• The Lodge

    Nude by Gilles Ballini

The earth, the sea, the powerful and strong elements of our nature, are the basic elements of Gilles Ballini’s work. No superfluous, no detours, no concessions. Gilles works are raw, true and solid. Like this NUDE lodge in which you will find this beautiful canvas but also its genesis through sketches. Like his paintings, the lodge is naked. True, raw, powerful, inside NUDE you will find only the essential colours and smells of the materials that compose it : wood, leather.

The earth, the sea, the powerful and strong elements of our nature, are the basic elements of Gilles Ballini’s work. No superfluous, no detours, no concessions. Gilles works are raw, true and solid. Like this NUDE lodge in which you will find this beautiful canvas but also its genesis through sketches. Like his paintings, the lodge is naked. True, raw, powerful, inside NUDE you will find only the essential colours and smells of the materials that compose it : wood, leather.

  • Design, brightness and openness

    • Architecte : Isabelle Poulain
    • Construction and Cladding : Rémi Becherel - Nid Perché
    • Stairs : Laurent Garreau - Le Terrier

    “Light, osmosis with the forest, transparency, space” inspired the design of our 18 lodges. Built on stilts, from wood species present in the surrounding forest – douglas, chestnut, oak – our lodges are real, warm and cosy suites. Their large windows and open terraces, equipped with a private spa, promote an harmonious dialogue between the interiors and the forest. And for the final touch, each lodge has been designed by a contemporary artist.


  • Equipements

    • King size bed
    • Mini bar
    • Heating system
    • Double basin
    • Standing Mirror
    • Walk-in shower
    • Hospitality products
    • Indoor dining area
    • Outdoor dining area
    • Towels & Bathrobes
    • Separate toilets
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Hair dryer
    • Safety deposit box
    • Cloakroom with walk-in closet
    • Walkie-Talkie
    • Ecological wooden speaker
    • Flashlight
    • Kettle
    • Fresh herbs for infusions
    • Espresso machine
    • Jacuzzi

A relaxing Soak

Alone in the world… Slip into hot, enveloping water directly on your terrace, whenever you wish. A timeless moment of intimacy and relaxation.

Digital Detox

To optimize your immersion in nature and to wake your senses, we have deliberately chosen not to include Wifi and TV in our lodges.
You will nevertheless find:
  • a walkie-talkie in your room, connected to the reception, for all your requests
  • a free WiFi connection and a large screen in the common areas of the hotel
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Walk or not

Walking is the best way to get around and explore our forest and the woods that surround it (the W.H.O recommends 10,000 steps a day to be healthier!). However, electric carts are provided for ease of travel, in case of necessity or a momentary lack of energy… here everything is allowed.

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Interactive map
Click on the dots on the right to discover our 18 lodges, works of art, swimming pool and much more
Lodge 1 "O'Plumes" by Charlotte Perrot
The softness and subtlety of feathers, an ode to feminity
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Lodge 2 "Lost Lodge" by Aurèle
A shelter for Aurele's Lost Dog
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Lodge 3 "T(h)rees" by Zou
Three, 3 trees, 3 canvas speaking of trees, T(h)rees... an evidence
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Lodge 4 "Kabine" by Kosmos
Coming inside Kabine is a real journey...
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Lodge 5 "JungOne" by JonOne
When the urban graffiti artist meets the forest
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Lodge 6 "Nude" by Gilles Ballini
The strength and power of Earth's elements
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Lodge 7 "Houppelandes" by Elisabeth Riou
Travel through time and around the globe
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Lodge 8 "Picto Heaven" by Pierre Marie Lejeune
From washed blue to indigo blue, a journey to the heart of color so dear to Pierre Marie Lejeune, sculptor
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Lodge 9 "Moodywood" by Cédric Marcillac
A Hollywood worthy score in the heart of the forest
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Lodge 10 "Yellow Shelter" by Aurèle
International Aurele Yellow
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Lodge 11 "Lucien" Hommage Serge Gainsbourg
A tribute to the great Serge Gainsbourg
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Lodge 12 "Uzume" by Jacques Bosser
Black and white chic recreated by Jacques Bosser and his talent
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Lodge 13 "Les Ailes du Désir" by Michel Audiard
Will an angel renounce its celestial standing ?
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Lodge 14 "Paradis" by CharlElie Couture
"Adam et Rêve" paradise by CharlElie Couture
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Lodge 15 "Sixtie's" by Anne-Caroline Frey
With Mick Jagger, Polnareff or Sylvie Vartan as roommates
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Lodge 16 "Via Nilo" by Philippe Borderieux
The subtlety of the painter's palette
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Lodge 17 "Efflorescences" by Cédric Porchez
A special lodge, probably the most romantic one
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Lodge 18 "Essentielle" by Tara
Recharge in a lyrical forest bath
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La Femme Loire
by Michel Audiard
Lost Dog
by Aurèle
Arboretum
Around the farmhouse is an arboretum of the 21 protective trees of the Druids. Some were planted recently, others have been there for tens or even hundreds of years. At the foot of each species is a sign explaining the characteristics of these natives...
Mr. le Chêne
We call him Monsieur because he is our ancestor, he was there long before us and will be there long after us. Nearly 200 years old, Mr le Chêne is the very example of strength, wisdom... he takes his time. Go and recharge your batteries under its coal-bearing branches, it is benevolent and discreet but will inspire you
Car park
The car park is reserved for hotel guests. It has charging stations for electric cars, as well as a Porsche terminal. A disabled space is reserved for people with reduced mobility, near the reception
Greenhouse
Our greenhouse is home to many small seedlings of druid-protecting trees. If you want to buy one to take with you and plant it, in your garden or somewhere in a forest, to meet it and watch it grow, they are on sale at the concept store, along with books on their history.
Red berries garden
The Green Room
Meeting room for seminars, creative sylvotherapy room, relaxation or yoga room, the green room welcomes groups. It has all the cutting-edge technology for videoconferencing, projection, etc. Its capacity is 18-20 people in normal layout, up to 35 in “theater” layout.
Aromatics courtyard
Confined space in the inner courtyard, furnished with armchairs and sofas, this space is open to you at all times. Do not hesitate to ask yourself a few minutes and breathe the scents of the plants. Our chefs and bartender come here to sample the aromatic herbs for the dishes and drinks of the day.
Left luggage
Reception / Concept store
Our concept store dedicated to nature and art offers you a selection of products, which varies regularly according to the news of the place. You will always find works of art by our artists, a selection of beautiful books and novels, but also our exclusive essential oils, made from essences present in the forest.
Lounge bar
A warm space where it is good to cool off in summer or meet in front of the fireplace in winter. In this comfortable space you can consult artistic magazines, books on trees, forests, nature, artists, drink a cold beer, a detox fruit juice, a glass of cocktail wine, an infusion of fresh herbs from the garden… You have free Wifi and a large screen TV which will of course broadcast major sporting events, but also reports on our artists, trees, nature in general
Restaurant
Our Ardent restaurant welcomes you on the terrace or inside for your lunches from Friday to Sunday and for your dinners from Thursday to Sunday. All the à la carte products come from the forest, our vegetable garden or local producers with recognized know-how. Immersed in the world of the forest, the spirit of its cuisine with local and wild luxury will navigate between authenticity and pure creation. Whatever the place or the moment, you will be able to discover and savor dishes with lively flavors, inspired by the surrounding nature and the latest harvests from our vegetable garden.
WC / Locker rooms
In order to avoid having to go back to your lodge, a locker rooms is available near the swimming pool to change before or after lunch on the terrace or in the restaurant.
English garden
Swimming pool
The swimming pool (20x5m) is open from May to October. Sunbathing, parasols, bath towels and foutas await you. The bartender will be happy to come and serve you a drink by the water if you wish. The swimming pool is strictly reserved for hotel guests
Terrace
Reachable from the bar, our large terrace opens directly onto the swimming pool, the forest and the English garden. You can have a drink or eat there at your convenience. The terrace is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Interview

Gilles Ballini

Painter

Tell us what motivated you to join this project, how did you draw inspiration from the space and the nature around it ?

My friendship with Anne Caroline and Bertrand first. They are art collectors who have become friends that I have known for a very long time and with whom I have forged a sincere, deep and solid relationship... I was one of the first artists in residence in the place that Anne Caroline had created before this project and I have a wonderful memory of it. The tomato lunches in the garden with the taste of tomato, goat cheese and this Chinon with its inimitable nose will remain a great memory. Even though I have been living in Mykonos for many years, we have always remained friends and in regular contact.

How did you choose the artwork to sign your lodge?

I love the originality of this project. Mixing art and raw nature seems is a really nice idea to me. Most of my works include frescoes or very large formats that did not fit in a lodge... so I chose an original idea, which works well with nature : the birth and growth of a canvas until its climax. It’s like a tree. This Nude canvas that you will find in my lodge, you will have the privilege of seeing it grow and grow from one wall to another and I hope it will inspire you.

Biography

Against winds and tides, but still rough and solid

This is the journey of Gilles Ballini. A painter of immense talent, like most of his paintings… Born in Paris, graduated from Fine Arts, Gilles has always painted men, real … men without concessions, just men. Whether they are sailors, peasants, gods or clowns, Gilles knows how to draw from his line the correctness of characters and destinies. Yesterday in Brittany, now exiled to Mykonos, Gilles never chose the easy road. He loves those countries where nature is strong and allows no mistakes. Like his painting.

Gilles, if you were...

  • A forest of the world, you would be...

    The forest of Alice

  • A tree, you would be...

    A tree with birds, a fir maybe

  • A part of this tree, you would be...

    The branches

  • A forest dweller, you would be...

    A bird

  • A season, you would be...

    Fall

  • A mushroom, you would be...

    An edible mushroom

  • A wind, you would be...

    The meltem

  • A smell, you would be...

    That of the wet dirt