Petit Bayle was designed and built in 2008 by architect Vicky Thornton and is set deep in the countryside of the Tarn et Garonne region of south west France, on a steeply sloping site. It has a limestone base with galvanised sliding shutters and a timber clad upper storey, large windows and wonderful views. It is a sustainable building - hot water is provided by solar panels, large tanks collect rainwater for flushing toilets and the green roof encourages biodiversity.
The house is large, airy and comfortable. with colourful, modern interiors and furniture. The clever use of windows and vents mean that the house can be kept cool in the summer months, and the wood burning stove and underfloor heating creates a cosy retreat in winter. The kitchen is fully equipped for food lovers and there is an extensive library of books in both French and English. The roof light in the bathroom means you can experience the dark skies and watch the shooting stars while you bathe.
The saltwater pool provides a welcome relief from the hot summers and the view stretches out across the valley and the sunset. There are plenty of loungers and pool furniture to ensure a restful stay.
For those interested in learning more about the architecture of the house, the following links provide more information. It has been featured in books and magazines, including Grand Designs magazine, as well as on the Modern House website.