Today, we want to look at architecture from a slightly different angle, that of a photographer. Our expert photographer Mark Wohlrab visited the the famous Manoir du Cleuyou in Brittany, to capture its history and beauty for all eternity. We will show you how he has captured everything from the smallest details to the construction of the monumental exterior.
The Manor House, Manoir du Cleuyou, was probably once the home of feudal lords in the Middle Ages. Today, the impressive property is a holiday home, providing peace and quiet to artists and writers. The grounds include a large park, a stream and a mill. The castle-like building was divided into five apartments, which are all different, but all alike in that they lovingly incorporate the old buildings into today's designs.
Even from the outside, the visitor recognises that this building is something special. The photographer has selected the view from the park to catch the property in all its glory. To the side, we see the gate, and behind it the courtyard that leads to the cherry-red front door. The house itself is made of light, exposed brick and occupies a large part of the image. A palm tree in the courtyard conjures a tropical feel.
Also, from the gate there is a fascinating glimpse into the entry courtyard. Stone sculptures are incorporated into the old wall. The play of light and shadow makes the home seem even more impressive and palatial. The place provides traces and glimpses of its long history.
Inside, is a very different picture than one would probably expect. Instead of draughty stone halls, everything you see is bright and cosy. The dark wood beams in the roof of this living room are reminiscent of the age of the building, while the fun red wall and large window painted with white accents are, however, very modern. A traditional, cosy Persian carpet and dark furniture complete the harmonious image.
A special eye-catcher in this lounge is the use of statues and sculptures. One depicts a young woman in a bikini, while a stone bust stands on the mantelpiece. The same tensions between old and new are again present in the decoration, which can also be seen in the rest of the interior.
In the kitchen you will find a fireplace, chandeliers, dark wood and lots of stone. Only the bright tiles make the kitchen look a little less medieval. It is precisely the contrast that makes this area so interesting. Additional light sources give the room a cosy ambience.
The salon is the heart of the house. It is wood-panelled, and lovingly decorated. The ceiling is decorated in a deep red and a chandelier makes for beautiful lighting. The portrait of a young woman peeks out from between the wooden panelling. A large carpet and another fireplace make for a cosy spacious room, perfect for rainy autumn afternoons in front of the fire!
Here we see the fireplace and the back of the chairs photographed. This result is an exciting, detail view of the material, and the fireplace becomes a focal point.
Our expert focused in on this small detail in the Manor House, where there is something special to discover in every corner. Look at how in this small cubby-hole holds tea lights for lovely, intricate detail.