• The Lodge

    Via Nilo by Philippe Borderieux

An invitation to travel. A subtle lodge, in the colours of water and shades of sky painted by Philippe Borderieux during his descent from the Nile. A work composed of 20 paintings to read in the sense you choose. A swan comes to land on a wall sometimes at night, a sleeper may also accompany you in your dreams… Here you enjoy the whole universe of the painter, and even one of his first sculptures. The discreet decoration, of thyme green velvet and golden brass, offers you physical and mental comfort for a unique experience.

An invitation to travel. A subtle lodge, in the colours of water and shades of sky painted by Philippe Borderieux during his descent from the Nile. A work composed of 20 paintings to read in the sense you choose. A swan comes to land on a wall sometimes at night, a sleeper may also accompany you in your dreams… Here you enjoy the whole universe of the painter, and even one of his first sculptures. The discreet decoration, of thyme green velvet and golden brass, offers you physical and mental comfort for a unique experience.

  • 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

Philippe Borderieux

Plastic Artist

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

Nature has always been present in my life and in my pictorial work. Whether in my "burned gardens" or in my last canvases of forest, I have always loved and lived nature. So this project necessarily involves me and speaks to me. As I live and work in the heart of Paris, the idea of offering - to demanding people like me when it comes to their comfort and pleasure - a real setting to rest in the heart of nature... great! then inevitably I was convinced from the first contact with this lodge in the heart of the forest and am very impatient to go and spend weekends on the spot !

How did you chose the work of art that dress the Lodge ?

I chose with Anne-Caroline the works that spoke to her and told a story. I wanted to offer a journey through these paintings. A journey to the land of the subtle colours of the Nile and its shores, a journey to the land of nuances as one can experience by looking at the colours of nature present through the immense windows of this lodge. A journey in light too. A multitude of canvases that compose a work around a common trunk that is the Nile in which flows water, vital... as a multitude of leaves that compose a tree around a trunk, in which circulates sap, vital...

Biography

A multitude of canvases that compose a work around a common trunk that is the Nile in which flows water, vital... as a multitude of leaves that compose a tree around a trunk, in which circulates sap, vital...

Philippe Borderieux is a visual artist, born in 1952 in Bourges. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Cachan, and teaches from the beginning of his career as a painter at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Caen. Nature is at the heart of Borderieux’s work ; it offers the artist a wide repertoire of signs that form the basis of a universal and elementary system of shapes and colours,” recalls Jean-François Mozziconacci (Chief Heritage Officer).
Through the use of various mediums – painting, drawing and ceramics -, which he considers to be complementary, Philippe Borderieux restores the atmosphere of the garden, in an impetus of freshness and fruitfulness. In a confined and reassuring space, it expresses, through biffurs and overlappings, the abundance of nature and its constant renewal. He thus reveals buried memories of the banks of the Loire, the place of his childhood. In this way a whole set of emotions and daydreams develop, in a tamed nature, echoing the myths of the enchanted island.
In a sense, its point of view responds to a genuine archaeological approach, since he transcribed the image of a charred nature, as a reminiscence of his childhood. His work then becomes a true «conservatory of emotions». He writes quite rightly: «I have transformed the landscapes of my life into an herbarium of the before world in the workshop». His interest in faded flowers is a perfect illustration of this; he confides himself “it is what I no longer look at that I like”.
His artistic approach reveals a great deal of spontaneity in the representation of this plant universe. He made several paintings in a row, in an almost frantic movement, a handful of lead pencils, which he let go freely. He talks about, more than he does, a reality. He talks about “exhaustion sessions”, which he justifies by the instinctive force that invades him when he is at work.

Philippe, if you were...

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

    The forest of Tronçais

  • A tree, you would be...

    A birch

  • A part of this tree...

    Its white bark

  • A forest dweller, you would be...

    The hermit

  • A season, you would be...

    Spring

  • A mushroom, you would be...

    An edible mushroom is better! ...a sheep’s foot

  • A wind, you would be...

    Trade winds

  • A smell, you would be...

    The smell jasmin