Art Deco meets Bauhaus: The villa was built in the early 20th century as a manor house by the architect Jean-Eugène Adelbrecht. Once frequented by French hunting parties on expeditions into the Rhine forests, the manor now serves as a remarkable holiday home for up to twelve people. The villa combines Art Deco and Bauhaus Design. The front and back of the building are designed in opposing styles: one simple and functional, the other grand with columns and arches. Inside many original features, such as in-built cupboards and shelves, have been preserved, lending the villa its unique charm. The house is surrounded by 8000 sq m of landscaped parks which extend to the fields of the Rhine valley and offer views of the Vosges.
What to do
The Alsace offers a rich selection of excursions to cultural and culinary destinations. But one can just as easily spend a luxurious day in the Park contemplating various locations for an idyllic evening meal sur l'herbe.
Why we like this house
The house is quite remarkable. Its curious mixture of Art Deco and Bauhaus perhaps reflects the ambivalences and tensions of the Alsace's complex history. Nevertheless, this spacious architectural follly inspires visions of glamorous gatherings hunting lodges such as this one must have hosted a century ago. So don't forget to pack your tails and cocktail dress ..
This house is great for
suitable for groups or several families
Details of the property
Region/Town: FR – France, Alsace, Marckolsheim
Name: Villa St. Martin
Scenery: park-like garden in the rural shaped Rhine Valley
Number of guests: 5 rooms, up to 12 people
Architecture: Modern classic, Old & new, Listed building - new
Design: Jean-Eugène Adelbrecht
Published: monocle issue 77 10.2014
1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Family, For 2 families, FR – France, Garden, Group (house/hostel), Hiking, House, Lake/river, Listed building - new, Manor house, Meeting, Modern classic, Old & new