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.
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.”