The 900-year history of Château de la Flocellière has seen it go from fortress, to stately home, to family home – and now to guest house. Always inhabited, always historically interesting, it can weave you into its history, too.
The combination of huge grounds and intimate chambre d’hote hospitality is fairly unique, offering personal touches at every turn. Expect the Vignial family to treat you as one of their own, inviting you to make yourself at home in the grand library, or tuck into home-cooked food in the great dining room. You will hear stories of past and present, of the many lives lived at the chateau.
Guests enthuse about the place for allowing them to imagine that they do actually live here. They settle into the château routine comfortably, and after a while don’t want any more of the outside world.
The library is the heart of the chateau: a grand piano is poised ready to entertain; elegant chairs are grouped to invite conversation. It’s the place to be on a rainy day, reading or swapping stories. The bedrooms are opulent, with chandeliers, polished wooden floors and antiques but well chosen fabrics and warm lighting make them welcoming.
However, for those who prefer a more private experience, the size of the building and its grounds gives you the space you need. Or pack a picnic from the market in the nearby town and explore the Pays de la Loire – the nearest château is Donjon de Châteaumur.