"By introducing too much elegant simplicity you create a ravishing interior but one you could find anywhere. It is important to make sure you do not lose the codes of the south. Everything is a question of balance, using fewer 18th-century and more contemporary pieces, while always preserving the roots of Provence." by Jocelyne Sibuet
According to Jocelyne Sibuet, the concept of Bastide de Marie is for guests to pen their shutters onto nature and find every room bathed in the codes so dear to the Provence region, such as Ménerbes stone floors and traditional embroidered quilts. This 18th-century aesthetic from the south has stood the test of time, and the hotel offers a journey through Provencal history with ancient stones, raw materials, monochrome palettes, painted beams, light-coloured furniture, the deep colours of the carpets and Nimes-blue armchairs.
In the name of Stone
In Ménerbes, in the heart of the Luberon, La Bastide de Marie, an elegant 18th-century building restored in the traditional style of a Provençal farmhouse, reveals the passion and expertise that make Sibuet hotels exceptional and give them character.
With a desire for authenticity, the renovation fell somewhere between a cultural vision and the requirements of the hotel project. Unlike in Gordes, where dry stone construction is favoured, the tradition on this side of the Luberon is to work with masonry, often coated with lime plaster. At the Bastide, its use has been limited to allow the beauty of the exposed stonework to be preserved. Taken from quarries and cut, the Caberan limestone can be seen in many of the architectural details. It magnifies corners, door frames, columns, vaults, fireplaces and floors. With its soft, warm colour and its fine, silky grain, it has a pretty shiny patina that gives a unique cachet to each corner of the house. Soft and easy to shape and age, it is a real gift of nature.
Outside, the cobbled paths can also be appreciated with their pretty alternating round stones and stones from vineyards. Mineral elements are omnipresent, even when you go for a swim. Protected by a stone wall, the main swimming pool is right next to the house, with the water reflecting prettily on the walls that enclose it. In the gardens, the two original fishponds have been preserved and restored, creating a two-level swimming pool set in the greenery.
The Panoply of Provencal Style
Echoing the renovation, Jocelyne Sibuet has decorated in a soft, simple style, respecting the Provençal tradition. Linen drapes that sway in the lightest breeze while projecting moving shadows onto the white stone floors. The monochrome palette is made up of whites and beige tones combined with splashes of deep, sunny shades such as orange and bold blue. The flooring is cool to the touch, crafted in golden Ménerbes stone as seen at Bastide de Marie, or in a vintage terra cotta tiles. The walls are coated in smooth tadelakt plaster or textured whitewash in the style of ancient southern residences. The furniture combines traditional Provençal pieces, chests, dressers and a number of 18th-century items, while the terrace features the rounded lines of wrought iron chairs softened by an abundance of cushions. In this mineral setting, antique furniture and objects work perfectly in the baroque rooms, in a clever interpretation of the colours, light and harmony that make up the identity of this region where life is so pleasant.