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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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I first visited the Clos des Roses winery on a bright, sunny, May day over a lovely lunch with cold, crisp rosé. Used to frequently travelling to wedding venues on the French Riviera coast, usually to the East of Cannes where I am based, it is always a pleasure to leave the traffic lights and busy roads behind and head to the Var region of Provence. Located just off the A8 ‘autoroute’ at only half an hours drive from downtown Cannes, the Clos des Roses is a super charming wine-producing estate and the closest Cotes de Provence vineyard to the Cote d’Azur at only 40 minutes by car from Nice airport.

With a 7 bedroom luxury guest house, swimming pool, an excellent gastronomic restaurant managed by a top French chef, a superb function room, a beautiful chapel, rose gardens, vines and contemporary art sculptures, the Clos des Roses certainly ticks all the right boxes.

The Bastide du Clos, the Clos des Roses’ boutique hotel / luxury guest house, offers 3 different categories of tastefully decorated, spacious (from 25 to 35 metres squared) bedrooms. Room rates range from 150 Euros to 275 Euros per night including breakfast.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Bastide du Clos’ gastronomic restaurant or on the delightful poolside terrace.

For wedding receptions, the Clos des Roses’ function room can be rented for groups of up to 200 people seated. This modern, luminous space is fully equiped with a 3 by 4 metre stage, sound & light equipment and all necessary chairs and tables. The 2011 rental fee for the exclusive use of the Clos des Roses is 4700 Euros TTC (inc. VAT) including cleaning and a house manager on duty for the duration of your event. Outside caterers can be brought in but the venue’s own chef can provide high quality catering at reasonable prices for events of any size. The venue obliges that clients consume the rosé variety of wine produced on site which is priced at an amazingly cheap 8.50 Euros TTC (inc. VAT) per bottle.

The Clos des Roses’ chapel located amongst the vines can be used for wedding ceremonies of any faith.

Events can be accompanied by a wine tasting session in the private ‘degustation’ room and a guided tour of the wine cellar and distillery.

If you would like to receive more information about weddings at the Clos des Roses, you can email Kerry at My Riviera Wedding or leave a comment below. If you prefer to contact the venue directly, please don’t forget to mention that you found out about the Clos des Roses on! By doing this you will be helping me to spread the word about my wedding planning activities.

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Situated in Vence, near the charming medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, the Château Saint Martin & Spa is part of the Oetker Collection, the same hotel group as the magnificent Hotel du-Cap-Eden-Roc, and abides by the same principles of understated luxury and excellence in service. The hotel is also a member of the highly respected Relais & Chateaux international hotel guide.

While I was working at event management company JG Events, I was involved with the organisation of a winter wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa back in December 2008 for a lovely young Russian couple who hired the hotel for exclusive use over a long weekend. The venue was absolutely perfect for a festive season wedding with its cosy log fires and warm comfortable furnishings.

The Chateau Saint Martin by David Brenot

The Chateau Saint Martin is in fact equally as fabulous at any time of the year, offering traditional Provencal architecture, amazing views over the French Riviera coast, luscious gardens for wedding ceremonies, superb terraces for outside dining as well as versatile indoor function spaces. The Château Saint Martin & Spa even has its very own chapel , an idyllic place for an intimate wedding blessing .

Offering a total of 51 rooms, the Chateau Saint Martin has 39 junior suites and 6 private villas located in the hotel’s grounds .

If great food and wine is high on your list of priorities, then you will definitely not be disappointed with the Château Saint Martin. Run by head chef  Yannick Franque, protégé of the celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, the Château Saint Martin’s gastronomic restaurant has been awarded 2 Michelin Stars.  The hotel’s head Sommelier Jean-Christophe Rault always picks out the perfect wines for each menu and offers wine tasting in the hotel’s attractive Cave à Vine.

The Château Saint Martin is also a fantastic wedding venue for couples who would like to experience the ultimate in relaxation and wellbeing in calm surroundings. The hotel’s La Prairie Spa offers revolutionary health and beauty treatments in a truly luxurious setting. The Chateau Saint Martin’s heated outdoor swimming pool is set amongst olive groves and beautiful Provencal gardens.

The Château Saint Martin & Spa and its 51 rooms and suites can only be hired for exclusive use for weddings at certain times of the year; from the beginning of February to the end of May and again from the end of September to mid November. This is because the hotel’s regular individual clientele is privileged during the high season months of June to August and the venue closes annually from November/December to January/February. Rates are charged on a per day basis, with a minimum stay policy of 2 nights. If you do not wish to hire the entire hotel for your wedding, it is possible to organise a dinner either in the Rôtisserie; a large dining room with a capacity of 110 people seated or the Salle Matisse; a private salon with its own terrace perfect for small groups of up to 45 people seated. Hiring the venue for exclusive use is the only solution if you would like to have a dance party after dinner with either a DJ or live music, so not as to disturb the other guests staying in the hotel.

If you would like to receive more information and rates for wedding at the Château Saint Martin & Spa, 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 Sales Manager Lucy Hervé on my behalf by email on or by telephone on +33 (0) 4 93 58 40 75. 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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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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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! 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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