Isabelle Dubois-Dumée, former editor of a Parisian publisher, and Hubert Bettan, former computer scientist of a large American company, brought Le Château de Dirac, the ancient home of the Tison d'Argence family near Angoulême, back to life. From Paris, they are the founders of the les petites emplettes online store. They moved here with the three daughters.
Old pieces of wallpaper, ancient peeling plaster, antiques doors and wood panelling tell the story of the castle (the last major restoration before the purchase dates back to the 1940s). All refreshed by light wood furnishings and wicker accessories.
An ancient and modern style at the same time. Silver cutlery and crystal chandeliers go together with straw baskets and wild flowers, creating a soft, simple, authentic and refined atmosphere. Three recurring colors: the white of the walls, the light wood furniture and the pale green of the ancient doors.
The leitmotiv is the nature. Everywhere there are plants, from the smallest to the XXL ones. Inside and outside become one.
Château de Dirac is an oasis of peace, among woods and wild landscapes of the Charente. An exceptional light is reflected on the white stones of the manor. Just below the castle flows the Anguienne stream ...
In the barn of the Château de Dirac there is a space for events, weddings and shooting and the showroom of les petites emplettes: decorative objects made in France and Morocco are shaped with simple materials such as wood, straw and cardboard. A the same time, here you can find old trouvailles, that Isabelle found in some flea markets, and natural fabrics such as cotton and wool.
Natural fabrics, straw chandeliers and guinguette-style light string: you sleep in the Maisonnette du Château, a cottage located in the old castle farm with a fresh and relaxed atmosphere.