Located in Le Perche, a national park in the Basse-Normandie region a few hours outside Paris, D’une Île is a medieval French settlement transformed into a bucolic bolthole. composed of nine cottages and a restaurant. The husband-and-wife proprietors, 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 charm-filled, rambling, relaxed compound.
Photography courtesy of D’une Île.
Above: A bedroom featuring the original exposed beams with whitewashed walls and contemporary lighting.
Above: Exposed beams and hexagonal tile flooring can be seen throughout the buildings.
Above: A skull and antlers serve as accessories and clothing racks.
Above: A deconstructed bath with a DIY copper faucet and sink.
Above: One of the Double Standard rooms features Ilse Crawford’s Two-Seater Bench with Back.
Above: The Super Suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette, and study room.
Above: A plywood build out separates one bedroom from the other.
Above: A quirky attic bath designed with four antique doors of different proportions.
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: The mix of vintage finds lend the cottages a laid-back boho vibe.
Above: An all-white bedroom with a vintage ladder as headboard.
Above L: An abridged version of a bath with a hexagonal mirror and Malin + Goetz amenities. Above R: Taxidermy and an empty tortoise shell accent the Grand Suite.
Above: A roomy bathroom with a claw-foot tub and old tile floor.
Above: D’une Ile serves breakfast daily from their communal kitchen.
Above: The medieval enclave—a restaurant and nine cottages—that make up D’une Ile.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 11, 2013.