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

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

July 10, 2018

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.

a bedroom featuring the original exposed beams with whitewashed walls and conte 9
Above: A bedroom featuring the original exposed beams with whitewashed walls and contemporary lighting.
exposed beams and hexagonal tile flooring can be seen throughout the buildings. 10
Above: Exposed beams and hexagonal tile flooring can be seen throughout the buildings.
a skull and antlers serve as accessories and clothing racks. 11
Above: A skull and antlers serve as accessories and clothing racks.
a deconstructed bath with a diy copper faucet and sink. 12
Above: A deconstructed bath with a DIY copper faucet and sink.
one of the double standard rooms features ilse crawford&#8\2\17;s two seate 13
Above: One of the Double Standard rooms features Ilse Crawford’s Two-Seater Bench with Back.
the super suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette, and s 14
Above: The Super Suite is made up of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette, and study room.
a plywood buildout separates one bedroom from the other. 15
Above: A plywood buildout separates one bedroom from the other.
a quirky attic bath designed with four antique doors of different proportions. 16
Above: A quirky attic bath designed with four antique doors of different proportions.
the cottages are dressed in vintage furniture and accessories. the couple resto 17
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.
the mix of vintage finds lend the cottages a laid back boho vibe. 18
Above: The mix of vintage finds lend the cottages a laid-back boho vibe.
an all white bedroom with a vintage ladder as headboard. 19
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 &  20
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.
a roomy bathroom with a clawfoot tub and old tile floor. 21
Above: A roomy bathroom with a clawfoot tub and old tile floor.
d&#8\2\17;une Île serves breakfast daily from their communal kitchen. 22
Above: D’une Île serves breakfast daily from their communal kitchen.
the medieval enclave—a restaurant and nine cottages—that makes up d&#8\ 23
Above: The medieval enclave—a restaurant and nine cottages—that makes up D’une Ile.

Looking for more lodging and restaurants in France? See dozens of suggestions in our France Travel Guide.

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

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