After our third year in operation, more aware of our needs and those of our visitors, Maison Salvadore relocated to our current site in the picturesque ville d’Art et Histoire of Montmorillon in late 2019. We are now located in a large seventeenth century townhouse, with an adjoining former forge, steeped in history.The move was largely motivated by the need to become more efficient and minimise the impact of our activities on our struggling planet.
This involves some straight-forward improvements like the fact that guests can access us via public transport, without the need for a car, as well as more long term plans to have a self-sufficient energy and water supply.
We are continuing our exploration of what a different kind of renovation might look like, a vision that minimises waste and consumption through learning to live with the past. Residents will notice, for example, the hand printed wallpapers lovingly kept from the last large-scale renovation in the early 60's.
The house has grand stone fireplaces dating from the building’s construction, as well as some more kitsch examples from the 50's. There are solid french oak floors, cast iron radiators and enormous windows that open out onto the quiet street below. The sun pours in in the afternoon and fills the rooms with light, right up to the top of lofty ceilings.
Guests stay in one two of the self catering apartments on the first floor and sleep on memory foam mattresses, shrouded in handmade, hand-dyed repurposed linens. Rooms are filled with specially curated artworks and lovingly restored antiques. In place of televisions are specially selected reading and listening lists, and in the bathrooms you’ll find homemade toiletries made from natural ingredients. Everything you see in your apartment has either been sourced second hand or fabricated by us.