My wife and I recently returned from a fabulous 3-weeks in central France and our five nights at the Moulins de Vontes is now among our all-time favorite places to stay anywhere in the world. Odile and Jean-Jacques are fascinating, accomplished people, sharing their paradise with guests in a gracious, friendly and straight-forward style. They could not have been more helpful or more interesting.
We stayed in the spacious, beautifully furnished, squeaky clean, first-floor “Lieutenant’s” room with windows that look up and down the Indre River and to the other two mills. As others have noted, the soothing sounds of the flowing river and total isolation from any other sounds (but morning birds) assured us the most restful nights’ sleep we can remember. Of course, our near total exhaustion every evening also contributed to our deep sleep. The Moulins is perfectly centered for touring with Amboise and Chenonceaux each about 40 minutes to the east, Villandry and Usse about 40 minutes to the west, Loches and Montressor 30 minutes south and Tours about 40 minutes north. Etc.
The mid-April weather was chilly so Jean-Jacques built roaring fires for us on the ground floor of the center mill every evening for my wife and me to make picnic suppers from charcuterie and other treats we gathered during the day. All washed down with excellent local Vouvray, Sancerre or Bourgueil. Breakfasts of still-warm croissants and breads, homemade jams, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee were also indoors on the splendid and sunny ground floor of the largest mill where Odile and JJ live upstairs. And this paradise across the Indre River is wrapped in pristine, woodlands for as far as the eye can see. Our phones’ Google GPS brought us directly to the Moulins’ gate which otherwise may not be so easy to find. This is one of the world’s truly magical places to stay. We will not forget our first visit and we are already making plans to return.
- Also Known As:
- Les Moulins De Vontes France/Esvres, Loire Valley