Where to stay for a wedding to remember in France
Manoir la Croix de la Jugie – Limousin
Ideal for a smaller wedding, this beautiful 18th-century manor farmhouse south of Limoges is set in 2.5 hectares of grounds that vary from groomed lawns to more rugged fields, woodland and orchards.
An open-air terrace as well as a covered one, outdoor swimming pool, small yoga studio and fitness area mean there is ample space and plenty to do more than just soak up the atmosphere, relax and enjoy the main event. The manoir sleeps up to 21 in eight bedrooms, with six bathrooms between them, and can seat up to about 70 guests for celebrations. The manoir is available for rent at €4,000 for three nights (low season, Apr-June and Oct, €5,500 high season), or €5,000 for a week (€6,000 high season). Wedding planning services are available at extra cost.
Tel: 07739 413 835 lajugie.co.uk
Manoir des Impressionistes – Honfleur, Normandy
This 18th-century Norman manor house perches on a wooded hillside overlooking the Seine estuary, just outside the pretty harbour town of Honfleur. With just ten bedrooms, many of which offer spectacular sunset and sea views, it’s ideal for an intimate wedding, but can accommodate up to 40 for dinner or breakfast. The manoir has its own spa with steam room, sauna and outdoor spa pool, offering a variety of treatments from waxing to scrubs and massages (at extra cost). Those choosing to enjoy the restaurant will be delighted by the use of fresh seasonal local produce.
The manoir is available for rent at €3,000 for one night (low season, 1 Nov to 31 March, €4,500 high season), or €4,500 for the weekend (€6,500 high season). Spa access is included but treatments cost extra.
Tel: (Fr) 2 31 81 63 00 en.manoirdesimpressionistes.com
Chateau Pape Clement – Pessac, Bordeaux
It is safe to say that wine supplies will not be a problem for a wedding hosted at this Grand Cru chateau nestling among the vines of Bordeaux, a short drive from the airport. The neo-Gothic architecture of the building, the glass pavilion designed by Gustave Eiffel, manicured gardens and 60 hectares of vineyards bestow a feeling of refined opulence. This is carried through to the five double bedrooms, particularly the decadent gilded honeymoon suite – Le Clos des Songes. The chateau even has its own tiny chapel, a nod to the Grand Cru’s papal origins.
The chateau is available for rent at €5,950 for two days and one night, including the five bedrooms, Pavilion du Prelat, Salle de l’Orangeraie and breakfast as well as wedding coordinator. Catering can be organised at extra cost.
Tel: (Fr) 5 57 26 38 34
Le Castel – Manche, Normandy
A classic 19th-century Napoleon III chateau near Coutances, a short hop from the beautiful Normandy coast, Le Castel specialises in ‘almost all-inclusive’ family holidays. With the emphasis on being a home from home, the atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, yet with beautiful furnishings throughout. As a wedding destination, it offers elegant grounds and a boutique size – the minimum number for a wedding package is 14 but it can sleep up to 20. As important though, is the ability to have everything arranged in situ, with no unexpected extras. Packages encourage a genuinely intimate party atmosphere, but also interaction with the surrounding area.
A three-day wedding package costs £520pp plus VAT and includes everything except flowers, celebrant, chairs and music. The wedding cake takes the form of a traditional croquembouche. A four-day package is £600pp and a seven-day £1,000, all ex-VAT. Seven-night minimum hire in school holidays.
Tel: (Fr) 2 33 17 00 45 le-castel-normandy.com
Chateau de la Cote – Perigord, Dordogne
This turreted medieval chateau in the lovely Perigord Vert overlooks an eight-hectare wooded park and landscaped gardens, making it a photogenic location for a full wedding, reception or honeymoon. The interior is just as impressive, with wood panelling and floors, a huge stone fireplace in the Renaissance Lounge and a general feeling of travelling back in time. The Les Moulineaux suite boasts a spiral staircase, four-poster bed and private access to a tower parapet. Wedding ceremonies can take place inside or in the grounds, depending on the weather. Maximum occupancy (with extra beds) is 48 people, but standard sleeping accommodation is for 34.
The chateau is available for exclusive rent at €2,025 for one weekday night from 3pm to 11.30am the following day Apr, Oct, Nov (€2,130 May, June, Sept; €2,330 July, Aug). Catering packages and drinks packages are available at extra cost.
Tel: (Fr) 5 53 03 70 11 chateau-hotel-dordogne.com