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Journey back to the 20th century at the Moulin de la Fleuristerie, on a stay focusing on craftsmanship and history



Journey back in time on a weekend getaway for two in the heart of the Forêts National Park. Sleep at the Moulin de la Fleuristerie, a genuine watermill that’s been manufacturing amazing floral creations since 1903, and take a look back at the history of France in the 20th century on a visit to the Charles de Gaulle Memorial.

 

Recharge your batteries in a pastoral setting where delicacy is the watchword

The Moulin de la Fleuristerie is one of those magical spots where time seems to stand still. Located in a peaceful little village in the north of the Forêts National Park, this magnificent stone and timberwork estate lives to the rhythm of its paddle wheel, which continues to be provisioned and has been producing electricity since the 19th century.

Take full advantage of its delicate pastoral atmosphere during a romantic night in a guestroom with breakfast included, in a residence first made mention of over 700 years ago. Immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the surrounding countryside on an e-bike excursion or hike in the shade of the forest canopy.

Discover artistry unique in France

In the early years of the 20th century, the Moulin de la Fleuristerie stopped making flour and turned to the manufacture of amazing artificial pistils, leaves and petals used in haute couture and decoration alike. Long famous for its floral creations, the estate can take pride in being the only centre for the manufacture of artificial flower accessories in France, courted by great couturiers, the entertainment industry and even the theatre world in France and abroad.

Do you know what a wire-taping machine is? What a cutting table is used for? The Moulin de la Fleuristerie organises guided tours of its workshops and machines dating back to 1903, which are still in working order! Acquaint yourself with a unique form of knowhow handed down from one generation to the next.

Make an appointment with history in the footsteps of Charles de Gaulle

First President of the 5th Republic, famous for his Appeal of 18 June 1940 rallying the French in the face of the Nazi threat, Charles de Gaulle represents a decisive turning point in France’s history. Visit the Charles de Gaulle Memorial in the company of an enthusiastic guide and immerse yourself in those key 20th century times and the war hero’s private life.

The General’s life, career and accomplishments are commemorated in this museum in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, where he made his home,. Photos, videos and memorabilia, including the vehicles he used, will immerse you in this part of French history as you make your way through a permanent exhibition covering some 1,600 m² and an accompanying temporary exhibition. Much more than de Gaulle’s life alone, it’s all of history from 1890 to 1970 that’s addressed here!

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