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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Château Bredurière, Moutiers-sur-le-Lay: recommended B&B in Fiefs Vendéens

The château

Ans, who has run the château with her husband Bart since January 2013

We decided that it was too far to drive down from the Cher Valley to the Fiefs Vendéens and back in a day. It would have meant at least six hours driving. Instead we looked for a chambre d'hôte and found Château Bredurière in the commune of Moutiers-sur-Le Lay, adjacent to Mareuil-sur-Lay the base of J. Mourat. 

We had a very good stay there, which included a three course evening meal and a copious breakfast. In all we paid 154€, which included wine. Ans and Bart have been running the château since the beginning of January. Previously they had been in the Aveyron. The château is owned by a Dutchman, who makes commercial videos. Ans is also from Holland, while Bart is Belgian. They are very welcoming and friendly. The château is very peaceful with only the occasional dog barking to break the silence. It is about 35-40 minutes from the nearest point on the Atlantic coast and anyway there is a good sized heated salt water swimming pool at the property.    

We will certainly stay there again when we next explore this part of the Fiefs Vendéens      

(NB. We booked under CRM's name and paid in full. Nor were Ans and Bart aware of Jim's Loire or that I'm a journalist.)    

Our comfortable first floor en suite room

Another view of the château

The pigeonnier (above and below)

The château@night

As it was a warm evening we all sat around 
a brazier after dinner

If you don't fancy a room in the château 
you can stay in one of these three huts

2012 Le Clos des Chaumes, Mareuil, Fiefs Vendéens:
Drunk with dinner – an easy drinking red with the typical edginess of 2012
Not at same level as Mourat or Domaine Saint-Nicolas 

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