ISSUE 60  |  Film Fest

A Medieval Town (and a Modern Garden) in Provence

February 24, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

In one of the oldest medieval towns in southeastern France sits a sprawling stucco-and-tile house built in the 1920s by the grandfather of Anne-Marie Midy (one-half of the design team behind artisanal home furnishings line Casamidy).

In Saint-Paul de Vence, where the house is located, “Anne-Marie has been hard at work on the gardens,” says Jorge Almada (the other half of Casamidy):

Photographs via Jorge Almada.

Above: A shaded terrace and heavy doors keep the heat at bay.

Above: Casamidy’s Symi Lantern in black powder coat; for more information, visit Casamidy.

Above: The house is available to rent on a weekly basis. For more information, contact Anne-Marie Midy.

Above: A terrain de petanque. Popular in France, petanque requires players to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet. For more rules, see “Lawn Games: Petanque from Provence.”

Above: Like many France’s walled medieval cities, Saint-Paul de Vence sits perched on easily defended hilltop.

Above: A walled courtyard surrounds the pool.

Above: Red bougainvillea forms an awning for a deep-set window.

(N.B.: For more images of Gardens in Provence, see our new Gallery of rooms and spaces.)

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published August 4, 2012.