Le Barn, Île-de-France

Le Barn, Île-de-France

one hour outside of Paris
you’ll find Le Barn, a converted farmhouse
hotel that provides the rest and relaxation of a secluded getaway
with novel fixtures tailored to the modern traveller. The hotel is
located in the Rambouillet
amid a landscape of fields, farms and country roads.
Next time you find yourself in the “City of Lights”, consider

packing a weekend bag
crammed with slouchy knits and cosy
woollen socks. Ready yourself to experience the stillness and
serenity a countryside getaway at Le Barn can bring about.


Le Barn’s 71 rooms cater to all types of guest, from the compact
traveller to the more exuberant weekender. If you’re the latter,
opt for the deluxe suites located on the ground floor, with
balconies overlooking views of the pasture grazed by horses. For
something a trifle more low-key, the junior suites with lake views
are a great option. Communal rooms are also available for rest-stop
travellers or large families – those cabin-style bunk-beds aren’t
exclusively for kids.

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is self-serve in the green-house restaurant at La
Serre, a sun-rinsed room furnished in a country-meets-modern style.
Grab a teak chair and select your petit déjeuner at the
marble-countertop bar. Choose from a selection of traditional
French favourites (think: croissants, country bread, cheese,
charcuterie and eggs – served à la coque (soft-boiled) or brouillés
(scrambled)) and wash it all down with a glass of zesty-fresh

How about lunch and dinner?

Le Barn approaches their menu from a bistronomic perspective.
Vegetables are either sourced from the garden on site or gathered
from local markets and producers in the region. The menu is
minimal, changes seasonally and usually consists of a fresh
assortment of salads, fish and grilled meats.

Is there a bar?

is located at the reception desk at the hotel – a
well-chosen spot that assures all guests are sorted with a cold (or
warm) beverage the moment they check-in.


Set in a converted mill, the
centre is one of Le Barn’s best sells, comprising of a
hammam, steam room and sauna as well as wooden outdoor hot tubs.
You can also request more spiritual services by scheduling an
appointment with the in-house osteopath and Ayurvedic masseur. Yoga
classes, kitchen courses and other activities are available on
select weekends. In the meantime, entertain yourself in the hotel’s
library which is stacked with a range of art, design and culture
books in both English and French. Peruse your chosen read on one of
the many sun loungers scattered throughout the property until

Things you should know

The hotel is dog-friendly
– and whether you come hound-in-hand or not – trainers and boots
are an essential packing item for long bucolic walks.

Within a short walk I can find…

country houses
and fields as far the eye can see.