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Chateau weddings in the Dordogne

Hi everyone!

Well, Spring is upon us, the leaves are unfurling a little more each day and the wild flowers are covering the fields. As the wedding season approaches, I am busy helping my brides to choose their suppliers, consider menu choices and decide on colours, flowers and decorative details.

I would like to share 2 stunning wedding venues that I have recently visited which both offer the perfect setting for a romantic French wedding.

Bergerac wedding chateau

The first chateau dates back to the 15th Century but was largely modified in the 16th and 17th
Centuries . By the 19th century it was left in ruins. Today, it is a beautiful combination of both renovated buildings as well as some dramatic parts of the castle which are have been left in ruins.

It holds a dominant position high up in a picturesque village, built on the sandy coloured rocks. It boasts the most spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. There is a luxury honeymoon suite in one of the towers and morning breakfast and coffee can be served on the seated area with the best view in the land; it really is fit for a Prince and Princess!

There is also self-catering accommodation with 2 bedrooms on site and elsewhere in the medieval village, there is accommodation for up to 100 guests. The accommodation is all within easy walking distance, as is the quaint little church and restaurant.

With swimming pool, dry moat and grand stone bridge and inner courtyard, this castle has plenty to offer as a reception venue. There is a vaulted stone cellar room for smaller gatherings or by hiring a marquee, it can hold over 100 guests. As you can see from the first photo, it’s not for the faint-hearted!!

 wedding chateau with dominant position.
 aerial view of chateau.
 chateau at night.

Sarlat wedding chateau

The second chateau sits upon a more gently sloping landscape and is surrounded by countryside in a private, secluded location. This historical chateau dates back to the 15th century and has been in the same family for over 600 years. It has an inner courtyard for ceremonies, an attractive indoor reception room that seats 150, a swimming pool and beautifully kept gardens. It offers many possibilities for different parts of the wedding day. There is a small chapel and accommodation for up to 9 people, as well as a nearby mill house which can accommodate another 10 people.

 wedding chateau in secluded location.
 entrance to courtyard.
 Dordogne chateau grounds.

I hope these 2 venues provide some inspiration for chateau weddings in France.

À Bientôt!

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