Renaissance of a century-old swimming pool at the Manoir du Colombier, a charming guest house
- Builder: Carré Bleu - Côté Jardin
Photo credits: Sabine SERRAD
At a property in St-Maurice l'Exil, near Vienne in France, a manor house was built in 1900 featuring a large pool, which was originally used for water storage but was converted by successive owners into an ornate water feature and then a few decades later into a real swimming pool, which was also used as a “public” pool by the local children for swimming lessons and to cool down in summer… At that time the pool was 30m long and 17m at its widest point!
Having been enchanted by this unique property, the new owners set about refurbishing the manor house, which had fallen for a while into disrepair, to give a new lease of life to this forgotten place and transform it into an exceptional guesthouse full of charm. A large-scale project including rehabilitation of the large pool to create a new space for relaxation and wellbeing.
To do so, and with the intention of reducing the volume of the original pool, it was decided that a new pool would be constructed within the existing one, this time resembling a lap pool. The original Roman-style steps were positioned in the same location but in a rectangular shape, with a wide first step, creating a real area for relaxing in the water. Access to the pool is made easier by the ladder located at the opposite end. Pure, minimalist lines which interact with the voluntarily rounded outdoor areas: a touch of the contemporary which flirts magnificently with the past, to bring an exceptional pool back to life.