Country’s favorite couple gave Architectural Digest the inside scoop on their own 20-acre island. According to the magazine, they purchased L’île d’Anges in 2003 but it was a much bigger project than they ever imagined.
“We set out to build a house. We had no idea we had to build everything else,” Hill tells AD. “We basically had to build a little town.”
They needed all the basics including electricity — and even running water! The couple enlisted the help of a Nashville architecture and interior design firm, McAlpine. Architect Bobby McAlpine and his partner, Greg Tankersley, worked with McGraw and Hill to create their own private paradise.
“We wanted to feel connected to the outside,” Hill says. “When the breeze comes through the room, it’s just life-changing… It really is! It’s something for the soul.”
“We wanted it set up so that when we brought people down, they’d get the same feeling that we got when we first came,” her husband explains. “The same reaction to the pristineness of it, to how relaxed it feels. The house is functional but it really blends into the environment.”
Get a sneak peek at the island below and head to Architectural Digest for the complete 411 on L’île d’Anges.