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The Domaine des Etangs: a magical place infused with well-being

Nothing better to disconnect from everyday life than to find yourself out of time in a fairy tale castle… This is the successful bet of the Domaine des Etangs, a 5-star hotel opened in 2015. There, you will enjoy a varied offer of accommodation, thanks to the suites and rooms located in the 13th century castle, in the Longère, or even in the Métairies, all surrounded by 1000 hectares of forests, pastures and ponds, and equipped with a very beautiful wellness area. The watchword here: Slow down.

A natural setting around this 13th century castle (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

A haven of peace

The Domaine des Etangs is located 2 hours from Bordeaux, on the edge of the village of Massignac. It’s a place confidential and refined which offers seasonal and locavore cuisine as well as a quality wellness offer. The hotel is an ideal stopover for stressed Parisians and other victims of the frantic race of life. It’s a place out of time open year roundwhich allows you to synchronize with the cycle of nature and the seasons.

The castle swimming pool (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

Everything here is an invitation to let go and wonder: Various walks, “no-kill” fishing, boat trips, discovery of the history of the Estate, visit to the exhibition of works of art (Tomas Saraceno, Du Sol au Soleil), relaxation by the swimming pools or even reading in the libraries… The Domaine makes you enjoy the present moment, and the simple pleasures of life. It allows you to reconnect with nature and the essential.

At the Domaine, you can stroll through the magnificent spiral organic vegetable garden to discover the vegetables that will end up on your plate the same evening, observe wildlife, cycle through the entire estate. slow life was invented elsewhere but it applies very well here.

A castle of great beauty…as if out of dreams! (Photo: The Domaine des Etangs)

Rooms dotted around the estate

It is a castle which has preserved the charm and spirit of a family home as well as the mysteries of its origins dating back to the 13th century. You will find seven large suites and rooms, different as the stars whose names they bear. On the ground floor, lounges, smoking room, library and dining room allow you to linger over a book, a drink or a meal. The interior decoration of the castle is punctuated, here and there, with antiques and custom-made creations, unique objects and works of art.

Venus, the Premium Suite of the Château (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

A long building typical of rural architecture, the Longère once included the former stables of the Château.

From now on, it houses the reception, the Dyades restaurant, the shop dedicated to regional and artisanal creations as well as four suites, inspired by the four seasons. Each has its dominant color, chosen in harmony with the time of year it represents. They are different, but all have the same generous space of more than 63m2. Interior designer Isabelle Stanislas designed the atmosphere of these suites by playing with light and materials. In summer, enjoy the terrace of 3 of the 4 Season Junior Suites, enjoying breakfast or lunch outside.

Indoor swimming pool at the Thermes du Château (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

Finally, in the heart of the Estate, about 2km from the Château, are the six Metairies.

Old, elegantly renovated farmhouses with 1 to 5 bedrooms, they can be rented for stays with families or friends. The Domain being respectful of the environment, electric cars will be provided to you for your stay in the farmhouse.

Le Moulin des Etangs, an enchanting wellness area

The Castle thermal baths are the perfect place to take care of yourself and treat yourself to a moment of well-being. A succession of steam baths awaits you for a moment of relaxation at any time of the day: the Caldarium (47°-50°C) the Tepidarium (37°-40°C) as well as a Frigidarium (7°C) .

Then enjoy a massage at the Moulin des Etangs, the Domaine’s wellness area, and let the flight of the dragonfly, mistress of the place, guide you to a simple, peaceful and gentle well-being.

The wellness area has five treatment rooms, and two practitioners. In harmony with the cycle of the seasons and the fundamental elements – water, air, fire, earth and ether – the treatments provided by the practitioners of the Moulin des Etangs are directly inspired by the surrounding nature and its rounds.

A unique treatment room in the world (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

Le Moulin des Etangs offers you specific protocols intended to be experienced alone or in pairs. In the triple suite, parents and children are invited to experience together a moment of well-being with unique treatments.

The hotel also has a fitness room bathed in natural light and surrounded by lush plants, and a sports course with facilities, on the edge of the forest.

A locavore restaurant

The Dyades restaurant is a gastronomic restaurant orchestrated by chef Frédéric Murati. Each meal is lived in harmony with the seasons and the richness of local products and those provided by the estate… Note thata vegetarian menu exists, and that healthy options may be available for those who are more detox oriented. Finally, from spring to autumn: take a seat on the restaurant’s terrace and enjoy the gentle landscape.

An inventive and refined cuisine (Photo: Le Domaine des Etangs)

The culinary experience can also be enjoyed outside the dining room of the Dyades restaurant, with, for example, picnic baskets greedy to take away in a boat or at the edge of a pond, or even convivial meals in your room or smallholding, for a generous and convivial moment of sharing, “just like at home”.

Please note that most of the vegetables come from the estate’s vegetable garden. certified organic. We can not do better as a short circuit!

Wellness retreats all year round

Every summer, the hotel is pleased to welcome wellness specialists, allowing guests to enjoy group lessons offered as part of a hotel stay.

From time to time, well-being retreats are organized at the Domaine des Etangs to relax, rebuild, anchor yourself. Yoga, Qi Gong, naturopathy, walking meditation, Kobido… are among the activities you can enjoy depending on the season and the well-being specialists.

At the end of the stay, you will leave with keys, advice to prolong in daily life the benefits acquired at the Domaine des Etangs.


From July 8 to August 7, 2022, for the well-being of body and mind, the Domaine welcomes Marie Szatkowski, a yoga teacher specializing in hatha yoga with more than 20 years of practice. Recognized for its physical, mental and emotional benefits, this gentle discipline brings calm and serenity.

For children, she will organize discovery sessions to begin in the art of yoga.

For adults, meditation and yoga sessions will be offered daily.

Activities on registration, offered as part of a stay at the Domaine des Etangs, from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive, from 9 am to 1 pm for sessions of approximately one hour.

To book

Prices: From 390 euros per night out of season, buffet breakfast included only for room reservations at the Château and in the Longère. For reservations at the farmhouse, we deliver baskets of pastries to the farmhouse.

You would like to benefit from our advice and our expertise to choose your well-being stay, and book taking advantage of the best rates, contact us below.

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Call us at + 33 (0)1 77 77 77 77 to discuss your travel plans.

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