Swimming, Tennis and Biking in Chateau De La Bergeliere, La Flocelliere, France

Ever been on holiday/honeymoon for a week in the same house with a few different families totalling 18 adults, 2 toddlers, 3 dogs, 6 cars and approximately 42liters of champagne? For some it sounds like perfect bliss, for others, a complete nightmare. With a bit of planning and a great bunch of people, I can safely say that it turned out as perfect bliss. 

While thinking about how we were going to go about this adventure we explored a few ideas - a centerparcs type situation with multiple cabins, but that would mean cabins rather than chateau grounds. We explored a much larger property surrounded by vinyards with a 3km drive way tucked away in the hills - but what about those not driving who wanted to potter around. The idea was to have a central base where we could all come together but in a location where we could each have a mini holiday. 

After a while lotta search parameters and filters, I came across Chateau De La Bergeliere in a small town called La Flocelliere in the Loire Valley.  

It was a match made in heaven.  

With rolling grounds, tennis courts, a heated pool, woodland and enough luxury rooms to contain us all AND the added fact that it is so central that the entire town surrounds the castle grounds it seemed perfect. Then, I took to street view, there I found a restaurant, two pubs, a grocer and patisserie shop. Done! 

The village centre bustled with a market and with excitement we left the Chateau grounds, in handfuls, gaggles, individually, and with pups in hand... 

With the Vizsla's tired from an early morning run through the grounds, we left them sleeping in the cool of the house. Tuppence on the other hand was keen to find her feet... 

Although... she was far more keen to leave my side and race off for a wander with my Father... 

But that was okay with me, I pulled up a chair at the restaurant on the corner and sipped a freshly ground cafe noir and waved at Katie-Alice as she set off in search of our Mothers. They are the best of friends and wonderful travel buddies, and illusive to find when it comes to bustling markets and village explorations! 

As Katie bid adieu and meandered towards the boulangerie, Hobbs cycled past, back from a morning ride through the neighbouring villages and rolling hills. 

The bois compared routes, I sipped my coffee...

Then, not long after settling L'addition, I wandered through the house and into the gardens.

I had a good book and a pool to indulge in...  

Or... snooze alongside... 

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We had left the gate to the pool ajar and within no time, my little buddy joined me... 

Then, Tuppence gestured that it was time for a change... we could hear the grunts from the tennis courts as the team warmed up their serves... 

We left the pool and meandered through the gardens... 

Meeting Andrew along the way and instigating a game of chase... 

... and then soon finding distraction and taking her enthusiasm elsewhere... 

Andrew grabbed his racket, I couldn't find oranges so instead filled a bag with bottles of Kronenbourg to take as a half time refresher... 

The games were underway and there would be only one winner. Would it be Hobbs...  

Jordan... 

Or Andrew... 

I'm not sure who won in the end, with beer in the sunshine, I caught up on some much needed 40 winks...