This summer I took an unexpected trip to the South of France for two nights to visit family. Although the occasion was a sad one, it was wonderful to see so much of my family and spend two days in a part of the world that has always been paradise to me. I’ve visited Esperaza so many times but I’ve never stayed in any of the guest houses there. This time, my mother and I had the pleasure of staying in La Maison Du Chapelier, a beautifully grand guest house situated in the tiny town of Esperaza.
Before I show you the inside of the guest house, allow me to give you the setting. Esperaza is situated in Aude, South of France. The nearest big city is Carcassonne, but its about 45 minutes away by car. Esperaza is framed by mountains and every bit the little French village of dreams, with rows of houses with different coloured shutters, bright blue swimming pools and so much vibrant green. The town is framed by mountains and it really is a stunning place to be. I could reminisce about Esperaza and the Corbierres Mountains for a long time… It was a place that stole my heart when I was 15 and never really gave it back. But now for La Maison Du Chapelier!
Unfortunately I didn’t take my DSLR with me, so here are a few photos from my iPhone of certain parts of the house that captured my imagination.
The photo on the left is my bed. Impressive, isn’t it? The carving on the headboard gives this bed so much character, much like the rest of the antique furniture in this guest house. All the furniture is a rich, heavy wood and gives this fantastic house such a regal feel. The photo on the right is in the stairwell. It was a really impressive twisted stairway and it was incredibly grand. This table setting is so cute, and I love the shabby chic curtains and ties. Plus, the little elephants reminded me of Thailand!
The photo on the left is in the reception room. I want this sofa so badly! There’s also a fantastic selection of cushions! The fireplace on the right is just breath taking. I can’t get over the carving and I will be dreaming about this fireplace for a long time.
These two photos are from the room that I stayed in. This dresser is amazing and the marble top is definitely opulent. The fireplace is decadent too, although slightly less grand than the one in the reception room. The little pop of green brought some colour into a very calm and neutral room.
Andy, the man who runs La Maison Du Chapelier, was a wonderful and kind host, so a huge thank you to him for being so accommodating during our stay (and putting up with my endless compliments and questions about the house!)