Suzanne Lovell Inc


Family-owned French chateau gets substantial facelift and reopens as a fancy hotel!

November 05, 2015

The chateau’s attic has been redone into a playroom… for kids and/or adults!

Image courtesy of:

Domaine des Etangs is an 11th-century castle in a remote region of France which was used as the “family playground” for years and years by the French billionaire, Didier Primat. Upon his death in 2008, his daughter, Garance, began to tirelessly work to restore and transform this estate into a luxurious hotel with a fine-dining restaurant and (soon to open) decadent spa in the estate’s old windmill.

The gardens are being brought back to their natural glory as an ode to Garance’s father, who loved the outdoors. Care was taken to make sure the original stonework and timber beams stayed exposed and intact. The hotel’s rooms are furnished in a combination of both contemporary pieces and family antiques leaving the chateau’s “bones” present throughout!

The grand entrance to Domaine des Etangs, a newly renovated chateau that was recently opened as a luxury hotel in the quiet Charente Limousine region. The artwork is by the French artist, Vincent Fourmoer and the neo-Gotheic stairwell railing is original.

Image courtesy of: The Wall Street Journal Magazine

One of the 7 suites, all of which feature exposed timber, are all decorated using the family’s personal antiques along with contemporary furnishings and accessories. Additionally, there are 7 cottages for rent on the property, all similarly decorated.

Image courtesy of: The Wall Street Journal Magazine