Burgundy, France

Moulin Renaudiots

Rates from (inc tax)$168.60

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Danish-Dutch designer pad

Setting

Water-edged woodland

Vine-covered 17th-century millhouse Moulins Renaudiots in Burgundy is filled with 1950s design classics. Forget stuffy country living: the furniture here is sleek Scandinavian; the art contemporary. Rooms are generously sized, surrounded by fairy-tale woodland and backdropped by a babbling brook – this serene sanctuary is far away from city life.

Smith Extra

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

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 $168.60 (€150), 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.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR165.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a bountiful buffet breakfast.

Also

The small gym has a treadmill, cycling machine, weights bench and multigym.

Hotel closed

12 November until early April.

At the hotel

Gym, 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 and Drink

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At the hotel

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.

At the 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.

Location

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Address
Moulin Renaudiots
Chemin du Vieux Moulin
71400
Autun
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.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask Trevor or Evelyne in advance if you'd like a wine-tasting session in their well-stocked cellar (held from 4pm to 7pm daily). You'll learn a little about the region and terroir before sampling three reds and whites; if you're taken with a tipple, you can buy some to take home too (buy six bottles and the €7 wine-tasting fee is waived). 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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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.

We loved

Relaxing in the beautiful garden.

Don’t expect

Hotel service- this is definitely a B&B set up.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Aug 2016

We loved

The relaxed atmosphere, the highlight was the meal and wine which is a must. We were looked after very well. Autun has a nice square with restaurants, the lake nearby is a lovely walk with a good playground for kids.

Don’t expect

5 star luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2016

We loved

Trevor and Evelyn's hospitality and the tranquility of the hotel. Thank you particularly for a memorable evening. Your food and presentation was spectacular. If you are lucky enough to be invited by Evelyn to join them for dinner do not hesitate to accept.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Aug 2016

We loved

Evelyn and Trevor are the perfect hosts! They'll book local restaurants for you and do not miss their own cooking - a meal worthy of a haute cuisine label. The actual building is wonderful; calm, classy and beautifully decorated. Be sure to take a good look around the garden, Trevor has put a lot of work into it. Don't miss Chapitre restaurant. 

Don’t expect

Partying. This is a peaceful location near a quiet town.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Jun 2016

We loved

Lovely unassuming hosts, delightful communal breakfasts and large, stylish rooms. The grounds are stunning.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed! Difficult to find a more perfect setting or lovelier rooms. Dinner is not available every evening, you may need to go into the local town of Autun, equally delightful square there.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016

We loved

The hosts, their welcome and local knowledge; the hotel decoration; the space in the bedroom; location near various points of interest.

Don’t expect

Lively night-life.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Oct 2015

We loved

The friendly welcome from the owners, the shared lounge with the relaxing music, the decor and the recommendations for dinner and activities

Don’t expect

Any lively nights, in the middle of the Burgundy countryside it is perfect for exploring the wine region by day and cozy nights by the fire

Rating

Stayed on 4 Oct 2015

We loved

The warm welcome we received from Evelyn and Trevor and the aperitif with fresh home grown grapes on the terrace in the September sun.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk to the nearest town.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Sep 2015

We loved

Trevor and Evelyne are wonderful hosts; friendly and hospitable. Sadly, we weren't there for any of Trevor's dinners but heard great things from other guests. The location is lovely and the house and gardens beautiful. Can't imagine staying anywhere else in Burgundy...

Don’t expect

Don't expect to find it first time unless you get directions from Trevor and Evelyne; our sat nav took us to a no entry sign, under which we failed to notice the 'Sauf Riverains' addendum - you have to pretend to be a local and follow this road.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Aug 2015

We loved

Garden was among the most beautiful I have ever seen, Beautifully designed on several different levels. Lovely huge umbrella that you could sit under and gaze on the splendour!

Don’t expect

The pool was a pleasant surprise and the exercise room.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jul 2015

We loved

The beautiful garden, the warmth and hospitality of the hosts, the peaceful scenery, lovely rooms. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

On site meal options. the owners provide a lovely meal two nights a week, but otherwise it's standard to head to town for a meal (or pick up some things at the local supermarket); also there is no aircon which is not an issue at all but the week we were there it was unusually warm (over 35C) so a bit tough for the baby.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2015

We loved

The house itself, our breakfasts and the dinner and wine tasting options from Trevor and Evelyne.

Don’t expect

Couldn't better this experience.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Jul 2015