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Only an hour stands between La Minotte and Paris. Just north of the vast forest of Rambouillet, the small, historic town of Montfort-l'Amaury is nonetheless graceful and exotic. So much so that you would think it was a long-standing destination for relaxation, celebrations with family or organising seminars and putting on a great spread. La Minotte is ideal for all of these events. The beautiful facade overlooking the small paved street is delicately adorned, two wings reach out from the other side overlooking garden and extend towards the lawn and water features: a pond to please the eyes, and a swimming pool to dip yourself into. Thanks to the services offered, the four lodges and four guest rooms can be adapted to many convivial spaces.
For its very privileged location near the medieval city of Montfort L'Amaury and its proximity to Paris. We liked the look of the house, it was somewhat abandoned but had clear potential for an authentic restoration.
It is a 17th century mansion surrounded by a walled garden and built inside the walls of the village. With a U-shaped plan, the building is covered with flat tiles and has a one storey central body and two raised lateral wings with an additional floor. The garden facade is adorned with large bay windows that open onto the garden and swimming pool.
Unfortunately, I do not know much about it. I can, however, imagine that a rich and varied history of events took place in the numerous underground passages. These passages led to the church, to the castle of Anne de Bretagne and, so it seems, to the chateau of Versailles.
The Minotte is an exclusive place, a breath of fresh air in the forest of Rambouillet, an intimate place with four bedrooms and four lofts. It is above all a family home, perfect for those who want an experience removed from luxury standards and standardised services. One comes for the spirit of the place and will quickly feel at home here. The atmosphere is imprinted with light, simplicity and serenity. The two Labradors are always watching over us. Our table d'hôtes, the table du 7 and its chef Thibault, who began his career in the great kitchens of Alain Ducasse, Akrame Benallal and Christophe Moret at Lasserre, offers a creative cuisine composed of mostly organic products from local producers.
For foodies, ''Number 3'' is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers contemporary cuisine made with seasonal produce. A more affordable establishment is "A Table", a gourmet bistro located in Thoiry. "Le Chi Fan" in Montfort is more on the extravagant side and serves reinvented Asian cuisine. The park of Groussay Castle, former property of the Count of Bestegui, is an extraordinary garden. The house of Maurice Ravel is also worth a visit. The small shops in the village sell a selection of deco objects with plenty of nice surprises.
The setting of La Minotte lends itself perfectly to organising professional events such as simple or residential seminars, meetings and work parties. La Minotte has several rooms to offer: Plenary Room (30m2), Large Lounge (40m2), Small Lounge (15m2), Dining Room (28m2), Library (17m2). A TV, an overhead projector, a projection screen, a flip-chart and stationery are available. Catering is available from the table d'hôtes, by the services of a chef at home or by a caterer. The property has four guest rooms and four lofts for a total of fifteen people. There is a steam room and a heated swimming pool open from May to September. Many activities are available nearby: golf, horse riding, hiking in the forest, bike rides, climbing, cultural visits.
La Minotte propose des cours de Hatha Yoga toute l'année. Cours en solo : 75€ / heure Cours en duo : 90€ / heure Cours collectif (jusqu’à 6 personnes) : 100 € Location de la salle : 30€ / heure
La Minotte propose des séances de coaching toute l'année avec Jean Yves Davison. Ancien champion de boxe thaïlandaise, il s'est inspiré des techniques de préparation physique et mentale des sportifs professionnels pour amener chacun à dépasser ses limites et développer un mental serin. Cours en solo 150€ / personne (1 heure) Cours en duo 70€ / personne (1 heure) Cours collectif 60€ / personne (1 heure, jusqu’à 10 personnes)