A Stylish Rental House Owned by An American in Normandy

Jordan Feilders is the American who brought the California-style artisanal hamburger and taco trucks to Paris. He had just arrived from San Francisco in 2012 when he launched his mobile catering business, Cantine California, which was so successful that Anthony Bourdain paid an enthusiastic visit and The New York Times reports: “Food Trucks in Paris? American cuisine finds an open mind and an open mouth. Cantine California continues, but Feilders and his French wife, Tatiana Dupond, the parents of two young girls, now divide their time between Paris and Normandy, where for the past year they have been repairing a 19th century house and outbuildings located along the Seine.

Newly sold out and just 100 kilometers from Paris, Riverside House is a B&B facility for group getaways and events: reservations are possible for a minimum of four rooms and a maximum of seven. Feilders has overseen the renovation and likes consider the results as a Californian style in the French countryside. To us, that sounds very Gallic – and appealing. Looked.

Photograph courtesy of Riverside House.

The brick and stone structure was built in 83 and, over the years, has been used as a fishing lodge, thanks to its riverside location, and more recently as a vacation home.
Above: The brick and stone structure was built in 1883 and over the years has been used as a fishing lodge, thanks to its riverside location, and more recently as a vacation home .

“It’s in a style known as bourgeois houseFeilders explains, “I feel like the suit was for people moving up the economic ladder, who could afford a mix of stone (traditionally a more noble material in France) and brick (a more working-class option). ). The century-old tiles are made of terracotta; Feilders installed new zinc gutters to match the originals.

In the courtyard, the outbuildings from the turn of the century are the remains of a farm that predated the house.  Recently supported, this annex serves as additional accommodation.
Above: In the courtyard, the outbuildings from the beginning of the 19th century are the remains of a farm that predated the house. Recently supported, this annex serves as additional accommodation.
The terracotta tiled entrance opens into a living room with a wood burning stove and Simon and Garfunkel & # 8
Above: The terracotta-tiled entrance opens into a living room with a wood-burning stove and the Greatest Hits exhibit by Simon and Garfunkel. Feilders worked on the project with his friend Gilles Tombeur, a Paris-based interior designer, who designed Cantine California, the Parisian restaurant (which Feilders opened thanks to the success of his food trucks, and sold last year for focus on catering). “At Riverside House, Gilles helped me with the layout and technical renovation plans.

A first major task was to redo the electrical and plumbing, and add central heating and insulation: “Traditionally, French country houses freeze,” Feilders says. “I added 30 centimeters of insulation to all the ceilings.” He recruited a local team: “masons, electricians, plumbers, metallurgists, all based within 30 kilometers from us”. And Feilders himself was on site every day: “I had had hands-on renovation experience in Paris, plus a lifelong hobby of building forts in the woods.”

Fielders replaced an inefficient 1960s fireplace with an Invicta clean-burning stove: & # 8
Above: Fielders replaced an inefficient 1960s fireplace with an Invicta clean-burning stove: “When that thing starts up, it heats up the whole ground floor.” The sofa is the Lenakine Sofa from AM.PM, “the French equivalent of Habitat”. The ceiling light is the porcelain and metal lamp by Zangra.

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