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“Quirky but relaxing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Domaine Du Moulin Vallee Heureuse

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Domaine Du Moulin Vallee Heureuse
R.N.5 - Route de Geneve, 39800 Poligny, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Poligny
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“Quirky but relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

This place wasn't quite what we were expecting, but we nonetheless enjoyed our stay. It has very much a B&B feel - almost like staying with an eccentric aunt and uncle. The whole property is slightly damp, mouldy and run-down, but the new rooms are quite fancy. But even they have a delightfully wacky selection of mis-assorted distressed furniture. A good-sized bathroom, unscreened from the bedroom, and, as so often in France, just a bath-tap shower-head, with neither fixture, nor shower curtain, so something of a challenge if you don't want a bath. No internet. Mine hosts are charming, solicitous and very chatty. We had a nice dinner, and the hotel is clearly trying hard at that, but breakfast was interesting. We did manage to elicit fruit, cereal (individual packs of kiddy-Kelloggs...), yoghurt - but we had to specify these, no actual 'buffet'. But lovely breads, juice etc. otherwise.

We picked this place as a base for Jura walking, and it was fine for that. We mainly ate in Arbois, where there are some good options.

We probably wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

The hotel was originally a water mill & has been converted into a small hotel using some rooms in the original building & by creating a new wing of 5 or 6 rooms that run out over the mill stream. First impressions were rather alarming - the drive down from the road was untidy, the garden unkempt & the route up from the parking space to reception tortuous & tatty. But the proprietors (Isabelle & Patrice Masson) were welcoming & jolly & we had one of the new rooms, which was quite large with a small balcony overlooking the garden. At the end of the walkway leading to the room one could look down into the mill stream & catch the flash of trout in the water. These rooms are en suite but the bathroom walls are clear glass, so you need to keep the room door shut so as not to entertain other guests! There was no shower curtain so taking a shower without squirting half the water onto the floor was a bit tricky. The rooms are not air-conditioned so you need to risk open windows if you're not going to stifle. The rush of water down the mill race is very evident - it either lulls you to sleep or keeps you awake all night cursing the noise.
We had a delicious dinner on the terrace (37.50 Euros each) but didn't stay for breakfast.
This is an eccentric sort of a place that exists in a state of cheerful & friendly chaos. I cannot imagine that it will stay the same - it will either sort itself out & become a desirable boutique hotel or descend into general tattiness. But if you like this sort of quirkiness give it a try.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2009

Nice, modern hotel including indoor and outdoor swimming pool. We arrived all 17 of us including 9 children from 0 to 9 years old. Not only the cook prepared great food, he actually got them to work and serve some dishes.
France like I remember it when I went visiting a farmer uncle in the 70's. The hotel itself is an old mill sitting on top of its own river.
Definitely a cool experience, good value for money but not cheap. Can't make myself love the local red wine though.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Domaine Du Moulin Vallee Heureuse

Address: R.N.5 - Route de Geneve, 39800 Poligny, France
Location: France > Franche-Comte > Jura > Poligny
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Poligny
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Isabelle and patrice welcome you in an old eighteenth century mill; our three stars hotel is your perfect haven in the heart of the jura vineyard. This charming family hotel invites you to a delightful stay and provides you with every comfortable and convenient accomodation. All tradition rooms were renovated in 2011.In the panoramic restaurant or on the terraces, you will appreciate regional gourmet cooking.Everything will be made for your wellness. ... more   less 
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