Welcome, you are in the home of Karine and Fabrice Richard.
A bucolic and peaceful setting. A warm and personalized welcome. An establishment on a human scale. Welcome, you are in the home of Karine and Fabrice Richard.
"To offer you a privileged moment of life."
L'Echassier, like the bird? No, like the "châssiers" in old Charentais, which designate the large oaks that surround us," smile Karine and Fabrice. But the origin has been lost to the animal. It is in this bucolic environment a few minutes from Cognac, in Châteaubernard, that the new owners of The Originals Relais, Domaine de l'Echassier settled in 2021. A new life for this baker-pastry chef couple who, after 25 years behind the stove, find themselves at the head of a pleasant 3-star hotel with 26 spacious and quiet rooms. "We made this choice for the contact, the exchanges and to be able to continue to practice our first profession but in a more intimate way by making breakfast products." Their philosophy of the hotel business? "To contribute to making our guests' stay a moment of pleasure." And the magic happens. "People often tell us: we could leave our slippers on, here it's just like home... only better!"
Spacious and quiet, the 26 rooms of The Originals Relais, Domaine de l'Echassier, offer a personalized decoration, neat and warm, in the air of time. Some have a terrace. All are equipped with air conditioning. Professionals on the move, families, as well as people with reduced mobility will find here everything they need to satisfy their desires for peaceful nights.
All the know-how of Karine and Fabrice, former artisan bakers, can be admired (and savored) on the copious breakfast buffet of The Originals Relais, Domaine de l'Echassier. Besides the breads, pastries and other cookies, the dishes offered are mainly from the neighboring farms (jam, cheese, milk, honey...), just like the products worked by the chef of the restaurant of the establishment which proposes a refined bistronomic cooking. Would you like to taste (in moderation) the amber liquid that has made the region's reputation worldwide? Go to the bar and its cognathèque!
Seasons, flavors, surprises could be the 3 key words of this restaurant with its creative, refined and gourmet cuisine. Seasons, because the menu evolves according to them. Flavors, with fresh, local and quality products. Surprises, with menus with names that tickle the imagination. To know: service only in the evening.
Located on the outskirts of Cognac, The Originals Relais, Domaine de l'Echassier will allow you to enjoy the peaceful Charente countryside. On the program, stroll along the banks of the Charente on foot, by bike or on horseback, visit a distillery, play petanque and why not fly over the vineyards in a hot air balloon. Are you short of ideas? Karine and Fabrice are always inspired.
Even if it does not have Olympic dimensions, the swimming pool of the Domaine de l'Echassier allows to spend a pleasant moment of relaxation at the edge of water and offers to make some small lengths in all peace in a pleasant and green framework.
Did you know that? It was here, behind the high and thick walls of the fortress of Cognac that François I was born in 1494. A glorious past which did not spare the building from ruin, saved in extremis from destruction in the 19th century by the manager of a cognac house who understood that the thickness of the walls of the building offered exceptional conditions for the ageing of its precious liquid...
History of the city, terroir, but also and of course, manufacturing secrets of the amber liquid that has made the world famous of the city of Charente, the museum of the Arts of Cognac opens an exceptional collection of documents immersing you in the heart of a unique local know-how, from viticulture to oenology, from distillation to cooperage, and from trading to packaging.
Why not visit an open-air art gallery? In different places of the city, street-art works, made by local artists, are "hidden". A tour off the beaten track that allows you to admire the colorful works of the graffiti artists of the Charente city.
A city dedicated to the image, Angoulême also takes care of its rich historical heritage, a mixture of Romanesque vestiges and 19th century architecture intertwined in the middle of pleasant pedestrian areas. Not to mention the many references scattered throughout the city by 40 years of International Comics Festival. In the city of the 9th art, you won't have time to catch the bubble!
The Originals Relais, Domaine de l'Echassier offers a pleasant setting for your professional events in the peaceful hamlet of Châteaubernard, a few minutes from the center of Cognac.
At your disposal, a room of 40 m2 which can receive about forty people according to the chosen configuration. Perfectly equipped (wifi, projector, paperboard...), it also benefits from a direct access to the outside for pleasant breaks in the open air.