- Style Danish-Dutch designer pad
- Setting Water-edged woodland
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.
Need to know
- Rooms Five.
- Rates Double rooms from $167.24 (€122), excluding tax at 7 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.
- Facilities Library, free WiFi throughout, free parking, terraced gardens, Sephora products, fireplaces in some rooms.
- Poolside There's a sleek black-lined swimming pool in the grounds, close to the stream.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Children Cots cost €10; extra beds are €30. The restaurant does a children’s menu.
- Hotel closed 12 November until early April.
- Also Pets are allowed in St André and St Pierre.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips Hiking boots and history books – for the forest and Autun antiquities respectively.
Food and drink at Moulin Renaudiots
- Hotel restaurant There’s a table d’hôte on Mondays, Fridays 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.
- 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.
- 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, Saturdays and Sundays.
- Room service None.
- 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.