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A 13th-Century French Château Imbued with Nature's Artistic Soul

A place to find balance through art, nature, and the time-honored traditions of French country living, Auberge’s newest European escape is a magnificent stone château set on 2,500 forested acres (1,000 hectares). Built more than 700 years ago by the knights of Chasteignier de la Roche-Posay, this storybook castle is an idyllic retreat steeped in serenity and devoted to l’art de vivre past and present. Resting amid the tranquil ponds that gave it its name, Domaine des Etangs and its picturesque farmhouse cottages overlook rolling hills and verdant meadows in which the finest Limousin cattle graze. Food is picked from the gardens, and art is as integral as nature in instilling the sense of equilibrium symbolized by the Domaine’s dragonfly emblem.

The Art of Life

The art of life is both a literal and figurative concept at Domaine des Etangs, where experiencing the arts, products, and ways of the French countryside is complemented by the physical creations of artists inspired by this special place. Art is everywhere, providing beauty and pause for reflection and reconnection: In nature, but also on the walls of the château and farm cottages, in the gardens and forest glades, and in La Laiterie, the on-site gallery hosting world class exhibitions.

Stay Between Heaven and Earth

Stay at Domaine des Etangs

Seemingly suspended in time, Domaine des Etangs offers the chance to slow down, to reconnect with nature, loved ones, and the self in an environment of abundant space, artfully designed. From the château with its seven suites, vast attic games room, and Gallo-Roman-inspired thermal baths, to the six Metairie cottages and The Longère’s four rustic suites, untouched original materials and witty art and experiences give the Domaine its curiosity and sense of discovery.

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Farm to Table

Few can claim as authentic and fleeting a farm-to-table journey as Domaine des Etangs. The freshest seasonal produce is handpicked daily in the estate’s spiral-shaped organic garden, then prepared to perfection in the château’s kitchens. Dyades is the estate’s main restaurant, which opens onto a terrace with picture-postcard views, but meals can be relished wherever you choose. Savor a picnic in a peaceful glade,a celebration in Monade, the château’s private dining room or dine in the comfort of your Cottage with meals prepared by the Domain’s chefs.

Quintessential Wellbeing

Housed within a centuries-old mill, Moulin des Etangs is the estate’s dedicated wellness center – a rustic, waterside space in harmony with nature and the terroir. Here, where the curative powers of the Earth are harnessed, a rich sense of history encourages reconnection with the very foundations of life. A range of experiences – from horse-riding to walks with forest wardens – encourage healing time in nature.

Getting Here

South of Paris in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Domaine des Etangs is ideally placed for exploring the incredible natural heritage of Charente and Limousin.

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