THE STORY: In the Ouche Valley, not far from Beaune, we’ve heard rumors that a former 15th-century mill now houses some sublime accommodations…. Renovated with great care by the brilliant Parisian architect duo Heju, these four old houses currently preside over a 2.5-hectare estate and lodge groups of two, four, six or even 15 if you decide to bring along your whole tribe. They’re all bathed in light thanks to the massive windows and the Japanese-inspired layouts, and enhanced down to the smallest details, from the living rooms (Burgundy French limestone flooring, a honeycombed bookcase, a travertine table) to the bedrooms (creaky hardwood floors, Circa screens, architectural headboards), not to mention the kitchens (terra cotta floors, a veined credenza, a solid oak table). And to keep guests properly pampered, there’s quality coffee along with a well-sourced pantry (artisanal juices, organic wines, Plaq chocolate, etc.), not to mention the massive vegetable patch where you can harvest as much produce as you like. In short, the kind of spot you’ll want to keep all to yourself… Two-person house starting at €600 for three nights.
TOILETRIES: Kerzon body wash and shampoo.
BREAKFAST: €12, with fruit juices and a hot drink prepared by the barista (espresso, drip coffee, hot chocolate, chai latte, etc.), and to go with it, a freshly baked half-baguette with locally made butter and jam prepared using fruit from the garden!
LITTLE LUXURY: Wait for your dinner to take the bait at the estate’s pond. On the menu: rainbow trout, black bass and crayfish! (Fishing gear is provided by the house).