Manoir du Moulin Luxury Bed and Breakfast:
After living 16 years in Amsterdam, ex-pat Canadians Shari Swan and Warren Coulson found and fell in love with this stately, 17th century manor home while house-hunting in France. “We’d looked at what feels like hundreds of houses in 2009 and 2010 in this region,” says Coulson. “This house was one Shari and I continued to dream about every time we left France and were back in Amsterdam.” With its many outbuildings and courtyard, acre of romantic gardens, and rambling orchard of sundry fruit trees, Manoir du Moulin is dreamy indeed. Undertaking an ambitious restoration in 2011 that transformed the neglected estate into a chic luxury retreat of exquisite contemporary style, Swan and Coulson have breathed new life into the home and its resplendent grounds.
Lovingly restored in a manner that allows the exceptional bones of the home to shine through, Coulson and Swan created interiors as grand, intimate, intriguing, and inviting as the acre of gardens and orchard that surround it. Exposed stone walls throughout the home whisper the history of French families past who escaped the stuffy confines of Parisian summers for the fresh country air and produce of the Vendée. The manor’s original, solid oak floors testify to a bygone era of craftsmanship, worn soft by centuries of slipper-clad feet. Expert modern tile work, exceptional finishes, and cunning attention to detail complement the heavy wood beams, custom furniture, and polished, original doorframes. For modern families and travelers, Manoir du Moulin captures everything the heart yearns for in a European escape – true authenticity of the region, coupled with all the comforts of contemporary luxury…
✣Egyptian cotton, pressed, white linens with down and microfiber duvet and pillows for every 200x200 king-size bed (rare sleeping dimensions in France and southern Europe);
✣Italian-tile bathrooms with rain-shower, heated towel racks, plush bathrobes, and free-standing cocoon bathtub;
✣fireplace, flatscreen, and wi-fi in-room;
✣communal study with fireplace, snacks, books, and beverages;
✣and a bounteous French/Canadian breakfast served every morning in the sunny Conservatory, featuring pastries, pancakes, real maple syrup, and homemade confitures from the orchard.
Experiences to Write Home About
Already unique in the Vendée for comfort and style, Swan and Coulson are equally outdoing themselves for experiences and hospitality. Cooking lessons and dinners with world-renowned chefs, wine tastings with seasoned sommeliers, surf lessons and excursions, and in-room spa services are just a few fantastic options. Wandering the gardens, daydreaming in the orchard, or curling up by the fire in the study are a few more often unplanned, yet equally enjoyable (and often much-needed!) experiences for many manor guests. Plenty of fodder for postcards home, a charming collection of which are strategically strewn about the manor for guests to stumble upon and share. A short stroll in search of a post box will land you in the heart of St. Hermine – the village square – that springs to life every Friday morning with market stalls groaning under the weight of the region’s best and freshest everything.
After a day spent gallivanting through French wine country, frolicking on the beach, and eating your way through the gastronomic history of the Vendée, there is no more welcoming abode to return to. Come home to the original stone fireplace in the Study, stoked to invite company. Help yourself to pantry shelves lined with all manner of beverages and delectables, all locally sourced or picked on the premises. In every room lies an elegant cocoon bathtub built for two and an impeccably made, deliriously soft, king-size bed. While you snooze soundly in your down-filled dream bed, homemade confitures wait for breakfast in the Conservatory, and bottles of Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne chill in the cellar. Truth be told, Manoir du Moulin does not simply receive, but generously gives back.
All Ages Luxury
Manoir du Moulin might be an obvious choice for couples, foodies, friends, and grown-ups of every persuasion, let it be known that this manor house is as welcoming to wee ones as it is the mature. With two young children of their own running about, Swan and Coulson were naturally careful to consider the needs of family in their handling of the Manoir’s hospitality services. Cots, playpens, high chairs, toys, and a wading pool are just a few needful items that can be made to magically appear. Not to mention the all-important, well-known and trusted babysitter, for when mommy and daddy feel like a quiet dinner, and perhaps a turn on the dancefloor of Le Manoir – one of the most famous nightclubs in France, which happens to be stumbling distance from Manoir du Moulin.
Forty minutes from the cities of Nantes and Larochelle, with their lively cultural scenes and international airports, and twenty minutes to a multitude of châteaux, historic attractions, and incredible restaurants, Manoir du Moulin offers attractive packages for a variety of stays. The “Wicked Weekend” package packs as much (or as little) into 2.5 days as possible for hen nights, couples retreat, or romantic getaway. The “Wonderful Wedding” package is totally turnkey, with food, wine, photographer, and music included. The “Corporate Coddling” package is aimed at business retreats, whether branding session (for which Swan is an expert insider), team-building, or executive reward. The “Family Vacay” package gives parents a blissfully stress-free itinerary. Last but not least, the “Inspired Extended Stay” package is an opportunity for artists or anyone wishing to experience the region at length to do so with every creature comfort available.
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