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A Glamorous Farmhouse in Southwest France by Studio Maclean

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A Glamorous Farmhouse in Southwest France by Studio Maclean

May 8, 2017

Back in 2003, London-based interior designer Jason Maclean and his business partner, Amanda Gillis, purchased an 1850s stone farm that was in a state of ruin. Located in the hamlet of Hautefage in the Lot-et-Garonne region in the southwest of France, it came with a houseful of restorable original features, an astonishing 1,600-square-foot granary in its roof, and the perfect place to install a pool. Maclean and a group of handy friends moved to France for a few months and worked seven days a week until the job was complete: “It took us almost two months just to remove a century’s worth of oil paint from everything.”

Here’s the good news: The house is available to rent for six weeks between June and September. Not surprisingly, Maclean and Gillis reserve the remaining time for themselves.

Photography courtesy of Studio Maclean.

the pool overlooks two cattle barns that surround the house. &#8\2\20;it 9
Above: The pool overlooks two cattle barns that surround the house. “It was a maison de maître (landowner’s house),” Maclean tells us, “which means they generally used better building materials.”
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Above: Maclean and a friend built the walls and steps of the kitchen courtyard from stones gathered on the property.

The pattern on the table is one of the Hautefage’s several custom designs by the fashion house Eley Kishimoto—motto: “Print the world.” (Maclean had recently completed the company’s London showroom when he was at work on the house.) Admiring the chairs? Take a look at Zangra’s New Take on Classic School Chairs.

 &#8\2\20;from the exterior, you wouldn&#8\2\17;t know that this space 12
Above: “From the exterior, you wouldn’t know that this space existed; it can only be accessed from a staircase hidden in a kitchen cupboard,” says Maclean of the granary attic turned living room loft, his favorite part in the house.

“The farm hadn’t been used for 50 years when we bought it. We restored the poplar beams, installed the ceilings and lighting, and pretty much left the floors as we found them.” Maclean also introduced a two-sided gas fireplace and, rather than introducing farmhouse classics, furnished the space and others with an inspired ensemble of 20th-century greats, including, shown here, midcentury Ercol armchairs.

after taking down walls to open up the kitchen, maclean and crew installed sub 13
Above: After taking down walls to open up the kitchen, Maclean and crew installed subway tile trucked in from London and Tisettanta’s Elam kitchen system cabinets with stainless steel counters.
most of the light fixtures, including the kitchen sconces and ceiling light, ar 14
Above: Most of the light fixtures, including the kitchen sconces and ceiling light, are custom reissues from longstanding UK lighting designer Robert Welch. The cabinets are painted Dulux’s Pebble Mosaic.
an arne jacobsen swan sofa from \1958 (the year the design was first issued) s 15
Above: An Arne Jacobsen Swan Sofa from 1958 (the year the design was first issued) stands against Eley Kishimoto wallpaper designed and hand-screened for the house. Note the pale gray wide baseboards against the modern damask.
villla hautefage bathroom pedestal sink
Above: Select walls in the same guest room (complete with sink and dressing table) are covered with the custom Eley Kishimoto wallpaper; the Antelope chair is by Ernest Race.
hautfarge curtained bed
Above: More Eley Kishimoto in the bedroom.

By converting the former laundry and boiler room, Maclean and team were able to carve out a total of five bedrooms. The house sleeps up to eight.

british arts and crafts oak beds come with striped duvets made by a woman in th 18
Above: British Arts and Crafts oak beds come with striped duvets made by a woman in the next village.
original french doors open to a terrace in another bedroom with its own sink. m 19
Above: Original French doors open to a terrace in another bedroom with its own sink. Maclean says the standing lamp came from a junk shop.
stone meets subway tile in the basement bedroom, which features a marc newson b 20
Above: Stone meets subway tile in the basement bedroom, which features a Marc Newson bathtub and an Antelope chair. The terracotta floor tiles are locally made.

The house is set between the medieval villages of Penne D’Agenais and Pujol, Maclean reports, and near great restaurants and weekly markets. For rental details, inquire with Studio Maclean.

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