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In the latest Winter Issue 96  we show you inside the home and guest house of Hunter Gatherer, Laurent Bayard.

Together with his six dogs, and his helpers Leola and Assam, Laurent runs the 1.5-hectare estate as a guesthouse, Couvaloup, with seven double bedrooms, each decorated in eclectic styles, ranging from retro, through classical to tribal.

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Various Carpets and rugs from around the home

Here the old-world glamour of Paris meets the verve of Ibiza; the gentle pace of the country finds its rhythm with the joyous colours of India and the patterns of Africa.

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Laurent Bayard | Guest Bedrooms
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The stoep that prompted Laurent to head out into the country to buy the home
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Feature wall in the bathroom | Curtains made from parachute material | A hilarious business card spotted on display
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Various interesting details from the bathrooms
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Carpets from around the home

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Various Collections from around the house

A collector par excellence, Laurent started treasuring and accumulating things from the young age of 17, and has continued to do so his entire life, wandering in and between the markets of France, England, India and everywhere in between. He confesses to having a slight obsession with beauty, and this is profoundly obvious in his home, his temple, and the place where this traveller has fostered a sense of belonging. Couvaloup | Elle Decoration South Africa

 

I’m not into flowers, I like jungly gardens.

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Collections from around the house

The strong cultural overtones of the house are evidence of a man well travelled, well read, and well inspired.  You should pay him a visit.

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Laurent Bayard

t: + 27 22 723 1851 | m: +27 84 662 0277 | e: laurent@couvaloup.co.za

36 Garden street
Hopefield
Western Cape
7355
South Africa

Photographs by Bielle Ross