The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine brings you the best of France - inspirational and exclusive features, fabulous photos, mouth-watering recipes, tips, guides, ideas and much more...

Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

1 year ago

Summer 2022

Discover captivating Corsica, the island of beauty and glitzy, cinematic Cannes. Explore Antibes, less well known than it's neighbours Nice and Cannes, it's incredibly pretty and authentic, and the Camargue in the south of France where wild white horses and pink flamingoes roam. Come with us to arty Arles, historic Agincourt and Aisne in Picardy - the ancient cradle of France. Meet artisan gin makers in Cognac, discover the prune route of France, fabulous recipes, guides, gorgeous photos, the best tours, what's new in France and delicious recipes - and more...

82 | The Good Life

82 | The Good Life France

Jean-Louis Remilleux never parts company with these two jealously guarded ceramic baboons placed on the mantelpiece of the small green drawing room-cumlibrary. The clock, acquired in the Portobello Road flea market in London, also has sentimental value. A portrait of the Duchess of Bourbon (Mademoiselle de Nantes, daughter of Madame de Montespan and Louis XIV) in mourning hangs on the wall. these sales have already been filled up again. The decor of each room is executed with exquisite taste, the fruit of feverish trips to antique shops, or the painstaking study of auction house catalogs. Remilleux never tires of telling the story of his finds; to follow him through the maze of his château is to be guaranteed protection against boredom. Every piece of furniture, every painting and every ornament provides the backdrop to an enthusiastic digression, peppered with hilarious anecdotes that cannot fail to amuse the listener. A natural storyteller, he considers himself both lucky and lazy, but is a man of true culture notwithstanding, combined with a strong will. “Ornaments, whether taken separately or together, besides the fact that they are poems, are a way for the connoisseur to express himself in secret, to whisper secrets to all and sundry,” as Paul Morand aptly puts it in L’Enfant de cent ans. Jean-Louis Remilleux’s residence is far more than a pretty interior. Everything had to be started from scratch in the case of Digoine; fortunately, the sale of Groussay, coming as it did as a sort of miraculous manna from heaven, rendered the task that much easier. “I’ve been here ten years now; who knows, perhaps one day I’ll grow tired of it. People are prisoners of family The Good Life France | 83