What is its history ?
'L’Hébergement de Mestré' was originally the 12th century Royal Abbey of Fontevraud's main farm. Three main buildings from this period still remain: the governor's house, the tithe barn and a small chapel. The governor, appointed by the mother abbess, managed no less than two hundred and fifty estates, the cutting of timber, the arrival of fish from the Loire, the baking of bread for the peasants and, of course, the influx of pilgrims. In the 17th century, Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort came to Fontevraud Abbey to visit his sister. Dressed in rags, he was not recognized and refused entry. He then came to stay in Mestré. The property, with forty hectares of agricultural land and forty hectares of wood, was acquired by our family after the Revolution and several generations have always lived together. During the First World War, all of the men were called to the front line and none returned. The women then rented out the land. During the Second World War, fifty women and children lived in the property until the men, who had all been enlisted, returned. This time, they all come back safe and sound! For fifty years after the war, the heirs began to revive the estate. My parents, who inherited it in 1981, created guest rooms and a table d'hôtes. They passed it down to us in 2011 and we turned the place into a hotel-restaurant. We also make the most of the land and use it to grow exclusively organic products.