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Gilles & Baissier | Villa Bakhea, Biarritz

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Architects Gilles & Boissier modernized this house in Biarritz, while preserving and respecting the house’s history and personality. They called it Bakhea, which means peace. 

The home was built in 1902 by the Duke of Tamales, nephew of the king of Spain. The architecture is in the French Basque style but also has British and Spanish influences, since its owner had married an English aristocrat descendant of Mary Stuart. The home fell into neglect until the most recent home owners decided to give it new life. They hired the architecture and design firm Dorothee Bossier and Patrick Gilles, who have done AMAZING hotels, boutiques and homes around the world.  The house has white walls and dark wood, which was faithfully restored by artists, wood carvers and blacksmiths. The furniture was custom made to soften the home while also paying homage to the style of the home. 

Its wonderful, isn’t it? I have my eye on the Mediterranean… ahhh, so lovely.

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