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An Idyllic Week in the French Countryside: A Traditional Guest House from Shimane Prefecture

Written on June 29, 2012

Three days ago I returned from a week as a guest at Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic design retreat in the rural area of  Lessac, France.  On site at Boisbuchet is a late Edo period (ca. 1860) guest house from Shimane Prefecture, Japan, which is beautiful–and beautifully sited on the grounds of a chateau, whose age is the same as the guest house.A view of the chateau from the Japanese guest house is shown, above.

A team of Japanese carpenters re-built this house on-site–they also stuccoed the house on-site, as well.

The contrast between traditional Japanese vernacular architecture with French style is striking.  Above is another view onto the chateau from the Japanese house.

Domaine de Boisbuchet is a heaven-on-earth and I urge you to peruse their website to learn more.  The summer workshops they offer to students and professionals are unparalleled in the quality of the content and in the world-class design professionals who lead the workshops.  And the feeling of camaraderie between the participants is a joy to behold, as is the spirit of innovation and critical thinking that abounds at Boisbuchet.  You may want to consider taking a workshop next summer.

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  1. Comment by Mary Robertson:

    This post was like a mini vacation. Thanks!

    July 1, 2012 @ 11:15 am

  2. Comment by marina urbach:

    Dear Stephen,
    You live a wonderful life.
    Your life is all about beauty,
    beautiful objects and you,
    a beautiful soul.
    ( I had surgery in one eye and now
    I am nursing a bad case of sciatica,
    as soon as I can walk again, I will
    visit your gallery…)

    Thank you for posting.

    July 5, 2012 @ 8:01 pm