our story

Established in 2005

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Throughout all of our endeavors, Aunchan and I took to heart William Morris’ belief that:

“If I were asked to say what is the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer… A beautiful house.”

It may seem cliche, but we fell in love with the land ‘at first sight’, by chance. In 2002, we visited Chiang Mai on a holiday weekend and a family friend offered to show us land for sale outside the city. We agreed to take a look, and to our delight, the property was truly extraordinary.

We bought it the same day.

We knew that we wanted to maintain as much of the natural aspects of the land as possible, especially preserving all the large trees. This enabled us to visualize The Heritage’s layout and construction, and incorporate French, British, and overall European design and architecture.

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It was not long ago that we discovered the English Arts & Crafts Movement, led by William Morris, and soon enough we were submerged in art books and visiting museums and historic homes around London and in the Cotswolds to learn more. Over time, our research expanded to include pioneers such as Hubbert, Stickley, Greene & Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s A&C contributions, particularly his stained glass designs.

Thus the Heritage House & Garden was created over a five year period, with a steady evolutionary development of the property since.

Building and design began in 2003 with our very first building, the Dragonfly Cottage. Soon came the Manor House, Tuscan, Gatehouse, and our newest addition, Café Heritage.

Today, we are one of the first true architectural expressions of the Arts & Crafts movement, Art Nouveau and French Provencal, in Thailand.

The natural beauty of the land, as well as the slower pace of a “once” small-town Chiang Mai, slowly made themselves permanent homes in our hearts.

These days, we try to spend our time doing what we love the most: serve our guests, gardening, travel, and surrounding ourselves with our loved ones.

We look forward to your visit and welcoming you to The Heritage House & Garden family.

Always,

Aunchan, Charlie & Patty