Le Dérot Moulinage : tous les plaisirs de la Drôme réunis dans nos Chambres d'Hôtes.

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Le Moulinage is a guest house located 10 km from Crest, in the Gervanne Valley, gateway to the Regional Natural Park of the Vercors.

Recently restored, Le Moulinage is ideally situated for a break while hiking (near the GR 9) or for a longer stay during an in-depth tour of the region: the Medieval village of Beaufort, the wonderful forest of Saou, gorges of Omblèze and Gervanne Valley, hilltop village of Montclar. We are in a region of wine production for Cotes du Rhone and Clairette (a local champagne type wine). A lot of vegetable and fruits producers can be founded at their farm or in markets in every village around.

Transforming a brownfield site is not easy and can’t be done in one day! We first focused on interior design, in order to accommodate our guests comfortably during our first winter season.
Then we dealt with the transformation of the terraced gardens and the spaces vacated by the demolition of modern warehouses. We have always been careful not to distort the “factory” spirit because that’s what makes this place so special. The huge slabs that supported the machines have been kept and, once drilled, enabled the planting of trees and vegetation. This will counterbalance the mineral aspect of the ground; the plantations will be bounded by stones collected in the Gervanne river.
Le Moulinage is a place of constant change, the conditions are now right to offer you a warm welcome inside the house and to allow you to relax in the surrounding areas.

We speak English.

History

 
Since the 19th century, the life of the Gervanne valley has been dominated by the silk industry. Le Moulinage du Derot, created by Emile Rey, became in itself a small village: dormitories for workers, a school and a café – restaurant were on site. The group grew and Rey managed a large number of workshops in the valley. In 1986, after the group became insolvent, the factory was taken over by the workers. In July 2003, the poor market conditions forced the plant to close permanently.

A project then dawns: reviving the hamlet “Le Derot”, now deserted, by creating a living space for several families and a center of artistic activities. Works began in 2005 and part of the old residential buildings were transformed into a guest house, while more recent buildings (late 20th century) are dedicated to artistic activity.