What is(are) your name(s)?
Colette and Patrick Bergot
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
The Chateau is over four hundred years old and was part of a royal grant made to an old noble family, so there is a rich feeling of history and romance about it that attracted us, as well as a special feeling of contentment and warmth that you get when you enter the house. As they say in French it was a "coup de coeur" for us! The Chateau has been owned by two Mayors of Limoges, and has a strong tie with the city that is famed for its porcelain and enamel work, one former owner (the Alluaud family) having been one of the largest porcelain producers, and owned what is now the Royal Limoges factory, with an ancient kiln that you can still visit in Limoges. The family were also great patrons of the arts, and many famous artists have stayed at the Chateau over the years - one of our rooms is the converted artist's studio. There are numerous paintings of the landscape around the Chateau as the area was the birthplace of the Corot school (a precursor to the Impressionist painters) and the great artist is known to have often stayed at the Chateau. We now host an annual painting course here. The Chateau's more recent history is also fascinating; it is was used as a secret Resistance hospital during the Second World War, as the owner was a surgeon, and the family risked everything in this endeavor. The old airstrip was blown up, but the house remained undamaged, and was not occupied by the Germans. You can find out more about the strong history of the local Resistance at Oradour sur Glane, where there is a centre of Rembrance for the nearby town that was massacred by the Germans.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
The idea is to provide a country retreat from the manic modern world, where people can choose to socialize with other guests with the ambiance of a dinner party in the evenings. We choose to make food a major feature of the experience here, and dinner is five courses, using local products and fruit and vegetables from our own garden, with wine. We serve aperitifs before dinner.We have an excellent wine list. Children enjoy dinner together early, so that grown-ups can relax in the evening. There is the space to enjoy the grounds, and you can sit beside the lake all day, or enjoy spectacular walks by the river.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
The evenings are always special. It is a convivial experience, and guests often make friends here. We are well known for our food. Breakfasts have homemade jams, eggs from our hens and fresh breads and pastries. We always spend time with our guests to tell them about the area, and help plan their stay. We also advise on restaurants - as there are great restaurants here! People love the fairytale look of the Chateau and the grounds and view are breathtaking.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
We have three epis from the gite de France. There is a dining room, two living rooms, and a tea room where guests can use a fridge and make hot drinks etc. We have plenty of baby equipment (cots, highchairs, baths, potty, sterilizers, bottle warmers, carrier, pushchair, toys and books to borrow). We have a picnic area and outdoor play area and outdoor furniture and deckchairs. The grounds are huge and the guests may wander where they like.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
There are six Suites: two have two bedrooms, so sleep 4 people each; one can sleep five; one can sleep three; two sleep two(but with an adjoining door can be added to another room).