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