I just love this photo.
It is relaxed, playful and it is all happening in a gorgeous setting.
What is not to love?
I could probably stop here but it gets better.
We are looking at the entry to Domaine du Sault
in the South of France, outside of Cannes.
The story starts with a table made from an old millstone.
It is the people who sat around the table one evening
in 1948 that linger in one's mind.
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor,
Clark Gable and Tyrone Power to name a few.
The evening was aptly organized by one of the
most celebrated hostess's of the time-
'Elsa Maxwell reigned as America’s top party-giver in the mid-Twentieth Century. Labeled “The Hostess with the Mostest” by the press, her rise to command the ballrooms of New York, Vienna and London took her worlds away from her humble Iowa beginnings.'
I am sure the heady days of Elsa and her soiree's are sadly missed at Domaine du Sault.
I imagine they can still be heard on a summer's evening under the moonlit sky.
It seems the home and grounds have always been destined for wonderful parties.
What is not to love about a home with a history?
Who knows what little trysts took place all those years ago?
It goes back even further, as parts of the house date back to the sixteenth century.
Ah, if these walls could talk, the tales they would tell....
The owners today are California based and have lovingly restored the house.
As you can see from the photos, the house has a wonderful feel to it.
Elegant and family friendly, is that possible?
It seems to be here.
I can imagine children playing with crayons and paper on the dining table
and books and legos scattered about. All with a minimum of fuss to clean up.
I am most impressed by the determination of the owner.
She took measurements of all the rooms, had the drapes made in California
and shipped them over in two 40-foot containers with assorted antiques and family furniture.
Having just crossed the sea with two 40-foot containers myself, I know this was no small feat.
They have since raised the millstone table to allow for more
comfortable dining and the parties carry on.
The owner's thoughts on the house....
'It is so special, It has so much history.
You really have the feeling there's a presence.'
I would say she is one lucky lady :)
Reference~ House & Garden magazine, August 2007
Photography~ Melanie Acevedo