Beaumontois en Périgord
Today we have a combination of amusement and revelation in recommending a sparkling little jewel in Dordogne. First, there is the lovely old bastide town of Beaumont du Périgord in southern Dordogne.
On the humorous side, I admit to being unaware of the ville’s existence, until my Parisian friend sent me Julia Stuart’s first novel, the Matchmaker of Périgord. Stuart’s novel is the fictional side of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, in which she captures so many of the endearing (and not so) idiosyncrasies of provincial French in the story of the barber turned matchmaker.
So that is the amusing side of our introduction to the old mill town, but we move along now to make your acquaintance with an historic ‘mill house’ that proves you needn’t boast five stars to offer charm, warmth and refined but ‘home-like’ lodging.
Given the owner’s talents and passions, none of that hospitality and grace is surprising at Moulin de la Ville Beaumont du Périgord. Your hosts combine the professional interior design of Sue with the Michelin Star master craftsmanship of Chef Steve. Is it any wonder that the resulting Chambre & Table d’hôte is infused with their inspired talent?
Less than a quarter mile from the center of the village, the old mill and house combine delicate and thorough restoration, contemporary comforts and historic Moulin features in an appealing streamside country retreat. Breakfast on the verandah? Mais oui! A visit to the night market? De rigueur!
The medieval bastide town and surrounding countryside invite you to explore and absorb the scenic treasures, history and hospitality of southern Dordogne.
Do not take our modest word for it, but do take the time to visit their site. Like us, we think you will find that a peaceful retreat, exceptional hospitality and fresh, gourmet meals are not the sole province of sophisticated star-bedecked lodging.
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