Nicharee Phatitit visits the one-of-a-kind home of Jantana and Michael Selby on the banks of the Nakhon Chai Si River in Sam Phran and marvels at a rural residence fit for a top dog
Jantana and Michael Selby’s extensive Sam Phran home has been a long time in the making but as Nicharee Phatitit discovers, today the couple share a beautiful riverside haven with their beloved pooches
On entering the grounds of Siam Crown Kennel, the specialist Malinois dog-breeding and training centre owned by Jantana and Michael Selby, one has to traverse a long drive bisecting a vast lawned area. In the distance three white domes glow bright in the sunlight—Michael Selby’s private observatory. We aim for the spot and it is a relief to reach the large, leafy trees that form a canopy over a pathway that leads to the residential part of the complex.
The sister of Nattaya Wongsanguan of Coffee Bean by Dao and eye surgeon Dr Parnnate Pangputthipong, Jantana’s home is one element of a 20-acre site that includes not only the kennel business but also separate accommodation for her siblings. While a golf buggy is available to ferry residents and guests around the expansive compound, the walk to the main cluster of buildings offers a scenic stroll along a wooden walkway through verdant gardens and past a pretty lotus pond. Our destination is a colourful sitting room on the ground floor of the Selby’s residence. “Initially this room housed Michael’s gym and a spa area for me. However, as time went on we decided to move the gym next to the aviary in another part of the building and I got my space back,” Jantana laughs.
The room forms a long rectangle lit by an abundance of natural light. A sunken circular space is filled with colourful throws and pillows that bring to mind the story-telling room in Arabian Nights. The decor, Jantana explains, is inspired by the couple’s love of Istanbul. “We both enjoy visiting the city. If I wanted to go to another country, say Japan, Michael might be reluctant and vice versa, but we’ve never argued about going to Istanbul.” Looking at the eclectic soft furnishings that imbue the room with a kaleidoscopic quality, Jantana goes on to say that the décor remains a work in progress. “The first time we went to Turkey, I bought four or five pillows specifically for this room. I didn’t give it much thought but after throwing them into the circular recess there, I felt they really complemented each other and the space.”
The lotus fresco hanging on the hallway wall reflects the actual lotus pond outside