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La Distillière has maintained a tranquil assurance and an ordered charm from its bourgeois origins, the years seems to pass without leaving any trace. The recent efforts made to renovate the property brought an abandoned soul back to life, all the while adding little "supplements" to link it to the modern day. The park is no stranger to the surrounding attractions and beauty. Embellished with a pretty wrought iron gate and stone walls, it provides stunning views of the Perigord countryside and its inexhaustible wealth. Those staying here will want for nothing.
We arrived in this area off the beaten track and on the borders of Périgord and Limousin after travelling through several regions one summer. We were instantly charmed by the variety of landscapes dotted with hamlets, tangles of sloping roofs and the treasures of a rural heritage that has been wonderfully built and preserved. The fertile soils here also allow us to keep up our passion for gardening.
The architecture is characteristic of the classicism in bourgeois family houses of the time. The roof is made of slate from the old quarries of Alassac. Inside, all of the rooms on the ground floor are adjoining and open onto the garden. The inside of the house is bathed in light. Careful of remaining faithful to the original structure, we paid particular attention to the materials we used during the restoration works, as well those we used for the structural elements and the interior decoration.
The house was built at the beginning of the 19th century by a family of the region, they were above all concerned with elegance and comfort. Notarised references and traces of old installations found during the works suggest that the fruits of the garden were distilled here at the beginning of the 20th century. La Distillière then became a holiday resort. The property's character was absorbed by disrespectful developments at the end of the 20th century, so we restored its former charm in 2006. We recently decided to start living here full time.
Above all, we want to share a place where the tranquillity relaxes our guests, the atmosphere inspires them and the objects tell them stories. We cultivate this lifestyle all year round in the details of everyday life.
The region has many attractions and activities to offer. One can marvel at the architectural richness of the old Excideuil and Ségur-le-Château; discover the country of Ans, its walnut trees, its picturesque hamlets and its many farmers' markets; travel through the forests, the valleys, the lush landscapes of the Auvézère gorges and go swimming; take refuge in the churches of St. Robert and St. Raphael; bargain-hunt at Isabelle's in Hautefort, enjoy a good nut cake, dine at Troubadour and visit the castle and its gardens; bargain-hunt at Cécile's in Juillac; savour the truffled Gouda of Yolanda and the home-made preserves of the village charcutier; visit Jumilhac, the caves of Tourtoirac, and Pompadour.
120 € - 130 € per night
The house is on the outskirts of the village. The living rooms are on the ground floor. Two guest rooms are located on the first floor, one has two adjoining rooms, the other overlooks the village. The third is on the second floor and overlooks the garden. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and is equipped with a queen sized bed.