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At L'Aunay, Houellebecq's possibility of an island has become a reality. "D’une Ile" (of an island) is now the name of a hotel unlike any other with contemporary tastes hiding behind its thick stone walls. The comforts have been thoughtfully arranged with precision, vintage meets modernity with the perfect balance and flowers from the fields bring brightness to the neutral tones of the generously sized, minimalist rooms. The kitchen is not to be forgotten. Bertrand Grébaut, chef of the starred Septime and Le-Clamato restaurants, explores the area with the same enthusiasm and as much sincerity. The Perche region has never been trendier and this rural haven is the ideal place to enjoy life's simple pleasures.
It was chance that led us to the Perche. When we came across this area, we really felt that we could create something here. Three months later, we arrived with our suitcases and a team of friends to start the work. Since moving in, we have awoken to bird song every morning and watched the sun set every evening. All around us is a green forest that protects us like a fort and in front of us are the rolling hills and fields. The landscape of Perche is quite simply gentle and poetic.
D’une île is a private hamlet made up of five traditional Perche farmhouses, they are distributed around a courtyard with eight hectares of fields and forests surrounding them. You will find all the classic features of a rural dwelling, from raw stone, old beams and fireplaces, to tiled floors, bread ovens, a trough and stables doors.
The hamlet was once part of the Count of Andlau’s domain. In the fifties, a family bought the whole property in a state of ruin. They carried out the first major renovations. The couple was already old and had four children, so a house was reserved for each of them. After this, several different owners came and went before we transformed it into our island.
We offer a full stay and a beautiful room with the promise of strolls through the fields, the vegetable garden or the forest located just behind the hamlet. Above all, we offer a tranquil experience because our nearest neighbour is a whole kilometre away. A table is reserved for guests every evening in our restaurant with a sunset view from the terrace. Our sustainable, seasonal and rustic menu is firmly rooted in its surroundings: the Perche Regional Nature Park. We attach great importance to vegetables. Our fruit, vegetables and herbs come from local market gardeners and markets, sometimes from our own vegetable garden or are gathered in the wild. Meat, cheeses and dairy goods come from nearby farms. Our seafood, caught using responsible, traditional fishing methods, comes from the Chausey Islands. All these products respect natural cycles. To accompany meals, we offer a lovely wine list with mostly natural or biodynamic wines.
There are plenty of flea markets nearby, and we always find gems between the barn and garden at Gilles’ Brocante RN23. With a bit of luck, Madame Renee will be in the barn. She makes the best jams in the area, these range from green tomato and lemon, to courgette and orange, or poppy and dandelion. In La Perrière, the Fournil à Crêpes is another great spot to eat. Finally, on the road to Mortagne-au-Perche, do not miss the "Maison Maugis" and its picturesque eponymous village.
85 € - 260 € per night
D'une Ile has five rooms, three suites and a restaurant spread over the five farmhouses around the courtyard. Each room or suite is unique and entirely designed and arranged by us. We went for a mix of furniture and vintage objects from the surrounding flea markets and furniture from contemporary artists, such as Matthew Hilton's Colombo chair, Tom Dixon's Cell tall lamp, Akari 10A by Isamu Noguchi, the Frame chairs by Wouter Scheublin, Sleepy blind by Autoban and Traffic by Konstantin Grcic.