This Picturesque Region Just Outside Paris Is Where the French Go on Vacation — and It Has Chic New Lakefront Cabins

Casa Rosalie is nestled in France's idyllic Perche region.

The exterior of Casa Rosalie on the water

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While Paris is always a good idea, if you ask Parisians about their favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of the French capital, you'll often hear them mention Perche. This picturesque region in Normandy, located about an hour and a half from the City of Light, has emerged as Parisians' go-to weekend vacation spot. The area's scenic landscapes, small medieval villages, and lush forests also brought Anne-Christelle Roussel and Bertrand L'huillier to tranquil Tourouvre-au-Perche, where they opened Casa Rosalie in October 2022.

Nestled between a lake and the forest on seven idyllic acres, the three standalone residences that make up Casa Rosalie offer travelers privacy, modern design, and a range of resort-style amenities such as private pools and an authentic Nordic outdoor bathtub, perched on a small dock at the edge of the lake.

Looking into the bathroom and the living space at Casa Rosalie

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Exterior and pool at Casa Slow

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"An alliance between nature, decoration, and gastronomy makes Casa Rosalie a unique destination," Roussel told Travel + Leisure. "It is, above all, a collection of travel homes nestled in nature, but also a guest house service with local gourmet breakfast and home-cooked dinner."

The duo decorated the houses with natural materials such as wood and linen but also incorporated bold contemporary elements such as patterned wallpaper, Sézane tapestries, Muskhane lampshades, and artisanal Moroccan ornaments. Bathroom toiletries and candles are by Provence-based beauty company Les Choses Simples.

Each house delivers a distinct experience geared toward couples or families. Casa Moon, the smallest of three, has an A-frame design and features two oversized windows offering lake views and a loft-inspired layout.

Bed and living interior looking out of Casa Moon

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The bathroom and ladder into the loft inside Casa Moon

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Families will feel right at home at Casa Friendly. With a spacious deck and a private pool, a cozy living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fully equipped kitchen with a pizza oven, it is the ultimate family retreat. In the bathroom, a soaking tub looks out onto the forest from an oversized window.

Ladder leading up to the loft inside Casa Friendly

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And finally, Casa Slow peeks out from the lush forest, with stunning lake vistas, an elevated deck with a pool and a shaded lounge area, a kitchenette with a dining table, and plenty of windows and skylights.

Interior of a bed and bathroom at Casa Slow

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Food is essential to the Casa Rosalie experience as Roussel, originally from Malta, shares her family's recipes with guests. Breakfast often includes local camembert cheese made from raw milk, dry Norman sausage, homemade cakes, brioche, and fresh eggs.

Nightly rates at Casa Rosalie start at $221 (or €210), and you can book your stay here.

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