A Couple Can Have This Idyllic French Island All To Themselves – But There’s A Significant Catch

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The island of Quéménès, near France’s northwest coast, is in many ways a desolate place. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean crash against its shores, and bad weather lashes across its treeless land in winter. And at just under a mile long and some seven miles from the mainland, the island could seem to be a daunting place in which to live – let alone run a working farm. However, that’s exactly what one family have done over the past decade.

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So what would make someone leave their old life behind to spend years as the only inhabitants of an isolated island? Well, David Cuisnier – who, along with his wife, Soizic, and their two kids, is one of the soon-to-depart current tenants of the island – explained to the BBC, “Coming here was an act of glorious folly. But it turned into the most wonderful adventure. We developed the farm into a successful business. We raised a family. It has been unforgettable.”

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This is not the first time that farming has been practiced on the island, though. From 1953, for instance, a farmer called Henri Tassin apparently ran a profitable farm there harvesting seaweed. He had also raised livestock – not unlike the Cuisniers. During this period, the island had been home to 30 people. But by the time the Cuisniers arrived, the island had been abandoned for 25 years.

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