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 ).