­let 1864, Haute-Sa­voie

Wel­come to a win­ter won­der­land here in the ham­let of Le Grand Bor­nand, at the foot of the Ara­vis moun­tain range, where if you look up to­wards the peaks, you can catch a glimpse of Cha­let 1864, a his­to­ric buil­ding that evokes images of Hei­di and which re­minds you of your child­hood. In­ti­mate, se­ren­di­pi­tous and au­then­tic are just some of the words that come to mind as you step across the thre­shold in­to this ho­tel hid­den in the moun­tains. Since 1864, for more than a hun­dred years, the cha­let has born wit­ness to pas­to­ral life, all the time pre­ser­ving its ori­gi­nal struc­ture: a tra­di­tio­nal Sa­voyard abode. Even du­ring its re­no­va­tion no­thing was al­te­red and to­day

its si­gna­ture ver­na­cu­lar ar­chi­tec­ture re­mains un­chan­ged. Wood, li­nen, stone walls, woo­den tiles… the ve­ry es­sence of Sa­voie is om­ni­present. The cha­let’s de­co­ra­tion is not wi­thout evo­king a cer­tain ‘wa­bi’ aes­the­tic, trans­por­ting us to a state of ab­so­lute ple­ni­tude, confron­ted with the pri­me­val forces of na­ture in a re­turn to the es­sen­tial things in life. Cha­let 1864 is com­po­sed of a farm, a barn and a type of buil­ding that is known lo­cal­ly as a ‘ma­zot’. The lat­ter houses five be­drooms, a res­tau­rant, a rea­ding room and a kit­chen. Each guest is free to oc­cu­py his/her time as they see fit and at their own rhythm. While one guest is re­laxing in the li­bra­ry with a book, ano­ther may pre­fer to contem­plate the pine boughs ben­ding un­der the weight of fre­sh­ly fal­len snow. As the young chil­dren de­vour pas­tries at the ‘bar à goû­ter’ (tea­time bar), hun­gry grown-ups feast on cold meats and other lo­cal spe­cia­li­ties. Should it take your fan­cy, you can take a dip in the swim­ming pool that’s part of the spa hid­den away in the stables or en­joy a mas­sage; the more ath­le­tic will take one of the cha­let’s spe­cial pic­nics and head off to hurtle down the slopes or put on snow­shoes for a walk in the fo­rest. From a prac­ti­cal point of view, eve­ry guest has his/her own lo­cker. Luxu­ry is not os­ten­ta­tious; it is so­me­thing you sense in the lit­tle de­tails, in the care that’s ta­ken. The whole place is condu­cive to a me­di­ta­tive state, to contem­pla­ting the na­tu­ral ele­ments, whil­st ma­king the most of the cu­li­na­ry plea­sures of the moun­tains.

Newspapers in French

Newspapers from France

© PressReader. All rights reserved.