Our Story

In July 2015 we drove across France looking for a 'Petit Chateau' with many windows, high ceilings, enough land for an organic farm, and some forest. We wanted to be surrounded by nature, far from pollution and near enough the coast for surfing and fresh seafood. 'La Salle' was described in the estate agents description as : A sleeping beauty waiting to be awakened by her prince. We were suspicious but the whole place felt wonderful. We negociated for a year and got the keys in July 2016. Renovations started in October 2017.
We took the house back to its bare bones, by removing all the modern non breathing materials and rotted wood, plaster etc.It was not a project for the faint-hearted but luckily we found a great project manager as we were living abroad. Everything was rebuilt by french craftsmen as it would have been a hundred years ago, using natural and organic materials , but with modern technology, to give a house that breathes. We moved here in June 2018 and now we start the next project which is to create an organic farm...

Stay at La Salle

We look forward to welcoming guests to our home at La Salle to enjoy the calm and beautiful surroundings as much

Weekend Workshops

Weekends : Sourdough Workshop 28 Sept Be spoilt by a stay at the chateau, with home cooked meals with organic

Work experience

You are young, inbetween school and university, and want to spend some time outdoors ? Help us create an organic
  • You know that feeling, when all seems good and you are totally at peace ?

    This is the spot.


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 DIY Series 02  episodes 13 - 15'Chateau' Domaine de la Salle as we were known on the program, 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.  They popped in every

Getting here :

Airports : La Rochelle 40 minutes / Bordeaux  2 hours / Poitiers  1.5 hours / Train : Rochefort or  Saintes   By car : 3 kms away from Champagne village, 7 kms from Pont L'Abbe D'Arnoult.  google maps :  La Salle, 17620

See the beginning of the story on facebook

Domaine de la Salle