Montaurand Private Suite

Charente, SW France

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Chic Gustavian French Fusion style

Set in rolling French forests of the Charente is this stunning home full of Scandinavian style and serenity. Stay in this beautiful Chambres d’hotes (private suite) and retreat among the muted tones or use it as a base to explore this diverse and fascinating region.

The Location

With wild deer and sheep as the nearest neighbours this slice of Scandi chic is a gloriously quiet spot. Entering through the iron gates and heading up the gravel drive you feel transported back in time, but in reality you’re also superbly located for touring this part of France. Just 20km from Angouleme, with its historic centre full of winding streets and squares, the brocante antiques markets of the Charente and Dordogne and you’re also close to the Cognac and Bordeaux regions and the liquid gold that they offer.

Fly to Bordeaux or Limoges, both of which link via the TGV to Angouleme in 25 minutes. A car gives you greater freedom to explore and the location also makes it a great stopping off point if you’re heading further south.

  • The pale, warm, muted palette of the house and the suite make for an instantly relaxing environment. Beautifully styled as it is, it’s also designed to be welcoming and friendly
  • Heading off to the Brocante (French vintage) markets to spot your own piece of stylish homeware. Your hosts can even arrange a guide to help you find the best pieces
  • Jumping in the car and exploring beautiful and historic nearby towns, like Aubeterre, Riberac or Brantome – an elegant town on the banks of the Dronne with an imposing abbey overlooking the river
  • The Master bedroom of the suite at Montaurand is spacious with very special healing mattresses and views across fields and forest. Lovely
  • This region is amazing for food and wine lovers. There’s a real trend for organic wines which are worth seeking out – with the help of Jo – plus some incredible culinary delights. Their friend Natalie runs la locavore restaurant about 10 minutes from their house specialising in carefully locally sourced produce beautifully cooked in a sinple country style and an intriguing wine list
  • Beautifully decorated large and light suite for two or three
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • For three of you an extra single bed can be provided at €75 per night
  • Smashing locally produce French style breakfast is served in the lovely dining room
  • Petit salon in the suite for reading, coffee or as a dressing room
  • The house is set in extensive grounds with a lovely sun drenched courtyard, all available for you to explore
  • Wifi and parking available to guests

Madeleine and Jo are passionate about style and have been featured regularly in the international design press for their very special homes. They have renovated Montaurand using Madeleine’s unique fusion of Swedish Gustavian and French Brocante style to create this warm, stylish and welcoming French retreat. They share the maison de maitre with their various animals, including their 11 Skudde sheep. Outside of running their suite and home they also run Swedish Interior Design which is Europe’s leading specialist in Swedish Gustavian, Biedermeier and Art Deco antiques and mora clocks – www.swedishinteriordesign.co.uk

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Montaurand Private Suite

Charente, SW France

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    Montaurand Private Suite

    Charente, SW France

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