Le Moulin is 1 of 9 gorgeous newly converted hotels by Beaumier Hotels. It is a converted 18th-century mill in the quaint town of Lourmarin, in the heart of Provence, France. It is a boutique hotel with shops, restaurants and the Château de Lourmarin literally just steps away.
As the town is very small and quiet, Le Moulin provides an variety of activities to keep things fresh - yoga on Tuesdays, runs on Fridays, Chateau visits, and electric bikes for rent by demand. See details here.
We arranged a private transfer from Marseille Airport because it worked better for our itinerary, but I would recommend renting a car as it makes it easier to explore around the Provence region. This is the main entrance to the lobby.
The lobby was so beautifully designed, it felt really historical but in a modern way.
They had THE best (and prettiest) cocktails of our entire Euro trip. Junior (our bartender) is a true master in the making! If you see him, please say a hello from me :P
Our bedroom was the "Family Suite" which is ideal for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old. They have a large bedroom with a double bed and a living-room area with a pull out sofa bed. See photos and information HERE.
Shower and sink area were actually separate from the toilet, which was down the hall.
Easily the prettiest restaurant is right at the hotel. There is both an outdoor and indoor space. As with most places in Europe, you must RSVP in order to get a table. Regardless if it looks empty, they do not take walk-ins (this also applies to every cafe+restaurant in the village). See the menu here.
Behind the restaurant are the doors to the garden pool. Its a cute mini dip pool, but very cold as it's not heated! Perfect for quick tan and drink by the pool.
However, if you want some down time by a pool for the day I preferred their sister hotel, Le Galinier which has a large pool and is available for Le Moulin guests. It's about a 10 minute walk, but it is gorgeous and 100% worth it.
Château de Lourmarin
Make sure to visit Les Commissions du Moulin which faces the hotel from the village streets. Discover products from Provence and the Mediterranean, sip some coffee while getting news of the village, and grab a sandwich to go for a stroll. Simple, organic groceries, awesome unique cold drinks, and of course, vin!
They have some really fun clothing + accessories stores. My husband got these sunglasses in town that have the perfect European vibe. As you know we are limited in Canada :(
Instead of doing cafes for breakfast which has a very limited menu (unlike American breakfast spots), I would go to one of the local bakeries and pick up some fresh bread, spreads, salamis, orange juice + coffees every morning. Actually a lot quicker too :P
The village is gorgeous and so perfectly French!
I bought a lot of art as souvenirs!
My husband a bit concerned about luggage space... sorry not sorry! ;P And that was the actual artist which was really neat!
My sister speaks French so she would order for all of us! It also forced her to brush up on her French since this small town was not big on speaking English :P
The Friday Market takes place regularly every Friday in the summer months. The stalls usually open at 8 a.m. and close at around 12.30 p.m. It occurs on the Boulevard du Rayol and Place Henri Barthelemy, streets close down for this! If you plan to go to Loumarin, being there on a Friday is a must! It starts literally right outside the hotel. What you will find at the markets: the best local, seasonal fruit and vegetables; meat, fish, bread, olives, honey and conserves, herbs and spices, cheese, flowers, soaps, oils and wines, ready-to-eat goodness, Provençal fabrics and housewares; clothes, the perfect straw hat or straw basket to take to the markets, art and much more!
The kids have been an absolute blast to travel with!
Bonus: There was a playground right outside the hotel!
Things to note:
It would be a shame to be in Lourmarin but miss out on their market. Try to be there on a Friday!
Be prepared that the locals aside from the hotel staff aren't friendly or helpful. They are also not a fan of speaking English.
ALWAYS make reservations for breakfast, lunch + dinner, they won't accept you otherwise despite there being space.
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