“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House

“D’une île”, the Septime
Country House

A house in the country, it’s an escape. It’s a chance to rest, to find yourself again. Septime’s country house, it’s an escape. It’s a chance to rest, to find yourself again. And to taste delicious food! Here, “you eat well, you drink well”, hope Bertrand Grébaut and Théophile Pourriat. Associates for as long as they can remember, the two friends have added a new star to their constellation. So after Septime, La Cave and Clamato, we have the aptly-named D’une île. Moored in the hamlet of L’Aunay, in the Perche Regional Natural Park, D’une île consists of three little 17th-century buildings of yellow stone, on the edge of a glade. Endowed with its own vegetable garden, the establishment offers creative dining with a leaning towards traditional food (20 covers), and a tranquil, minimalist gîte with 8 bedrooms. This is a novelty for the Parisian duo who for the first time have created a menu specially designed for a restaurant in such a natural setting. For if the Septime cuisine is 75% vegetarian, that of D’une île uses only local produce, coming straight from the garden wherever possible. Fanny Payre and Valentin Burteaux, two young chefs who worked at the Rue de Charonne establishment before transferring to Rémalard, have the job of mollycoddling the vegetables before harvesting them and transforming them into lots of different dishes. Gardening is just one of the many skills that they have had to learn, as well as bread-baking and table service. For at D’une île, there’s no choice but to be versatile! For the immense pleasure of customers keen to enjoy a new experience and the great outdoors, this culinary dependency of Bertrand Grébaut and Théophile Pourriat has everything it takes.

D’une île, lieu-dit L’Aunay, Rémalard – 61110. Phone: 02.33.83.01.47

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“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House
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Extérieur Gîte Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime
Extérieur Sauna Gîte Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime

Bertrand, Théophile: who are you? Can you introduce yourselves, please?

Bertrand

Manager of the Septime, Clamato, La Cave and D’une île restaurants

Théophile

Restaurateur and co-founder of Septime, Clamato, La Cave and D’une île.

Who does what in your duo?

Bertrand

I’m in charge of everything that can be eaten, as well as of the kitchen teams and of communication. Theo is in charge of everything that’s drinkable. He also oversees service and looks after decoration and management. But we make all our big decisions together! Naturally, we always have our teams to help us.

Does art – where you started out – still influence your cuisine?

Bertrand

My initial experience in graphic art has undoubtedly given me ideas that have served me well throughout my apprenticeship in the kitchen and in my profession as a restaurateur. But I like to differentiate and even contrast art and what I am doing now by thinking of us as craftsmen.

What is the link between your different addresses – Septime – Septime Cave – Clamato and Une Île?

Bertrand

Our approach to service and cuisine, which is basically the same. It’s just the format that’s different. But, beyond that common thread lies our strong and lasting commitment to a cuisine that is both rooted in its time and steeped in tradition, with naturally produced wines served in surroundings with atmospheres designed to suit different tastes.

Théophile

Values, a shared long-term commitment. They are different and evolving playing fields.

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Gîte Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime
“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House
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Extérieur Gîte Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime

How did you acquire this property in the Perche? Was it a coincidence that triggered this new opening?

Bertrand

Théo went there in a personal capacity a few years ago. The former owners, a Dutch couple, loved the Septime restaurant. They happened to share their wish to sell it and move on to something else while they were asking us for advice. Finally, after talking about the place, we decided to go and see it. We fell in love at first sight! It was a bit of a coincidence, and it came at a time when we had a conscious need for a new playground coupled with an unconscious need to go green.

Théophile

I discovered the place several years ago. The former owners, who wanted to move on, came to see me in the first instance to find out how to sell the property. A few months later, although we had never considered it before, D’une île appeared to be a logical and coherent way for us to go.

What can we do at D’une île?

Bertrand

D’une île is Septime‘s country home. You can come here to relax in the charming rooms, there is a very good restaurant and inn, you can stroll around the estate or in the Perche forest, and enjoy the sauna and the region in general!

Théophile

It’s a place to come for a break. This is our ideal home in the country. You can potter around on the estate, go to the flea markets in the area, have breakfast, lunch, tastings and dinner on site, and then drink aperitifs while the children play in the cabin and on the trampoline. You can have a sauna and enjoy the forest and the sunset at the same time. In short, you can reconnect.

After a few months spent in Rémalard-en-Perche, what have you discovered about the region and its treasures?

Bertrand & Théophile

The Perche Natural Park is a place with a very strong identity. It is home to committed producers, with a real wilderness dimension, it’s a breeding ground for some amazing products.

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“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House
“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House

The entire menu is based on local products. We don't work with olive oil, no citrus fruits. All our products come from producers and surrounding markets no farther away than Sarthe or Normandy.

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Salle à manger Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime

How do you handle them, do you promote them?

Bertrand

The entire menu is based on local products. For example, we don’t work with olive oil, no citrus fruits. All our products come from producers and surrounding markets no farther away than Sarthe or Normandy. It is a positive constraint that forces us to be creative. We cook according to our general philosophy, quite raw and predominantly vegetable-based but more oriented towards the bistro repertoire, rustic and old-fashioned cuisine such as poultry baked in hay in a cast-iron casserole, roasted leeks with buttermilk and so on.

Who’s in the kitchen here?

Bertrand

At D’une île we have a team of three, all of whom were previously at Septime, all versatile cooks who are also gardeners, bakers and waiters. Théo and I call in regularly to create menus, discuss wine lists and facilities.

What’s one discovery you’ve made here that’s had an impact on you?

Bertrand

The real discovery is having, for the first time, designed a menu for a restaurant that is particularly deeply rooted in the natural environment. The close proximity between the products and the plates speaks for itself!

Théophile

The light, the tastes, the time spent here all have a different resonance.

What would you like to develop over the coming months?

Bertrand

We’re quite happy with what we’ve managed to do in a year with the restaurant. We’re still working on making more and more homemade products (charcuterie, butter, cheese) and making our vegetable garden more and more productive. From the point of view of the hotel, we’ve just created a living room and an additional bedroom. There are still some areas of the buildings and the property that can be converted, that’s still under discussion. We’d like to develop some community spirit, so that people understand that this is not really a hotel but Septime‘s country home!

Théophile

To spark a new approach to hospitality here, by redefining some of the conventions of the hotel industry, some of which are based on luxury, others on our day-to-day approach. We’re keen to continue raising awareness among teams, our customers and as many people as possible about drinking well and eating well, with a sense of awareness and involvement. But we’d never lecture them, of course!

“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House
“D’une île”, the Septime <br> Country House
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Chambre Gîte Rémalard Parc naturel du Perche D'une île Maison de campagne Septime

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