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The Château de Robernier is one of the most exceptional and unique wedding venues in the South of France. The venue combines a fairytale type castle with a rustic Provencal vineyard setting and offers the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity. The property is a private home owned by a lovely European couple who bought the Chateau as a ruin and meticulously restored and renovated the property with the highest quality furnishings and fittings.

Location
Situated at 2km from the village of Montfort sur Argens, the Château de Robernier is located at approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from both Nice and Marseille airports. The Chateau is surrounded by hundreds of hectares of land and is located at the heart of the Var region of Provence with its vineyards, utterly charming French villages and luscious landscapes.

Spaces & Facilities
The Chateau de Robernier offers several different spaces both inside and out which can be used for weddings including:

  • Lawns in front of the Chateau which can be used for outdoor ceremonies
  • An exterior courtyard in front of the property’s grand main entrance ideal for ceremonies and cocktails
  • The ‘Orangerie; a 140 metre squared flat patio area just in front and to the left of the property for ceremonies, cocktails or dinners
  • A beautiful ballroom often used for dancing, which can also accommodate 120 people for a seated dinner
  • A large 350 metre squared inner courtyard able to seat up to 200 people comfortably or 160-180 people leaving room for a dance floor in the centre
  • A small chapel which opens out onto the inner courtyard
  • A stunning 140 metre squared main hall for an impressive welcome
  • A 60 metre squared dining room for intimate dinners
  • An area round the swimming pool which can be used for an informal brunch
  • Ample car parking behind the main building

Accommodation
The property has 15 luxurious bedrooms and huge marble bathrooms located in the castle turrets and can sleep 30-34 people. There are many charming hotels and B&Bs in the local area to accommodate additional guests. Saint Tropez is also located within a reasonable driving distance from the property (45 minutes) for those guests who prefer to stay in a seaside location.

Conditions
The Château de Robernier can be rented on a per day/night bases under the condition that the property is rented for a minimum of 2 nights over weekends in June, July, August and September. There is no minimum stay however during the week. For guests who would like to make a holiday out of their wedding, the property can also be rented on a weekly basis. The venue offers the possibility to have a dinner the night before the wedding and/or a brunch the day after the wedding (for an additional fee if more than 40 people attend). Thanks to the fact that there are no adjacent properties and no neighbours, there are no limitations to music and sound.

Rates
Rates begin at 9,500 Euros TTC. For full pricing information, please contact Kerry by email or alternatively leave a comment below.

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Located in Saint Jeannet at approximately 20 minutes drive from Nice airport and 40 minutes from Cannes, the Château Saint Jeannet is a private property which has been constructed upon the site of a 11th century fortress. With its 15 en suite bedrooms, gym, spa, large swimming pool, solarium, hammam and jacuzzi, the Château Saint Jeannet is a wonderfully peaceful retreat for superb destination weddings and holidays.

The Château Saint Jeannet has a multitude of different spaces which can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Amongst the most suitable are the ‘Cour d’Honneur’, the several wonderful terraces offering the possibility to be covered with extendable awnings, the area around the pool and its 200 metre squared pool house as well as a large lawn usually used for events or as a heli pad.

The 2010 rental rates for the Château Saint Jeannet allow full access of the entire venue from 09.00 to 04.00 (music is permitted until 3am) and are priced as follows:

– Up to 120 people : 11 000 €
– 120-180 people: 13 500 €
– 180-220 people: 16 000 €

A special 2 day privatisation package is available and includes  the exclusive use of the venue for the day of the wedding from 9am, 12 suites for 1 nights accommodation on the wedding night and full use of the venue until 6pm the day after the wedding for a brunch or lunch. Prices are as follows:

– Up to 120 people : 20 000 €
– 120-180 people : 25 000 €
– 180 to 220 people : 30 000 €

Below is a selection of photos of the Château Saint Jeannet taken by Cédric Samson of Agence Photo Evénement.

You can contact My Riviera Wedding about your wedding at the Château Saint Jeannet by sending an email to Kerry or leaving a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château Saint Jeannet directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The Château de Cremat is a venue for weddings and events which I do not have the impression is very well-known by the Anglophone population on the French Riviera. This is somewhat surprising as the venue ticks several boxes that foreigners often look for in a wedding venue in the South of France. First and foremost, the Château de Cremat is, as the name indicates, a castle. What’s more, the venue is also a wine producing domain with its own vineyards and excellent AOC wine. Finally, the Château has a great 360° view of the Cote d’Azur coastline over to the Alps in the North.

The venue is located in the hills above Nice, up a steep, windy road leading to the peaceful hilltop village of Cremat. The site was originally constructed on ancient Roman ruins at the turn of the 20th century in 1906. The Château has since been completely renovated and extensions have been built onto the original parts of the building.

The Château de Cremat has four main spaces which are hired out for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Firstly, the ‘Cour du Château’, a 600 metre squared terrace area with a tent structure and fountains, fantastic for outside dining and pre dinner campagne & canapés. Secondly, the Provencal gardens, located adjacent to the ‘Cour du Château’ provide shade in summer and an attractive area in which to meander and socialize with guests. The third space available for rent is the ‘Salle Antoine Mari’, an indoor, totally sound proof function room with a maximum seated capacity of 160 people  and 250 standing. Finally, the ‘Plein Ciel’ terrace, located on top of the Salle Antoine Mari offers fantastic panoramic views and is a great place for the obligatory photo session.

In summer, ideally a ceremony in the gardens or on the ‘Plein Ciel’ terrace would be followed by an aperitif in the ‘Cour du Château’, a dinner under the tent area on the ‘Cour du Château’ (170 maximum seated capacity), ended with a dessert buffet and disco in the Salle Antoine Mari.

Rates for exclusive use of the Château de Cremat vary depending on the day of the week, the season and the spaces rented. To give you an idea of price, the venue’s 2010 rental rates for weddings start at 3200 Euros for the privatisation of the ‘Salle Antoine Mari’, the gardens and terrace on a week day in low season from 15.00 in the afternoon until 3am (possibility to extend rental later than 3am at an additional hourly rate), excluding catering and all other services. The Château de Cremat prefers that clients drink the wine produced by the venue which, for weddings is reasonably priced at 16.50 Euros per bottle for the red, white and rosé varieties.

A little anecdote to finish off with… Legend has it that the original  Château de Cremat logo inspired Coco Chanel to create the famous Chanel logo (the two interlocking Cs). Coco herself reportedly spent a great deal of time at the Château which was owned by a friend of hers in the 1920s and supposedly asked the venue if she could use their logo for her new perfume. The CC logo can indeed be seen in many places around the venue, from the stained glass windows and the stone work to the door frames.

If you would like to enquire about weddings at the Château de Cremat, don’t hesitate to contact Kerry at My Riviera Wedding by email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de Cremat directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France by the website www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org, Gourdon has at its heart one of the most beautiful wedding venues in France.  Dating back to the IX century, the Château de Gourdon is located at approximately 45 minutes drive inland from both Cannes and Nice Airport. The venue is a protected historical site with a museum and modern art gallery open to the public year-round.

The village of Gourdon and its Chateau

The Château de Gourdon is an extremely romantic location for weddings in the South of France with its majestic architecture and fabulous gardens. The venue has its very own chapel which can be used for small ceremonies. Amongst mother nature in all her splendour, the gardens and lawned terraces also provide a superb setting for wedding ceremonies.

Chateau de Gourdon Chapel

Wedding ceremony in the venue's gardens

The Château de Gourdon has an amazing range of spaces which can be hired for exclusive use for weddings and special events…

Louis XIII Dining Room

The 'Cour d'Honneur'

The 'Cour d'Honneur'

The 'Terrasse aux Magnolias'

'Le Boulier' by day

'Le Boulier' by night

Berber tent in the gardens

Swimming pool terrace

Italian gardens

'Les Arcades'

The 'Terrasse d'Honneur'

Although the Château de Gourdon does not offer accommodation, there are several gites available for rent in the village of Gourdon for between 50 and 80 people as well as a few small B&Bs. A large hotel, part of the Campanile budget hotel chain, can be found on the outskirts of Gourdon. Alternatively, the nearby town of Chateauneuf-de-Grasse has many good hotels. For guests arriving by car, parking for 300 cars can be found at 100 metres from the Château.

If you would like to think about making a holiday out of your wedding in the South of France, Gourdon and its surrounding area offers many activities such as walking, horse riding, mountain biking, canyoning and rafting.

For more information about weddings at the Château de Gourdon, do not hesitate to contact My Riviera Wedding by email or by leaving a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de Gourdon directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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The Château Garibondy, also refered to as the ‘Château du Cannet‘ is a magnificent castle located in the hills above Cannes in Le Cannet which has been inhabited by noblemen and aristocracy since the 18th Century. Important historical figures such as Lord Brougham, known as the official founder of Cannes, Sir Alfred and Lady Cecilia Paget, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Princess Diana of Wales’ stepmother Countess de Chambrun have all resided at the Château Garibondy. Today, this stunning property steeped in history is owned by an English family and is available for rent for weddings, holidays and special events.

The Château Garibondy has 11 bedrooms and bathrooms accommodating 22 people comfortably with separate accommodation in a 3 bedroom villa / barn conversion  for a further 6 guests. The property has 2 wonderful south-facing terraces ideal for outside dining. Inside the Château are several  spaces great for entertaining such as the drawing-room and the Wedgewood dining room.

The Câteau’s main selling point for wedding receptions is its grounds and large front lawn. The luscious green lawn in front of the property can accomodate up to 350 people for a seated dinner and 500 for a standing cocktail. During the summer months, dining can be open air whereas in the winter months a marquee can be constructed to provide protection from possible bad weather. The property also has stunning sea views and is ideally situated close to Cannes and a short distance from Nice airport.

Wedding reception rates at the Château Garibondy are as follows and are subject to change depending on dates and requirements:

  1. Rental of gardens for the day: €6,000 (six thousand euros)
  2. Rental of gardens plus 1 night in the Château: €10,000 (ten thousand euros)
  3. Rental of garden plus 2 nights in the Château and villa: €15,000 (fifteen thousand euros)
  4. Rental of garden plus 2 nights in château €12,000 (twelve thousand euros)
  5. Rental of garden plus 1 night in the Château plus villa: €12,000 (twelve thousand euros)
  6. Rental of garden plus 1 night in the villa: €9,000 (nine thousand euros)

If you would like to organise your very own fairytale wedding at the Château Garibondy, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, you can get in touch with the Château Garibondy’s owner who is based in the UK by telephone on +44 (0) 20 7242 3981 or by email. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Although the Loire Valley and the Dordogne region of France are more well known for their magnificent fairytale castles or ‘Châteaux’, the South of France does however have a few wonderful Châteaux available for hire for weddings. Perhaps the most impressive amongst the castles on the French Riviera is the Château de La Napoule, located in the small coastal village of Mandelieu La Napoule at only a few minutes west of Cannes.

The Château de La Napoule was originally built in the 14th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 10 times over the course of its history. The tenth and final time being in 1918 when the property was bought by American banker turned artist, Henry Clews and his beloved wife Marie Elsie Whelen Goelet. The Château de La Napoule was a refuge for Henry Clews who fled a stressful career in finance to persue his passion; art. With Henry’s artistic vision and Marie’s architectural savyness the couple lovingly restored the castle and filled it full of Clews’ majestic sculptures and works of art. Today the Château de La Napoule is the home of the La Napoule Art Foundation and is hired out for exclusive use for weddings and special events in order to support the cultural endeavours that the foundation embarks upon.

The venue has several extraordinary event spaces which are perfect for weddings; a Medieval Diningroom with a maximum capacity of 90 people, a living room with a capacity of 70, a gallery space for up to 150 people and a wonderful outside courtyard surrounded by gardens with a capacity of up to 500 people.

The terrace overlooking the seashore is often used for ceremonies. Alternatively the walk way into the Château’s courtyard provides an ideal bridal procession walk way for wedding ceremonies  in front of the castle.

A tent structure can be constructed in the courtyard space during periods of the year where the weather is more unreliable to provide cover from the elements.

The venue’s director Alexis Vrousos has helped many couples organise their special day at the Château de La Napoule and is more than willing to go that extra mile to assist with the coordination of local vendors should you require.

For more information and enquiries about weddings at the Château de La Napoule, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de La Napoule directly, you can get in touch with the venue’s director Mr Vrousos by telephone+33 (0)4 93 49 95 05 or by email vrousos@chateau-lanapoule.com. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on www.my-riviera-wedding.com! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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