If you’re looking for the perfect luxury villa to rent for your big day, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve considered, cogitated and gathered together some of our favourite wedding venues in France to make selecting the perfect venue for your wedding a breeze!
Want to learn more? Check out our weddings in France page for all the info you could ever need, or browse our destination weddings page to view wedding venues in France, the UK and Italy. If you’ve got your eye on somewhere and are ready to take the next step in turning your dream wedding into a reality, you’ll probably want to get in touch with our dedicated wedding consultant, Evie.
1. Chateau D’Aleny, Burgundy
The beautiful Chateau D’aleny is located in South Burgundy, close to the region’s best vineyards. The property has recently been fully refurbished by renowned designers who have tastefully mixed period furniture with modern and luxurious features. The main house can accommodate up to thirty guests and the Orangery can host large receptions with no time limit. And if that doesn’t sound perfect enough, there’s also a gorgeous on-site chapel for your ceremony. A professional wedding planning service is also available, should you need a bit of help in making sure the big day is perfect from start to finish!
Reception capacity: 50-200 inside, 200+ outside (sleeps 34 on site)
2. Chateau des Marquis, Loire Valley
Walking the grounds of Château des Marquis, one might think it was built with fabulously romantic weddings in mind. This gem from the 16th century is found within a captivating UNESCO World Heritage site and it’s only a short drive to the picturesque town of Samur. The chateau offers a dramatic blend of history and modern-day design within bright and airy rooms, all elegantly furnished to give you an all-encompassing ‘Chateau Experience’. Have the service in the private chapel followed by a feast in the Banquet Hall and toast to your special day in the extensive grounds with wines from the local vineyards. Professional wedding planning and catering is available on site to make the most of this fairytale venue and your special day.
Reception capacity: 150 outside, 150 inside (sleeps 39-43 on site)
3. Chateau du Vieux Palais, Provence
Make your own history in the romantic 17th century Chateau du Vieux Palais. Dripping in luxury and elegantly restored, this stunning chateau is the perfect venue if you’re searching for some charm and character. Originally built for the Archbishop, the ruins of his seat make for a grand and historic backdrop next to the original chapel. Have your fairy-tale wedding come true surrounded by the tranquil views of the Saint Victoire mountain and enjoy the lavishly decorated grand hall, reception rooms and library. You can have the ceremony in the chapel, a romantic dinner in the garden and take your first dance under the stars. Why not order your wedding favours from the artisan chocolate maker in the nearby village?
Reception capacity: 110 inside, 110 outside (sleeps 22 on site)
4. Chateau Cedre, Dordogne
Allow your fairytale wedding to become the most beautiful reality at Chateau Cedre. The grounds boast their own private church, accommodating a whopping 300 guests, so you won’t have to worry about your guests jumping from venue to venue (and sometimes even getting lost in transit – nightmare!). With the church ticked off, all that’s left to decide is where you’ll host the party. You can choose the grandeur of the main courtyard, providing fab acoustics and space for a live band, the six reception rooms which can seat up to 180 guests, or we can recommend companies that provide marquees. Your wish is our command.
Reception capacity: 180 inside, 300 outside, (Sleeps 24 on site)
5. Manoir Colombe, Dordogne
If an intimate wedding is on the cards, feast your sights on Manoir Colombe. This restored barn ticks all the boxes when it comes to intimacy; be it the wisteria decorated courtyard or the barns rustic interiors, it will certainly be a memorable wedding. The owners also know a thing or two when it comes to throwing a shindig. In fact, they hosted their daughter’s wedding at the venue, so they’re in the know about every little detail. From beauticians, flowers and entertainments, they’re ready to pass on their knowledge with you over a cuppa.
Reception capacity: 150 (sleeps 20 on site)
6. Chateau Paradis, Vendee & Charente
Planning a wedding abroad is stressful enough, but by choosing Chateau Paradis you won’t have to worry about a thing. Whether you’re daydreaming about a chic wedding or a white utopia – this property will cater for all budgets and tastes. Depending on the number of your guests, you can enjoy large areas of the venue to organise your wedding party. If you would like to gather all the guests in the same area around the bride and groom, the Hall of the château will welcome you (120 guests seated with tables) complemented by a professional kitchen.
Reception capacity: Up to 300 outside (sleeps 68 on site)
7. Chateau De La Croix, Vendee & Charente
The Guardian called the Chateau de la Croix “One of the top 5 luxury villas to rent in France” and it’s hardly a big surprise – if you choose this magnificent property for your destination wedding you’ll be joining the Hollywood elite, who have been known to pop in for a bit of R&R on occasion. The turrets and towers of Chateau de la Croix provide a magical backdrop for a dream wedding, and this is one venue that’s perfect if you’ve got a big family. The property appeals to all ages but is especially good for kids – there’s plenty of nooks and crannies to keep them occupied (including a music room and cinema!) while everyone else gets on with the task of toasting the happy couple!
Reception capacity: 100+ (sleeps 24)
8. Chateau De Brabant, Brittany
Reception Capacity: 100 (Sleeps 35)
Peace and space are very much on the agenda if you choose to have your wedding at Chateau De Brabant, chiefly because you’ll have an amazing 300 acres of gardens and grounds to enjoy! Couple that with commanding neo-gothic architecture and an oak-panelled dining room that’s straight out of a period drama and you’ve got one wedding venue that’ll satisfy even the most demanding of grumpy maiden aunts. Elegant and serene, Chateau De Brabant is a great choice for those who want a rural idyll that doesn’t skimp on the extravagance.
9. Chateau De Seyres, Vendee & Charente
Reception Capacity: Up to 100 (Sleeps 17)
Split into two distinctly decorated wings, Chateau De Seyres comes fully equipped with every modern convenience and comfort without sacrificing any of its historic charm. Having helped arrange and cater many weddings in the past, the chateau has many strong links with florists, caterers, musicians and entertainers around Vendee and Charente, so getting the best deal is made a whole lot easier! And speaking of entertainment, the two wings of the chateau are linked by a music room containing a Pleyel grand piano, so if anyone knows how to tickle the ivories the entertainment could already be sorted!
10. Chateau Belle Vie, Picardy & Nord-Pas de Calais
This stunning chateau is fantastic value for money and makes for an intimate and memorable venue – the equivalent in the UK would probably be about three times the price! The cost seems even more amazing when you consider Chateau Belle Vie amazing interiors including decadent bedrooms, an impressive entrance hall and lush gardens to match.
Reception Capacity: Up to 100 (Sleeps 24)
For a full list of Oliver’s Travels’ destination wedding venues visit our dedicated weddings page. If you’d like to inquire about booking one of our luxury villas for your wedding, either in France or throughout Europe and the Caribbean, call us on 0800 133 7999 or contact our friendly wedding consultant.