Praana Wellness Retreats @ Chez Vallée

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Praana Wellness @ Chez Vallée

A wonderfully relaxed, luxurious retreat environment catering for up to 15 people.

This 1881 Cognac distillery is set among rolling vineyards and has a luscious mix of old French charm and contemporary design. Three light and airy double bedrooms each with ensuite, a restored grenier sleeping five and the dormitory where friends can share luxury accommodation in the restored eaves of the Chai . Our luxury garden cabin (available from May 1st 2020) on the edge of the woods and catering for two is a place to celebrate those special occasions in privacy and comfort.

Amanda is a Counselling Psychologist (MSc Mental health Psychology)and yoga teacher with diplomas in Nutrition, Ayurvedic Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Addiction therapy. Details of her counselling can be found at

Enjoy an organic juice across the pebbled courtyard to the meditation garden that sits in a cluster of restored stone buildings around a magnificent courtyard.

Our garden yoga platform takes centre stage for your morning or evening yoga practise or sometimes as a central dance-floor for special occasions. We have a fully equipped yoga barn that is also available for times when the weather may a little less clement.

There is an in-house spa therapist between May and September so book your treatment in the old bakery spa or enjoy a relaxing massage in the shadow of the trees beside the pool.

Take a swim in the pool or use the adjoining pool house if you prefer the shade. Our large covered party Grange is the perfect place to escape the sun and is fully equipped with everything you need to keep you entertained including table tennis, boules, a rowing machine and a wonderful relaxing seated area.

The surroundings offer lots of space for either a large group or multiple families, relax with a book or enjoy a BBQ in the courtyard, take a bike ride through the vineyards then relax around the fire-pit with a local Pineau or Cognac as the sun goes down.

Hosted by well-travelled attentive English speaking owners who can direct you to the local Bistros and Cognac producers with organised tours, local Michelin star restaurants or organise a private chef for special dinners at Chez Vallée.

Our local Thermal Spa town of Jonzac is 10 mins by car with one of France's largest indoor/outdoor pool complexes. We're only an hour from Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and 40 minutes from the towns of Angoulême and Cognac, home of some of the finest Cognac producers in France.

To make the most of your time with us at Praana Wellness, we have created a selection of added-value packages with special entitlements that are tailored to your personal needs, whether you want to host your own retreat, a day workshop, a spa day or you would like to just visit, relax and use our facilities.




The main house consists of three beautiful ensuite twin/double bedrooms on the first floor, two further bedrooms (one double and one triple) that share a bathroom on the second floor (with extraordinary views over the vines) and a dormitory with an ensuite suitable for four single adults or children (over the age of 13). There is a large dining room, a sitting room and fully functioning kitchen. The house is fully furnished including all linen, bathroom towels and pool towels, all crockery, glasses and cookware.

The house can sleep up to 15 people, and a cot is also available. Our luxury garden cabin (available May 1st 2020) is available as extra accommodation for an extra cost.

Outside you have the use of a 12.5 x 3.5m Roman pool and pool house. There is an open Grange where most summer dining takes place – it is both cooling and offers shelter should there be a summer shower. There is a table tennis table and several tables and chairs for al fresco dining.

Additional Information

We have free-range hens, two cats (mostly outdoor) and two (very tranquil and friendly) Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. For that reason we cannot host families with their pets and we ask that you take into consideration the animals (such as potential allergies) before booking. Whilst we do our upmost to keep cats out of bedrooms, we are not always successful with the outdoor furniture and our hens don’t appreciate being chased when they are there to provide you with fresh laid eggs every day!

We can provide the following at an extra cost:

Yoga classes for all abilities and ages

Ayurvedic wellness sessions

Psychotherapy - see

Wine and Cognac distillery tours and tastings

Catering and organisation for a special event including a private chef for the week if you wish

Bike hire

Places to visit

Cognac Blues Passions

Durning the month of July Cognac is alive with both local and international musicians, the streets are closed and the atmosphere is one of fun and entertainment. Details of visiting celebrities is often available 6 months in advance and the weekend tickets are very reasonable. If you are thinking of staying at Praana Wellness in July then the 40 minute drive to Cognac for this event is a must. It's great fun and all the restaurants set up their tables outside with local bands entertaining you while you graze!


La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux

Is another MUST if you are visiting us. Bordeaux is an hour away by car and train from our local station, Jonzac. There is nothing you will not know (should you want to!) about the region and it's offerings if you spend a day here. With workshops and tours you can choose what interests you, a little tasting or two on the way will help you choose the wines for your palette during your stay in the region. You can then return to Praana Wellness at the end of your day and enjoy a local Cognac as a digestif.

Drôles de Rues, Jonzac (July)

For one weekend in July Jonzac closes the streets around the Chateau and offers free entertainment (visiting musicians and entertainers) and an opportunity to really mingle with the locals and have some fun. The bars have their stalls on the streets, the restaurants spill out onto the pavements and thousands of people come to Jonzac to enjoy a weekend of free fun! If you are staying with us next July, keep an eye on the dates of this event - it's only 10 minutes from our wellness centre.


Indigo by Martell - Roof top cocktail bar, Cognac

A must for anyone visiting us and one of our regular haunts with family and friends. With a responsible designated driver (transfer can be arranged) we highly recommend a visit to Indigo. Whatever your cocktail, they have it and fabulous rooftop views to boot. Follow it up with a visit to any of the lovely eateries in the city.


Night Markets

During the summer season in France local towns and villages host night markets once a week. Local food stalls and vineyard owners offer their produce. Local bands offer a variety of entertainment. Bring your own plates, cutlery and glasses (we can provide) and join the locals at the long trestle tables for conversation (either in french, english or franglais!) and lots of laughter. We have several within minutes up to an hour from us. We recommend you build this in to your timetable


We have a selection of great local restaurants within a short drive of us here at Praana Wellness and there is an information booklet in the dining room at Praana Wellness with the list. If you would like us to make you a reservation it can be arranged.


Please email us for more details.