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“Relaxing rural retreat”
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Moulin de Villeray
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Relaxing rural retreat”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

This is a nice hotel in a pretty spot on the River Huisne. We were originally booked at the nearby Chateau but were offer a free upgrade to a junior suit at the mill. As the restaurant is located at the mill and the chateau is at the top of quite a steep hill we jumped at it. This was a good move as the suite was very nice, comfortable, and provided a really good nights sleep. The restaurant is very good with an excellent choice of dishes and a good and not overly expensive wine list. Breakfast was also very good. Service was good and the owners are very friendly. Their dog is truly a site to behold.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Was an amazing retreat, easy come easy go attitude, extremely helpful and friendly staff. The Chateau and Mill have been tastefully restored so they keep the rustic and historic charm. The Spa is very modern and lovely way to relax with steam room / sauna / swimming pool.. The food was amazing, myself and my partner tried a lot of traditional French cuisine and a bit too much alcohol, but that was fine as the walks in the beautiful surroundings and relaxation in the spa was perfect for any hangover! We also hired out bikes and cycled around from village to village and got a great sense of rural French lifestyles. I cannot recommend this enough, reading a few other reviews that was negative, they seem to miss the point that this is a traditional French Chateau with a traditional French way of life it wont be all shiny and new (apart from the spa) it's what gives it it's charm, you won't find elevators and why would you?! I'm looking forward to coming back, we miss being here already!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

I stayed at Le Moulin 30 years ago and was enchanted by the place. I remember a glorious setting, coupled with excellent and friendly service, in a first class hotel and restaurant and I have wanted to return ever since. Regrettably, for a whole host of reasons, that had not proved possible until yesterday when our travel plans at last allowed us to stay there, en route back home to Jersey, I described the hotel in glowing terms to my wife, who had not stayed there before, and we were both enthusiastically looking forward to it.
First impressions were that the setting is indeed very special. Sadly that didn't last beyond reception, which is tacky and where we were greeted impersonally and without any warmth whatsoever. Our room, while spectacularly located, immediately over the river, did nothing to improve our early impressions and I quickly formed the impression that nothing had been done to the decor or to upgrade the hotel - other than the rather average spa - since I was last there. This impression was confirmed when we asked for afternoon tea in the lounge. Here the decor falls far short of what one would expect from a 4 star hotel. The sofas are sagging, the floor covering is worn, everything is a rather dirty brown colour, the lighting is dim and there is a complete absence of those so important touches that create a warm and welcoming environment. On top of that the room was far from clean and some places were thick with dust.
It was therefore with some trepidation that we entered the restaurant for dinner. However, here the atmosphere was very different and although the decor probably hasn't changed in 30 odd years either, it was clean and the mood lighting gave the room a nice warm feel, as did the staff, who were welcoming and helpful. The dinner was good too. Not exceptional but very good nonetheless.
in the morning we had continental breakfast served in our room which was fine but when we checked out there was again a complete lack of charm or grace. We paid the bill and left without a single word of "we hope you enjoyed your stay", "have a safe journey" or anything along those lines.
Our lasting impression is that the family who own and run the hotel have fallen out of love with it and that the beauty of the building and its glorious setting deserve far more than they are giving it. We very much hope that they will soon wake up to the treasure they own and give the hotel the redecoration it so desperately needs, and massively raise their game, in the hotel side at least, to make their guests feel welcome. Alternatively, in our opinion they should sell it to someone who will do justice to what could and should be a very special place.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

we stayed here for one night on 28 August - the room/suite ( in the cottage next to the main building ) was quite excellent as was the whole experience of le moulin - the team ( especially Muriel ) provided top class service and the food was michelin class - we cannot praise it too highly - Villeray is a beautiful little village with the Chateau a short stroll up the road and well worth a visit -
we'll be back !

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2012 via mobile

First the positives. The village of Villeray is delightfully charming and real rural France. The Moulin is situated on the River Huisne just by the entrance to the village. Arrived just before 7pm and found space in car park opposite the hotel entrance. Slightly intimidating approach to hotel as around six to eight staff sitting outside kitchen entrance. One or two smoking and none appeared interested in greeting us or offering to help with luggage. Went inside to find reception unmanned and had to wander into restaurant area where found a lady who appeared to be in charge. lShe was very pleasant and spoke English and went back to recption where she looked up our booking and then escorted us to show us our room. Asked if any one could help with our luggage and she said she would get someone son as they had finished their dinner break (solved the staff sitting outside issue!). We were shown to a pretty room on first floor of Mill outbuildings overlooking the millrace and terrace. Nice spacious room with a little sitting area two armchairs and coffee table. Also a writing desk/ dressing table and chair but no mirror over. good sized queen bed.
Negatives - Decor was predominently dark blue  and a bit on the gloomy side with dark blue bedspread . Once we had unpacked inndaylight we realised tHe room only had one dormer window and a minute side one and only three lights in room. Two were miserable low wattage bedside lmps and one slightly stronger over desk. So dim that it was impossible ro read at night. The bathroom whilst clean looked like it was in need of a redec. Bathroom a bit dated but quite spacious and clean, though as others have mentioned in need of an upgrade especially tiling around bath which needs regrouting to get rid of mould from shower. Bath good size with shower over but why no shower curtain? Bath itself was a fair size.
There was a large wardrobe/ closet in eaves with full length mirrored doors so plenty of hanging space.
Room requested was a superior and the room rate was a four star rate but room really felt a bit three star, mainly due to dated dingy decor rather than space.
Exterior terrace was a nice place to have an aperitif next to the river but again everythingvthing seemed a bit shabby. The restaurant itself is situated in a charming room with views of the original waterwheel. Food pretty good but not outstanding. Quite expensive and far too many items were charged as extras or supplements. Breakfast in morning typical French continental but pretty platters on table with fresh fruits, honey and jam in mini kilner pots. Good homemade croissants and pastries. Decent coffee.
All in all a nice stopover but spoilt a bit by being overpriced for what it was (as an example we stayed in a four star Novotel the following night for a similar room rate and much preferred it and also had a decent meal for quite a lot less money)

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bucks England
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Reviewed 23 July 2012

We have stayed at the Moulin several times before and on this occasion as previously, it provided a tranquil stop in beautiful and restful surroundings. On this occasion we stayed in one of the suites in an old house opposite the mill, it was spacious and comfortable and full of rustic charm. Unfortunately the inclement weather didn't allow us to use our private garden, although the spacious lounge in the mill (with free wi-fi) is a very welcoming alternative.
The family who run the mill and the chateau up the road, were as charming and helpful as ever and the food in the restaurants in the mill and at the chateau, is superb and worth a visit in it's own right. When the weather is kind, taking dinner in the mill garden with the gentle flowing river running alongside is one of those experiences that live long in the memory.
Hotel/restaurants like this are getting harder to find as France embraces the Formula 1/Ibis style concept, without doubt we will be returning!

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

We searched high and low for a stopover on our way to Calais and finding a place suitable for a toddler and baby was key. The Moulin de Villeray prides itself on being focussed on catering for families, yet it would be quite easy for a small child to fall down the bridge into a torrent of water. Also, there was no highchair for our baby, only a 'high chair', i.e. a chair that was higher than a regular chair. There is no children's menu and the playground was a neglected piece of lawn with a broken swing. Overall, quite disappointing as a family experience, however the food is outstanding (and should be, for the price). Also, the breakfast is not included and quite small. To pay that much extra for breakfast you would expect a big buffet. Also, the smell of damp in the room is quite overwhelming, the room itself was very nice and cosy but the bathroom could do with a makeover and a bigger bath/shower, and the separate toilet smelled like a men's urinal. Other than that, the setting was stunning and for a couple on a romantic break more than fitting. It just wasn't suitable for us as a young family.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Moulin de Villeray
Address: Moulin de Villeray, 61110 Condeau, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Orne > Condeau
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Condeau
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Number of rooms: 25
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