Domaine de la Salle - the story

Domaine de la Salle, is an old cognac estate, often referred to locally as 'Le Chateau' or just 'La Salle'.

We bought the Chateau in 2016 and since then it has been brought back to its original beauty, using only natural materials and traditional methods. The front part was built in 1826 by 'Jean Baptiste Joachim Clemot', who was a celebrated surgeon in Napoleons navy. Buildings in the courtyards go back to the 17th century, but we know that La Salle was inhabited since before the 12th century when the ‘Saliens’ settled there.

We are following our dream of creating an organic farm that will produce fruit and ancient varieties of grain, and also of providing a haven for biodiversity. We have a two bedroom ‘gite’ to rent and also a couple of ‘chambres d’hotes’. It is not a hotel, and you would see the working life of ordinary people, working towards a living organic Chateau-Farm. Our rooms are decorated in French style, and we consider them luxury, with the fine linen sheets, antique furniture and stylish bathrooms. We also host weekends with interesting activities from sourdough bread making to sewing beautiful heirloom dolls from antique linens. We can host small romantic weddings in summer, and family celebrations. For any of the above, please do get in touch with us via the formula below, or sending me an email direct on my email address.

Domaine de la Salle is in the Charente Maritime area, close to the coast and in the area where the french love to holiday. It is traditional, charming and rustic. 'La Salle' is really hidden away in its own forest and fields. Beaches are half an hour to 45 minutes away, depending on what sort of beach you want. There is so much to do - please see the 'what to do' section below. If you want to do absolutely nothing, and get away from everything, this is a very peaceful tranquil corner, although we do have birdsong.
We speak English, French, German and Portuguese.

(We have been featured on ‘Escape to the Chateau DIY’ series 2 on Channel 4 and there is a new series just about to come out - we will be featured again from the 6 - 10 April 2020 ).

Stay at La Salle

We look forward to welcoming guests to 'La Salle' to enjoy the calm and beautiful surroundings, go for walks,

Volunteering

Weekends : If you are a student on a gap year and want to muck in, let us know, as there are always opportunities

Weekend Workshops

From learning to make sourdough bread to sewing heirloom dolls, or wine tasting foodie weekends....Enjoy staying
  • You know that feeling, when all seems good and you are totally at peace ?

    This is the spot.

Activities

Things to do in this area :

The Charente Maritime has a varied coastline, with beautiful beaches, fishing towns and fabulous fresh sea-food restaurants ( Its famous for its oysters ).  The 'Marais' are former marshlands, now criss-crossed with small canals, and are wonderful to cycle or canoe through and see

Escape to the Chateau

Escape to the Chateau DIYOur next Escape to the Chateau DIY series appearance :   6 - 10th April 2020 !  Domaine de la Salle was filmed in summer 2018 right from the moment we arrived from an overnight flight and a 6 hour drive with our three cats and 6 suitcases in tow.

Getting here :

Airports : La Rochelle airport is 45 minutes by car. Flights mainly in summer but a few in winter. Bordeaux  This airport is the other side of bordeaux so it takes from 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic. Poitiers  We have never tried this airport as it never seems

For bookings, please send us an email below.

We take bookings for holidays in the self catering gite, bed and breakfast rooms and weekend workshops. For any inquiries, please email us using the box below. Many thanks, Jono and Mariam