Moulin de Jouenery et Spa Brassac
An hour’s drive from Toulouse airport. The Moulin is set back in a seven-hectare park, so far from any traffic, light or noise pollution; the closest neighbours are horses and the deer that come to drink out of the river. The resort is under an hour drive from Montauban, Agen or Cahors, and 11 miles (18km) in Moissac, with its glorious Romanesque abbey and Canal du Midi. The mountain towns of Montagu-de-Quercy and Lauzerte are every 12 miles off.
Style & personality
A sense of calm pervades. The water mill was beautifully remodeled, juxtaposing traditional attributes — thick white rock walls, old wooden doors, along with a stunning loggia overlooking the river and garden — with exotic touches from Morocco, Bali, the South Seas and outside in the 2 salons. There and here are mementoes of former proprietor André Claveau, ‘the prince of enchanting song’ who won the Eurovision Song contest in 1958; take a peek in his kitchen, retained in its first Sixties style.
Service & amenities
The health centre is the finest in the area, including the Tarn-et-Garonne’s only indoor heated salt water pool (13 metres), high tech chromotherapy spa, and tropical showers; massages and beauty treatments are offered by appointment. There is a library and board games, lots of outside loungers in the shade of a huge 400 year old plane tree. Sandrine and Dominique talk English, are super useful and are only a buzzer off in the event that you need something.
The five-star bedrooms, each dedicated to a different state or city, are spacious, intimate and relaxing, with lots of storage room and thick walls which keep out the summer heat; the Paris room gets the very best views towards the lake, while Venice includes a private spa tub. Rooms have exceptional Wi-Fi, televisions, large cushy beds that encourage idle lie-ins, minibars and Nespresso machines. Bathrooms are lovely, with waterfall taps and rain showers, robes and slippers.
Food & beverage
The Moulin does not have a bar per se, however there is a beer, champagne and wine list, and also three meal alternatives to reserve: a cold plate for $20 (#17.50) with legumes, seafood or cheese; a three-course meal for $25 (#22); along with a regional gastronomic dinner, including dishes like guinea fowl stuffed with foie gras and mushrooms in armagnac and lotion, for $35 (#31), which you could reserve for a romantic meal on the banks of this Séoune. Breakfast includes fruit and juices, yoghurts, charcuterie and cheeses, many sorts of bread and pastries (together with the choice of breakfast in bed). Sandrine is a elastic cook and can adapt to meals preferences/allergies.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $130 (#114) year old. Breakfast $12.50 (#11). Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
No; adults only.
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