Please don’t eat the ceil­ing

Montreal Gazette - - HOME FRONT - MELISSA HANK

Home sweet home, in­deed. Ar­ti­san choco­latier Jean-Luc De­cluzeau has joined forces with the travel web­site Book­ing.com to build a cot­tage that would make Willy Wonka weep with joy.

The cot­tage is lo­cated in a glass struc­ture called the L’Orangerie Ephémère, found in the gar­dens of the ce­ram­ics mu­seum Cité de la Céramique lo­cated on the out­skirts of Paris, in Sèvres, France.

Up to four peo­ple can stay there for 50 eu­ros (CDN$75), per night.

“I never thought I’d have the op­por­tu­nity to build a life-size Cho­co­late Cot­tage for trav­ellers to sleep in!” said Jean-Luc De­cluzeau, ac­cord­ing to Apart­ment Ther­apy.

“I’m ex­cited to col­lab­o­rate with Book­ing.com and to share my pas­sion for cho­co­late. I hope guests will rel­ish the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence such a sweet and unique place to stay.”

The 18-square-me­tre struc­ture is con­structed with about 1.5 tons of cho­co­late; De­cluzeau and his son spent a to­tal of 600 hours build­ing it.

In ad­di­tion to mak­ing up the walls and roof, the sweet stuff was used to craft the fire­place, dresser, clock, cups, books and chan­de­lier. Out­side the cot­tage, there’s a white cho­co­late duck pond and flower bed crafted from cho­co­late. Just about the only things not com­pris­ing co­coa are the beds, floors and out­door ta­ble.

As an added bonus, guests can par­tic­i­pate in a work­shop on mak­ing mini cho­co­late homes with De­cluzeau him­self.

Known for his in­tri­cate edi­ble art­work and sculp­tures, De­cluzeau is the au­thor of the book Culte ou pas­sion choco­lat (Wor­ship or Cho­co­late Pas­sion).

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A cho­co­late cot­tage in France by Jean-Luc De­cluzeau is crafted with about 1.5 tons of cho­co­late and took 600 hours to build.

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