Domaine de la Grausse
The perfect yoga holiday retreat
In 1772, the Vicomte de la Grausse abandoned his ancient Chateau Fort, circa 12th Century, built on a rocky bluff to defend the narrow pass into his valley.
Re-using stones and wooden beams from the old chateau fort, he built a small rural chateau, complete with a fortified tower and a magnificent wooden spiral staircase, on the valley floor just below the rock face.
Today, Domaine de la Grausse is a 17 acre estate, and the chateau has been fully restored and modernised. It lies in a small tranquil valley surrounded by wooded hills, wild-flower meadows, green pastures and bordered by a bubbling tree-shaded brook.
In front of the chateau is a small lake. It is fed from one of several springs on the estate and overflows into the brook, which accounts for its clarity. And, thanks to a 'choir' of little green frogs, there are no mosquitoes!
Take a dip in the lake. You will be swimming with irradiant blue damselflies and dragonflies hovering all around, and sand martins swooping down to drink on the wing.
Chill-out and relax in one of our hammocks around the lake and be lulled by the sound of natural spring water splashing over a waterfall.
Enjoy a BBQ beside the lake and dine on a large rustic table shaded beneath a weeping willow tree.