In Beauchamps, on the domain of Lieu-Dieu, we know the unusual residence. At the heart of this 100-hectare estate, sheltered by an ancient Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century.e century, the holidaymaker will actually be able to choose between caravans, yurts, gabions or even drops Ô suspended above the water… The estate has even just built five floating cabins, equipped with a Nordic bath.
“It started in 1986, with the opening of a riding center created by my wife, who is a fan of riding”, says Jérôme Maillard, co-manager of the estate. And very quickly the idea of creating housing took hold.
Far from the big cities, the area had to be equipped with the capacity to accommodate groups of riders. Housing with 18, 30 and 34 beds has been installed in the monastery’s main courtyard. “This is used for discovery courses and summer camps, explains Jérôme Maillard. But gatherings of friends and family parties have also become very modern. This remains in the spirit of our family business. »
Offer new experiences
Due to the smooth operation of the center and the gîtes, Jérôme Maillard joined his wife in the company in 2008 with the desire to develop unusual residences. “We started with the trailers before moving on to the floating home, which was well-suited to our area and its many ponds., he remembers. You must be attractive. There is already such a large offer within classic accommodation. We wanted to stand out. And in our environment of a humid, floodable and non-buildable zone, we had to adapt. »
The drops of Ô have come to bring an extra touch of originality. These small cabins of 6 m2 is only as suspended above the channel of the monastery. You can sleep there either in a hammock, with your head under the stars or on the bench.
It is accessed via a staircase, from a private outdoor space with chairs and table. vsComplete almost all year round, they appeal to couples young and old. “It’s an experience!, summarizes Jérôme Maillard. I thought there would be mostly young people. But we finally have a lot of pensioners who are very happy to have this experience. »
Relaxation and outdoor life
With the expansion of the accommodation offer, Domaine du Lieu-Dieu has not abandoned the dynamism built around the equestrian center and outdoor life. “Our basics are ‘animals, nature and space’… or ‘nature, space and animals’ as you prefer”, smiled the leader.
The property’s size makes it possible to maintain a large space between the homes, while at the same time opening a window to the rich surrounding nature. And the horses at the riding center graze quietly around. “It is very popular at the moment, whether in a family or professional context, especially in connection with seminars. And above all, we offer leisure on foot, on horseback and by bicycle. » No-kill anglers are welcome.
For five years, the site even hosted a wakepark: a water ski lift base. This was dismantled in order in February 2021 to be able to accommodate the five cabins on the water with Nordic bath, which have come to complete the accommodation offer on the Robinson dam.
But the idea of the ski lift is not yet buried… It may be reborn on another lake in the area, in the immediate vicinity of the Gamaches base. “At the moment, I am looking for a partner to create a real water park, which could accommodate both the ski lift, but also floating water games and even a restaurant and a campsite. »
In addition to the water park, Jérôme Maillard particularly wants to complete his selection of accommodation, to cover the offer for ten to twelve people. Canadian houses on stilts should see the light of day soon. They could also be equipped with Nordic baths.