Votre Château de Famille brings together castle owners united by their passion for French historic houses. For some, the property has been in their family for centuries, others have only recently fallen in love with a castle, they all share the same love story.
Our castles are not hotels. Sometimes, time has left wrinkles on the walls of the facades, the floors have worn out under generations of clogs and shoes … Children were born there, grew up there, ran along the corridors, went to eat jam secretly with the complicity of a loving grandmother. In the evening, some gathered around the snooker table while the others were chatting in the living room around a chamomile herbal tea. At those times, houses were designed to accommodate many generations together.
Welcoming other families is our way to help us maintain and renovate our homes. We are happy to think that others can, like us, become château owners even if it is only for a few days, for their holidays, a weekend or a wedding, and can accommodate their relatives in places they relate to. We entrust you with our homes, with a certain pride, a certain emotion, and the belief that you will occupy it with your family or your friends as we do ourselves, respecting and enjoying it. We give you the keys, you are at home.
Votre Château de Famille is much more than just a website to rent beautiful homes. Originally, Hervé and Catherine Gasiglia created it after buying the castle of Riveneuve du Bosc, they imagined the concept of renting their château to one family with exclusive use to help them repaying their loan. And then, it gradually became a community of châteaux’ owners and tenants who share the same values : sense of hospitality, solidarity, respect for nature and people and happiness of gathering together.
Our company, Votre Château de Famille, has an original organisation with a team based in Paris and a network of “Châteaux Girls”. The Paris’ office manages the administrative and commercial jobs, and animates a network of regional delegates in France, called “Châteaux Girls”. Each of these delegates is a château owner and manages the châteaux around their own.
Thanks to this set up, we perfectly know the castles that we propose and the synergy between the castles helps us provide a better service to our tenants: if the castle of their choice is not available, we can offer them another one nearby.
Votre Château de Famille defines itself as a cooperative of châteaux owners that share resources and experiences. One of the advantages is to be able to offer “the right price” because we do not have to pay for an intermediary platform between the tenant and the owner. In addition the tenant can build a relationship based on trust with the owner with whom he has direct contact even before booking the château.
Our team in Paris is made up of Catherine Gasiglia, owner of Château de Riveneuve and founder of the group, and Emilie Jehanno, Sales Manager. Our team is assisted by a webmaster, a designer and a digital communication specialist.
This original organisation, animated by a cooperative spirit based on the solidarity between the owners, has proved its worth as since its creation in 2008, Votre Château de Famille has booked more than 150,000 nights (1,500 stays).
Our organisation that combines business management professionals and experienced châteaux owners has two main goals. On one hand, sharing with families around the world the happiness of staying in a castle, and make them discover the French way of life in comfortable and authentic châteaux. On the other hand, preserving the French historic heritage. Thanks to our skills in finance, marketing and business development, the team of Votre Château de Famille helps châteaux owners in developing their activity and upgrading their castles. Votre Château de Famille is proud not only to have prevented many châteaux owners from selling their châteaux but also to have helped them maintaining and enhancing them on a daily basis.
HEC Business School, 25 years experience in Finance, Founder of Votre Château de Famille. Owner of Château de Riveneuve
EDHEC Business School, 10 years experience in Yacht Charter, Sales Manager of Votre Château de Famille
MBA E-Business, 25 years experience in Communication. Webmarketing specialist at Votre Château de Famille
PhD in Pharmacy, IAE School, 20 years of experience in marketing within pharmaceutical industry. Co-Owner with her sister of Château de Montplaisant
PhD in Géopolitics, 20 years of experience both as geopolitics risk analyst and teacher. Owner of Château du Bois de la Lune
ESSEC-DEA Business School. 25 years experience in management. Owner of Château de Gourdourville
Masters of Architecture Canada, 10 years experience in Architecture and Photography. VCF Community Manager, Photographer and Visual Design
A tribute in a few words to a handsome old man paying a visit of Chateau Bonnac, our castle, a beautiful day of summer 2007. He was part of the club “Old French Houses” (V.M.F) of the Ariège district . Impressed by the designer gifts of my wife, Mr Yvan Amat told us about his beloved daughter, Catherine, who had just bought the nearby castle of Riveneuve du Bosc. He proposed us to organize a meeting with her, as we had just made the decision to market weddings in our castle. It has been for us the opportunity to be the first owner of a castle to fall under the charm of Catherine, now Directrice Générale de Votre Château de Famille. In that time, my brother in law was thinking to open his castle, Chateau de Seyre, to weddings and holiday vacations without knowing precisely how to handle the problem. My wife (and his sister) organized the meeting with Catherine, an opportunity that seemed almost miraculous to him. In no time, Catherine had re-designed the castle and taken charge of marketing chateau de Seyre. Impressed by the results, a soon as next summer, we made the decision with my wife to entrust the trade charge of chateau Bonnac to Catherine. It was the beginning of the rise of Votre Chateau de Famille, based on the tripode Bonnac, Riveneuve, and Seyre.
My parents bought Château la Commanderie when I was a child. They wanted to leave Paris and its hassles for a rural living in the post Mai 68s philosophy. My mother Marie-France had studied Art history at the Ecole du Louvre, and devoted herself for years at the renewal of what was but a ruin. Following her untimely death, I made the decision to assume the responsibility of my “mother’s castle” (to copy French writer Pagnol’s bestseller), and the castle where my roots are. 30 years later, I don’t regret the unreasonable decision I’ve made. After many years dedicated to my two children and my passion for the carving of sculpture in metal, I’ve opened La Commanderie since 2008 for hosts to rent it, for family events, events or seminars. Located in the heart of the country of Catharism, between Toulouse and Carcassonne, La Commanderie is an out of time location surrounded by a 4 ha park, with centuries old trees amidst genuine rural settings.
Catherine and Hugues de Bretagne accomplished the full restoration of the family château in 2014. Catherine, painting artist, took care of the decoration and associated her daughters and her step-daughter to it. Hugues, architect, used his knowledge to design the overall development project. The aim was twofold: to be able to rent the Château and the ensuite house to families wishing to gather and also to allow Catherine to organize painting seminars "at the château". Rooms have been specially designed for this purpose.
Thanks to the families who come from France or the whole World (and, most of the time, come again), to fill our house with happiness, love and laughs ! Thanks also to the castle’s owners who trust us and have made the decision to join us in this beautiful venture “Votre Château de Famille”.
Frédéric and Marie-Laurence Beutter and their seven children hope that you will spend a pleasant stay in the Trioulou. Its large park, its large reception rooms and its more intimate rooms make it a dedicated place to indulge, to gather or party with your friends and family from all generations. They wish you to be as happy spending time there as they are themselves !
As Victor Hugo wrote it in 1832: “in any building, there are two dimensions: the first one is the way it is used, which is the sole owner’s decision, the second one is its beauty, which belongs to everybody, you, me, all of us…”. I entrust chateau Roussillon to my guests so that by inhabiting it, they may profit by its beauty during the time of their stay. And by so doing, they participate in safeguarding Roussillon, enabling me to heal its wounds…
For centuries, château Seyre has had a welcoming tradition, which we want to pursue in respect of a castle so rich in history. Nested on the first buttress of Pyrenees mountains, its splendid landscape, its charm, its comfort, all our marvellous childhood memories make a convincing invitation to spend everlasting moments between friends and family members. Votre Château de Famille has enabled us to join a network of castles owners, gathering under this label people dedicated to the preservation of an human experience in an exceptional location.
For four centuries within the same family, Châteauneuf is more of a luxury house than a traditional Château that will open its several windows to welcome its family. The Mediterranean Sea, that you can see beyond the hills, reminds the brilliant maritime past of the ancestors of Hugues du Rouret. Florence, his wife, brought to this house rich of history and memories, a more personal and artistic touch. Both of them, along with their five daughters, created a warm atmosphere, also by organizing parties and musical performances during many years. The old stones are definitely impregnated. Victoria, the youngest of the siblings, is now helping to give Chateauneuf a new vocation: Welcoming other families there,wishing the guests to be as happy spending time there than they are themselves.
Sédaiges is more than anything else a family place for the last 25 generations, alive, where all the charms of the old lifestyle survive, the sweetness of the « once upon a time » holidays, butwith all the comfort of our century. It is then the discovery of a real museum, where furnituresand objects are talking about the past, in the medieval rooms, or in the 18th and 19th century’srooms. It is also a vast house, with nooks and crannies, full of light thanks to its large windows, plunging into the lush garden of the huge park. Everything is thought for large families. It is finally being surrounded by the calm charm of a beautiful valley, leading to the Auvergne Volcanoes’ park, its lakes and its monuments. A little known place, but of which Lonely Planet announce as a major destination in the next coming years.
Sharing, sharing and sharing ! Sharing a superb location, rich with histories and exceptional destinies ! sharing unique moments of feast, happiness, big family or friends gatherings, creating unforgettable memories. Opening oneself to others and sharing beautiful projects and cultural events, a castle is a magical location for gathering people sharing the best of themselves. Welcome in our castle !
There is our Château, this "beautiful white lady", recognizable by its architecture, its history and its high level maintenance and there is the "life at the Château" with its family gathering, its parties and all the people who spend there happy moments. Those last ones are the ones who make the château live and give it its reason being. We lived there for 7 years restoring it with passion. Being forced for professional and family reasons to leave it too often unoccupied, we entrust it to you for a week-end or a week so that it sounds as often as possible with laughter and music. It is by becoming the château of happiness for a greater number of you that we will be able pamper it as it deserves.
Our home has always been open to family and friends, for weddings, family feasts or events…Votre Château de Famille has enabled us to beautify our house, while allowing increasing numbers of people to experience, for some days of big importance for them, life in exceptional locations.
Votre Château de Famille is an innovative business model invented by passionate people caring for history and patrimony. In contrast to usual renting services, human dimension is key, and that’s what has made right away the difference. From the first day on, we have profited by very personal advices, perfectly tailored to the specific case of our family castle. We can’t but appreciate this collaboration which has proven to be profitable.
We are delighted to welcoming you to the Château de Villemenant. You will stay there thinking of the illustrious Lords of Villemenant (Veaulce family, Bréchard family, Langes family and Babaud de la Chaussade family whose passages footsteps are still present in the rooms of the Château. Between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, they harmoniously associated with the warlike architecture of the Middle Ages the aesthetic beauty of the « Renaissance ».
Family owned for many generations, « la Meynardie » is at the heart of our history since our childhood. It has always been a welcoming and charming place for its guests, beautiful and peaceful, vibrating with « feel good » vibes. You can feel the soul of the Château in this sophisticated home, either in the intimate rooms or in the larger ones, all calling for sharing moments in a homey atmosphere. The rooms extend to a large park, offering a 360° view on the Périgord landscapes. The expression of a certain « art de vivre » in this region of France famous for its beauty, history and gourmet lifestyle… We love our Château and we daily act for its preservation and embellishment. We also attach great importance to the human dimension hence we entrust it to french heritage’s lovers so they can make it alive and spend great moments of happiness as we do.
For the last three centuries, Château Loustaou has had family members working in South America, Asia or Martinique… and gathering in Loustaou to periodically meet again. We carry on the family tradition, that’s why we are happy to have guests share our house and help us make it live.
Joining Votre Château de Famille network, I have found a common dedication to patrimony preservation, the same love of old houses, the same will to give a new life to these old big sleepy castles. Welcome to Château La Douve, previous property of Marquis d’Armaillé ! An ancient property, sometimes a bit « temperemental » but nevertheless endearing ! You’ve got to treat with mercy, tolerance and curiosity as for any historical location, it’s the price to pay to enjoy the charm of old buildings, with no other experience comparable.
As the new owner of Château Montgoger, I think it is a location the charm of which you simply can’t escape: the charm of its magnificient park with centuries old trees, its so romantic historic ruins, its intimate and nevertheless fastuous orangerie. After 850 years, Montgoger comes back to a new life and dreams, and is definitely born again for a new personal project. After a childhood in Africa, studies in Paris and Cambridge, a job in Washington, then Europe as the boss of the diplomatical mission of FMI, I have found in Montgoger the place to calm down and resource.
Dear hosts, we are pleased to give you the keys of a new universe, Chateau Villers-en-Ouche : you are going to live in a place which has not changed for the last 400 years, in an unique location inhabited first by gallo-romains 1 500 years ago, then by the monks of Saint-Evrould, and which has been beautifully renewed in the classicism century. Everything has been thought of and worked on: the balanced proportions of the building, its right orientation to feet the sun race, even a moon dial ! Should you think of changing even by a single yard the inner space of the rooms, the length of the main courtyard, the curve of the orchard walls, the pool or the Trianon sizes… everything would turn to seem unbalanced. “They take away the sun from the universe those who live with no friendship” Ciceron. Have a friendly stay in Villers and do not forget to describe your own experience of Villers with your words in our “Livre d’Or”.
It was such a big joy when we finally succeed in buying the chateau Les Gaudras, where our grandmother had lived and where so many of our memories nested. We have invested to create new rooms, and improve the “orangerie” in order to host receptions and weddings. Today, it has become so nice to live in, lightly and charming while comfortable and peaceful ! All our children and grand-children enjoy hosting with us our friends. We don’t live here all year long, so as to leave Les Gaudras with great pleasure to our hosts, to live exceptional moments while enabling to improve and beautify it.
The building of our manoir began at the end of the 17th century by Jean Martimor, lawyer and notable of Mazeres. Located on the borders of Lauragais on the one hand and the Ariege valley on the other, in front of the small village of Gibel, it has been the property of our family for the last 4 centuries. In 1964, we made the decision to undertake the renovation of the building which threatened to fall into ruins. The renovation works have been carried out in accordance with the initial architecture. The façade, the two decote towers and the roofs have been included in the French national inventory of historic monuments. Our commitment to Coulom as well as all the happy memories of “spartan” vacations spent in it has led us to make this big decision. Some years after, after the swimming pool has been built, we have been seduced by the concept of “votre chateau de famille” created by an other chatelaine, Catherine Gasiglia: we offer other people to experiment the pleasure of living the “vie de chateau” in Coulom, and it enables us to pay for the preservation and the embellishment of the buildings of the domain.
Our parents, Sir Richard and Lady Lucy Brooke, bought Château Rouzaud in 1998. From the outset, their project was to make it a place to live in, a space made for conviviality for the extended family with close friends. Today, if the 6-hectare complex gives such an immediate and intuitive impression of serenity and tranquil beauty, it is in fact the result of an unfailing desire and a great deal of development work: design and creation of the park, the undergrowth, the garden decorated with 7 bronze statues by David Williams, and the interior decoration of the château entrusted to Fiona Goodheart. On arrival, different spaces were transformed - lake, chapel, hunting lodge, farmhouse with its outbuildings, sheepfold - into a complex of rare beauty and subtle harmony. "Here, everything is luxury, calm and voluptuousness"... Sir Richard and Lady Brooke have succeeded in their wager: to be able to welcome their family and friends in a setting where the interior and its refined decoration blend with the exterior in a harmonious continuum. The large shaded terrace allows everyone to gather under the shelter of the castle walls, with a magnificent view of the 12th century chapel, in a park where the garden and lawn blend harmoniously with the surrounding valleys and hills of this part of the Ariège which resembles Tuscany in many aspects. We would like to share this beauty with you for your holidays, by offering our chateau for rent. Welcome to Rouzaud! Katie and Edward Brooke