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  

   Battlefield tour & Wargames  

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 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 

Laval Aéro Show 2020

7 June

Battle of Britian 80th Anniversary

Advance booking essential

Saumur Tour

Musée des Blindés & Cavalry Museum

Wargame Holidays 

Chateau Plessis-Bourré Napoleonic Day

11 & 12th July 2020

Medieval Battlefields

William the Conqueror Tour & Wargame

Normandy DDAY Tour

Reenactments Camps in 5- 9th June 2020

Mayenne Liberty Festival

WW2 Liberation Camp 

31st July + 1&2  August 2020