A&K: Why did you choose this particular area of Provence for the house?
Michael Jones: We arrived in Bonnieux 26 years ago after having read Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, and fell in love with Luberon. Many, many years later, we’d saved up enough to buy our first house here – just a couple of hundred yards from where we originally stayed.
Soon after, a neighbouring property with a lot of land became available, so we jumped at the chance. We weren’t sure what to do with it at first. What we did know, however, was that it had one of the best views of the iconic Mount Ventoux, was in walking distance of Bonnieux, and lay just a stroll away from a two-Michelin-starred restaurant and the best place for truffle pizza in France.
Q: How did you select the architects and builders involved in the development?
A: The dream was to create a modern home using traditional methods and reclaimed materials – one that people would assume had been standing for centuries. That meant using local professionals and artisans from the outset. We were lucky enough to find a team that shared our vision, including a fantastic architect and project manager.