After attending 11 weddings in the UK last year, my husband & I visited the chateau back at Easter as we really wanted something different for our wedding. We'd seen this place online and wanted to get a feel of whether this would be suitable for our special day later in the year.
We spent a wonderful 3 nights there (and sampled the homecooked food which was out of this world) and after sitting down to discuss all our requirements and concerns with Sasha & Tim, the owners, we were both hooked!
Due to it's fabulous location, wonderful scenery and ease of access from various airports we enticed 90 of our friends over from the UK, and even 2 from Australia!
We thought it would only be polite to stretch our wedding out over 3 days and with quite a large wedding party (was 7 bridesmaids too many?) the chateau not only offered to cater for a long weekend but also housed all of the wedding party & family at the house.
Booking accommodation for our guests appeared very simple and they all managed to book via the help of Stephanie who took control and did all the bookings for all our guests back in the UK.
Friday night was buffet night for all the guests in the restaurant, and maybe a few too many warm up drinks for the big day on the Saturday. This was great for everyone to get together and for the mingling to get going. A nice 3 course meal was just what our guests needed after a long week at work and flight out. There isn't alot of facilities in the local village so the buffet was perfect.
Wedding day was just simply magical! We married in the front grounds of the chateau and Sasha made it all look wonderful with her flower arrangements and carpeted walkway.
John, the celebrant was great fun and put me at ease as I was panicking I'd forget my vows!
Reception drinks and canapes in the courtyard were very well received by all our guests (we are still getting praise now from our guests about the canapes & amount of champagne they received) and the courtyard looked only how we could have dreamt with Tim's hard work to string out the chinese lanterns and everything looked fabulous in the candlelight.
Food was of the highest quality and the frogs legs & escargot were a great conversation starter for guests who didn't know each other.
Sunday pool party didn't really take off but that is because all of our friends were too hungover! They lapped up the BBQ in the evening however, again in the courtyard and the drinks soon started flowing again.
The whole weekend seemed to flow beautifully and without a hitch and if there were any problems, we certainly didn't know about it!
If you are looking for a wedding venue with a difference then we really cannot rate the chateau highly enough.
All the rooms are comfortable and spacious, the food is fabulous and we just want to do it all over again!
Our friends have not stopped talking about it since we've been back
Tim, Sasha, Stephanie & their staff were so welcoming and obliging to all our needs and requests and we will never be able to thank them enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a wonderful Napoleonic Chateau in Southern France run by English owners as a private & friendly hotel with additional self-contained cottages to rent. Superb food, a heated pool, Wine or Cultural Tours and Creative courses are offered including Cooking, photography & Painting. It provides a unique holiday experience for anyone, from individuals to large groups. Situated in the beautiful Languedoc region it is surrounded by stunning scenery in a calming & tranquil setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Du Puits Es Pratx Hotel Ginestas