ISSUE 6  |  Love in the Afternoon

A Labor of Love: A Romantic Inn in France

February 12, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

A onetime medieval French settlement is transformed into a bucolic bolthole by a couple from Amsterdam.

Located in Le Perche, a national park in the Basse-Normandie region, a few hours outside Paris, D’une Ile is a hotel comprised of nine cottages and a restaurant. Husband and wife team Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer (he’s a professional chef and she’s an interior designer) collaborated on the design of the rooms; the result is a perfect merging of their talents and a manifestation of what they love to do best. For more information, go to D’une Ile.

Photography by Studio Aandacht for Trend Tablet (except where noted).

Above: Owners Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer.

Above: Tables are set with vintage china.

Above: The cottages are dressed in vintage furniture and accessories. The couple restored much of the furniture themselves, and some pieces are for sale to guests.

Above L: A cozy kid’s seating area with a sheepskin throw. Above R: Whitewashed walls and a reupholstered settee in green velvet.

Above: The mix of vintage finds lend the cottages a laid-back boho vibe.

Above: A bedroom featuring the original exposed beams with whitewashed walls and contemporary lighting. Photo by D’une Ile.

Above: An all-white bedroom with a vintage ladder as headboard.

Above: A roomy bathroom with a claw foot tub and old tile floor. Photo by D’une Ile.

Above: Exposed beams and hexagonal tile flooring can be seen throughout the buildings.

 

Above: The medieval enclave–a restaurant and nine cottages–that make up D’une Ile. Photo by D’une Ile.

Looking for more lodging and restaurants in France? See 75 more suggestions in our France Travel Guide, including a Romantic Rental in Provence and an Edgy Bar in Paris.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 11, 2013 as part of our L’Amour issue.