Aart brings homemade breakfasts to the terrace by the river: creamy cappuccino, ‘pommes caramelisées’. The river Dure flows through the gardens, secluded and magical with mature trees, scattered terraces and a wooden play area. Gather by the summer kitchen or swim long laps in the pool.
This listed textiles mill, built in 1739 on the edge of Montolieu, has been exquisitely revived. Spread over three floors, with a high-ceilinged dining hall and a vaulted cellar bar, it is spacious, airy and light. The Dutch owners have imbued it with a brave new spirit, and each apartment feels like home.
The river teems with wildlife and the area with wineries. Take off with a packed lunch from Marieke; return to a massage in the spa. Wander the steep streets of the medieval village… best known for its 16 bookshops.