A one thousand-year-old estate classified as a historic monument
in the heart of Bocage Vendéen, not far from Puy du Fou

Flocellière, Vendée Pays de la Loire FR
seasonal rental, Pays de la Loire

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

Family ties and an opportunity influenced our decision to purchase the property. It was originally intended as a holiday home, but as the renovations developed we began hosting guests over the summer.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

The calm of a family home amidst a fifteen-hectare park with hundred-year-old trees, a heated swimming pool in the summer months, and the possibility to taste local cuisine and Loire valley wines around the table d'hôtes on certain evenings.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

It was once a medieval fortress, modifications were made at the beginning of the 17th century and it was partially burned down by revolutionary troops during the wars of the Vendée. Most of the more recent adjustments date back to 1860.

Places you would personally recommend

Just ten kilometres away, Le Puy du Fou is a must-see. The Pouzauges Dungeon and the Romanesque Abbey of La Grainetière (which is still in use) are also worth a visit. With regard to restaurants, we love the food at Trois Piliers in Boupère which is also ten kilometres from us.

What is its history ?

The first documents confirm the existence of the Bas Poitou seigneury from 1090. In the 14th century, a member of the Surgères family became lord of Flocellière. Thanks to powerful alliances (particularly with the Luxembourg and Richelieu families) Flocelière became a marquisate under the reign of Louis XIII. In the 17th century, the lords of the chateau were officers of the king. In 1796, it was bought as a national asset by the future general of Bonnamy, a hero of the battle of Moskowa. In the middle of the 19th century, Baron Alquier saw it necessary to have the castle restored and transformed by the architect Arsène Charrier.

Our opinion

With marble chimneys, four-poster beds and antique wood panelling on the inside, and a keep, towers, a medieval Italian garden, a wooded park over fifteen hectares with a pond and the ruins of an old mill and washhouse on the outside – the Château de La Flocelière (quite literally ‘the flower of the sky’) ticks all the boxes. Classified as a Historic Monument, it is one of the few chateaus in France that has been continuously occupied for nearly ten centuries and whose history and lineage has been recorded since 1090. Both striking and enchanting, the estate offers no less than three types of lodging to its guests – these range from holiday rentals and gites to a classic bed and breakfast. Weddings, receptions and photoshoots can also be held here. Whatever the arrangements, the opportunity to relive a piece of French history is the guaranteed icing on the cake at this elegant family home. The magnificent preservation of this history stretches beyond the table d'hôtes and the edges of the swimming pool, to the Puy du Fou, an amusement park nearby which has been ranked the best in the world.

Prices

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Ref 973489

Open from 1st January to 31st December

Accommodation capacity

112 15 5 100 12

The outbuildings of the chateau have been specially designed to accommodate school, sport and family groups of fifteen to one hundred people. The buildings are separated into dormitories of four, five, six, eight or twelve beds as well as some isolated rooms with two beds. They also feature a professional kitchen, a family kitchen, a dining room, several recreation rooms and a playground. The farmhouse, located five hundred meters from the chateau, has five bedrooms and a private swimming pool. It can accommodate up to twelve people.

Facilities and amenities
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Satellite television
  • Dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • DVD player
  • heating
  • Animals welcome
  • swimming pool 14x6m
  • Baby bed
  • Daily cleaning service available on request
  • microwave oven
  • fireplace
  • safe
  • barbecue
  • Weekly cleaning service

Languages spoken

English - German - Italian

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