Welcome to French Wargames Holidays
l'Hotel de Hercé, c.1720 Hôtel Particulier
Bed & Breakfast stays- Military History & Battlefield Guided Tours
Wargaming in the grand salons
specially for Wargamers & their partners & family.
Established by Australian Wargamer Matt "BlueWillow" Williamson & wife Vanessa in their stunning historic home in the town centre of Mayenne, located at the gateway to the Loire Valley, Brittany & Normandy
As a lifetime Wargamer I now walk the very battlefields I gamed for decades. My passion is bringing French history to life as we walk and tour Historical sites, battlefields & Wargame in our 18thc Salon. The combined expertise of myself and wife Vanessa; an Archaeologist, have been acknowledged by the French Government, with our special licence to conduct Guided Tours for our guests. Come and stay with us, experience the dream living in France and feel the history under your feet.
Meet Matt Williamson
Hi, I am Matt Williamson a "country boy" from Glenn Innes NSW Australia. I began life as Australian Army Surveyor in the Royal Australian Engineers and was seconded to the Australian War Graves Commission in Malaysia, on the Thai Burma Railway. After my Service I studied a Degree in History at Australian National University; Canberra. I contribute Military History articles to magazines; Wargames Illustrated, to my own blog "Storm and Conquest Blog Spot" & "WW2 Kampfgruppewillow Blog Spot" to many on-line military history Forums. I worked as a Guide at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and in Sydney at the Military Installation Battery Point in the Rocks. With the New Year of 2020 my focus is restoring the 18thc salon to be our dedicated Wargames room, and most nights you will find me at my painting table ensuring authentic French landscapes, towns and figures. Most days I continue ongoing research, into the details of fascinating French History of our region. Investigating the Chateaux, Knights, Heraldry, and primary source documents, archaeological reports all almost only available in French. I work consistently to ensure we have the best Western France Military History Guided Tours on offer for Wargamers.
Walk the battlefield in the morning
Wargame in the afternoon