ISSUE 1  |  Domestic Bliss

D’une Île: A Rustic Retreat in Normandy with Cottages to Rent

January 06, 2017 4:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

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.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A bedroom featuring the original exposed beams with whitewashed walls and contemporary lighting.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A skull and antlers serve as accessories and clothing racks.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A deconstructed bath with a DIY copper faucet and sink.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: One of the Double Standard rooms features Ilse Crawford’s Two-Seater Bench with Back.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: The Super Suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette, and study room.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A plywood build out separates one bedroom from the other.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A quirky attic bath designed with four antique doors of different proportions.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: A roomy bathroom with a claw-foot tub and old tile floor.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

Above: D’une Ile serves breakfast daily from their communal kitchen.

Hotel d'Une Ile in Le Perche, France

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

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 11, 2013.