Archive for the ‘Villas & Private Domains’ Category

Also known as the Château Dior or the Château de Montauroux, the Château de la Colle Noire is a stunning manor house and formerly the Provencal demure of celebrated fashion guru Christian Dior. Constructed in 1860 upon a site which dates back to the 14th century, today, the venue is owned by the Tassou family and is overseen by the head of the household Madame Jaqueline Tassou.

Located in Montauroux in the Var region of Provence at just 30 minutes drive inland from the French Riviera coast, the  Château de la Colle Noire is easily accessible at 40 minutes drive from Nice airport. The property is situated just off the A8 motorway exit amongst 5 hectares of gardens and parkland. The beautiful Lac de Saint Cassien is located within a short drive from the Chateau de la Colle Noire as is the famous Four Seasons Terre Blanche luxury golf resort.

Tucked away in the venue’s grounds, the Château de la Colle Noire has its very own chapel. Despite the fact that the chapel is rather on the small side, it can be used as a charming backdrop for ceremonies.

The venue’s outside spaces are particularly attractive; the lawn around the water feature with its central fountain can be used for ceremonies and cocktail receptions.

The venue’s main lawn can be used for seated dinners. For larger groups, it is advisable to consider constructing a marquee on the lawn in case of bad weather as the inside backup space in the main building known as the Grand Salon, can only seat a maximum of 70 people.

The livingroom known as the Grand Salon can be used for seated dinners for small groups. For larger groups, part of the group of guests can be seated in the Grand Salon and the remainder on the Grand Salon’s terrace which can be covered with a gazebo structure. Due to local sound regulations, any dance parties with loud music should take place in the Grand Salon. Dance parties can take place in a marquee but sound levels should be kept to a reasonable level.

The venue has a swimming pool, tennis court and parking for 200 cars.

The Château de la Colle Noire has a total of 14 ensuite bedrooms and suites and sleeps 30 to 35 people. The rooms are large, grand and extremely traditional.

The venue must be rented for a minimum of 2 nights over a weekend. Arrival and departure times are very flexible and depend on whether there are any bookings either side of a particular date. Loud music in the Grand Salon is permitted until 3am.

For more information, please contact Kerry by email or alternatively leave a comment below.

All photographs above were taken by Madame Tassou’s son Blaise Tassou who is a professional photographer.


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The Château de Berne is a wine producing estate and boutique hotel situated on a private domain amongst 600 hectares of vineyards. The venue is located in the village of Lorgues, at 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Nice airport and 1.5 hours from Marseille airport in the magnificently authentic Provence countryside.

The venue has 3 principal function spaces as detailed below:

The Jardin du Jasmin offers a large outdoor terraced area covered by an attractive marquee type structure which opens out onto the Château’s vineyards. This 260 metre squared event space can seat a maximum of 200 people in a natural, relaxed environment and is perfect for brunches, seated dinners and cocktail receptions.

The Salle de Bacchus is a 230 metre squared indoor function room with a seated capacity of 160 people allowing for a dance floor. This attractive space with its arches and white draping is ideally used for seated dinners, discos and live music.

The Scène sur l’eau, an amphitheatre with a 115 metre squared floating circular platform, offers an original outside space for wedding ceremonies and also doubles up as a heli pad for those who wish to arrive in style. The platform is large enough for approximately 70 to 80 chairs and tent structures can be constructed to provide shade for guests in the summer months.

The Château de Berne can provide catering for groups of 80 people and upwards and the venue’s chef offers a fabulously creative cuisine. The venue also offers a selection of the best wines produced on site as well as full open bar packages and a fabulous range of made to order wedding cakes. Food and Beverage provided by the Château de Berne is extremely reasonably priced with set menus ranging from 60 euros per head. If you prefer to use an outside caterer, the venue has no problem with this at all and is happy to propose a selection of local companies.

For your accommodation needs, the Château de Berne sleeps 38 people and has 19 charming bedrooms and suites which can be booked for your wedding at a 20% discount. A special exclusive use rate is also available if you wish to rent the entire hotel (2 nights minimum in low and mid season and 3 nights in high season).

In terms of pricing, the Château de Berne, as with the other venues located in Provence that I feature on My Riviera Wedding, is considerably more reasonable than other similar venues on the Cote d’Azur. The exclusive use fee for weddings on a Saturday ranges from 2100 Euros in low season to 3100 Euros in high season (if an outside caterer is used, rates increase by approximately 50%, great discounts are available for week days). Competitive total wedding planning packages are also offered including everything you need for a truly memorable wedding.

For more information and rates do not hesitate to contact Kerry @ My Riviera Wedding by email or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de Berne directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Constructed at the end of the 16th century in a Palladian architectural style, the Château de Vaugrenier has belonged to the same family since 1750. The venue, which is located in Villeneuve-Loubet at about 15 minutes from Nice airport  towards Antibes, is surrounded by 150 hectares of agricultural land.

The property has a large function room with a seated capacity of 130 people, which is commonly used for the wedding breakfast.

The terrace in front of the property surrounding a rectangular pond with central fountain can be used for pre-dinner drinks or seated dinners weather permitting.

Enquiries for weddings at the Château de Vaugrenier all pass through an events agency in Villeneuve-Loubet called Prestige & Privilege. However, if you would like to organise your wedding on your own or with another wedding planner, the company have no problem with this and offer a basic rental fee without any other services included. Rates for the rental of the property’s function room, the “Grand Salle du Chateau”, are as follows:

Evening (from 17.00 to 03.00): 2760 Euros
Daytime (from 11.00 to 16.00) 2480 Euros
Full Day (from 11.00 to 03.00): 3330 Euros

You should be aware that the prices quoted above apply for 2010 only and no not include the rental of tables and chairs, catering, decoration of any kind or the cleaning of the venue post-event.

Don’t hesitate to contact Kerry at My Riviera Wedding if you would like to find out more about weddings at the Château de Vaugrenier by email or by posting a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château de Vaugrenier directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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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! 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! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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domaine du mont leuze 2Located at only 20 minutes from Nice airport towards Monaco in the hills above Villefranche sur Mer,the Domaine du Mont Leuze is a truly spectacular wedding venue boasting one of the most impressive views on the French Riviera. The Domaine du Mont Leuze is owned by the now Mayor of Eze, a well to do businessman, and is situated in 13 hectares of land in a national park area. The domain is comprised of 20 villas ranging from 1 to 5 bedrooms in size accommodating a total of approximately 180 guests, 2 swimming pools, a main building referred to as the Chateau with 2 interior event spaces (one upstairs and one down stairs) as well as 3 terraces and luscious gardens providing ample spaces suitable for cocktail & canapé receptions, wedding ceremonies, seated dinners and dance parties. The venue is well adapted to large groups with parking for up approximately 200 to 250 cars. The Domaine du Mont Leuze also has a helipad for those who wish to arrive in style.

domaine du mont leuze 3The large 550m² main terrace haply named the ‘Toit du Monde’ or ‘Roof of the World’ offers panoramic sea views looking over the exclusive Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsular and can accommodate up to a maximum of 400 people in seated dinner and 600 people in standing cocktail formation. A marquee fits comfortably on the main terrace which, out of season, would provide a perfect solution to stay warm and protected against the elements. The Terrazzita is a secondary terrace which is often used for the pre-diner drink at a wedding reception before a seated dinner on the Toit du Monde terrace and has a capacity of 100 people standing or 50 people seated. The Vista terrace, a smaller terrace with a capacity of 80 people standing, is hidden slightly from view amongst the trees and is an ideal place for a wedding ceremony underneath a pergola with chiffon draping. The area around the main swimming pool and the beautiful gardens with romantic fountain both can fit 100 people comfortably standing and are ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

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Exclusive use of the areas detailed above depends on the number of guests you wish to participate in your wedding celebrations and ranges from 7800 Euros HT to 17,300 Euros HT (excluding French VAT at 19.6%). The Domaine du Mont Leuze has its own in-house catering company who offers competitively priced menus.

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If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding at the Domaine du Mont Leuze, 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 Véronique Weber by email or by telephone +33 (0)4 93 76 21 00. Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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villa kerylos 1Built in the early 1900s, the Villa Kérylos is a perfect reconstruction of the type of house inhabited by the Greek noblemen on the island of Délos during the second century BC. Passed down from generation to generation of a wealthy family, today, the Villa Kérylos, open to the public, is owned by the French Institute and is managed by the same cultural organisation as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild from which it is located only 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes bar car.

The villa’s Greek replica décor and furnishings are done in an extremely tasteful way without falling into the trap of being kitsch or ostentatious. The Greek architecture is at the same time extremely romantic and majestic, really making one feel like they have travelled to a different place and time. The subtle lighting inside the villa creates a warm, golden glow as it is reflected off the wood and marble.

Situated literally on the water’s edge with the Beaulieu-sur-Mer shore only a few metres below and overlooking Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the property has a stunning terrace which can be used for a seated dinner or cocktail reception with light music. In case of bad weather, dining can take place in 1 of the 3 different interior spaces; the Péristyle, an open top court-yard room with marble columns and Greek frescos, the Triklinos, a traditional Greek dining room and the Andron, a living room space with marble covered walls. The Villa Kérylos accepts groups of up to 150 maximum so is a suitable venue for small to medium-sized wedding celebrations. The exclusive use fee is, in my opinion keeping in mind the quality and uniqueness of the venue, extremely reasonable making the venue accessible to more modest budgets.

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Due to the fact that there are several neighbouring properties, loud music must imperatively end by 02.00 and 03.00 at the very latest if a late license is obtained from the town council and must be contained to inside the property (not on the terrace). Because the Villa Kérylos is open daily to the public, wedding celebrations may begin from 19.00 from September to June and from 20.00 in July and August.

As with the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the Villa Kérylos prefer only to work with certain tried and tested suppliers for catering, décor and entertainment. Similarly to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the venue does not stipulate that nearly weds work with any wedding planner in particular as this is such a personal choice. It is important that the wedding planner visits the property and is fully aware of all the constraints involved with setting up a wedding amongst such fragile, rare artefacts.

The Villa Kérylos also oblige the presence of security guards at any event where the venue is hired for exclusive use. The venue does not have a great deal of parking, so what many couples do is organise transportation in the form of shuttle busses or a mini tourist train going to and from another car park or the main guest hotel. Please note that this venue does not offer any accommodation, for nearby hotels, you can visit the Beaulieu sur Mer tourist information website.

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If you would like to enquire about holding your wedding at the Villa Kerylos, 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 Sales Manager at the Villa Kérylos (who happens to be the same as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild), Raphaelle Tricard. You can reach Raphaelle by telephone on +33 (0)4 93 01 45 90 or by email on Please don’t forget to mention that you found the venue on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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