A bathroom is a very revealing room, and not just because it’s where you get undressed.
Step into a bathroom and you immediately understand a lot about its occupant … male, female, big family, single girl …. a place for a quick shower or a haven to linger in; practical washing or luxurious soaking in a hot tub filled with sweet-smelling bubbles.
I admit to being very curious about French bathrooms, in particular in large old homes where the rooms are generous in size, and nobody ever worries about saving space. I thought you may like to see gorgeous French bathrooms in châteaux today.
They are renovated, and thank goodness plumbing installed! What would originally have been a bowl or a tub filled by a maid, is today replaced by spacious rooms, and very often with a claw foot tub in pride of place. But, by today’s standard, they are very rarely luxurious.
Rather than wall to wall marble, the floor is often left in the original terracotta tiles, or even 19th C cement tiles or wooden parquet.
There is never a slick, custom built vanity unit, but more often an old ‘meuble de toilette’ with a hand sink and marble plateau. Such a chic French bathroom!
What do you think about such big rooms? Would your overall impression be one of being cosseted and comforted, or do you think you’d feel a tad lonely in such a big space? If this was your château and bathroom, would you leave it as is, or start afresh and bring it up to date?
I wonder if this is how you imagined the French château bathroom, and whether it fits your ideal?
pictures are from the châteaux as follows: 1 -Champ de Bataille; 3 – Château de la Verriere; 4 – château de Prye; 5 – La Ferté Saint Aubin; 6 – château de Juvigny; 7 – château de Vollore