le moulin du chemin - a brief history
HISTORY OF LE MOULIN DU CHEMIN The earliest known date of le Moulin du Chemin is 1643. The mill made flour until the 1950's when electricity took over from water as the energy-source for milling. The site was subsequently split between three owners - the mill building, the miller's house and farm buildings (the base of Moulin Holidays) and some adjacent parcels of land. Restoration of buildings, which had fallen into disrepair, commenced in the 1980's.
HOLIDAYS AT LE MOULIN DU CHEMIN The miller's house at le Moulin du Chemin was acquired by Carolynn Grimaldi and Peter Roche in 1993 and has been operated by them as a holiday centre since May 1994. The first guests came to ride horses and soon holiday activities were extended to include walking and then cycling. Relaxing has always been a feature at le Moulin du Chemin.
Peter Roche and Carolynn Grimaldi
CULINARY HERITAGE In the early days of holidays at le Moulin du Chemin, Carolynn's sister Jacky was the chef. Jacky had previously managed their parents' restaurant in Britain and had developed an extensive repertoire of interesting and healthy recipes. Carolynn took over Jacky's culinary portfolio, which Carolynn has continuously developed and refined over the years. There has been a growing demand by guests at le Moulin for vegetarian cuisine to which Carolynn has responded admirably a wide variety of appealing dishes.
CAROLYNN As a girl, Carolynn helped with catering in her parent's old folks home. Carolynn worked in industry and commerce and has always been interested in food and cooking.
She has always been inclined towards rural life with a strong interest in animals and an innate sense of responsibility towards the natural environment.
PETER Peter worked for many years in industry. Client-entertainment - involving a lot of eating and drinking in lovely restaurants - was often his responsibility. This was a great training for his present role.
His attraction to the natural environment was nurtured by his father as was the belief that human relationships benefit from a practical approach based on fairness and rationality.
ENVIRONMENTAL EFFORT The proprietors of le Moulin du Chemin adopt ethical and moral responsibility to minimise negative impacts and maximise benefits with respect to the environment and the community. Le Moulin du Chemin is proud to have been accredited by the highly-esteemed ethical-travel organisation responsibletravel.com in January 2010.
The buildings and infrastructure at le Moulin du Chemin have been - and continue to be - progressively upgraded following a set of guidelines, to gain a European environmental accreditation.
le Moulin du Chemin - Maison d'Hôte - established 1993
Carolynn Grimaldi and Peter Roche - 2 lieu-dit le Moulin du Chemin, 79240 Scillé, France
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