Castle's south tower (21 persons), private garden & swimming pool, park, tennis
François-Hugues de Vaumas
- English, French, Italian
Pets are not alowed in bedrooms and sitting room.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful Just Beautiful
I booked the chateaux for 18 of us to celebrate a friends birthday.
The chateaux is absolutely beautiful
The photos & description on HomeAway don’t do it justice
Julie met us on our arrival and was very welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us.
Having the pool & bbq made it perfect for our stay
The village has everything including the wonderful la relais de la bergeliere restaurant where the staff were super friendly and the food was very good
Holiday for classical musicians
A group of 13 of us - musician friends who meet annually for two weeks to play string quartets as part of our holiday - stayed in the chateau for two weeks. We have been renting similar properties in France for many years and we agreed that La Bergeliere was 'top chateau'! It has been beautifully renovated and is generously equipped with everything you need. There are plenty of bathrooms, all working well; the kitchen is certainly the easiest we have ever had for mass catering and had plenty of oven space and big pans etc; there was plenty of scope for entertainment with the lovely heated swimming pool, tennis court and games room with lots of toys for children. People with small children would need to bring nothing - high chairs, cots, potties all there already!
Being in a village is very handy for the boulangerie and supermarche, but with the extensive grounds, once in the chateau you are unaware of being in the heart of the village.
There are good cycle and walking routes both directly from La Flocelliere and also a short drive away.
We were warmly welcomed and felt any problems we had would have been sorted out - but had no problems!
The only thing missing (for musicians) was a piano, so we had to rent one for the period, but that was easily arranged on the internet.
Thank you so much for your comment. Hope to see you again!
My overall impression was that it was a beautiful place with an enormous garden.
We were a party of 12 plus a baby. As mostly adults we did fill it up as a few rooms had smallish beds for children so glad that we didn't have 21 adults as the description suggested. We were in one wing of the castle while the other owners lived in the other side but shared the grounds. We didn't meet the host of our part and were shown around by the cleaners who didn't speak very good English so I did rather miss being able to ask about the area or recommendations for visiting. The kitchen was a good size and on the few inclement mornings we sat at the three tables in the kitchen. It was well equipped so we could cater for ourselves. There was a beautiful dining room where we ate one night. There are two long tables but our 12 just fitted around one of them. The sitting room was a little small for our number with only 2 settees but the weather was beautiful so we spent most of the time outside in the wonderful garden which was equipped with a lovely heated pool, a tennis court, a volleyball net and swings. I hadn't realised that we would be sharing the garden but as it was so vast it wasn't a problem. The bedrooms were of a good size but there was only one toilet on each of the upper floors although some of the rooms had showers. There was one ensuite bedroom. The stairs to the upper level were very steep but luckily my mother didn't eventually come with us but my 87 year old father found them tricky. The host had said that we could use a private lift but as he wasn't there and nor was my mother I didn't ask. The village had the basics of a supermarket and bread shop but otherwise was very tiny. This property is the major feature of the village and is actually part of the beautiful church so from the garden at the back it looks like a castle but from the road it looks like a house next to a church. We had a wonderful time and would happily go again.
Beyond our dreams
We had a wonderful stay at La Bergeliere. The chateau itself, its interior and furnishings are beautiful, as well as being equipped with absolutely everything families could want even down to tennis racquets, games for every age young and old, a pool complete with swimming/play floats, lovely grounds and a most hospitable and helpful family and staff. Being right in the little village all we needed, in terms of supplies, was right on our doorstep and in spite of rather inclement weather for the time of year, we had a holiday which, I feel sure will make our grandchildren francophiles for life. Thank you Francois and your family.
A perfect location for a large family gathering
Ever been on holiday/honeymoon for a week in the same house with a few different families totalling 18 adults, 2 toddlers, 3 dogs, 6 cars and approximately 42liters of champagne? For some it sounds like perfect bliss, for others, a complete nightmare. With a bit of planning and a great bunch of people, I can safely say that it turned out as perfect bliss.
While thinking about how we were going to go about this adventure we explored a few ideas - a centerparcs type holiday with multiple cabins, but that would mean cabins rather than chateau grounds. We explored a much larger property surrounded by vinyards with a 3km drive way tucked away in the hills - but what about those not driving who wanted to potter around. The idea was to have a central base where we could all come together but in a location where we could each have a mini holiday.
After a while lotta search parameters and filters, I came across Chateau De La Bergeliere in a small town called La Flocelliere in the Loire Valley.
It was a match made in heaven.
With rolling grounds, tennis courts, a pool, woodland and enough luxury rooms to contain us all AND the added fact that it is so central that the entire town surrounds the castle grounds it seemed perfect. Then, I took to street view, there I found a restaurant, two pubs, a grocer and patisserie shop. Done!
We had a perfect week away and on one of the days my partner and I were married in a small garden ceremony beneath the tree! François, the home owner, was fantastically helpful - he recommended a wonderful Chef (ask Francois for Noel's details!) who came in and cooked and served an excellent meal that we truly loved.
In all, it was a perfect week made ever more perfect in such a beautiful location!
Francois, your home is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing it!
The Vendee has marked French history with its wars of the same name during the French Revolution. The confrontation between rebel peasants (known as "Whites") and revolutionary troops (known as "Blues") lasted several years, caused several hundred thousand deaths and left a lasting mark on Vendean imagination. La Bergeliere is situated in the heart of the hedged farmland of the Vendee, territory of the military Vendee. The inhabitants of the Vendee attach a lot of importance to their culture and history. The Puy-du-Fou, nearby, reveals a great part of the history of the Vendee to the audience; the "Cinescenie" is the biggest night show in the world: 1.200 actors wear 8.000 costumes and perform in front of you on a 23ha stage! The Grand Parc du Puy-du-Fou, during the day, takes you on a journey through time, from the antiquity to the modern era, through its recreated villages and amazing shows. More information on our website.