REVIEW

Le Moulin de la Renne

A tunnel of towering fir trees leads to the entrance of this beautiful, converted 19th-century mill in Thésée.

By Margie Rynn, Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM

Le Moulin de la Renne

Le Moulin de la Renne

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Price From $76

A tunnel of towering fir trees leads to the entrance of this converted 19th-century mill in Thésée, on the banks of the Cher River. Guests are greeted by an enormous Bernese mountain dog named Alpha and his equally friendly owners, Véronique and Christophe Villanfin.

There are 13 guest rooms, decorated with items such as embroidered quilts and framed puzzles of boats assembled by jigsaw fanatic Véronique.

Jazz enthusiasts, the Villanfins host occasional concerts featuring local groups, including Les Bras'Coeurs, a quartet that performs Georges Brassens standards. The soirees are held in the restaurant, known locally for its coq au vin: rooster stewed in cabernet bottled at Le Chai des Varennes winery next door.

Closed Jan. 10Feb. 10 and 10 days in Nov.

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