September 17, 2012
“Here the concept is a 19th-century palazzo with a patina of age. But then there are a million details to get right if it’s to work as a 21st-century hotel.” (x)
Imagine spending a slow morning in the Sofia room, breakfast en famille in the kitchen, followed by a long soak in the jewel box of a bathroom: blush-pink walls and a Moorish ceiling painted in jewel tones on a background of delphinium blue, with doors open to the terrace. (x)
“Its magic gardens, the family gathering in the magnificent salon for whatever purpose: celebrations, intimate teas, evenings of films…”
All have indulgent bathrooms, luxurious linens and state-of-the-art technology. Some of the rooms have a large terrace or a Juliette balcony from which you can look down on the cloistered garden with its fruit trees and bougainvillea and the secluded 10-metre swimming pool at the far end. At night with the windows open perhaps you’ll hear the gentle splashing of the ornate baroque fountain. Fresh flowers in every room make you feel as if an aged family retainer in a starched apron has just left them there especially for you. (x)
…the high point came with Sofia’s wedding this past summer to Thomas Mars, frontman for the French band Phoenix.
“It was such a great setting,” Sofia says. “Our friends all gathered in the garden, and we had a small ceremony at the end of a trellis walk with rosé from my father-in-law’s winery, Chateau Thuerry, and prosecco at the bar after.” (x)
May 21, 2011
Eglise St Hilaire by Mathieu Lehanneur; photo by Felipe Ribon
The flowing curvilinear podium encompasses a concave baptistery while the liturgical furniture; the altar and pulpit, are made from an amber-coloured alabaster, which resembles the colour of the stone walls of this Romanesque church.