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“A wonderful little honeymoon”
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Le Moulin du Roc
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Wendover, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful little honeymoon”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed at the Moulin du Roc for 4 nights after we got married in mid-July. We were looking for somewhere to completely relax, and had originally hoped that we could do this by relaxing by the beautiful pool. Unfortunately, the weather was awful, but the Moulin still enabled us to achieve what we were looking for.

The hotel is absolutely beautiful and has lots of quirky little nooks and crannies that makes and interesting layout. The hotel is within walking distance of Champagnac de Belair village, where there are a few little shops if you are looking for supplies. Also, it is a good location for driving the few miles to Brantome, which is a gorgeous town, with lots more going on.

The Moulin is famed for its restaurant - it is quite pricey (Breakfast - 18 Euros, Lunch - 48 Euros, Dinner - 68 Euros), so we didn't eat there very much, but we did manage to have dinner there one night, which didn't disappoint! The food was absolutely breathtaking!!!Just be aware of the extras that add on to the overall cost.

Our room (Avoine) was lovely and had a a gorgeous four-poster bed overlooking the river, which was so tranquil. We had a lovely bathroom, with his and hers sinks, a jacuzzi bath and a super power shower!!! There were a couple of things missing - tea and coffee facilities and an ironing board. when we did ask for an iron board, it came without a cover, which makes it a bit difficult to iron effectively!! The room had a stereo, into which we could plug our iPods, which was a really good touch and allowed us to create our own space.

All in all, I would recommend this hotel as a beautiful relaxing hotel for couples needing a break and a bit of pampering. The staff were excellent and made us feel so welcome and we couldn't have asked for a better few days.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

We spent 5 nights at Le Moulin du Roc as a base for exploring the northern the Dordogne. The location is superb: a short drive into Brantome provides access to a charming village with a number of restaurants to choose from, and one can make day trips to visit chateaux, caves, "les plus beaux villages de France", and other attractions. Our room, the Eglantine, featured a lovely view from a small deck overlooking the Dronne. The bed was comfortable for both of us, and the bathroom was nicely finished, though it could have used an opening window for ventilation. Air conditioning was not up to the task, one of our three disappointments with the stay at Le Moulin du Roc. Even though the weather was not unseasonably hot, we were told that there simply wasn't enough "power" to cool our room. That made it difficult to sleep, although it cooled off outside by about 2:00 am if one opened the windows. For this class of hotel, the air conditioning should be sufficient--no excuse for that in our view.

The grounds are well kept and peaceful; the pool, while not long enough for real lap swimming, is relaxing and nicely situated. Breakfast on the terrace is a wonderful way to start the day, making one feel that all of France is a beautiful garden. The tourism office in Brantome sells a helpful map of hikes from Champagnac de Belair, all of which make good running options for those so inclined, including links to the well-signed Grande Randonnée tracks.

There is WiFi access but it only works well in the reception area, which is really not set up as a work space, and to a lesser extent, on the terrace. Why not invest in a few WiFi boxes that can be plugged into outlets in the guest rooms?

The third disappointment, and somewhat of a surprise to us, was our dinner at the restaurant, which has one Michelin star. Having had a number of nice meals at one star and Bib Gourmand restaurants, we didn't find the cooking up to the task. It wasn't bad by any means, but for the money, there are better options in terms of quality and value in the area. The service was variable: it started at a nice pace, then we experienced a huge gap. Our conclusion is that the star was mostly awarded for location, which is sublime.

In summary: superb location, beautiful property, lovely grounds, but it's hard to rate 180 Euros per night as more than average with inadequate AC, very limited WiFi, and a mediocre but high priced dining experience.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Andernos-les-Bains, France
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

I always hoped a place this good would exist, and here it is at last. Our room (Paquerette) was charming. The hotel is lovely in every way; the staff is perfect. It is worth paying for a deluxe room with a balcony (mind all don’t have a balcony). We booked ours in advance on a non-cancellable basis and it cost 156 euros and was really worth it.

The restaurant serves exquisite food in a lovely decor, but is really expensive. We enjoyed the three course lunch deal at 42 euros including drinks (served mon-sat) but decided that dinner at 68 euros without the drinks was out of our depth. Breakfast costs 18 euros and is very ordinary: the classical continental breakfast with a fresh squeezed orange juice.

The hotel is close to the lovely towns of Brantôme and Bourdeilles in a lovely area of Dordogne.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

We arrived at the Moulin after an exhausting flight from New Orleans to Atlanta to Paris, and a TGV ride to Angouleme; then an hour drive to Champagnac de Belair.We (three seniors) were exhausted, and had not reserved for dinner thinking we'd collapse to our rooms. But we were hungry! We asked if we could have a light, early (6-ish) dinner in the garden - a salad or cheese plate would be fine. No problem for the wonderful staff of the Moulin. We were served a beautiful and most delicious and filling salad. We were off to a perfect start to our two-night stay.
Our rooms (Sarrazin and Noisette) were attractive and comfortable with nice terraces on the little river. Sound sleep eased our jet-lag.
Breakfasts were excellent, served one morning in the dining room and the other on our terraces. A leisurely lunch in the garden was almost perfection. Almost, because two of us did not like the fish. The rabbit was ok. But the Begerac white, the cold foie gras, beet and chevre salad, etc. more than made up for the plats.
During our stay in the nearby "most beautiful village" of St-Jean-de-Cole we returned to the Moulin for a well-deserved- Michelin-starred dinner. We still argue over whether the tart of foie gras, artichoke and onion confit or the foie gras wrapped in cabbage was the better entree. I vote for the incredible foie gras/cabbage! And for the amazing lamb!
The hotel itself does not have a decorator's look a la Relais et Chateaux hotels. It looks like a fine old home where the generations have added to the collection of antiques and memorabilia. One might want to remove the tasseled lamp shades, but most pieces, especially the silver, looks carefully and lovingly chosen.
Brantome, ten minutes from the Moulin, is one of the loveliest towns in France, and deserved more time than we afforded it. I guess that means we'll have to return to the Moulin du Roc! Willingly so.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Zurich Switzerland
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

We arrived at the Moulin after 9 hours drive and were quite exhausted. Reception was excellent and we were directed to our room. We had a suite called "Noisette". Perfect.
Large, big balcony / terrasse overlooking the "river". Very well done and the furniture is perfect. It fits exactly the location. Bed was big for french standard and very comfortable.
Bathroom with a bath tub and a shower absolutely no complain. We had our "apero" outside in the garden as well as our dinner. Food is excellent. The wine waiter was perfect. Food and service was great. Breakfast as well with fresh breads and jam and a few fresh fruits.
Second night as well perfect. The dinner was excellent. I had some fresh tagliatelle with truffle as well with a goose liver "roasted" my oh my. Plus the wine waiter surprised us with a Pouilly Fuisse which was..... no comment. The funny think about it was that this bottle was produced the same year my friend and my met (1987). Anyway our stay was perfect. I can only think of coming back and spend some more days there.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend and friends as part of a wine tasting tour of the Dordogne. This was the last hotel we stayed in as part of that trip. The hotel is primarily known as a restaurant in the waterways of France. It really is a stunning hotel....surrounded by water and water wheels. Our room, which was deemed one of the basic rooms, was absolutely charming....small, but magical with a four poster bed. It looked right over the water and to be honest, left me wondering in astonishment what the higher quality of rooms would be like if this was what you get for basic. The swimming pool is very pretty, but perhaps a little bit run down. I think replacing the sunloungers and a quick lick of paint would solve the problem....I may be being very picky as we had stayed in some outstanding hotels as part of the trip... We also ate in the reaturant one night which is set right by the water. Extremely romantic......I was particularly impressed when (due to me feeling a little bit chilly) my boyfriend got up from the table to fetch me a wrap from our room, but was stopped by one of the waitresses who had already noticed and had brought me one of the hotel's silk wraps.....a very nice touch!
The food was delicious....as it should be for a michelin star restaurant. The sommelier was a little bit snotty but no worse than you would usually expect in a top end French restaurant. This hotel is also relatively close to Brantome which is a very picturesque town with some very nice restaurants of all price ranges. I would recommend eating at Le Moulin de l'Abbaye restaurant for a special occassion which is set in probably the most romantic spot in Brantome.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

This inn in magical. The watermill, surrounding creek and property give the place a fairy tale quality. The level of service is excellent -- the Michelin star restaurant service extends to the hotel -- and the rooms are comfortable and quaint.

The hotel grounds are also wonderful and include a tennis court, small, but very pleasant pool and lovely seating areas. If you're in the area, I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Moulin du Roc
Address: Avenue Eugene Leroy, 24530 Champagnac de Belair, France
Location: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Dordogne > Champagnac de Belair
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Champagnac de Belair
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Hotel Class:4 star — Le Moulin du Roc 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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