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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 Commanderie de Peyrassol is a wine producing estate in the Var region of Provence in the South of France located at just over 1 hours drive from Nice airport. The domain dates back to the 13th century when its vineyards were first used for the production of wine. Today, 800 years later, the estate still produces wine of an excellent quality using age-old artisanal techniques. The Commanderie de Peyrassol is also home to a huge collection of modern sculptures with its gardens full of fascinating works by celebrated contemporary artists. More importantly however, the Commanderie de Peyrassol with its fabulous function spaces is perfectly geared up for weddings.

I have not yet been to visit the Commanderie de Peyrassol but intend to do so very soon. I will of course update this post with more details following my visit. I can already tell you however that the private hire fee is fantastically reasonable at between 2,600 euros and 6,800 euros depending on the season and the day. For this price you have total exclusive use of the entire estate until 5am, tables and chairs for up to 180 people, full post event cleaning and a house manager on site for the duration of your wedding reception. In the meantime I will leave you with a few photos of this beautiful wedding venue in Provence.

If you would like My Riviera Wedding to contact the Commanderie de Peyrassol on your behalf for a personalised quote, you can send Kerry an email on kerry@my-riviera-wedding.com or leave your comment below. If you prefer to contact the Commanderie de Peyrassol 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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Located in the countryside of the Var region in Les Arcs sur Argens at just under an hours drive from Nice Airport, The Château Font du Broc is a jewel of a wedding venue . The Château Font du Broc is a wine-producing estate and a stud farm for pedigree race horses with a beautiful inside/outside cloisters for ceremonies, 3 superb indoor function spaces and impeccably kept French-style gardens. The venue is not very well-known amongst couples coming from abroad to get married in the South of France as it is not yet marketed to an Anglophone market. Because the venue is in the middle of the countryside on a private estate, sound restrictions do not apply which means you can party until the early hours of the morning. The venue is located within a 10 to 15 minute drive from a 50 bedroom golf hotel which offers very reasonable group rates and good quality accommodation. There are also lots of small hotels and gites in the surrounding area. The nearest village; Les Arcs sur Argens is a medieval hill-top village with a few cafés and brassieres and a good boutique hotel with excellent restaurant. The area in which the Font du Broc is located is real Provence vineyard country without being too rural or secluded; all the necessary amenities like big super markets and shopping malls are all just a drive away. In short, the Château Font du Broc offers high-end, relaxed country chic in natural, tranquil surroundings.

‘Le Cloître with its exposed wooden beams, white pillars, chandeliers and Provencal terracotta floor, is the perfect space for ceremonies. With one side of the Cloitre being completely open, the space does not feel closed or stuffy. The Cloitre offers a sort of churchy feel in an outdoor setting.

Le Cloître

The ‘Salle Provence’ is a 150 metre squared reception room. With its terracotta tiles, golden-yellow, red and olive-green colour scheme, its name reflects perfectly the décor. The Salle Provence is commonly used as a back-up for pre-dinner drinks in case of rain, as a chill out area for people to get away from the music and dancing which usually takes place in the Salle du Chateau or alternatively as a crèche area for children. This space has a small kitchen and WCs on hand and is located right next to the Cloitre. It is for this reason that the Salle Provence is often used for the Bride to have any touch-ups before she walks down the aisle in the Cloitre.

Salle Provence

The French gardens are beautifully green whatever the time of year and offer a perfect space for pre-dinner drinks and canapé receptions.

Chateau Font du Broc Gardens

The ‘Salle du Château’ is a large, luminous, grand 356 metre squared function room. The space is south-facing and opens out onto the French gardens. Taking its inspiration from 18th century nobel French architecture, the décor is classic, and  traditionally chic. There is a wooden dance floor in the centre of the room so there is no need to hire one in.

Salle du Chateau

Salle du Chateau

Last but by no means least, the ‘Salle Equestre’ or otherwise referred to as the ‘Manège’ is a large high ceiling space usually used for horse riding &  dressage training. This 640 metre squared majestic hall 600 people seated can be used for the largest of weddings.

Salle Equestre

Salle Equestre

The venue does not offer catering but is happy to work with the caterer of your choice. The venue obliges clients to drink the Font du Broc wine which is no bad thing at all as all three colours are really lovely – even the red which is unusual for a Cotes de Provence. What is more, the venue offers preferential rates for their wine. The Chateau Font du Broc’s wine cellar is just beautiful, couples are allowed to have portraits taken down there, this is something not to be missed.

Château Font du Broc Wine Cellar

If you are a wine lover, are looking for a chic, traditional venue with a rustic edge, want a real taste of Provence within a convenient drive time from a major airport and the coast, and think your guests won’t mind hiring a car if they want to get out and about and make the most of the local area, then this venue is definitely for you. I have organised one wedding at the Font du Broc and will be organising another one there in September 2012. To view the photos and wedding film taken of the wedding I organised in June 2011, click here.

For more information about weddings at the Château Font du Broc, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the Château Font du Broc directly, you can get in touch with sales manager Stéphanie Jascont by telephone on +33 (0)4 94 47 48 20 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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