Hotel Highlights

  • Sleek design haven tucked away in a quiet corner of France
  • Perfect base for exploring the Burgundy wine region
  • Forest-bordering grounds and a stylish pool right next to the stream

Overview

Vine-covered, 17th-century millhouse, Moulins Renaudiots (in Burgundy), is filled with Fifties design classics. Forget stuffy country living, the furniture here is sleek Scandinavian and the art contemporary. But surrounded by fairy-tale woodland and waking up to the sounds of a babbling brook, you won’t forget you’re in a serene sanctuary far away from city life.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $182.01 (€132), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a bountiful buffet breakfast.

At the hotel

Library, free WiFi throughout, free parking, terraced gardens, Sephora products, fireplaces in some rooms.

Our favourite rooms

St André has lots of light, a working fireplace, an Ercol wood-framed settee, concrete floors and direct access to the garden and pool. Pick Arroux if you fancy hardwood floors, lots of space and views of the terraced gardens; it also has an antique armoire and a reading nook upstairs on the loft level. St Andoche has an open bathroom with freestanding bathtub, and the finest views around – of Mont Beuvray and the gardens.

Poolside

There's a sleek black-lined swimming pool in the grounds, close to the stream.

Packing tips

Hiking boots and history books – for the forest and Autun antiquities respectively.

Also

Pets are allowed in St André and St Pierre.

Children

Cots cost €10; extra beds are €30. The restaurant does a children’s menu.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s a table d’hôte on Mondays and Saturdays, when the small black tables in the lounge are pushed together to make a big communal one. Trevor does the cooking, a mix of modern and traditional French food, with menus based on what’s fresh and what takes his fancy that day. Typical dishes include pigeon with cassis sauce, and veal with mushroom risotto, accompanied by wines from the area. On Wednesdays and Fridays guests can order tempting platters with local specialities, including cheeses, charcuterie and salad.

Hotel Bar

There’s no formal bar area, but owners Trevor and Evelyne will bring you drinks in the lounge or on the terrace, any time up until midnight; their speciality apéro is a Kir Royale, made with their own crème de cassis. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are free.

Last orders

Trevor and Evelyne have to turn in at some point, so they'll only prepare your beverages until midnight. Dinner is served on Mondays and Saturdays.

Room service

None.

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Dress code

As comfortable as you’d be in your own (stylish) home.

Top table

There’s only one, but you’ll be seated opposite your partner. In summer, guests dine outside on the terrace.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Le Chapitre on Place du Terreau in Autun is a relaxed restaurant near Saint-Lazare cathedral in the town’s historic quarter (+33 (0)3 85 52 04 01). A 10-minute drive away in Autun, facing the St Lazare of Autun Cathedral, you'll find Le Petit Rolin (+33 (0)3 85 86 15 55); this traditional eatery serves regional cuisine, with locally sourced produce including Burgundy ham and Morvan honey. Down the road at number 14, Le Châteaubriant serves up classic bistro dishes (+33 (0)3 85 52 21 58). Fine dining awaits at Le Charlemagne on Route des Vergelesses, near Beaune (+33 (0)3 80 21 51 45), and at Le Benaton on Faubourg Bretonniere (+33 (0)3 80 22 00 26) in Beaune itself.

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Water-edged woodland

Moulin Renaudiots

Chemin du Vieux Moulin, 71400, Autun, Burgundy, France

Planes

The nearest airport is a 220km away in Lyon. British Airways (www.ba.com) will get you here from London Heathrow.

Trains

Le Creusot station is a 35-minute drive from the hotel. From here, you’ll be able to catch TGV services across France, including to Paris and Lyon.

Automobiles

A car will come in handy for touring the wine road and filling your boot with vintages along the way. Pick one up from the many car hire desks at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Réda Amalou , Boutique builder

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Moulin Renaudiots, Moulin Renaudiots... I speak French every day of my life but, even so, it’s a bit of a mouthful. I can only sympathise with Anglo-Saxon visitors to this countryside cham...

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Moulin Renaudiots

Anonymous review by Réda Amalou, Boutique builder

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Moulin Renaudiots, Moulin Renaudiots... I speak French every day of my life but, even so, it’s a bit of a mouthful. I can only sympathise with Anglo-Saxon visitors to this countryside chambre d’hotes, while assuring them that any pronunciation- related jaw-ache will be more than compensated for by the romance of the magnifique Moulin. Elegant, low-key, luxurious: these are the words that enter my head when I try to describe this peaceful place. So who cares how you say its name?

At the bottom of a hill, surrounded by forest, the Moulin sits a few miles outside Autun, a town founded by the Romans back when Augustus wore the laurels. We walk up the tiered front garden, with its stone walls and parterres of herbs and flowers. We reach the few steps that lead to the main door, and the Moulin whispers to us: ‘We are not yet another hotel in that tired, camped-up French-countryside style, oh no – we have something special up our stylish sleeve’. Unlike Burgundy’s more formal retreats, which feel stuffy at best and, at worst, make you hanker for home and your cherished white walls, this historical hideaway is all about creating a sincere but contemporary experience of France’s fine countryside.

It is then that the owner, Trevor, walks down the stairs and welcomes us. He warmly shows us to our room, a vast, high-ceilinged, studio-like boudoir, replete with 1950s furniture and an exceptional mid-century Kai Kristiansen desk. Brightly hued retro glassware provides graphic colour; the only nod towards the country context comes from a stately dark-wood antique wardrobe looming over the bed. We need to concoct a ruse to see all five rooms, so we say we’re thinking about booking the whole place. And, once we’ve seen the oak-beamed ceilings, the limestone fireplaces and the fantastic ensuite sitting rooms, we’re contemplating it for real.

In the main living and dining area of the renovated 17th-century water mill, deep greys, beiges and whites complement the natural stone walls, original timber-frame ceiling and polished concrete floor. Furnished with sleek Scandinavian and north-European pieces, the living space is arranged around a fireplace; the dining room aligns neatly, with six square tables and 12 smart chairs.

Everything – from the artworks, which include a series of miniature ‘Hopes’ (those instantly iconic graffiti odes to a booming Obama), to an immense and beautiful collection of glassware and china – has been carefully chosen and perfectly arranged, striking a triumphant balance between old and new.

Our next encounter is with Evelyne, the hotel's second genial host. Trevor has asked his partner to organise us a reservation at Chateaubriant, a brasserie in Autun, since the table d’hote isn’t on tonight. Trevor cooks a few nights a week, generally not on Fridays. We’re not sorry to have an excuse to explore, and Trevor and Evelyne, who have lived in the region for years, are brimming with info on what to do (and, crucially, where to avoid).

Crisp-yet-fluffy baguette, croissants and cheese are our perfect Saturday morning breakfast, and we linger in the living room, thumbing our books and succumbing to complete relaxation. Evelyne joins us, and we ask how they came to acquire the Moulin, eight years ago. The answer summarises four fraught years of construction and refurbishment, a two-year spruce-up of the garden, then the addition of a pool and sprawling deck. As with all perfectionists, they have absolutely not finished, and relish the prospect of further beautification.

For the committed wine lover, few are the pages in the atlas that compete with Burgundy for heady map-reading. We set off on a world-class wine-tasting trek, homing in on Meursault and Pommard (among other legendary producers), and carting back crates of serious reds and whites. After a light lunch in Beaune, where the Hospices de Beaune is an essential architectural/cultural/historic stop, we take our time driving home along the Route des Grands Crus, in order to take in the vine-lined landscape.

When the clock strikes seven, l’apero is served on the terrace (or fireside, when it’s unkind outdoors). Here, as the crickets chirp, Mrs Smith sips a cremant de Bourgogne rose, while I manfully sample the Moulin’s signature kir, made with home-crushed creme de cassis. We chat to the other guests: two Belgian couples rejoicing, as we are, in a few precious days’ escape. Trevor is back on chef duty around eight. We dine on pigeon with cassis sauce, followed by veal with mushroom risotto. All this is nothing short of divine, and the Cote de Beaune and Cote Chalonnaise aren’t bad, either.

Trevor and Evelyne have created a genuine original in the Moulin Renaudiots. Yes, it is beautifully designed and, true, it’s beyond welcoming. But what we love most about this boutique guesthouse is its inventive take on the rural retreat. We find a brave new Burgundian world, where the beds are big and comfortable, furniture mid-century iconic, and the bathrooms stylish enough for an interiors shoot. There are strictly no decorative touches depicting scenic cha?teaux, and definitely no flower-choked curtains that grab you and scream ‘Hey city boy! You’re in the country now!’ No, Moulin Renaudiots is much subtler than that. Everything it utters has substance, and it’s all – including the name – conveyed in most seductive tones.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Moulin Renaudiots from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 15 Sep 2012

We loved

The warm welcome, the shared table with other guests, the honest homemade food, the stylish contemporary interior.

Don’t expect

It was not easy to find the place. Maybe a sign at both ends of the one-way road would help.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 9 May 2012

What can I say? Excellent, fabulous etc. Peter’s food is cooked to perfection and the meal in the evening – with the other guests – was great. Our room was very spacious, overlooking the pool. The grounds were also very well kept and it was only a short drive into Autun. Just need to work out how soon we can stay again.

Rating: 8/10 stars