Château Marteret is a luxurious seven-room fairy tale villa rental framed by four centuries-old cedars and set into the middle of 180 hectares of land.
How would you describe Le Château bord de Loire in a nutshell?
Le Château bord de Loire is a timeless, fully renovated property at the heart of the Sancerre wine region. It features 24 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms, a 25-metre swimming pool, a wood-fired sauna and a Nordic bath, all set within a three-hectare (eight-acre) garden. Guests can walk out the gate of our walled, private estate and explore the beautiful rolling hills and charming vineyards that surround it.
What is the story behind Le Château bord de Loire, what was your inspiration to create it?
The château was born out of a desire to create unique spaces where people can live out special moments. After 10 years of owning a restaurant and catering business in Paris, I sold it and bought a 130-year-old property in Normandy, Riverside House, which I renovated and turned into a rental vacation property.
Built in 1800 and expanded in 1900, the château is the continuity of this idea, with more space, more rooms and a much bigger garden. We opened to guests in October 2023.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Le Château bord de Loire?
While the château is 200 years old, the interior design has a timeless, mid-century modern feel. It was inspired by the famous architect Mallet Stevens’ Villa Cavrois in the north of France and Villa Necchi in Milan. My wife and I did the interior design.
The idea was to stay away from historical reenactment châteaus, which are often cold and impersonal, and to create a unique style that embraced European design from different epochs. In the château, 1960s Murano chandeliers meet early-19th-century wood-panelled salons and 1950s-style, L-shaped velour couches.
The atmosphere makes you feel at home, despite the vastness of the spaces.
To you personally, what is so special about Le Château bord de Loire?
It’s the beauty of the rolling countryside and the vineyards that surround the property, coupled with the stunning light that hits its 19th-century façade and the magical way it flows through the windows and over the 200-year-old oak floors