4 Day Immersion Tour + Wargaming
The 100 years War decimated France between 1337 & 1453, as French & English claimants to French Crown fought to establish their right to legitimate succession. They fought for dominance through control of land & forced allegiance of the Castilians of the fortified Chateaus. Allegiances demanded through costly sieges & occasional pitch fighting on the battlefield.
The region of Maine (today Mayenne) was predominantly allied to the French crown & was hotly contested by the English as their control expanded over time as it was the gateway between the English controlled lands in Normandy and Aquitaine. The battle for control of Mayenne had three phases of intensity. The Breton war of Succession in the South is opening phase in France, , splitting allegiances in the region, followed by the Earl of Buckingham’s chevauchee through Maine, then the victory period and reconquest . Several Chateaus subject to these dramatic sieges survive today on our doorstep. Some of the most famous French lords of the 100 years War had their birth place in Maine, two marshals of France and two companions of the Joan de Arc.
We begin our tour at
Chateau Laval home of the Counts of Laval, the Montmorency-Montfort-Laval-family. This family is heavily involved in the shaping of Brittany and Western France for generations up until the French Revolution.
Battlefield of La Brossinière, the first complete French victory in the west, where the future Marshal of France André de Laval-Montmorency (Lohéac) is knighted.
Chateau Vitré, the border fortress of Brittany and Maine, controlled by the Lords of Laval, a fairy-tale chateau and medieval town. Lunch in a local café, then tour the city and chateau.
Return to Mayenne to Wargame
The battle of la Brossinière, then after pre dinner drinks, before heading out for dinner at 7:30pm
Battle of Baugé - Greatest French victory of 100 Years War
We begin our day with a drive to Vieil-Baugé, we walk the church, bridge, water mill and battlefield, followed by lunch, then a visit to Baugé-en-Anjou Chateau museum, returning via the road to Durtal to view the impressive chateau on the river
Wargame Baugé or Ponvallion /Vass Group dinner out on the River mayenne at Beau Rivage (price not inculuded)
100 Years’ War Chateaus of Maine
Whirlwind Tour of the key 100 years’ War Chateaus in the region.
Mayenne – Oisseau – Ambrieres les Valleys – Bois Thibaut – Château Lassay – Saint Suzanne – Sille le Guillaume.
Tours includes cost of Lunch & any site entrance fees
Only for guests staying at L'Hotel de Hercé, price is for tour only
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Tour 100 Years War- 4 days
Bring you partner for € 15 per day for breakast. They will enjoy staying at beautiful l'Hotel de Hercé, the historic town centre location is an easy walk to Chateau & Museum, cafes, shopping, movies, beauty services. L'Hotel de Hercé salons & gardens are open for guest enjoyment & quiet relaxation.