Poor bastards. They got there 394 years too early.
Because they missed out on all of this...
Welcome back from the long weekend, and welcome to the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills, a sprawling new Francophile spa retreat that wants you to sleep in it and eat in it, now open in Plymouth.
Here’s the short version:
It looks like some French aristocrat’s country estate.
Except it’s a 50-room hotel instead. There’s a Manor House and a Guest House, each with its share of mighty fireplaces and oversize soaking tubs. And they’re connected by a covered wooden bridge, because why not.
A 14,000-square-foot spa exists there.
That part’s sort of the point. That part also has eucalyptus-infused steam rooms and an outdoor hot plunge whirlpool.
There are three restaurants.
Start with duck confit sweet potato hash on the Bistro & Wine Bar’s porch overlooking the garden. Carry on at the spa’s Aqua Terrace for post-massage prosciutto flatbreads and wine. Then dine that comely stranger from the whirlpool at Henri-Marie for three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus with bacon-wrapped rabbit loin or lavender Pop Rocks.
Then maybe call it a day.