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Vineyards, Chateaux & Holiday cottages in the South of France

Domaine & Demeure was founded in 2008 by Karl O’Hanlon to pursue a vision of authentic and sustainable real estate and tourism, with a particular emphasis on the restoration of ‘sleeping giant’ wine estates and other historic buildings.  

A sustainable and authentic vision; “The restoration and operation of châteaux and wine estates and other character buildings as exceptional destinations, retaining and enhancing their essential purpose and character, wholly integrated with and respectful of the local environment – natural, social, cultural and economic.”

Our Vision

Our Vision

When we bought Château Les Carrasses and Château St Pierre de Serjac the estates had been all but abandoned for many years. Our idea was to turn them into à la carte vacation destinations: holidays and breaks that did not demand a compromise from guests, who could to have the holiday that suited them rather than have it imposed in a package.

Our concept

Our concept

Like the best French wines, the aim was to create an ‘assemblage’ of the best
elements of traditional accommodation options: The facilities and style of a quality hotel, the privacy and practicality of renting a villa, the charm and authenticity of a working wine estate and the laid back ambience and service of a private club. While we don’t necessarily have every aspect of each element, we’ve tried to ensure that we have all the best bits and that the estate comes together as a cohesive whole.

History of the estate

History of the estate
In 1896 Baron Cyprian de Crozals, heir to a large wine fortune created during the boom period of the late 19th Century commissioned renowned Bordeaux architect Louis-Michel Garros to restore an existing estate at St Pierre de Serjac, creating in the process the buildings that stand today. Garros responded in typical eclectic style and St Pierre emerged as one of the most important estates in the region, producing almost one million litres of wine per year.

The Châteaux remained in the de Crozals family until 2011 when it was sold by Baron Paul de Chefdebien to Karl O’Hanlon and Laurent Bonfils, who were looking for an estate to overhaul. The transformation of the Château and the outbuildings took five years, with the wine production was moved to
the modern facility at nearby Domaine de Cibadies in the interim, with the current incarnation of the estate opening its doors to guests in 2016.

Following a redesign of the vines and investment in the winery, wine production on the estate restarted in 2018 and is being carried out by our partners Vignobles Bonfils, a family of independent winemakers with a portfolio of 17 award-winning properties in the Languedoc.

Social Impact

social impact
It was also really important to us that the estate be an integral part of and positive contributor to the local community.
We prioritize the employment of local people. While this will sometimes create some challenges – language skills may not be perfect for example - we think this is a price worth paying. Not only do we tap into a wealth of local knowledge about the estates, their history and their surrounding environment, but good full time jobs enrich the local economy, enabling young locals to live and raise families in their home villages.

We are also very careful to ensure that the estate feels open and welcoming to both locals as well as residential guests. We are convinced that having a great mix of locals, out-of-area French and international guests is the key to creating a great experience for everyone who visits us.
This philosophy creates a lot of local goodwill and ‘anchors’ the Château into the community, something we believe will be felt by our guests as they interact with local people both on the estate and in the surrounding area during their stay.

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