Luxe and Stylish: Chateau de Varennes, France

Chateau de Varennes is conveniently located in South Burgundy close to the famous vineyards of Beaune. The current buildings date back to the 18th century and the interior grounds boast a very impressive size of 2,000 sqm for the main building with an additional 600 sqm for the Orangery which is used as a function hall for private or professional events. When the current owners Aymeric and Sonia de Truchis de Varennes inherited the property in 2009, it was too big to keep as a holiday house for the smaller modern families. At that time, they were both working in London and their American friends working in the high-end travel industry encouraged them to refurbish the property entirely and create an ultra-luxury chateau resort. The 2-year ambitious renovation project was led by Fabrice Bejjani, a French-Lebanese interior designer known for refurbishing luxury villas in Paris and on the Mediterranean coast. Fabrice’s signature is the attention to details and the ability to mix beautifully the historic features of the Chateau with contemporary accessories. In 2012, just after its opening, the Chateau de Varennes was already named by CNN among the top ten best wedding holiday resorts worldwide. So here is an exquisite option for your that dream wedding you have dreamt about all your life.

Grand salon (first floor)

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This sumptuous reception room is dating back to the building of the property in the 18th century. Its original decor and furnishings were carefully maintained throughout the time. Lavish silk curtains and a white marble chimney are matching perfectly with the splendid Versailles parquet floor. Romantic paintings of the four seasons are displayed on each corner of the room, showing the then dominant influence of Marie-Antoinette’s taste for pastoral scenes. Silver tea set engraved with the family coat of arms : family collection, Tea cups : Hermes, Vase : Zoeppritz

Marie-Antoinette suite (first floor)

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The Marie-Antoinette suite is adorned with a classical wallpaper featuring a very original silver pattern standing out of a soft purple background. This makes it look like a modern’s queen boudoir. The impressive high ceilings are balanced with more cosy fabrics used for the bed furnishings (velvet and tweed). The classic Louis XVI medallion chairs were upholstered with matching purple velvet and the silk curtains were also custom made. All the fabrics and soft furnishings used in this suite were sourced at Osborne & Little in London. Carpet : Zoeppirtz, Cashmere shawl : Jab, Cushions : apartment 9 India, Hand bag : Louis Vuitton, Notebook : Christian Lacroix, Tea cups : Fleux, Tray : Habitat, Vase : Coming B, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts, Wallpaper : Osborne & Little, Water jug : Fleux

Music lounge (first floor)

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The music lounge is where all the guests gather for tea time or for drinks. Adorned with family portraites and painted in a classic pale grey similar to the iconic grey shade used in Dior stores, it has not changed much since the 18th century. The precious Italian ivory-inlaid ebony cabinet and the Louis XV chairs are precious family treasures as well as the authentic Murano glass chandelier which was brought back from Venice in the early 19th century. The contemporary accessories are bringing more joyful vibes to the otherwise very classical lounge. Clock : Joy de Rohan Chabot, Fur bedspread : Zoeppritz, Lamp 1 (left side of the sofa) Jeremy Cole, Lamp 2 (right) : Corep, Paint : La Seigneurie, Sofa and table : custom-made, Stool : Exsud, Turquoise jars : Fleux.

Princess suite (first floor)

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Offering a lot of space and painted in elegant neutral colors like vanilla cream and off- white, the spectacular Princess suite is often used as a honeymoon suite. The wooden stand tailor-mannequin and the velvet sofa dating back to the 18th century are both vintage treasures from the family collection. The ceiling medallions are displaying lion heads which are edged with a delicate gold line. This gold line is also repeated in the en- suite bathroom. Bed head board, curtains : Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings, Cushions and bed cover : Jab, Hand bag : Cartier, Hat box : Country Casa, Paint : La Seigneurie, Shawl : Zoeppritz, Sofa : family collection, Vases : SMJ, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts. The Princess bathroom was custom made with marbles from Italy. The strip made with gold coated mosaic tiles is a subtle reference to the gold edge of the master room’s ceilings. Bath towel : Pretty linge, Gold coated mosaic tiles : Bisazza, Marble basin : custom made by Cristal marble, Tap : Hansgrohe, Toiletries : Eden Park et Exvoto, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts.

Kitchen (ground floor)

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The kitchen was custom made by a local carpenter. Custom designed built-in include storage cabinets and a recessed display wall for storing small kitchen equipment. The vintage farm table and the modern pink chairs are conveying a joyful and relaxed atmosphere in contrast with the more neutral shades of the kitchen cabinets. With the attached pantry, the kitchen spans 100 square meters and the professional equipment allow the meal preparation for the 30 resident guests. Another large professional kitchen is available in the Orangery for big catered events. Cake stand : Habitat, Chairs : Habitat, Lamps : Hind Rabii, Paint : Farrow and Ball, Resident pastry chef : Muriel Arcos, Roller shades : Linum, Tea cups : Fleux, Tray : Habitat

Main dining room (ground floor)

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While the elegant lounges on the first floor are very similar to reception rooms of a Parisian “hotel particulier”, the main dining room reminds one of an English gentleman’s library. This was actually the purpose of this room until the previous dining room (which was located in the current Princess suite) was moved from the first floor to this more convenient location on the ground floor. The wood panels were custom built by a local carpenter with oak trees from the property woods. The huge table extends to seat up to 25 guests. Another smaller dining room is available next to the main dining room and is used for children’s meals. Black candleholders : Conran Shop, Chicken wire cloche (cloche en fil de fer grillagé) :Un esprit en plus Porcelain plates and silverware with coat of arms : family collection, Tablecloth : tailor made, White candleholders : Bougies la Française, White low flower vase (coupe blanche) : Coming B

Jeanne suite (second floor)

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The Jeanne suite is one of the 4 rooms on the second floor which were painted in 16 different shades of grey (4 different shades of grey were used for each room : walls, doors, door frames, ceiling, ). In order to contrast with this neutral background, a fifth color is used in each en-suite marble bathroom as well as for the soft furnishings (curtains, beddings and seat covers). All these bedrooms are equipped with ultra king size beds allowing them to be transformed into twins if necessary. The Jeanne suite is the only room to feature built-in shelves which replaced a former fireplace. The simplicity of the Louis XVI sofa is matching well with the authentic wood flooring, the exposed beams and the sober wall lamps. Bed head board, bed spread, upholstered sofa, cushions, curtains : tailor made with Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings. Hand bag : Thursday Friday, Lamps : Stéphane Davidts, Yellow bed cover : Zoeppritz

Louise suite (second floor)

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The designer Fabrice Bejjani used an autumnal colour palette to soften the bright natural light due to the double exposure of the Louise suite. With East-facing exposure, the master room is providing a superb sunrise view on the private Chapel of the chateau. The. An open walk in wardrobe was built behind the headboard and the study room is overlooking the pool and French gardens. Except for the Marie-Antoinette suite which is decorated with Osborne and Little fabrics, all the other bedrooms are appointed with exceptionally high quality fabrics and soft furnishings provided by Dedar, the famous Italian brand who just created a joint venture with Hermes. Bed head board, bed spread, upholstered chair, cushions, curtains : tailor made with Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings. Fur bed cover : Zoeppritz, Orange boxes : Sarah Lavoine, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts

Chapel outdoor by David Brenot chapel indoor_by DB Chapel

Chapel, Chateau de Varennes

After the destruction of the village church during the French Revolution, the owners of the Chateau de Varennes decided to rebuild a new church on their premises. Due to various hiccups including the first World War, the Chapel was only completed in 1920 but its timeless architecture took inspiration from the romanesque style of the Middle Ages. The capacity is 80 guests and it is frequently used for many celebrations. It is quite unique that a private chapel can host Catholic weddings and christenings.

Chateau de Varennes cocktail area LD Outdoors

Aerial view Chateau de Varennes

With 100 hectares of private land, the property is offering substantial space for big functions and for practicing various sports including clay-pigeon shooting. A big cocktail area is set in front of the main chateau with fields and woods on one side and French gardens on the other side.

Pool area

Pool area + weddings at Chateau de Varennes

The heated pool is quite large (16m) and is equipped with luxury outdoor furniture by the famous brand Kettal. The fully renovated pool house is featuring a kitchenette, a shower, a changing room and toilets.

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Images- Alexandra Meurant

Travel Diaries; Paris, France

I don’t think there is anything I can say which can describe Paris. Nor do the pictures I have actually do justice to some parts of the city. I feel some things I won’t be able to express and others I you might not agree with, so instead decided to leave you with a few images and few quotes which maybe describe Paris. Here is a Photo essay,part one of my Week dedicated to Paris

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life-Thomas Jefferson

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Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White

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Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obssesions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes- Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

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You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden- Allen Ginsberg

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When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. -Henry Miller

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I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace-Natalie Lloyd

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Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris- Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study, for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can’t paint in Paris, you’d better give up and marry the boss’s daughter―Alan Jay Lerner

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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina

Dream Home: by Francois Champsaurs at Marseille, France

In the heart of Marseille, in the La Joliette district, Francois Champsaur has completed his renovation and redevelopment of a 150m2 apartment. Situated on the top floor of a recently renovated building by Adrien Champsaur Architecture, the apartment overlooks the MuCEM, a new museum of civilisations from Europe and the Mediterranean, designed by Rudy Riciotti, and which is due to open in 2013.The apartment comprises of a sitting room, two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, a kitchen and a patio. The sitting room offers the widest space, since it has been cleared of all fixtures and fittings (no cupboards or storage space) and enjoys a high ceiling. To counter balance this height, the whole of the space is occupied with a few pieces of fairly low furniture, but all in a XXL version. In a non-conventional manner, the bookcase has been placed in the corridor, on the highest wall of the apartment. As such, it structures the central space and acts at the same time as a corridor and walkway.The renovation of the attic allowed for the creation of a roof terrace, or patio, which opens entirely out over the apartment, constituting an ‘exterior room’ and covered in wood in its interior section. With real wells of light, the patio consequently offers clarity and outlooks from every view-point. The whole complex is very open and light, and is unified by the use of the same flooring (for every surface, including the patio), which is regulated by the lay-out or walk-ways covered in black tinted oak, creating a graphic effect, and outlined by the alternating black and white, and horizontal/vertical axes.

Wiggle side chair, designed by Frank Gehry (1972), in corrugated cardboard. Vitra edition.Wiggle stool, designed by Frank Gehry, in corrugated cardboard, gusset in white lacquered hardboard. Vitra edition.‘ROUE DE CLEMENT’ mirror-light fixture, designed by Pascal Michalou. Outer ring in clear oak.‘SONIA’ stool, designed by Sergio Rodriguez (1997), Classicon edition. Handmade solid eucalyptus wood.Oak parquet flooring, ‘gris flamant’ shade.‘BLUFF’ coffee table, designed by India Mahdavi. Walnut finish, white and black lacquer.‘BEL AIR’ upholstered sofa, designed by Francois Champsaur.‘COCOON’ lamp, designed by Paola Navone.Low cabinet, designed by Francois Champsaur, in natural oak with 2 sliding doors in black lacquered metal.

 

‘CLOUD’ suspension light by Frank Gehry, Belux edition.‘DIGAMMA’ armchair, designed by Ignazio Gardella, Santa and Cole edition. Adjustable upholstered armchair in black velvet.‘PEPPER’ coffee table, designed by Francois Champsaur, Pouenat edition. Stained brushed oak base and lacquered aluminium table top in matte blue.Oak parquet flooring, ‘gris flamant’ shade.

 

‘HEAVEN’ Garden chair, designed by Jean-Marie Massaud, Emu edition.‘PEPPER’ outdoor table, designed by Francois Champsaur, Pouenat edition. Lacquered aluminium table top in matte brown and lacquered aluminium base in matte white. Linen embroidery, in Cross colour 03 natural.‘RAR’ rocking chair by Charles and Ray Eames, in poppy red. Vitra edition.‘BLUFF’ coffee table, designed by India Mahdavi. Walnut finish, white and black lacquer.Wiggle side chair, designed by Frank Gehry (1972), in corrugated cardboard. Vitra edition.Wiggle stool, designed by Frank Gehry, in corrugated cardboard, gusset in white lacquered hardboard. Vitra edition.

‘CLOUD’ suspension light by Franck Gehry (2005), Belux edition.‘CHERNER’ chair, designed by Norman Cherner (1958), in Stella Orange.Oak parquet flooring, ‘gris flamant’ shade.‘RAVEL’ terracotta pot. Cascais stone kitchen worktop.‘CONTAINER’ table, designed by Marcel Wanders, Moooi edition.

 

Black stained oak veneer bookcase, matte varnish.‘CHERNER’ chair, designed by Norman Cherner (1958), in Stella Orange.Oak parquet flooring, ‘gris flamant’ shade.Kitchen unit designed by Francois Champsaur, in stained oak veneer, matte varnish.Linen head board. ‘TMH’ standard lamp, designed by Miguel Mila (1961), Santa and Cole edition.‘SONIA’ stool, designed by Sergio Rodriguez (1997), Classicon edition.3 panel curtains in ticking fabric. Bench designed by Francois Champsaur. Base in oak and solid oak veneer. Sanded and black stained finish.

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The allure of France

France has been every girls fantasy destination. The romance it spells is the stuff dreams are made of and ofcourse some of the best romantic movies like Before Sunset (my all time favourite movie), Amelie and ofcourse Paris je’ Taime. Walk along the gorgeous Eiffel Tower backdropped by the River Seine.Sit by a charming French bistro, or have a picnic by the river banks, – every corner of Paris makes for excellent spots to romance your loved one. By night, the city seduces you with its elegant flair. But I want to concentrate on more than just the romantic aspect of Paris or France. I am referring to the amazing French Style, from the fashion to the decor to the architecture and food everything has its own charm. From the gourmet food, the breads, wine and cheese, pastries to the design houses like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Yves St Laurent, France truly epitomises style and elan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage French style inspires me as much as the modern look. Now that we all are in agreement that the French Style is undoubtedly amazing here are tips to re-create it at home. Starting with ofcourse the basic, furniture. Speaking of which, The Great Eastern Home unveils its most recent addition to its classical furniture with an exclusive range of Louis XVI French Furniture Collection.This exquisite range from The Great Eastern Homedawns a classic look that promises to transform a living room into a Classical French Ambiance, a place where you will feel like you’re in a luxurious French suite. As a part of the Louis XVI French Furniture Collection, The Great Eastern Home also offers a range of French mirrors, dining table and other furniture masterpieces that are available in limited editions. The Louis XVI French Furniture Collection is a tribute to people who love the feel of classic styled furniture and who want to give their home a classical French feel.

Add these products to complete that French inspiration to your house or a room in your house.

Towel rack, House of Ishatvam
Marie Antoinette Chandelier, Bisazza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maisons Enchantant dinner collection, Hermes
Carved Mirror, Chelini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a last note, since we are always talking about French Pastries, here is an old shoot of mine, with recipes to recreate the same at home. Oh and Delhi’s first French Bistro, Rara Avis opened doors to us this week. Review to follow soon