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La Grenouillère

La Grenouillère

Text Beatrice Delamotte and Photos Peter Ildiko

La Grenouillère
62170 La Madeleine
sous Montreuil
Tél. : 03 21 06 07 22
From 215 euros
per night in shack www.lagrenouillere.fr
To radically transform a provincial, slightly kitsch, hotel restaurant, into a Mecca of contemporary design, was the challenge that young chef Alexandre Gauthier, owner of La Grenouillère, and architect Patrick Bouchain recently pulled off.
A director as well as an architect, the creator of the Lieu Unique in Nantes, the Channel in Calais, and the Théâtre Zingaro, Patrick Bouchain has succeeded in keeping the spirit of the sixteenth century farm intact, whilst opening it up as well. Designed with the specific intention of highlighting the history of the space, the ceramic frogs and frescoes emblematic of the past are showcased especially. They sit presently enthroned in the salon. It is only after one passes through the entrance hall that the recent metamorphosis of the place becomes evident. Two metallic tents intertwined with one another, house the restaurant. But it is in the garden – which was recently rejuvenated by landscape artist Tiphaine Hameau – that the most original installations become apparent. Eight huts, inspired by the type of huts used by waterfowl hunters, transformed into cozy little love nests. Totally enveloped by the surrounding countryside, they can only be entered through a single bay window facing the garden. Intimate constructions, created in the simplicity of the available natural materials: light wood, and covers made from vegetation, such as branches and grass. The essence of this place lies in the level of dedication to creating primordial luxury, without artifice. Around the bed, the room brings the simple refinement of a Robinson Crusoe style adventure, heated, from the very first frost, by a wood stove. Genuine secret hideaways, full of charm and mystery.

 

 


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