Drome - France

A design directly informed by the property’s existing sense of place and un-paralleled tree specimens


This former guest house dating from 1801 is a real haven of peace in the heart of the Drôme countryside in the south-east of France.

STATUS: in development

"The property being located on the edge of its plot, it was important for us to re-qualify the outdoor spaces boundaries and uses in order to be able to accompany the property to sit with more unity in its gardens.

The site offers a vegetation planted several hundred years ago, with two 250-year-old horse chestnut trees and other Sequoia, cedar and limes. Working to enhance the implementation of such specimens was key in requalifying the outdoor spaces, finding several resting areas including 'breakfast room', lounging and dining in the shade of those majestic trees, as well as an orchard and vegetable garden and a new natural swimming pool.

We approached the design of this characteristic landscape by bringing a new planting strategy and retaining as much of its natural and former layout, enhancing the soft landscaping by creating organic waves of naturalistic perennials and ornamental grasses."