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Le Moulin Bregeon
Reviewed October 1, 2013

I stay this summer with some friends at the Moulin Bregeon and omg I love the authenticity of the building and the interiors where chic and very comfortable the teams at the Mill are very welcoming and fun to be around. the surrounding is exquisite there is so much to do in the region and the mill provided tours that where excellent .Food was fabulous ! I eat better at the mill then in Paris

Room Tip: All rooms are great and each one has its own charm
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a charismatic mill with a beautiful atmosphere and a gorgeous location. Each room is individually styled, but comfortable and all amenities.

Ideally situated to explore the beautiful Loire valley. Everyone works hard to ensure that you get the best out of your visit. The food is excellent prepared on the premises by Bernard and Pascal.

You will leave feeling that you have spent time with old friends.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank Toffeesheena
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We stayed a Le Moulin-Bregeon in August, 2013, having purchased a 6-night “Art Trek” package offered by the hotel in partnership with Gail Barnett, dba Time Out to Travel. The travel brochure distributed by Time Out to Travel promised “an elegant retreat” with “beautifully appointed luxury accommodations adorned with fine art and regional antiques” and “daily painting lessons.” The hotel’s own website also touted “luxurious baths” with “Martin de Candre artisanal soaps from the Domaine de Mestre workshop.” When we arrived and were shown our room, we thought perhaps we had made a wrong turn in the road or were erroneously taken to the servant’s quarters. Our “luxurious bath” had an unenclosed shower in one corner consisting of a badly-stained cement slab floor and a drain. There was a partial shower curtain separating the shower from the toilet, but no curtain in front so the water from the shower splashed all over the bathroom floor. There was a pedestal sink in one corner with a badly stained basin and some very decrepit shutter doors hiding the water heater. There was no “artisanal soap” – just a bar of soap that looked like it came from the local supermarket. And there was no bathtub or bidet. The door to the bathroom was missing the door knob apparatus so there was no way to completely close it for privacy. We found a piece of ribbon that we threaded through a hole in the door and used that as a door pull to at least pull the door closed. There were no terry cloth bathrobes or slippers, which are typically provided at luxury hotels, and there was no wifi connection in the room (even though the hotel’s website falsely advertises free wifi throughout the hotel). We had two single beds which were not even the standard width of twin beds – they were the width of cots. The mattresses were lumpy and uncomfortable and the covers tumbled onto the floor whenever I tried to roll over. The room had a musty smell and there was a noisy dehumidifier which we were instructed to leave on 24/7. I had to sleep with earplugs because the noise of the dehumidifier kept me awake at night. There were some very decrepit old chairs in the outdoor sitting area that looked like they were retrieved from a junk pile. They were covered in rust and peeling paint and had broken backs and seats. We had to scrape the bird poop off before we could sit down.

We were part of a group of seven participants, three of whom had signed up for the art lessons and the other four just along to sight-see and shop. Although the objectives of the two groups didn’t completely mesh, we were all consolidated for the daily excursions that were part of our purchased package. Even though the group was accompanied on the daily excursions by the tour organizer, Gail Barnett, the art instructor, Carol DuChamp, and at least three hotel staff members, no one appeared to be in charge and coordination was poor. As a result, there was no clear timeline for each day’s activities. Departure times were determined by whenever everyone eventually showed up – often resulting in lengthy waits for stragglers. On one occasion, because no one was counting heads, we took off and left one tour participant behind. When her presence was eventually noticed, we had to turn around and go back to retrieve her. Travel times to the various destinations were often grossly underestimated, so we arrived much later than promised. The scheduled art lessons in several destinations never happened because insufficient time was allowed. The itinerary for this trip was both poorly thought out and poorly implemented. This was by far the most disorganized “organized” tour I have ever been on.

The hotel personnel, while extremely kind and gracious, had no formal hotelier training. As a result, the operation had an amateur feel to it. At times, it was downright comic – like something out of a Laurel and Hardy movie. For example, on one excursion, one of the two vehicles being used to transport the group broke down and the hotel personnel accompanying the group were in a dither trying to figure out what to do. Eventually they packed all twelve people into a nine-passenger van for an uncomfortable two-hour drive back to the hotel. And then there was the time we bought a bottle of wine at a winery and asked one of the staff to chill it for us. He put it in the freezer and forgot about it until the next day when it was discovered frozen solid with the cork popped out!

The one thing the hotel did excel in was the food service. We had daily breakfast and dinner as part of the package, and the meals were excellent. Two of the principals, Bernard and Pascal, are trained sous chefs and the hotel brought in a professional chef to prepare a five course dinner for us for five of the six nights we were there. The table was always beautifully set - Pascal did an amazing job with the decorations. And I really appreciated the fresh eggs Bernard prepared for me every morning at breakfast. I have nothing but praise for the kindness and graciousness of everyone on the hotel staff. They really bent over backwards to accommodate us and I think some of them were truly concerned that we were unhappy with our accommodations.

The bottom line is that, while this was an interesting experience, I doubt I would go back. I definitely would not buy any kind of “package tour” because I don’t think they are capable of delivering the promised services. I certainly felt short-changed with respect to the art lessons. What little painting I did was done back at the hotel on my own, and I could have done this without paying the extra fee for the art lessons. And the thing that really put me off was the gross misrepresentation on both the hotel web site and in the Time Out to Travel brochure concerning the “luxuriousness” of the accommodations. There are a number of terms that come to mind for describing this hotel – such as rustic, shabby-chic, or authentic (bordering on primitive) – but definitely not “luxury.” While some rooms were clearly better than others, they charge the same price for all. The “White Room” is the room most frequently shown in photos on the web site and travel brochures, and it is definitely far superior to what we had. If you decide to go, I would recommend booking directly with the hotel and requesting the White Room. If it’s not available, go somewhere else. There are plenty of luxury accommodations in the Loire Valley for far less than this place charges.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

The pictures I saw online of Le Moulin Bregeon did not do enough to prepare me for the experience of this charming place. It’s like living out a magazine layout of the most beautiful French country house with all the details in place; the organic garden with a stick fence to keep the wandering chickens out, a brook that runs under the house to create auspicious Feng Shui energy, huge hazelnut trees that perfume the air.

Everyone at the Moulin is so welcoming and friendly, eager to show me around. A happy chocolate lab named Figaro, greeted me upon arrival, as did the chickens, geese, and kitties. There are also 2 friendly goats who roam the property. It’s all so natural and yet it looks so perfectly orchestrated. The owner, Jonathan Robinson, has a talent for creating a balance of details and elements for aesthetics but easy and comfortable living. He lives his passion and it’s evident in every detail of the Moulin. Each room is designed and decorated to blend in with the surroundings. Every door handle, sink, floor tile is meticulously chosen for authenticity, function and style. This is how life is meant to be lived, enjoying the simple things in life, good conversation, good food, good wine.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

My husband Barry and I stayed at Moulin Bregeon this past May, 2012 and so enjoyed it's natural beauty and the care the owner and his employees gave to us was very special and a god memory! We learned so much about the area, ate fresh food, had interesting chats and would recommend the experience...Turkeys, Geese and wonderful labradors welcome you. It is a vacation from a time before to be appreciated...
Jean & Barry Lamkin

Stayed: May 2012
4  Thank Barry L
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

You can stay at the Moulin and do as much or as little as you like. It is a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere combined with excellent food and wine. We also heard that some famous celebrities have stayed there – but we won’t mention any names!

For us the “all-inclusive” package including cooking classes and guided tours was ideal. We like active vacations and we are big foodies. So the itinerary was perfect. We would start each day off with a hearty and delicious breakfast, after which Bernard or Pascal would take us on a historic, cultural, or culinary tour of the area. Some examples include a vineyard, a mushroom cave, an olive oil press, 14th century castles, and even the Fontevraud Abbey, which houses the tomb of Richard the Lionheart. The Loire Valley is a truly amazing area with a rich history. It was the home of the French Aristocracy before Louis the XIV moved the family to Versailles. Add good food and wine, and it’s the perfect vacation.

Everything seemed very accessible and you could probably venture out on your own, but having Bernard and Pascal there to guide us made everything so easy and relaxing. They took care of all the details, timing, driving, etc. In addition, we were constantly running into their friends at the market, at the pastry shop, the antique store, etc. It was a great opportunity to talk to the locals in the area and get a true feel for life in the region. I don’t think we would have gotten the same experience had we tried to do it on our own.

The cooking classes and dinners were a wonderful experience as well. We enjoy cooking, but we are not professionals by any means. The classes were interesting and informative, but not stressful (you can participate as much or as little as you like). Dinner was a very pleasant way to end the day. Our hosts dined with us almost every night since we were the only guests staying at the inn for most of our time there. We really felt like we were dining with good friends rather than at a restaurant.

Overall, this was a lovely vacation and good value too for a culinary itinerary. Check out: http://www.cookingholidays.co.uk/france/018-moulin-bregeon.shtml

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

Everyone was great, they took us out on day trips. The food was very good and the accommodations was very rustic and beautiful everything was restored to its original design..very quaint and charming. Etsuko is a very gracious hostess, always there to lend a hand on what ever we need. Bernard was fabulous in giving us a taste of different wines every nights!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Moulin Bregeon

Address: 49490 Linieres-Bouton, France
Location: France > Pays de la Loire > Maine et Loire > Linieres-Bouton
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Linieres-Bouton
Price Range: $283 - $288 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 15th-century water mill in the Loire Valley transformed into an elegant guest house. Five luxury suites await you, beautifully appointed with fine art and antique furniture. ill your days here with cooking classes, learning the cuisine de terroir. Discover the fine wine caves and vineyards of the Loire. In the evenings, dine by candlelight next to a roaring fireplace in the winter, or al fresco beneath the stars. ur goal is to make your stay at the Moulin Brégeon an extraordinary experience. We organize custom events, specially tailored to each client. ... more   less 
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