At Beauchamps, in the domain of Lieu-Dieu, unusual residence, we know. At the heart of this 100-hectare estate, an old Cistercian abbey founded in the 12th c.e century, the holidaymaker will actually be able to choose between caravans, yurts, gabions or even drops of Ô hanging over the water… The estate has even built five floating cabins equipped with Nordic baths.
“It started in 1986, with the opening of an equestrian center created by my wife, who is a fan of horseback riding.”, said Jerome Maillard, co-manager of the estate. And very quickly, the idea of building a residence took hold.
Far from major cities, the area had to be equipped with the capacity to accommodate groups of riders. Lodgings with 18, 30 and 34 beds are set in the main courtyard of the Abbey. “It is used for discovery classes and summer camps, Jérôme Maillard explains. But gatherings of friends and family celebrations have also become very fashionable. It remains in the spirit of our family business. »
Offer new experiences
Because of the smooth running of centers and gits, Jerome Maillard joined the company with his wife in 2008 with the desire to create unusual residences. “We started with trailers before moving on to floating housing, which suited our area and its many ponds., He recalled. You have to be attractive. Classic Accommodation already has such a great offer We wanted to be different. And in our climate of a humid, flood-prone and non-buildable region, we had to adapt. »
Drops of Ô have arrived to bring an added touch of originality. These small cabins are 6 m2 Only the Abbey is suspended above the channel. You can sleep there in a hammock, under the stars or with your head on a bench.
It is accessed by a staircase from a private outdoor space with chairs and tables. VSFull almost all year round, they appeal to couples, young and old. “It’s an experience!, Jérôme Maillard summarizes. I thought there would be mostly young people. But we finally have many retirees who are very happy to have this experience. »
Relaxation and outdoor recreation
With the expansion of the accommodation offer, the Domaine du Lieu-Dieu has not abandoned the dynamism built around the equestrian center and outdoor recreation. “Our fundamentals are ‘animals, nature and space’… or ‘nature, space and animals’, as you prefer”, The manager smiled.
The size of the estate makes it possible to preserve a large space between the living areas while opening a window on the surrounding rich nature. And the horses of the equestrian center graze quietly around. “It’s very popular right now in a family or professional context, especially in a seminar context. And best of all, we offer leisure on foot, horseback and bike. » No-kill anglers welcome.
For five years, the site even hosted a wakepark: a water ski lift base. It was demolished in February 2021 to accommodate five overwater cabins with Nordic baths, which have come to complete the accommodation at Robinson Pond.
But the idea of a ski lift is not buried yet… it could be reborn at another lake in the area around the base of Gamache. “Currently, I am looking for a partner to build a real water park, which will accommodate ski lifts, but also floating water games and even a restaurant and a campsite. »
In addition to the water park, Jérôme Maillard wants to complete his range of accommodation to cover the offer especially for ten to twelve people. Canadian homes will soon see the light of day They can be equipped with Nordic baths.