Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?
After leaving Paris a few years ago we settled in a village house in the Fontainebleau area. However, we soon realised that what we really wanted was to live in the heart of the forest. Finding the ideal property was not easy because our jobs as a painter and a writer require easy access to the capital. The former owner, who built the house about forty years ago, told us all about its construction when we first discovered the place. The setting had already enchanted us, but the property’s history is what truly convinced us.
What can you offer people staying with you ?
Space and time merge into one here. The landscape and light evoke unexpected echoes of the south of France as the scotch pine, oak and birch trees mingle with the sandy chaos of the hill. The architecture of the house with stone, glass and wood is reminiscent of the ‘cabins’ found in the North of the USA or Canada. The swimming pool on the large wooden terrace also has similarities with the 'lodges' in African wildlife reserves. This mixture of features creates a unique and harmonious setting, a place where we maintain a special and benevolent relationship with nature. The hours here are not measured by the hands of a clock, but by the sound of birds awakening at dawn, squirrels passing through the pines, and the strange merry-go-round of three pigeons (former residents of the dovecote) at the same hour in front of the terrace. An owl signals that it is time for bed in the evenings.