Moulin de Vernègues
What We Love
- An old-meets-new French countryside stay, with breakfast, a spa discount and welcome giftsThe idyllic outdoor swimming pool set in the garden among the trees
- The brand-new MySpa by L’Occitane – a truly sublime retreat
- Being within putting distance of a famous golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros
What To Know
- This 17th-century manor is located in the heart of Provence
- The luxe pool and spa are serene spots to relax
- The 18-hole Pont Royal Golf Course is right next door
Set in an original seventeenth-century Provençal stone manor house, Moulin De Vernègues perfectly blends old with new. This dreamy gem overlooks the renowned Pont Royal Golf course, designed by none other than golfing legend Seve Ballesteros. Behind its historic façade, you’ll find annexed guest rooms so sleek and modern, you’ll think you’ve stepped out of the past and right into the future. These architect-designed accommodations are ultra-stylish yet supremely comfortable, and some even offer private balconies and Zen-like pools.
The third hole is located directly in front of the hotel patio, meaning you can literally walk straight onto the golf course at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. However, if golf isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll enjoy visiting the sublime MySpa, by L’Occitane, which boasts a serene Jacuzzi, or you can float your cares away in the outdoor swimming pool. At the end of the day, golfers and pleasure-seekers alike can come together over a glass of wine and some gastronomic delights in one of the hotel’s gourmet restaurants.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1.20 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
With garden or swimming pool views, both Standard and Superior rooms are housed in the newer part of the hotel and offer contemporary décor to match. Expect hues of cream and caramel, with plenty of natural wood to give the interiors a warm, inviting vibe. Standard rooms measure in at 235 square feet, while Superior rooms offer a generous 300 square feet.
Moulin de Vernègues houses three mouthwatering restaurants to keep your inner foodie happy. La Table de Moulin serves a classic five-course degustation menu, Les Voutes offers a three-course menu that changes daily, while the poolside Le Piscine is for hotel guests only and offers more relaxed daytime snacks and drinks.
The brand-new MySpa, by L’Occitane, is a destination unto itself, using locally sourced Provençal ingredients, tried and tested over hundreds of years. A variety of spa treatments and massages are on offer, while a Jacuzzi, sauna or hammam are all available for your relaxation.
The hotel is positioned in the heart of Provence, directly next to the 18-hole Pont Royal Golf Course. Explore the village of La Roque d’Anthéron nearby, home to an international piano festival held in July and August, as well as the former Cistercian Abbey of Silvacane.Also, Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, 18 and 30 miles away, respectively, offer wonderful destinations for day trips.
How to Get There
We booked through Secret Escapes based on both the location and the facilities. The experience fell far short of expectation. It is easiest to present this as a list.
Check in: efficient. This team spoke good English and provided a warm welcome - but there is no bell service.
Rooms: Spacious and well furnished but with the first clues that the operation is focussed on cost saving. There are no cups, except paper. No teaspoon , just wooden stirrers. For two guests there were 3 pillows and one bathrobe.
All information is in French only. Of 53 TV channels none were in English.
The seats on the balcony were grossly uncomfortable with no cushions
In the toilet ( separate from the bathroom ) there was no extractor fan.
Pool: a pleasant area with sun beds and parasols. The sun beds nearest around the pool had no mattresses so were incredibly uncomfortable.
The pool bar seemed to be more of a staff meeting point than there to provide service. Towels had to be collected from / returned to front desk - why not here? If you want a drink ( or indeed for your glass to be collected ) you have to go to the bar - why no poolside service?
Room service : There is none until the evening
Breakfast: the buffet and the multiple dispense machines for coffee/ juice/ water/ etc is reminiscent of a Holiday Inn Express - not a 4 star hotel
Dinner: Disappointing food and lousy service! The maitre d’ and his number 2 are highly skilled in avoidance of work & diners.
The real failure is the French star system which accords more importance to the size of a room than any consideration of quality & service.
In truth this hotel deserves no better than 2 star!
We stayed for 2 times 3 nights and enjoyed our stay. rooms were nice , staff was friendly , swimming pool was good but honestly why bother with a restaurant. we had lunch twice and dinner once and it was really bad. when you can butcher a quality ingredient like turbot into a slimy substance then something is horribly wrong. it is all saved by lovely and friendly staff though.
i would love to come back but hopefully they have sorted out their issues in the kitchen
The hotel was very lovely. Many things to do and the personnel was extremely friendly and helpful, especially Renaud and Tony. They really made our stay wonderful and Would definitely recommend. We celebrated the 85th anniversary of our family patriarch. Money well spent