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After having been recommended the Mas Provencal in Eze by a foodie client in Monaco, visiting it, meeting the owner and then booking it for a rehearsal dinner for 30 people wedding in April (the Bride said is was the best restaurant she had ever been to), I thought that it was about time to try the restaurant’s famous cuisine. Mr Heinz, the wonderful owner of the restaurant kindly invited Gregory my BF and I for dinner a few weeks ago and I have been itching to blog about it ever since.

The Mas Provencal is not only a gastronomic experience, it is a feast for all the senses. Starting with sight, the most immediately impressive thing visually about the restaurant is not the exterior of the building which looks quite ordinary, is not the view (of which Eze has an abundance but the Mas Provencal has none), but is the interior of the restaurant. The Mas Provencal is covered from wall to wall with floral compositions, plants and vegetables, waterfalls, colourful vintage furniture and intriguing looking home-made contraptions some decorative some functional used for serving food. Moving onto hearing; the hat-clad silver fox keyboard / clarinet player was entertaining in an extremely old school, utterly wonderful way. Now for taste; the cuisine is not refined or gastronomic but it is simply amazing. Staring with a basket of raw vegetables that you can cut yourself or bite off in chunks rustic style and dip in the most delicious Tapenade and Anchoiade, moving on to the tasty bits of marinated small fish and squid with heaps of delicious herbs and seasonings, Charcuterie meats and freshly baked bread… that’s just the appetizer! Next up comes a choice of several dishes for an entrée from which I was prior advised to go for the risotto which is cooked then served in a giant parmesan wheel so when it’s scooped out and served in front of you onto your plate is gooey, creamy, cheesy and oh so tasty – I definitely had seconds. For the Plat Principal a choice of a selection of meats and fish from which I chose the veal fillet and Gregory the beef Entrecote which were both served with amazing mash potato and tasty mixed vegetables. And as if we had any room left, dessert was followed by Petit Fours served from spoons and flowers hanging from a tree and nice strong Italian espresso coffee. The Mas Provencal was all we could talk about on the drive home and I haven’t stopped recommending it since and I am already looking forward to my next gastronomic adventure at the Mas Provencal. Thank you Mr Heinz!

 

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The Abbaye Hotel and its restaurant, le 541, is a traditional yet trendy wedding venue located in the village of La Colle Sur Loup at a little over 15 minutes drive from Nice airport and 30 minutes from Cannes. Although La Colle Sur Loup does not have the same charm or impressive views as nearby Saint Paul de Vence, the Abbaye itself is packed full of character and provides a wonderful setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The Abbaye’s décor has been designed with the utmost care. The combination of the old-style exposed stonework and fun, contemporary furnishings is absolutely ravishing.

The venue can be booked for weddings year round and accepts groups of  between 50 and 130 people. During the high season (15 May to 15 September), the Abbaye stipulates that for weddings held on a Saturday, group sizes be a minimum of 80 adults and 50 adults for all other days of the week. During the low season months, the minimum group size can be negotiated.

The Abbaye has a beautiful chapel which can hold up to a maximum of 70 people standing. Alternatively for larger groups, ceremonies can be held in the venue’s gardens (please note that for ceremonies in the garden, chairs for your guests must be sourced from an outside supplier at an additional cost). The gardens can also be used for a pre dinner drinks reception.

Depending on the weather conditions, either the Abbaye’s courtyard or the interior restaurant space can be used for seated dinners. All discos take place inside the main building of the Abbaye and music is permitted until 02.00.

The Abbaye offers a wedding package priced at 95 Euros per person in low season and 120 Euros per person in high season which includes the exclusive use of the entire venue from 17.00 to 03.00, canapés, starter, main dish, cheese and dessert or wedding cake, 1/2 a bottle of wine and 1/2 a bottle of mineral water per person, coffee and petit fours. Champagne and other drinks to accompany the canapés for the aperitif are charged at an additional cost. The venue can also provide an open bar which is chargeable on a per bottle basis according to consumption.

The venue has a total of 15 rooms and suites that are all tastefully decorated using a modern black, white, cream and taupe colour scheme. A suite for the Bride & Groom on the night of the wedding is included in all wedding packages. If you would like to rent out all of the rooms in the hotel for your wedding, a special 3 day, exclusive use accommodation package is available. The Abbaye also has a lovely swimming pool which is open for use by all guests staying in the hotel.

For more information or to enquire about weddings at the Abbaye in La Colle Sur Loup, please do not hesitate to email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or simply leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Abbaye 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-Hôtel La Vignette Haute is definitely one of the most character-filled wedding venues that I have ever come across on the French Riviera. Nestled into the luscious green Tanneron hills overlooked by  the charming 13th century village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne, this medieval style hotel and restaurant is located conveniently at only 30 minutes drive from Nice airport, 20 minutes from Cannes and the nearest beach and 10 minutes from Grasse. Despite the fact that the venue was constructed only 20 years ago, the place feels so full of history that one could believe quite easily that the property dates back to the same era as Auribeau-sur-Siagne.

With its 16 bedrooms, the majority of which are situated in the beautiful, ivy covered main building, the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute has a 4 star luxury rating and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. If you wish to rent out all of the rooms in the hotel and have the venue just for you and your guests for your wedding, the 16 rooms are priced at 220 Euros per room per night.

Bedroom

En suite bathroom

The 110 metre square terrace has a fabulous view and along with the swimming pool area is an ideal spot to start your wedding celebrations with a pre-dinner drink.

View from the Vignette Haute Terrace

Swimming pool area

Swimming pool area and terrace with tent

When darkness falls, the venue is lit by over 400 oil lamps, creating a super romantic atmosphere.

La Vignette Haute by night

Dinner can be served either inside the cosy restaurant (maximum capacity 150 seated, 200 standing) or on the terrace (maximum capacity 100 seated, 150 standing) depending on the season. The restaurant is composed of 3 different spaces, which can be left completely open to make one big room or closed to create either 2 or 3 smaller spaces depending on the size of your group. For weddings, clients are granted exclusive use of the entire restaurant for upwards of 110 guests. One of the most wonderfully quirky things about the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute is that while eating your dinner, you have a couple of sheep, goats and a pony for company in a glass-walled animal pen adjacent to the restaurant!

La Vignette Haute restaurant

La Vignette Haute restaurant

The wedding menu is priced at 120 Euros per head and includes canapés, starter, main course and dessert with the option to have a traditional french ‘Pièce Montée ‘ wedding cake, wine, mineral water, coffee and petit fours. On the menu are a mix of typically Provencal dishes and French classics with a Mediterranean twist. The venue allows clients to bring their own Champagne for a corkage fee of 4 euros per person. An open bar with Champagne and a full range of alcohol is priced at 30 Euros per person for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours of service. The Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute can put together a special menu for children from 4 to 10 years of age, priced at 50 euros per child. Under 4s eat free of charge.

All dance parties must be held inside the restaurant area due to sound regulations in the local area. After 1am, 230 Euros must be paid for each supplementary hour.

The venue only has a few parking spaces but there is ample parking in the village car park located at a very short walk from the Vignette Haute.

For more information, about this extremely original, unpretentious venue for weddings in the South of France, email Kerry or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château-Hôtel La Vignette Haute directly, you can contact sales manager Karine Martinelli by telephone on +33(0) 4 93 42 20 01 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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Located in the heart of the Grasse countryside, the Bastide Saint Antoine is the ideal wedding venue for all you foodies out there. In 1996, the Bastide Saint Antoine was bought by celebrated French chef Jacques Chibois and only one year after its opening, the hotel’s restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars. The establishment has recently just been awarded a 5th star in reconnaissance of its superb facilities and quality of service and is part of the ‘Relais & Chateaux‘ group. The venue can also be found in the ‘Grand Tables du Monde‘ gastronomic food guide.

The Bastide Saint Antoine dates back to the 18th century and is packed full of Provencal charm. The 16 bedrooms and suits are decorated in a chic modern style and the hotel can accomodate up to 32 guests. The venue’s gardens are a wonderful place to start a wedding reception with a welcome cocktail moving onto the 120 people capacity terrace for a seated dinner.

The restaurant can also be used as an inside space for seated dinners and can fit 120 people maximum spread over two different rooms. For groups of above 120 people, the Salon Jasmin function room can fit up to 180 people. The Salon Jasmin is also the area in the hotel best suited for live entertainment and discos.

The venue offers one of two different pricing options for wedding hire. Either couples can rent the entire hotel for a minimum stay of 2 nights with full exclusive use of all the hotel’s facilities, or alternatively the Salon Jasmin function room can be rented on a per night basis for a dinner and dance party. In the second instance, couples are required to take a minimum of 3 bedrooms for 2 nights.

The chefs at the Bastide Saint Antoine can put together fabulously tantalising menus priced at approximately 180 euros for 6 courses excluding alcohol and beverages. Drinks and canapé packages are also offered and special children’s menus can be arranged.

Due to sound regulations, music must strictly end by 02.00 but if you want to continue the party without music, this is negotiable and payable at a supplementary hourly rate of approximately 325 euros per hour.

In terms of additional services, the venue can arrange babysitting, can install a dance floor upon request for 763 euros and will allow guests to bring their own Champagne (a ‘bouchon’ fee does however apply).

For more information and enquiries about weddings at the Bastide Saint Antoine, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Bastide Saint Antoine directly, you can get in touch with Sylvie Venzac-Rouve by email or by telephone on +33 (0)4 93 70 94 63. 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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Owned by the famous French footballer Patrick Vieira, Le Park is a superb event venue in the charming Cote d’Azur town of Mougins, perfectly suited for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue was previously a private domain with its heyday in the 1930s. The property has been totally transformed and today provides a number of different inside and outside event spaces. Le Park is a fantastically versatile and romantic wedding venue suitable for large groups as well as small. Previously run in-house, the venue’s food and beverage operations have recently been taken over by one of the most reputed catering companies in France; Lenotre.

The property’s 320 metre square patio is covered with a tent-like structure decorated with attractive ceiling drapes and atmospheric lighting. Different looks can be achieved in this area depending on the lighting, chairs, tables and décor that you choose. Tha patio area can be hired for exclusive use and accommodates up to 400 people for a standing cocktail party and 280 people for a seated dinner.

Le Park Patio

Le Park Patio

Le Park

Le Park Patio

Le Park Patio

Le Park Patio

The 250 metre square terrace is a lovely multipurpose area great for cocktails, buffets, dinners and BBQs both in the daytime and at night. The terrace has pergolas to provide shade from the sun and Moroccan themed decorative elements. This space can hold up to 200 people standing and 140 seated.

Le Park

Le Park Terrace

Le Park Terrace

Le Park Terrace

The property’s gardens and area around the pond with its fountains is ideal for cocktail and canapé receptions or buffets. The gardens have a capacity of 500 people standing. For weddings, the gardens would be a perfect place for a romantic wedding ceremony. At the bottom of the gardens, Le Park has a wonderful mini stone amphitheatre which would be another possibility for your wedding ceremony.

Le Park Gardens

Le Park Amphitheatre

Although discos can take place in the patio area after dinner, le Park has a club area reserved exclusively for dance parties, measuring 80 metres squared with a capacity of 70 to 80 people.

Le Park Club

Le Park Club

Le Park Club

Le Park Club

The Park also has a lounge area, ideal for the end of an evening, stocked with a cigar cupboard and a selection of digestifs.

Le Park Lounge

Le Park Lounge

If you would like to enquire about having your wedding ceremony and celebrations at Le Park, 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 Evelyne Pellizzari by email, or by telephone +33 (0)4 92 28 07 45 on my behalf. 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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