DAMARIS EVANS IS THE ACCLAIMED DESIGNER BEHIND LUXE LINGERIE BRAND MIMI HOLLIDAY. SHE HAS A NEW SHOP IN PRIMROSE HILL, WHERE SHE LIVES NEAREBY WITH HER FAMILY. HERE, SHE REVEALS HER FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE THE WORLD. THE BEST BIT? YOU CAN RENT IT OUT.
“Discovered on their honeymoon in 1969, my parents fell in love with and bought Haute Caussine, a little hamlet consisting of two farmhouses, two giant barns, a bread oven and a few ruins. With its landscape of rolling hills with a panoramic horizon of snow topped Pyrenees mountains the view is said to be one of the best residential views in south-west France.
For me, it's a slice of heaven that I was lucky enough to spend every summer at with my family as I grew up. In my twenties I would go alone with friends and now I am lucky enough to have a family of my own, it's where we spend our magical long summers in idyllic peace. I also shoot my Mimi Holliday look books here as it's the perfect backdrop.
It’s utterly rustic outside with luxury on the inside. The non-cultured garden means we have thousands of fluttering butterflies feeding off the wild flowers. There are ancient plum trees and a 350 year old cherry tree by the swimming pool. Last summer we asked the local farmer to pick some of the cherries and he sent them to us in London in a DHL box. We celebrated with a cherry party.
It’s the place that I think of as my real home and the one place that’s been a constant throughout my life with so many wonderful memories.” Damaris Evans
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Visit Damaris' London boutique, Mimi Holliday, 107 Regents Park Road, London NW1 8UR (mimiholliday.com; 0207 636 7060)