La Maison Pavie is named after Auguste Pavie, also known as "the barefoot explorer".
La Maison Pavie is named after Auguste Pavie, also known as "the barefoot explorer", who was born there in 1847.
He was France's first ambassador in Laos and Minister Plenipotentiary.
Between 1872 and 1895, Auguste Pavie travelled through Siam and Indochina, from Vietnam to Laos, via Angkor and Saigon.
Travelling and Indochina are the themes that inspired the choice of materials, colours, the design of the furniture, the furnishings, the lights, which all contribute to the warm and contemporary feel of the house.
Many features related to the history of the house were preserved and highlighted.
The large granite stones in the entrance, the staircase leading to the bedroom on the third floor with its wattle and daub walls, and the cleverly preserved latrines all date back to the Middle Ages.
The dark and wide oak floorboards on the first and second floors are reminiscent of 17th century decor. Finally, the sitting room, with its rounded cladded walls and its “pattes de lion” fireplace, reflect the delicate style of the 18th century.