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The adventure begins as soon as you cross the Vendée coast. Initially invisible, the island gradually comes closer before welcoming visitors into its main port: Port-Joinville. Buzzing with activity, it is both the beating heart of the island and the only gateway that connects it to the mainland. As soon as you gain a little distance from the docks, the calm and the spirit of the island begin to permeate the winding alleys. At the end of a cul-de-sac, this white house topped with red-tiles looks little different from its neighbours, particularly because it too is no stranger to the fishing world. However, its initially functional architecture and revamped interior layout make it a uniquely special place. From here, all you need is a bicycle to explore the many corners of this enchanting island. The Islanders themselves know it well, and will proudly declare their motto “Oya deux jours, Oya toujours" (Oya two days, Oya always).
We chose the Ile d'Yeu first for its proximity to the sea, the landscapes and the inhabitants (the Islais). We had been coming here for a long time and felt very comfortable. There is space, calm, changing seasons, and a slow pace of life.
We wanted to keep the building's functional side, contrasting with the traditional houses on the island, by giving it a touch of Bauhaus. It is part of the island's artisanal and industrial heritage. Whilst the exterior has largely remained faithful to its original construction from sixty-five years ago, the interior has been completely redesigned but with the original ceilings and trusses still in place.
The building is a former “magasin”, as they are known on the Ile d'Yeu, meaning it was a technical support room on land for a large-scale fishing gillnet. The ground floor was used for engines and on-board equipment and the first floor was used for hanging and repairing nets. It was built in the 1970s to serve as a support building for a large-scale fishing trawler/tuna boat. Also known as a "Bolinders", this was a transitional boat between the artisanal fishing which brought prosperity to the island (and its canneries) and the larger modern factory ships. The property was completely redesigned as a residential house with a Bauhaus spirit in 2020.
A house at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac with an enclosed 400m2 garden. It is at the centre of the island's activity, near the port, the shops, walking distance from some beaches and half an hour from the wild coast by bike.
We like to visit the "Fabrique" regularly, where many of the island's creators meet. We recommend La Bergerie and La Ferme d’Émilie, two organic farms. At Émilie's, you can also enjoy a drink under her little arbour and watch her sheep graze. Our friend Stéphanie runs a water walking and dive centre, and Marine hosts regular stretching classes in the garden. It is often difficult to find bicycles (especially electric) on the island. Our friends and neighbours in Yeuloc give priority to our guests and offer them a small discount. We will ensure our guests have access to the moving Musée de la Pêche (fishing museum) which, unfortunately, is often closed. If necessary, we can lend them our old Twingo during their stay for walks or shopping.
2500 € - 3150 € per week
With a surface area of 180m2, the house is divided into two floors that are connected by a lift. “L'Atelier” on the ground floor has its own entrance. It consists of two bedrooms, a large living room with a glass roof, a small office, a walk-in shower room and separate toilets. The bedrooms and the living room open onto a covered 25m2 terrace which leads to the garden. On the first floor, "Le Chaix" has a surface area of 90m2 and is located under the original "chaix à filets" ceiling with a height of 3.75m and three exposed trusses. It consists of a living room, an office, a library, a large kitchen, a master bedroom with personal sinks, a walk-in shower, a dressing room and independent toilets. It opens onto a 25m2 south-facing terrace.
175 € - 220 € per night
The two guest rooms are in "L'Atelier" on the ground floor. It has its own entrance, a large living room with a glass roof, a small office, a walk-in shower room and separate toilets. The bedrooms and the living room open onto a covered 25m2 terrace which leads to the garden.