Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
I’m E., a fine arts specialist (and dealer) who dabbles in interior design & real-estate development. My partner since 2001 is Mike Gwilym, an actor who took early retirement from the Royal Shakespeare Company. We’ve spent most of our time together living in a lovely house, which we designed (Mike did the architecture, I did the interiors), in one of the world’s most glamorous spots, Sotogrande.
In 2014 we received an irresistible offer for it from one of the original Yeltsin era, Russian Oligarchs. The man known as the Russian Rupert Murdoch. We packed up the car, put our three dogs in the back and headed to (the southwest of) France to embark on the restoration of a glorious period property in a gorgeous little town called Mazamet.
It’s a monumental change of pace for us. No more polo clubs, yachts, dinner parties for thirty, or (literal) princesses living across the street. We had a ton of fun, but it was time for change.
We want a laid back lifestyle and rural France is still a part of the world where we can get it. This blog was created to document the experience, and you’re welcomed to join us on the adventure.