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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

Moulin Renaudiots is a vine-clad 17th-century millhouse, hidden in the Burgundy hills for hundreds of years before it was renovated and modernised in grown-up Gallic fashion. Re-imagined as a stylish and serene retreat, it backs onto a bubbling stream, surrounded by lush woodland. Inside there's a peaceful balance between the original stone and wood features, modern artwork and rustic furnishings. Guest rooms are generously sized, overlooking peaceful gardens and the surrounding hills – your hosts, Trevor and Evelyne, have mastered the art of tranquil teamwork.

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A house aperitif of home-made crème de cassis and local white wine

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five.

Check–out

11am. Check-in is from 4pm until 7pm; call Trevor and Evelyne beforehand if you'll arrive later.

Rates

Double rooms from $164.43 (€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.

Hotel closed

12 November until early April.

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, if ordered in advance, guests can tuck in to 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; their speciality apéro is a Kir Royale, made with their own crème de cassis. After hours, guests can serve themselves from the well-stocked wine fridge in the lounge. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are free.

Last orders

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

Room service

None.

Smith Insider

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…

Worth getting out of bed for

Head into ancient Autun and explore this 2,000-year-old Roman town (in particular, its impressive Saint Lazare Cathedral). Make full use of the Morvan forest on your doorstep – hike, fish and canoe your way through the wooded lands and lakes. Base Nautique du Moulin du Vallon in Autun will send you sailing and kayaking (+33 (0)3 85 86 95 80).

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. If arriving from the north, exit at Beaune centre and follow the signs to Autun, then take the road to Le Creusot/Lyon (N80). You'll pass the lake and golf course, then after 1.5 km, head in the direction ofdirection of Auxy; after 400m, take the small road to your left, ignoring the no-entry sign. The mill is the first large house at the bottom of the slope. The car park is 50m past the house on the left.

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 chambre d’hotes, while assuring them that any pronunciation- related jaw-ache will be more than compensated for by …
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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

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Moulin Renaudiots's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The house is fantastic, and we really loved our room, it was spacious with its own bath tub - bliss. The design is really exquisite yet the place does retain a homely feel. Overlooking the garden in the evening or throwing open the windows makes any stress just disappear, it really is lovely especially if you are used to living and working in a city. There were lovely choices at breakfast where we met up with the other guests and welcoming hosts. There was also no TV, which meant peace! There was also good parking and the wifi worked really well.

Don’t expect

We didn't receive the Smith extra at this hotel. It would be great to have facilities to make a tea or coffee either in the rooms, or in the guest lounge. If I were to be really picky, the products (Sephora basics) are not quite in the same quality as the rest of the house. Note that it is a 10 min drive to Autun when you're going out in the evening (not a criticism just to be aware of this). Keep a look out for the small sign on the side door as you drive past (its the first house after the turn), we missed it the first time as did some of the other guests.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the beautiful building in an idyllic setting, delightful warm and knowledgeable hosts, delicious meals on certain nights, and the very comfortable bed in lovely St Pierre, where the children were very snug in the separate sitting-room area. 

Don’t expect

I think extra towels for the swimming pool would be handy, and I would've liked the opportunity to have a drink or make tea or coffee in the evening when meals aren't provided.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a great location: a quiet, lovely house with only five rooms, and gardens and a plunge pool. I liked the comfortable, well-equipped large rooms with great communal areas/lounge where guests meet and chat. I enjoyed the marvellous hosts and a great breakfast, all included in a very reasonable price.

Don’t expect

My only regret was missing the twice weekly banquet when dinner is also available and everyone eats together including the hosts.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything! The location was off the beaten path yet close to wineries and restaurants. The interior and exterior gardens were top notch (I only wish my house was so carefully curated).

Rating: 10/10 stars