A story of taste
Marie Quinton, Ambassador of Auvergne
The story started in 1879 when Marie Quinton decided to transform her parents’ mill into a guesthouse named “Hôtel des Marronniers”. The culinary talents of the woman who came to be known as la belle meunière (the beautiful miller), achieved notoriety well beyond the borders of Auvergne.
This renown was not only down to her delicious blue trout or her excellent coq au vin. The site is also famous for having played host to General Boulanger and his mistress Marguerite de Bonnemains. The story of the clandestine love affair was told by the hostess herself in an eponymous journal published in 1895, after the tragic deaths of the two lovers.