A former chambre d’hôtes in the charming village of Sonnac, the seven-bedroom property has been given new life as ilā’s first dedicated permanent wellness retreat location.
Set in verdant, blossoming gardens in the picturesque village and bucolic surroundings where time is marked by the gentle sound of the village church bells, Maison ilā (also known as Le Trésor) is home to a main house with five bedrooms, communal dining space, snug, treatment room and yoga & sound healing studio. It also has a separate cottage with a further two bedrooms, living space and kitchen.
ilā‘s founder Denise Leicester and her husband John spent lockdown at the property and so were gifted this time to really pour their heart and soul into Maison ilā. They lovingly added their own special touches; painting the walls with powdered gems and essential oils, creating a treatment room and yoga studio and planting a soul garden full of healing herbs and plants such as St John’s Wort, Roman Camomile, Geraniums, Sage, Verviene, Lavender, Jasmine and Honeysuckle that Denise will be using in both food and treatments.
ilā’s French home will be a sanctuary of healing based on ilā’s core belief that healing starts from the inside and that by giving ourselves space and time, consciously relaxing the nervous system, the body and mind are able to rest, naturally rebalance and reconnect to our inner essence of radiant health and a peaceful mind.
Maison ilā offers a curated menu of face and body therapies and shamanic journeys, including Flexbeam red light therapy and treatments created especially for the brand-new CBD collection which launches at the end of July.
Yoga, meditation and sound healing will be complemented by wild swimming in neighbouring natural pools, and wild movement specialist Alli Suddaby will guide guests through a playful outdoor practice that honours the fundamental movement of the body.
Guests can expect seasonal, predominantly plant-based, cuisine that uses the abundant local seasonal produce and is nutritious, nurturing and full of flavour.
In addition to its openhearted resident team, Maison ilā will also welcoming visiting practitioners throughout the year to offer their expertise and wisdom to guests.
An intimate setting that means a highly bespoke experience for every visitor, Maison ilā is a true sanctuary to heal, restore and revitalise.