Chateau St Pierre de Serjac

if you’ve been following along this year, you’ll remember that in the spring we discovered the gorgeous chateau st. pierre de serjac in the French languedoc area. we spent a wonderful extended weekend there and enjoyed it so much, we immediately started plotting our return.

and so it happened – because a few weeks ago, we were invited back to the beautiful estate and stayed in another beautiful holiday home for a few days of doing nothing but relaxing, eating and drinking, hanging out by the pool and enjoying juliet’s ‘vacation modus’ antics.

what i didn’t know before and learned during our second visit, is that each one of the rental homes is actually owned by a private proprietor, who decorated the house to their own tastes. while in the spring we thoroughly enjoyed the rustic, natural aesthetics of number 28, this time we had fun comparing it to the slightly more exuberant style of number 21. at first we were taken aback by the bright blue velvet couch and abundant touches of silver everywhere, but we quickly fell in love with it, too. i was especially fond of the gorgeous tiles in the bathroom and the spacious, luxurious bedroom.

once again we were able to enjoy a private garden with a pool, even though juliet preferred to hang out in the huge infinity pool that is shared by all the property’s guests. she really loved chilling on the cozy, extra large tanning beds with canopies, where we spent an inordinate amount of time snoozing and enjoying whatever the mixologist at the outdoor bar fancied shaking up for us (expert word of advice: ask him to create a drink with some of their home grown herbs!)

once again i snapped about ten thousand photos during the weekend because beauty is just everywhere you look around here. but this time we also had some fun shooting some good old home video, and we put together a little impression of what it looks like to spend a weekend at the chateau. we had a lot of fun putting it together, so i hope you’ll like it – and i look forward to hearing what you think in the comments!

as for the languedoc area – we really intended to leave the property this time around… but we only half-succeeded to visit sète one morning. the area is gorgeous, of course, but the chateau is just too darn beautiful and peaceful to leave behind for longer than it takes to buy some fresh food at a nearby market or sample some wines from nearby vineyards. and as it happens, i heard there are plans to incorporate a real winery in the chateau – so soon that’s one less reason to need to leave the premises ever again at all!

photos by matthias rabaey and stephanie duval at CHATEAU ST. PIERRE DE SERJAC

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splitting up my story from our weekend in the languedoc into chapters didn’t exactly prevent this epic photo dump. i pondered ‘killing my darlings’ and only posting a selection of the very best snapshots, but then i realized a couple of things. firstly – i’m the boss of this place :) secondly, if a blog is not a place for oversharing, then what’s its purpose anyway? and thirdly, perhaps most importantly, lately i’ve been feeling a little restricted over on my favorite social media channel of all – INSTAGRAM. i want to share every single photo that is important to me, i want to share all the good times and the special moments, but time and again i find myself editing and deleting and hesitating to post too many photos in a row. i mean – i love a consistent and beautiful feed as much as the next (aesthically obsessed) person, but i gotta admit sometimes it takes the fun out of it.

luckily, i have plenty of whatsapp groups i abuse to spam people with my memories and favorite photos – whether the white balance is off or not. i’d like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to the people i once tricked into joining these groups who now feel too polite to leave but haven’t figured out the mute option yet. yeah, #sorrynotsorry though. but then as i was editing the photos of this particular trip, i felt bad pushing them on all these innocent relatives and friends – especially the ones who needed a little break as much as we did – and i decided my blog was the one place i could turn to.

to share my enthusiasm for this incredible place on earth, CHATEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC. to share candid captures of juliet consciously celebrating easter for the first time in her life (it was all about the chocolate bunnies). to share too many pictures of the interior of our rental house, because i want to remember exactly how to design our dream home some day (i mean, that stove…) to share the amazing food we ordered from the restaurant (and enjoyed in front of the stove).

to remember how juliet dove off a tanning bed, head first on that gorgeous tile around the pool (my heart stopped beating for 2.3 seconds, but she was a trouper), how i wore the same dress for three days in a row and loved it, and how we tasted every wine on offer at the chateau. but also to remember those precious moments between the three of us – always that much more intense on holiday compared to home. to remember the way we stuck together and appreciated life during a difficult time.

i’m sorry, but a carefully edited selection of 5 photos just wasn’t going to cut it. as long as i have this blog, i’ll (ab)use it to collect and display my favorite moments, experiences and memories – edited, but not narrowed down too much.

we stayed in a lovely little house on the domain of CHATEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC • juliet is wearing a MARMAR sun hat, caramel colored romper from GRO COMPANY, caramel colored sweater, striped leggings and scarf from MINGO KIDS, bunny pajamas from GAP and striped bathing suit from TINY COTTONS (previous summer season) • my slippers are ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS, i got my andres sarda bathing suit via BUSTIQUE, my new favorite summer dress is from PLUTO ON THE MOON, that backpack from KAOS is going everywhere with us, all of our beach towels are from HAMMAM34 • all photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

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