The eclectic restoration of an 18th century Bastide in Aix en Provence In the immediate beautiful and natural surroundings of Aix en Provence, only 5 min drive from the Cours Mirabeau, a driveway of old plane trees leads you to the court yard of this majestic bastide of 800+ sqm (10.000 ft) renovated by the current owners to artfully pair its original charm with contemporary top design, quality and comfort. The façade immediately sets the tone: Shutters are in grey/beige lime pains. The huge Boffi kitchen, the dining room and the sitting room flow together into one large space. The children’s bedrooms and bathrooms are very contemporary in style, with fresh and cheerful colours. The design studio had a field day mixing original frescos with bathroom features by Philip Starck (for Duravit), French ceilings, old parquets and tomettes floors, Boffi kitchen and bathrooms; in spite of the owners passion for contemporary design (including a cinema with genuine cinema folding doors) , the historic character always shines through and results in a eclectic yet harmonious whole. The 2.3 hectares tranquil landscaped park is separated from the conifer woods by cypresses. On a lower level, protected from the mistral you’ll find the exquisite swimming pool. Multiple outbuildings, caretaker’s cottage, garages and wine cellar; sophisticated alarm systems.