Le Barn: Paddock Living at a Rustic-Chic Retreat Outside of Paris

Le Barn for le weekend, anyone? The idea behind the resort is to put urbanites “immediately in touch with the changing seasons, the outdoors, and the local wildlife.” Situated in the Île-de-France forest of Rambouillet, 30 minutes by train from Paris, the hotel is set on a 500-acre estate that’s home to an elite equestrian center. Both are owned by Franco-American businessman and horse-lover William Kriegel who teamed up with hotelier Edouard Daehn and Studio Be-Poles to transform the barns into down-home guest quarters of the most glamorous sort. In addition to horseback riding, there’s biking, hiking, fishing, mushrooming, a restaurant set in a greenhouse, and a very stately spa. Come see.

Photography by Nomades, courtesy of Le Barn.

Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: Surrounded by an oak forest, the spa occupies a converted 19th-century water mill. It offers, among other things, outdoor Nordic baths set in the woods. The enclave reopened in August and has been observing all safety protocols. 
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The Be-Poles team turned existing barns into hotel quarters that combine “light and space, sobriety and modernity.” Be-Poles’ founder, architect Antoine Ricardou, led the project; his multi-disciplinary studio is based in Paris and NYC.

Above L: Le Barn is home to a small permaculture farm. Guests are invited to join the chef as he picks vegetables in the garden. Above R: There are picnic tables, and a pétanque court, too.

Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The Be-Poles designers say their aim was to rethink the traditional French approach to luxury and create a sense of relaxed intimacy. Many of the furnishings are their refined take on Shaker design, custom-built for Le Barn.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: An extra-wide sofa for lounging in the library area.
Detail of Pillows at Le Barn in FranceDetail of Pillows at Le Barn in France Above: A detail of the hotel’s rust-and-sage palette and framed botanicals.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: A tiled stove stands in front of the bar which is also the check-in/concierge desk.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The restaurant is set in a conservatory.
Detail of Restaurant at Le Barn in France Above: Farm to table.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: Thonet bentwood Era Chairs (in a rarely seen natural finish) are mixed with marble-topped cafe tables and an antique sideboard.
Suite at Le Barn in France Above: One of the suites, with olive walls and ceiling. Note the pegs  for hanging essentials.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The rooms—71 in all—have a palette of whites and rusts set off by dark wainscoting. Bedside table perk: a Marshal portable speaker. To encourage people to unwind, on Sundays there’s no set checkout time.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: Beds are set against cork-lined walls ideal for displaying art.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: Our favorite detail: Le Barn’s built-in desks that double as kitchenettes. The kraft paper bag is Le Sac En Papier, a Be-Poles design inspired by bakers’ baguette sacks. Initially made for use in the studio, they’re now in production in a number of sizes; this one is perfect for laundry. (In the US, find it in white at Ode to Things.)
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The bathrooms are stylishly detailed with classic (and inexpensive) four-by-four tiles that rise from the floor and extend across the tub. Built-in towel bars surround the sink.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: The Be-Poles team gathered much of the hotel’s art at flea markets. They thoughtfully detailed the bathrooms with ceramic shelves and toothbrush holders.
Le Barn hotel, France, Nomades photo. Above: Horses are visible from just about every vista. For more details and reservations, go to Le Barn.

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