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Introducing La Nauve Hotel et Jardin in Cognac, France

Photo courtesy of La Nauve

Almae Collection is delighted to introduce La Nauve Hôtel et Jardin, which opened its doors on June 10, after a four-year transformation and total reimagination. The belle époque mansion has been entirely reimagined, with just the exquisite exterior and facade remaining the same.

Internally, the design thoughtfully reflects the rich heritage of the beautiful property, whilst artfully incorporating modern features. The 12, spacious accommodation rooms, including one Junior Suite, all feature delicate furnishings and unique touches such as beds and headboards made using the roots of local Sequoia trees. The 12-acre gardens provide a total sanctuary with plenty of peaceful corners to relax and unwind while reading a book, enjoying a private picnic or even practising a spot of yoga. Featuring a century-old Sequoia tree, a small canal “Jean Simon,” a variety of fruit trees, a vegetable garden and rose bushes, the garden leads down to the Charente River, where guests can enjoy the use of a private boat and canoes. In addition, an alfresco pool is the perfect place to cool off in the summer months.

Using the finest local ingredients, including homegrown herbs and vegetables from the gardens, the culinary offering at La Nauve reflects the terroir of this fascinating region – with, of course, excellent wines and Cognacs.

The main mansion houses an intimate gastronomic restaurant, a fine dining experience that combines gourmet cuisine and warm hospitality. A fresh, seasonal menu – created according to the hotel vegetable garden– lends pride of place to regional produce from the forests, sea, Cognac distilleries and local farms. The restored distillery building is home to Brasserie des Flâneurs, serving elegant dishes inspired by Chef Anthony Carballo’s childhood memories.

No trip to Cognac is complete without sampling the famous spirits, renowned for its finesse and complexity. Visit the big names like Hennessy, Rémy Martin and Martell, or journey to Delamain, where hotel guests are offered an exclusive visit to the cellars and a unique dining experience. Guests will also be able to pop into town via boat to explore Old Cognac or even try the Otard tour, where visitors are able to visit the old Chateau de Cognac.

Unlike anything else in the area, this enchanting, historical hotel is set to put this less-visited region of France firmly on the map.