Proper Provence in a delightful village
Posted Jul 20, 2015
This lovely hotel and restaurant offers real Provence to its fortunate visitors. No, there isn't wifi in the bedrooms, yes, you may have to park a few hundred meters away, but the good Provencal villages are never car friendly. But yes, you get a lovely light room, decorated in simple Provencal style, all in very good taste, and air conditioned. The staff are very friendly and helpful (let's just say they dealt with a very sick dog with charm, solicitude and grace !); the communal rooms are quiet and relaxing and the village itself is full of lovely shops, antique dealers , restaurants and cafes to explore. The real winner at the Moulin de Lourmarin is its terrace restaurant. For years it was a 2 Michelin star extravaganza , the sort of place one went for a very special occasion. But with a new chef in tow, the atmosphere and the menu have lightened up. The food is delicious - fresh, informed and inventive without trying too hard for originality. The price and the quality are excellent. U had a delicious grilled sea bass, a fresh summer concoction of courgette flowers and a light herb cheese, a crab and fennel remoulade and peach tart tat in. On my second night (why go elsewhere ?) i coveted my neighbours' grilled lobster ....
France needs more places like this. Places like this are dying out in favour of boutique hotels with chichi restaurants offering fusion food and star anise. This place is the real thing.