Almae Collection opens landmark hotel in Cognac

The July-opened La Nauve Hôtel et Jardin, Cognac is the latest addition to the family-owned Almae Collection comprising several hand-picked European properties.

This newly opened hotel takes over a historic Cognac distillery and mansion on the banks of the River Charente in the scenic town of Cognac in southwestern France.

A historic transformation

Bringing a new lease of life to a historic site, La Nauve Hôtel et Jardin, Cognac sees the transformation of this Cognac distillery and mansion into a boutique hotel housing 12 spacious suites alongside a fine dining restaurant, brasserie, Cognac bar and library. A swimming pool is found within the property’s gardens.

Following its four-year renovation, the Belle Époque mansion has been entirely reimagined with modern interiors that reflect the heritage of the site.

A grand staircase is dramatically lit with contemporary Murano chandeliers. The small hidden Paradis room acts as a brandy cellar and all of the suites come with unique design details like headboards made using the roots of local Sequoia trees.

The property sits within 12 acres of gardens leading down to the Charente River and featuring a century-old Sequoia tree, a small canal, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and rose bushes. Here, guests can make use of the swimming pool and e-bikes.

Experiencing the region

Food and drink is a focus at this newly opened property. Within the main mansion house, the gastronomic restaurant provides a fine dining experience that reflects the terroir of this region through seasonal menus championing local producers.

In the restored distillery building of this estate, Brasserie des Flâneurs then offers elegant dishes that are inspired by chef Anthony Carballo’s childhood memories.

At the hotel, guests have access to as many as 70 hand-selected bottles of Cognac, with the bar also offering custom Cognac cocktails.

Guests have the opportunity to visit some of the almost 200 Cognac producers in the area. Other excursions include visiting Old Cognac by boat and paying a visit to Chateau de Cognac.