In May I was very lucky to spend a week at Bastide de l’Arc at Chateau Grand Boise in France to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

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This traditional luxury holiday rental in the heart of Provence was completely renovated by French interior designer Natalie Vingot Mei who has successfully captured the charm and tranquility of this stunning ten bedroom house.

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Her use of vivid colours combined with country house style furniture and an array of hand-picked accessories makes this feel like a home rather than a rental.

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Her attention to detail is remarkable and she has created a venue that is instantly welcoming and perfectly suited to hosting the most glorious parties.

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I stayed with a group of sixteen adults but it can sleep up to twenty. On arrival we enjoyed sparkling champagne on the terrace whilst watching the sun set over the vineyards.

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Thereafter we made full use of the facilities taking it in turns to buy and cook local produce which was enjoyed either in the formal dining room or al fresco by the poolside.

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On the last evening a chef and his staff were hired to prepare and serve the most delicious meal to celebrate my friend’s special occasion.

Hats off to the owners of this fabulous property as they have created a real gem in the heart of the French countryside.

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To view more stunning interior photographs of Bastide de L’Arc visit  http://provence.emotional-escapes.com/properties/view/aix-marseilles-aix-en-provence/villa-141-luxury-bastide and for an insight into Natalie’s design philosophy go to http://www.decoration-et-provence.com/chantiers-de-decoration.html