In the green heart of the Ardennes, 20 kilometres south of the city of Namur, the Meuse flows through hills and forests, flanked by rock formations along its banks. On a quiet stream that is one of its many tributaries stands an old watermill, which is now Restaurant L’Eau Vive (‘the flowing water’). Here chef Pierre Résimont tempts his guests with the flavours of emotion.
Two Michelin stars
Résimont takes his inspiration straight from his vegetable garden, and also from his love for the dishes of Alain Ducasse, the world-famous French chef. Only recently, Résimont spent time honing his skills at his idol’s restaurant. So far, his devotion has earned him two Michelin stars.
Next door to L’Eau Vive is a clean-lined cube house, Le Cube. This stunning piece of eye-catching design makes the perfect weekend hideaway, with a fully fitted kitchen and a well-furnished terrace with a barbecue. Le Cube sleeps two to six. For lunch or dinner you simply follow the garden path along the Burnot brook to L’Eau Vive. A few minutes’ drive from L’Eau Vive, in Bois-de-Villers, you can stay at l’Espace Medissey, also in contemporary style, with a pool table, a gym and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
Le Comptoir de l’Eau Vive
In the village of Erpent on the southern banks of the Meuse opposite Namur, Pierre and his partner Anne also have another restaurant, Le Comptoir. As soon as it opened, Gault Millau picked it as brasserie of the year. Le Comptoir is a brasserie, bar, delicatessen, wine cellar, school, and much more. The idea was to create a place where guests can set the world to rights while enjoying simple dishes and a good glass of wine.