Wan­der

A chateau in the French re­gion of Aquitaine wel­comes cre­ativ­ity and friend­ship

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Liv­ing in French

When Sara and her fam­ily pur­chased the aban­doned chateau at Mont­fort, a lit­tle sleepy vil­lage in the French re­gion of Aquitaine near the Pyre­nees, lit­tle did they imag­ine that only a few years later, their home would be the per­fect venue for host­ing cre­ative gath­er­ings like the one or­ga­nized by Veron­ica Char­lott’s Life­style Re­treats last Oc­to­ber. Two top in­flu­encers from Nor­way, Fran­ciska Munck-Jo­hansen and Mar­i­anne Haga

Kin­der had ar­rived to teach the ins and outs of styling and pho­tog­ra­phy to a group of like­minded ‘cre­ative dream­ers’ armed with iPhones and cam­eras.

Stay­ing at the lo­cal gite, Mai­son Pebe, an el­e­gantly re­stored stone house at the en­trance of the vil­lage, the busy agenda in­cluded vis­its to a lo­cal mar­ket and a bro­cante as well as nearby vil­lages and of course plenty of pho­tog­ra­phy and styling ses­sions at the chateau. As the Au­tumn weather was still invit­ing, most of the ses­sions took place in the gar­den with ta­bles laid out beau­ti­fully by the stylists and the hosts and a pic­nic set­ting cre­ated just for the de­light of pho­tograph­ing it. We were also lucky enough to en­joy a glimpse of the in­te­ri­ors of the in­ti­mate chateau which is be­ing

dec­o­rated in a lovely style that pre­serves the his­tory of the house but is also ideal for con­tem­po­rary liv­ing. Our charm­ing host­ess, Sara, is a writer, cook and stylist who has made France her home all the way from Aus­tralia with her lovely fam­ily. She has cho­sen some ex­quis­ite wall­pa­pers by Zof­fany and Lit­tle Greene which she pairs with stylish shades of lime paint by Bauw­erk Colour with whom she col­lab­o­rates. The beau­ti­ful French style kitchen is the epi­cen­tre of life at the chateau and where meals are pre­pared with a love for sea­son­al­ity and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Sara´s fig jam with a touch of vanilla, which she made from the fig trees in the gar­den, served with lo­cal cheeses, was a de­li­cious feast. One of the vis­its, to Salies de Bearn, a pretty vil­lage in the Pyre­nees, pro­vided us with some pictorial in­spi­ra­tion and a trip to the lo­cal bro­cante made every­body wish they had brought a big­ger suit­case.. .all in all it was a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence where cre­ativ­ity and friend­ship flour­ished.

For in­for­ma­tion about the re­treats tak­ing place in 2019, visit www.veron­i­cachar­lott.com

(above) the façade and gar­den at Mai­son Pebe (be­low) de­tail at Chateau Mont­fort (right) ChateauMont­fort façade

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