After parting ways with their beloved Harvey’s Point hotel, Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling embarked on a new adventure in a centuries-old millhouse in France. Intrigued by their latest venture, we journeyed to Occitanie for an exclusive preview stay and to learn more about their plans for this charming “doll’s house.”
France, renowned as the world’s most-visited country, attracts a staggering number of tourists. However, the majority of this influx is concentrated in just 20% of its territory. As the travel industry begins to recover, popular destinations such as Mont Saint-Michel and the Mona Lisa are feeling the strain. In an effort to alleviate this pressure, a tourism campaign has been launched this summer, urging visitors to explore lesser-known areas.
Deirdre and Marc’s new venture, Le Moulin sur Célé, perfectly aligns with this campaign. Nestled in the picturesque region of Occitanie, this historic millhouse offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for travelers seeking an authentic French getaway. With its tranquil surroundings and rich history, it promises to be a hidden gem worth discovering.
During our visit, we had the opportunity to meet with Deirdre and Marc, who shared their vision for Le Moulin sur Célé. They expressed their desire to create an intimate and personalized experience for guests, akin to staying in a “doll’s house.” The millhouse, meticulously restored by the couple, exudes charm and character, transporting visitors to a bygone era.
As we explored the property, it became evident that every detail had been carefully considered. From the tastefully decorated rooms to the cozy communal areas, Le Moulin sur Célé offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Each guest is made to feel like a cherished friend, with personal touches and attentive service that sets this boutique accommodation apart.
Beyond the millhouse itself, the surrounding region of Occitanie is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural heritage. From the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Célé Valley to the captivating medieval villages, there is no shortage of sights to explore. Deirdre and Marc are passionate about sharing these hidden gems with their guests, offering recommendations and insider tips to ensure a truly memorable stay.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for the travel industry, Deirdre and Marc remain optimistic about the future. They believe that the desire for authentic and meaningful travel experiences will only grow stronger as people emerge from the confines of lockdown. Le Moulin sur Célé, with its emphasis on personal connection and immersion in local culture, is perfectly positioned to cater to this evolving demand.
As we bid farewell to Deirdre and Marc, we left with a sense of excitement and anticipation for the future of Le Moulin sur Célé. This enchanting millhouse, nestled in the heart of Occitanie, offers a glimpse into a world of tranquility and charm. With its dedication to personalized service and its commitment to showcasing the beauty of the region, it is sure to capture the hearts of all who venture through its doors.
In a country known for its iconic landmarks and bustling tourist hotspots, Le Moulin sur Célé stands as a testament to the allure of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path experiences. As we reflect on our time in Occitanie, we are reminded of the importance of exploring lesser-known areas and supporting local businesses. With initiatives like the tourism campaign encouraging us to spread the love, we have the opportunity to discover the true essence of France and create lasting memories along the way.