We’ve just come back from a busy weekend in the South of France searching for a venue for our wedding next year. We met lots of people and saw many beautiful places, but without a doubt the experience that stood out the most was our meeting at Chateau Lartigolle.
We already knew from the excellent website and social media management that we were going to be dealing with a very professional enterprise, but Nick, Emma and Chris (the owners) were far more than just consummate professionals – they are excellent hosts and a formidable wedding planning team who are genuinely passionate about their business and their beautiful Chateau.
Over nine years, they’ve carefully crafted a strong reputation as a highly sought-after wedding venue in the Gers region. The Chateau has been renovated with a gentle and loving hand, eschewing pastiche for a traditional southern French style, leaving the simple beauty of the architecture and countryside to speak for itself. Carefully combining original features with stunning interior design, each highly unique room reveals a little more of the character and history of the 18th century building. Warmth and hospitality courses through the Chateau, which feels far more like an extraordinarily beautiful home than a commercial hotel. This is helped in part because it is just that – a home, not a hotel, as they only cater for groups, events and receptions and manage every detail themselves. Striking a delicate balance between a highly professional business and a homely relaxed environment is no easy task, but the hard-working proprietors manage this with ease.
We spent an extraordinary three hours at the Chateau, wandering through the rooms and grounds and savouring the delicious coffee and home-baked cake, before all of us sitting down and cracking open a bottle (or two) of their fabulous wines and going through the wedding proposal.
It is with much regret that we can’t have our wedding here due to reduced flights from the west of Ireland (Mr O’Leary has been cursed once or twice!), but if it was somehow possible to physically move the Chateau, we would certainly be scheduling a return trip with deposit in hand.
In short, if you’re thinking of having your wedding in the South of France, your research isn’t complete until you’ve made an appointment with Chateau de Lartigolle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau de Lartigolle is here for the most important social moments in your life - your wedding, a landmark birthday, anniversary or just a get together with you greatest friends. Set in the beautiful Gascon countryside with nothing but beautiful views in all directions. The chateau sleeps up to 30 guests and everything has been created to feel like your home for the duration of your stay. ... more less