We have a name…April 20, 2010
I’m excited to announce that we’ve finally decided on a name for the bed & breakfast, La Source de Cousignac. For the past three years, we’ve been using the name of the winery, Notre Dame de Cousignac which was fine at the beginning when we were just renting a few rooms in my in-law’s house, the family house. But as the business grew and continues to grow and change, we need to define it separately from the winery.
Our new name was chosen at the perfect moment as this weekend we welcomed our first guests of the season. They were in the area to celebrate a 60th wedding anniversary. They chose us as their lodging because they were here 10 years ago, when the same couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the winery. At that time, the caveau was not the wine store, it was a large room empty of wine which was rented out for events such as weddings and their anniversaries. The three couples who stayed with us last weekend had fond memories of the event and upon discovering that we now run a bed & breakfast were pleased to stay with us.
La Source de Cousignac came out of the idea that we wanted the name to 1: tie into the winery and location which is Cousignac, our quartier, or neighborhood. When locals think of Cousignac, one of the first places that come to mind is the winery. We want the bed & breakfast to be the second thing they think of. It’s also a way to link the bed & breakfast with the winery. As a seventh generation vigneron, winemaking is in my husbands blood and a vital part of the history of the family and the land. It is impossible to completely separate wine from the house and the people who live in it. And why would we want to do that anyway? We want to b & b to have a distinct personality without forgetting that it is part of a working winery.
The 2nd reason for La Source de Cousignac is that we wanted to link the bed and breakfast to the environment. Our water source begins deep under ground. It was used by the Romans who first accessed it deep underground and this access exists today blocked by a wooden door and hidden behind overgrowth. The source is never ending supplying fresh, cool water even on the hottest, dryest days. On summer mornings, when I awake early to prepare breakfast for our guests, I like to take a cup of coffee to the front garden and in the silence of daybreak, listen to the trickle of water as it tumbles down the tiny fall before crossing the path. It is a relaxing moment to pray or reflect before the rush of the day and the responsibilities of work and children.
Thirdly, we are obviously a source of wine. Our guests come to stay for any number of reasons but they almost always join us in the garden of an apéritif of our wine. We are one of those rare people who like having strangers come to visit. We enjoy meeting new people and providing them with a relaxing visit and a taste of Provence and the wine it creates. In fact, many of our guests become, if not friends, acquaintances who return regularly for a stay and often our wine.
Which brings me to the final reason we chose this name. We are a spiritual place, with God and Notre Dame or Our Lady of Cousignac in our presence. We think of our place, our home as a source of welcome and maybe an escape for our guests. A place to relax, to feel free, to do as I said above, reflect. A source of renewal. It’s for all these reasons that we finally decided on the name La Source de Cousignac for the chambre d’hôtes.