The main residence at Le Moulin.
Before Marine, along with her co-owner, architect Lucas Madani of design and architecture studio
The kitchen in the main residence at Le Moulin.
With its own private entrance and bathroom, a carpeted floor and second-hand Lita wall lamps, the 1970s-inspired La Suite is a soft, sunlit sanctuary.
There’s a distinctly personal touch to Le Moulin. Its polished-meets-provincial interiors “offer the promise of poetic stays”, but it’s the freehand pattern rendered by Lucas on the kitchen walls, and the hand-tailored chairs by Marine, that stand out, as if made-to-order, over and over, for each patron. The artists and artworks were handpicked by the owners to meld with Marine’s own mosaics and artistic sensibility. Framed, tufted tapestries by Atelier Paolo soften the peripheral cuts and edges, while ceramics by Vincent Schoepfer and Alkali lend a seriously sensuous, French-country flair.
At Le Moulin, time takes a breather, much like the weekend Parisian sunseekers it routinely hosts. “Here, the concept of ‘slow living’ dominates,” says Marine, referencing the array of tchotchkes and decorations tastefully salvaged from flea markets and yard sales. The furniture in the bedrooms is part of the experience. And so it follows that each piece is carefully barcoded, available for purchase by patrons. Adds Lucas, “We believe in upcycling to give new life. And here, more than elsewhere, we don’t attach ourselves to objects. Almost everything is for sale.”
La Bergerie, a duplex that features an eclectic melange of flavours and finds, is the crowning glory of the property.
Le Moulin exterior and verdant property.
Le Moulin’s four bedrooms are intimate and cosy, holding you in like a warm, woolly jumper. On the first floor, are two big double bedrooms steeped in subtle details, natural-grain wood and muted tones. The pastoral panoramas here are magically lifesize, appearing edited almost, to match the views on the inside.
With its own private entrance and bathroom, a carpeted floor and second-hand Lita wall lamps, the 1970s-inspired La Suite is a soft, sunlit sanctuary where white and light play hide-and-seek. The boudoir is placid, unhurried; promising even the most reluctant of resters a few hours of easy slumber.
La Bergerie, a duplex that features an eclectic melange of flavours and finds, is the crowning glory of the property. On the ground floor, the 1970s Pierre Frey curtains, bequeathed by Lucas’s grandmother, a nod to the family’s heritage, while a shell-shaped washbasin, sourced locally by Marine, is an ode to faraway coastlines.
“With Le Moulin, we wanted to create a haven of memories, a place where we could gather and reconnect with nature, family and friends,” concludes Lucas.
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