La Ferme du Vigneron is an 18th century vintner’s farm turned into a beautiful holiday home with 5 bedrooms in the heart of Provence.
How would you describe Mas le Clos Souris in a nutshell?
The house combines the old and new, with touches of the Hungarian artist who lived here from the 1950s. He was a big character in the village and locals have a lot of stories to tell, so we’ve restored some of the drawings, paintings and sculptures we found in the house to give it something special. The old part of the house dates to the 1500s and is quite rustic in its feel, with spectacular views across the region, while there’s also a more contemporary section that was built by the artist in the 1970s.
What was the inspiration/story behind Mas le Clos Souris and its recent renovation?
We wanted to purchase a small house in the south of France where we could holiday with family and friends, then eventually move there at a certain point. The idea was to find something that was accessible by car or train from Belgium. But then we found this house and just fell in love — we had to buy it!
The property was almost a ruin and we spent six years restoring it. From the floors to the roof, everything had to be redone. We transformed the garden from a jungle into an oasis with a swimming pool and pétanque lanes, while the interior combines old furnishings with modern appliances.
At the moment the house has a minimalistic feel. But we plan to invite artists and designers for residencies, so we want to give them space to create and leave something that will add to the story.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Mas le Clos Souris?
When we first saw the house, we immediately felt “wow”, like we were stepping into a fairytale. It’s relatively hidden from the street by trees and an old wall but the minute you step into the inner courtyard, you feel a sense of tranquility and that you are connected to nature. I’m sure this is what the Hungarian artist felt too — that this was a place to relax and enjoy the good things in life.
We are design and art lovers, so we’ve decorated the spaces with select pieces but without making it feel like a showroom. It features a mix of eclectic but authentic items, as well as a lot of materials that we reused during the renovations. I think everybody who comes has the feeling of it being a “home”, rather than a “house”.