Le Moulin Brégeon

  • Location: Countryside
    Loire Valley wineries: Within 1h by car
    Clos Luce, the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci: 100km (1h 15 mins by car)
  • Tours Airport (TUF): 60km (1h by car)
    Paris Airports (CDG; ORY): 300km (3h 45 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Le Moulin Brégeon

How would you describe Le Moulin Brégeon in a nutshell?

In Liniéres-Bouton in Pays de la Loire, Le Moulin Bregeon offers purely romantic modern day country living. Staying at this bed & breakfast is an aesthetic experience where you’ll get to dive into the French way of maintaining harmony between the constructed and the natural world. The ‘full B&B experience’ package includes lodging, all meals and tours, making it perfect for small group holidays.

Please tell us a bit about the history of Le Moulin Brégeon.

Le Moulin Brégeon is built on the foundation of a 14th century monastery, according to the French government’s historical society. There is evidence of some Renaissance detailing on a few of the buildings and an ancient foundation of an older style of river mill from the same time period a short way down our river. The main mill building was constructed atop the monastic foundation at the end of the 18th century. The architectural details were purposefully meant to emulate the style of Marie Antoinette’s private watermill at Versailles.

Why did you buy a property in a relatively remote location and transform it into a small B&B?

I first came to the Loire Valley region when I was teaching painting in the city of Angers, but ever since I first moved to Europe I had an appreciation for the French imagination’s deep respect for maintaining harmony between the built world and nature.

I renovated the mill because I recognized it was a place where people could have a pure aesthetic experience of French country life. I bought it in 1992 and was happy when UNESCO designated the region a World Heritage site in 2000.

The interior of Le Moulin Brégeon is decorated exclusively with French antiques and art, many pieces of which are from the 18th or 19th century. I have personally rescued almost all of the furniture from local markets, antique fairs, and private sellers. Some pieces that were slightly damaged have been expertly repaired by a close friend who is a master craftsman of Compagnon, one of the oldest medieval craft guilds in Europe.

What is your philosophy at the Bed and Breakfast?

Our philosophy is to create a rich and memorable experience of the multifaceted French culture of beauty.

A hotel or Bed and Breakfast should be both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. We renovated the mill with a consciousness about the necessity to provide a living space that was completely French and makes our guests feel a sense of place and soul.

We take complete care of them from A to Z. Our complete holiday retreat package is a bespoke experience unlike any other in France. From the moment guests arrive to our parting farewells, our staff make their stay one of a kind by suiting the touring, cooking courses, and dinners to their taste.

We don’t just go to major tourist attractions but introduce them to locals and farms where they can engage with a cultural experience outside of anything they would be able to find on their own. We use our 20 years of experience to give them special access to hidden antique fairs, private village festivals and works of architecture.

Please tell us a bit more about the holiday packages you offer.

The full B&B experience we offer can be fit into a four-night, five-day stay with us. This entirely bespoke holiday includes all lodging, dinners, wine, breakfasts, all-day touring wherever you like (or we are happy to suggest many places), and complimentary pick up and drop off at our nearest train station. This package is ideal for small groups.

Please tell us a bit about the facilities and amenities at the B&B.

Our facilities are designed to appreciate the unique aesthetic we have created. Our guiding principle of design here is to find beauty wherever your eye turns.

Our twelve hectares of land allow quiet walks through fields of wildflowers or the nearby forest. The privacy we have from our neighbors makes our many outdoor spaces perfect for yoga or meditation groups.

We also own separate facilities, including a wine bar, in a village one kilometer away for indoor events.

To you personally, what has been the biggest reward about running the B&B?

I created this holiday retreat as an aesthetic refuge where France’s traditional culture of beauty could be celebrated, protected, and shared with future generations. I am always thrilled when our clients leave here having developed an appreciation for the sublime harmony here that they can take home with them and recreate in their own lives.

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Le Moulin Brégeon rooms & rates

Our facilities are designed to appreciate the unique aesthetic we have created. Our guiding principle of design here is to find beauty wherever your eye turns. Our twelve hectares of land allow quiet walks through fields of wildflowers or the nearby forest. The privacy we have from our neighbors makes our many outdoor spaces perfect for yoga or meditation groups. We also own separate facilities, including a wine bar, in a village one kilometer away for indoor events.

  • L’Atelier for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Situated in the original 16th century home of the first owner of the mill and ideal for longer term visits, L’Atelier has use of a small, nicely equipped kitchen. Cozy and secluded, this suite offers privacy and independence.

  • Chambre du Meunier for 2-3 people / 30 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Chambre du Meunier is located on the ground floor of the hotel.

  • La Grainerie for 2-4 people / 35 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    Tucked away atop Le Moulin, this suite evokes a sense of comfort and warmth while remaining spacious and open. La Grainerie affords grand views of the countryside.

  • La Chambre de Fleur Blanche for 2-4 people / 40 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    As the largest and most spacious suite, La Chambre de Fleur Blanche evokes a sense of tranquility with its use of soft colours and calming natural light both of which harmonize well with the gentle sound of the river Lathan flowing below.

    La Chambre de Fleur Blanche is ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations.

Included in the rates
Standard rate includes daily French countryside breakfast. Additional services (dinner, touring) are available by special arrangement for additional fees. Complete price includes daily breakfast, daily gourmet five course dinner designed to guest taste and dietary preference, daily tour guide with bespoke itinerary or daily customized cooking class. Please inquire for more details.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Concierge service
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Restaurant
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Hair dryer

Things to do in Pays de la Loire & Liniéres-Bouton

  • Art / Culture
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Yoga classes
  • Horseback riding

The visual culture here exudes everything that one thinks of when you ask ‘What is France.’ I also enjoy the cuisine. You eat well here – you can taste in the organic fruit and vegetables that the land has been cared for. With a deep history in wine-making stretching back to monastic orders in the Middle ages, the vintners in our region often cultivate Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvingnon grapes. The red wines tend to be fruity and light and the whites and sparking wines steeling and dry. We have relationships with many local vintners who do not open to the public and can arrange private tours for interested clients.

Clos Luce, the final resting place of Leonardo Da Vinci, is a wonderful property and museum to visit. Also, depending on the season, there are a number of food-related activities, such as going mushroom hunting in the nearby forest.

We also run customised cooking courses with our clients, taught by our resident French chefs. In case of rain, our guests have the option of taking a class in one of our two kitchens. Traditional buckwheat crepes, homemade preserves, you name it. The Institute of Culinary Education in New York often sends its students to learn from us.

The location of Le Moulin Brégeon

The Loire Valley is the birthplace of France and the official garden of Europe. The region is home to world class wines, museums, historic cities and is the place the French themselves have used as a holiday retreat for centuries. Our neighbor is the great-great-niece of Napoleon. The nearby city of Saumur is the seat of the Cadre Noir, the world renowned French Cavalry that set the international standard for equestrian training.

A simple drive or bike ride through the back roads of the farmland and woodlands of the Loire puts you in touch with a kind of natural beauty that is disappearing from the world. We live 10 km from a natural lake where swimming and fishing is permitted. The lake is famous in the region for the silt and minerals in the water that are renowned for promoting healthy skin. The Loire river itself is also great for swimming and boating.

When is the best time to visit Pays de la Loire?

August. The Loire River, as well as the river on our property, creates a unique micro-climate that keeps humidity low throughout the summer here. Many people believe August is a bad time to visit Europe because the Europeans are on holiday – that may be true of the larger cities, but in our rural paradise the farmers, community parades, and other local attractions are in full force. And the immaculately warm August evenings are perfect for enjoying dinner at the Mill al fresco beneath the stars.