A firm favourite with the teams of Grand Designs, Chez Jallot first appeared on the TV series in 2004. The French Dilapidated Manor house rescued from the brink by Denise and Doug Ibbs, made such a spectacular impact that the Grand Designs team re-visited in 2014 for a one-off special episode to mark the buildings incredible rise from ruin to magnificence, and is now awarded recognition in their March Special Issue ‘Inspiring Escapes – Top 10 Grand Designs Holiday Homes’.

From just four crumbling walls, half a roof, and a history with enough twists and turns to rival Sir Conan Doyle, this extraordinary chateau now boasts an unrivalled reputation for peace, tranquility and luxury, nestled in the little known department of La Creuse. Re-claimed from the ever advancing surrounding nature, the grounds and estate now work in perfect harmony to create a countryside retreat at one with its environment.

Every guest room is unique with its own blend of bourgeois splendour, however it is ‘The Hummingbird Suite’, now famous for its’ William Holland central copper bath, that is always cited as the most memorable. A ‘wonderful flamboyant gesture’ Kevin Mcloud enthuses ‘what a wonderful thing – absolutely gorgeous!’ The freestanding Cuprosa Bateau given pride of place and raised on its central plinth in the Bridal Suite, is perfectly placed to enjoy both sunrise and sunsets from either end of the room, making this the ultimate romantic retreat

Chez Jallot is the perfect combination of optimism, inspiration and vision, a feeling that infiltrates the whole design, from the foundations through to the fine finishing details, and creating an atmosphere that cannot fail to inspire and warm the heart. The success of a renovation is not in the facts and figures, it is in the fine crafted details that together cause you to wake up every morning and remind yourself ‘what it was that inspired you to come here in the first place’ – Kevin Mcloud.

For more information, this project can be found in Grand Designs Magazine March 2016 edition.

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