D’UNE ILE REMALARD
Hotel d’une ile was once the dream project of a Dutch couple. The area is full of great flea markets, and they made good use of these to source the interior decoration of their hotel. Combined with design classics such as the F587 from Artifort, which really provides the ultimate reading spot in front of the fireplace.
Last year, the team behind Septime, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, took over this country house. All of the rooms are still the same, but they opened a new restaurant here, cooking with ingredients from their own vegetable garden and from the local market. Everything here shows their love of good food, as well as their enthusiasm for hospitality.
You are welcomed with a glass of juice, at four o’clock they set out a table full of hot, homemade infusion drinks and madeleines for their guests, and in the evening you can study the menu while sitting in the sun with a glass of wine. The menu changes regularly because they prepare their meals with whatever is currently available. I visited d’une ile at the end of May, when asparagus was on the menu and I ordered the delicious Pintade de la Belvindiere rôtie.
D’une ile is located in Le Perche, a national park full of forests, rolling hills and small French villages in Normandy. You can choose from a wide palette of options. From visiting a local market in Bellême, to the route provided by the hotel along all the best flea markets. And another thing: the location makes it almost impossible to get an internet connection, which makes this an excellent destination for a digital detox.
From 113 euros per night, duneile.com