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Eating nearby: “Pretty Food and tasting even Better”

You have places where you eat and places where you have dinner. To our big surprice we discovered one in Mouzon. For sure we’re not the first: Les Échevins is in Michelin’s Guide Rouge and deserves this BIG time.

Each year, on my birthday, right between Christmas and New Year, we go hunting for a good restaurant in the French country side. This year we bumped into Les Échevins (the Aldermen) in the center of Mouzon, a peaceful quiet town with a huge church and an old city gate. It used to be of some importance but lost this stature centuries ago.

Les Échevins is an absolute MUST go if you stay around. The food does not only look pretty but it’s a feast for the taste buds.

A Taste Bud Melting Starter

Restaurant Les Échevins
33 r. Charles de Gaulle
F – 08210 Mouzon

Téléphone : 03 24 26 10 90
E-mail : lesechevins@orange.fr
Website : http://www.restaurant-lesechevins.fr

19€ (weekday lunch),
26€/51€ – Menu: 32€/46€

Cuisine – à la mode. A welcoming rustic restaurant in a 17C half-timbered building. Well-priced, daily-changing menus with precise cooking and direct flavours. Impeccable service.

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Ground Floor

Even though we’re not even halfway through our renovations yet, we’d still like to take you on a tour. We’ll start at the ground floor, also known as the first floor.

We’d like you to know that all furniture in the Super Gîte is the latest of the latest. So if you’d like to have a really good and relaxing time without the feeling you’re staying 24/7 at a local brocante, this is the place! Tourteron is right in the heart of the French Champagne Ardennes and only three hours away from Utrecht.

What will the ground floor of this Super Gîte offer?

Floorplan Ground Floor

Floorplan Ground Floor

Dining: The ground floor is all about the ‘den’ feeling, letting groups or two families enjoy each other’s company to the max. The mill is designed to host at least eight people, but you can easily invite another four to the table. The modern dining table with the Panton Chairs gives this old corner of the house a contemporary atmosphere.

Kitchen: Being around friends means preparing good food, whether it’s an all-French breakfast, a light salad lunch, or an elaborate dinner. The Miele Design kitchen does contain all the necessary equipment, and with its bar on one side of the aisle, it will most certainly become the social centre of the house.

Laundry: You might not need to do the laundry when you are staying for a week. But if you have children or you’re planning to stay for a month, you’ll be delighted that the Super Gîte is equipped with washing machine and dryer.

Living: The perfect place to talk over the best things in life, share your dreams, that sort of thing. Think: 10 o’clock, the kids sound asleep, two glasses of scenting Bourgogne, and a fireplace for warmth and ambience.

Pantry: If you have stayed in an ordinary gîte before you know the feeling of missing things of your own: your best olive oil, your marmalade, the dried herbs you always use in your dishes. The Super Gîte has the answer! Returning visitors can ask for a locker to store small kitchen stuff and personal-care items. When you come back you’ll feel a bit more ‘at home’.

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First Floor & Second Floor

The first floor is for relaxation; sleeping, resting, reading, chatting, and browsing is what you can do here. This floor has three bedrooms, each for two people, plus a small library on the vestibule.

Floorplan First Floor

Floor Plan First Floor

Bath: Though we’re still not sure, we might have a solitaire bath tub in the middle of Bedroom 3. This is still an issue since it’s quite pricy. Also, who will use it and will it work fine situated in the middle of the room? The idea is cute: you can take a bath, read a magazine, or watch TV with a view over the courtyard on a hot summer day. But for now, each bedroom has its own bathroom with toilet, sink, shower, and towel heater.

Bedroom 1: The room straight in front of the living is called #1, the master bedroom. It’s quite spacious with its 53m2 and has windows with a view of the valley and orchard. Sleeping with the windows open means owls at night and the constant scatter of water coming from the fountain underneath the mill.

Bedroom 2: Although it will only have roof windows, this room will feel like a huge barn with its 48m2 and 6m height. We managed to open up the wooden construction of the mill in this room. There’s enough space for two single beds, and even more if you put them together–LOL.

Bedroom 3: This room is a bit different from the others. It doesn’t have the great robust stone walls. No reason to worry: this room does have its own romantic fireplace in the bedroom and its own entrance from the ramp. So you can get in and out of the house on this side without walking all the way down and around just to get into the front yard.

Library: The vestibule between the living room and the bedroom will be filled with books in Dutch, French, and English. There will be books on gardening, cooking, and art history as well as some good novels. Favorites: The Colored Garden, The River CaféEl Greco, and Michel Houellebecq.

Passage: The passage in between the rooms offers some sound reduction. You can also find the clean towels and bedding here, as well as a quiet place to work.

And then there is the second floor. It officially has the biggest room, since the thick stone wall doesn’t rise this high.

Floor Plan Second Floor
Floor Plan Second Floor

Bedroom 4: The biggest room of all (60m2) has its own little TV corner with bean bags and boxes with tons of toys. The ideal hangout for the kids who feel like they are in this great attic living their fantasies of fun and zero responsibility.

Office: There’s only one room locked in the whole Super Gîte and that’s the ‘office’ on this floor. We have to keep our toothbrushes somewhere. 🙂

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