Votre Château de Famille brings together chateau owners united by their passion for historic French houses. For some, the property has been in their family for centuries. Others have only recently purchased their chateau but they all share the same love story.
Our castles are not hotels.
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, ran along the corridors squealing with glee. Played hide and seek in the attics. And eventually grew up there, keeping secrets, ending crushes, falling in love and eventually marrying and growing up. Days were for cooking, house chores and outdoor activities. Evenings were for gathering around a big table, after having prepared a simple meal with food from the garden. Fires lit and candles flickering, the house was alive and full of stories woven by generations of family and friends.
Votre Château de Famille is much more than just a website to rent beautiful homes. Hervé and Catherine Gasiglia created VCF after buying the castle of Riveneuve du Bosc. They imagined the concept of renting their chateau to a couple of families to help support their efforts to restore their chateau. After a few years of success it gradually became a community of chateau owners and tenants who share the same values: a sense of hospitality, solidarity, respect for nature, people and the happiness of gathering together.
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 to the chateau and you are at home.
Our company, Votre Château de Famille, has a core team based in Paris and a network of “Châteaux Girls” who act for VCF in the field. Each of these delegates is a château owner within the group and manages the chateau that are close to their own. Our entire team speaks English and we are happy to work in English if you do not speak French.
Our team is perfectly set up to coordinate visits to the chateau in advance of your booking for planning a wedding or other event. The “chateaux girls” will act as our agents in the field and have access to the chateaus they are in charge of so that you can rest assured that someone from our team is always close by.
Votre Château de Famille defines itself as a community 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 our clients and the owner. In addition, the client 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, founder of the group, and Emilie Jehanno, Sales Manager. They are assisted by a webmaster, a designer and a digital communication specialist.
Since its creation in 2008, Votre Château de Famille has booked more than 150,000 nights (1,500 stays).
We have two goals. One is to share with other families around the world, the happiness of staying in a castle. To discover the French way of life by living in a comfortable and authentic chateau. The second is to preserve French historic heritage. Thanks to our skills in finance, marketing and business development, the team of Votre Château de Famille helps château owners in upgrading their castles. Votre Château de Famille is proud not only to have prevented many château owners from selling their château 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.
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 !
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.