Auberge adds Domaine des Etangs to expanding stable

French 13th-century castle turned-retreat under new management

Auberge Resorts Collection is adding the historic French chateau, Domaine des Etangs, to its stable of managed properties, effective April 2023. Domain des Etangs becomes the US-based ultra-luxury hotel and resort operator’s third property in Europe, joining Grace Hotel in Santorini, Greece and Collegio alla Querce in Florence, Italy. The latter is now slated to open in 2024.

Located in Massignac in Southwestern France, the 13th-century castle of Domaine des Etangs is situated three hours by TGV train from Paris Montparnasse, near Cognac and Angouleme.

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Previously owned by the late French industrialist Didier Primat, since the 1980s, Domaine des Etangs has served as a private holiday estate for many years and was recently transformed into a uniquely French luxury hotel and art de vivre retreat for discerning travelers from around the world in 2015. Conceived as a magical place to reconnect and find balance through a harmony of art, nature and an ancient taste of French country culture, Domaine des Etangs is as much a discovery as it is a retreat.

“As we continue our focused expansion in Europe, we are thrilled to add this magnificent and historic property to Auberge Resorts Collection’s portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels,” said Dan Friedkin, Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are honored that Garance Primat has entrusted us to manage another one of her family’s properties that, like Primland in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is devoted to helping travellers forge a unique and authentic connection with its locale.”

A member of Virtuoso Preferred, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Mr & Mrs Smith and numerous other groups, Domaine des Etangs embodies the absolute best of French design, blending a world-class restoration of an ancient castle and original farm buildings with a sophisticated palette of curated modern art and artisan architectural interventions.

The hotel features a renowned art gallery, a Michelin-starred restaurant “Dyades”, a wellness space built around the original works of the old mill building, a floating tennis court, a Thermal baths pool house and charming multi-story rooms carved out of restored 18th-century barns.

For travel advisor enquiries and bookings for Domaine les Etangs from Australia and New Zealand, contact Lea Seguier on email:

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