An ancient past
Discover the history of the building

The passage of the Romans

On this exceptional site, the Romans installed, between the 1st and 2nd centuries, a vast and rich Gallo-Roman farm: a villa, the Roma sancta. This vast agricultural property includes a residential part and an agricultural part. The whole is supplied with water by an aqueduct which you can observe at the bottom of the hotel grounds. 

Destructions, barbarian invasions until the acquisition of the domain by the De Bars, royal notary and priest of Sarlat, in 1462, the history is indecipherable. The most recent excavations, dating from 2019, revealed numerous burials. Which confirms the hypothesis that a necropolis would have taken the place in the ruins of the Gallo-Roman constructions. 

Subsequently, the villa was inhabited and renovated by Louis then Raymond. Completed in the 17th century, it remained in the same family for more than three centuries. Subsequently, the De Soulignacs with Jean and Jean-Baptiste, mayor of Sarlat in 1793. Then the brothers Noël and Germain Ser became owners, before selling it in 1887 to the commune to become a hospice. p>

In 1878, the castle farm was built, becoming one of the most important in the region. Several farming families follow one another. The last operator, Mr. Tréfeil, arrived in 1948. Sold, the farm lost its original vocation to become a hotel and take the name “Villa Romaine”. A place of hospitality with a prestigious past!

Restoration In the rules of art

After more than 20 years of neglect, the buildings were the subject of numerous restoration projects, eventually becoming a top-of-the-range hotel. The soul of the building, the stone walls, the exposed beams, the adobe floor of the reception and the small lounge have been preserved.

Modern comfort has been installed in all the bedrooms and the reception room.

Meet your hosts Emily and David

In search of a change of life, David and Emilie wanted to leave everything for a common project. First attracted by Provence and the Mediterranean, chance directed their search in the southwest. They fell in love with this large dry stone building, its Tuscan-style garden and the quality of life offered by the region.

We find there the essential values, a preserved nature and real human relations. This is what they wanted to share by putting their furniture in this new home that would become theirs.

In 2005, La Villa Romaine became a 4-star hotel, refined while remaining warm and on a human scale.