Set in beautiful Uzès, L'Albiousse is a lovingly renovated 18th century B&B with an exquisite courtyard and five comfortable bedrooms.
What is the story behind Maison Duroy, what was your inspiration to create it?
It has always been our dream to create a home in the countryside that we share and where we enable exciting encounters with people from all over the world.
When I turned 50, in 2018, I told my wife Sylvia that I was going to quit my job or we would never get the project started. So that is what I did – and the dream started to become true.
We knew we were looking to buy in the south of France, so we started around Bordeaux with a shortlist of 50 houses that we visited in January 2019. One was Maison Duroy and although the house was in rather unloved condition, we immediately fell in love with it and the keys were handed over in August.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Maison Duroy?
Maison Duroy is the opposite of a typical French chateau, which usually has manicured gardens and a shabby chic aesthetic. It’s an eclectic mix of mid-century modern furnishings that we have collected over the last 20 years.
I’m strongly inspired by Danish designers from the 60s and grew up in the 80s with Italian designers. All of the rooms are decorated with plants and books, so it feels personal, and there are music collections so people can sit down, listen to music and drink a glass of wine.
To you personally, what is so special about Maison Duroy?
We think it’s the same thing that struck us the first time we visited - the calmness. Even if we just go out to buy groceries, when we return to the house, it slows us down and roots us. It’s just you, nature and peace.
And it does the same for our guests. Coming from a big city or stressful lives, Maison Duroy is a place that immediately calms them down.