Eco-credentials don’t always go hand-in-hand with aesthetics but this holiday rental in France’s Charente marries the two.

La Maison Bois – the wood house – was designed by young British architect Tom Kyle as a low-impact, eco holiday home and, as its name suggests, is built largely from timber.

The property’s silhouette resembles that of a farm building, with a slatted pergola at the front, in keeping with its countryside location.

La Maison Bois rental in Charente, France
Photography: La Maison Bois

A double-height, open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room form the heart of the house. Here, patio doors open onto a wooden deck overlooking the garden.

Four bedrooms are tucked at the back of the house, which sits on a grassy slope surrounded by trees.

The property is far from remote, however, situated within the village of Montemboeuf.

La Maison Bois was completed at the end of 2015, is available to rent from 15 July.

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