However lovely the Moulin de la Camandoule is in summer, I have to admit loving it in winter. I spent 11 nights while working at the antiques fair in the village of Fayence, which from my window and the grounds I could see shining at night in that Provençal Christmas way. The room was as cosy as last time (excellent AC/heat control). The staff were more than helpful, both in the hotel and restaurant. The winter menus were superb, and everyone including manager Nicolas, Stéphane, the chef and waiters were committed to making my stay as pleasurable as could be.
The bar, occupying the ground level in what was once the guts of the 17th-century olive oil mill, and where the metal and stone works are visible, was absolutely gorgeous in the winter. Beautiful Christmas tree, kindly blazing fire in the enormous fireplace, a perfect place to retreat to after a chilling day's work, use the wifi, have a cocktail, enjoy the savoury appetizers, read and stare at the flames. Outside, moonrise over the picture-perfect village at night, lulling sound of the small river which once powered the mill, and hoar frost on the grounds in the morning, songbirds as befits the best of "Provence".
Loved it so much, we stayed an extra night at the end for a more elaborate dinner, which, no surprise, was succulent. Please note this review refers to both hotel and restaurant. The excellent value of the experience in the winter -- not to be underestimated!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Space, peace and idyllic quiet are rare luxuries, which you will find at the Moulin de la Camandoule ; an ancient olive oil mill lovingly transformed into a stylish Hotel-Restaurant at the foot of a mediaeval Provencal hilltop village. With a long history, its weathered walls reflect the centuries and remind you of the charm and the seduction of old Provence. ... more less
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