Magnificent Fortress in Aveyron

Occitanie
75 guests
Sleeps 13
From €1,500

A royal experience in a magnificent medieval fortress

This amazing historic monument is complete with a fresh-water moat and drawbridge. Feel immersed in the authentic ambiance, with ancient spiral staircases, secret gardens, and discover a labyrinth of rooms for sitting, dining, and dancing. Modern amenities include a romantic tower suite for the newlyweds, a private pool, and a commercial kitchen. Spectacular views of the landscape and one of France's official "Most Beautiful" villages below will take your breath away.

Description

A unique opportunity awaits those who book their special day at this Château. The venue provides an unforgettable experience for a special occasion, and many options are available to create a one-of-a-kind event. Our wonderful staff can help to make your dreams come true.
Your ceremony can be held in the open air or in the château’s 15th century Lord’s chapel. Or, you can get married in the church in the village, and afterward lead the wedding party up to the castle.

Receptions held on the great lawn in front of the moat offer a superb view of the castle. On the other side of the drawbridge, within fortified walls, an open-air courtyard can accommodate an aperitif or buffet for 75 guests. After the toasting ceremonies, everyone is invited into the château.

Throughout the château, you can set up music, food, and bar stations. For intimate dinner parties, guests will be invited to sit down in the Lord’s dining room for a fantasy come true. Yes, there are thrones from the 15th-century table in front of the enormous fireplace. Yes, there are crowns for the couple in the thrones to wear. The massive medieval chandelier and armor are sauce for the goose... This room can accommodate 14 people at the main table, and 28 if we use two tables. Tables set up in the courtyard can accommodate 40, and 75 on the front lawn.

The village boasts beautiful pastoral landscapes along the Aveyron river with wonderful views of the château from its historic bridge, which is next to an excellent Michelin-starred restaurant. The château is a venue only, and with the exception of the tower suite, accommodations for guests are available at gites in the village.

The Château is a historic landmark normally open to the public. About 20,000 visitors every season enjoy a self-guided tour throughout the fortress. They discover the history, architecture, and exhibition spaces of contemporary art within it. People often remark that there is so much life within the ancient stones, and they are overwhelmed by the experience. Your guests will be invited to take a complimentary guided tour or follow their feet to explore on their own. The château’s rich history begins in the 9th-century pre-Romanesque chapel. The bathrooms are located next to a 12th-century prison.

On the day of your event part of the property is privatized for your wedding party at noon. Our lovely upper garden area is the perfect place for an “inner circle” luncheon. This area has a cool, medieval gazebo, plenty of courtyard seating, space for a buffet, and convenient access to the wedding parties' private dressing rooms. The space within the castle for the wedding party includes a huge bathroom, a kitchen, and a sitting room with a large dining table. There is wifi and a crib area. The pool area is yours for a spectacular photoshoot. It is also an extremely fun place for a pool party the day after. Swimming in the “moat” pool next to the vaulting tower with the view of the landscape is guaranteed to be a precious memory.

Prices start at €1,500 for an open-air reception from 8PM-midnight, (plus set-up time), and accommodates up to 75 people or €2,000 for the exclusive use of the castle. Included is access to private areas on the day of the event for the wedding party and caterer. At 6 PM guests have free municipal parking, just above the castle and access to the property until midnight. The principal reception areas are on the main lawn, in front of the moat, and on the main courtyard, weather permitting. Bar and buffet stations may be set up within the château as well, and there is plenty of room to have the whole party inside. The couple of honour receive a special price (-20%) for one night in the romantic tower suite with champagne and breakfast. A château operations manager will act as a liaison with your wedding planner and there is an excellent commercial kitchen for your caterer.

Also included, our sound system and microphone, tables & chairs, trays, ice buckets, and twinkle lights. For an additional fee, we can provide a set-up and clean-up staff. We are happy to recommend excellent caterers for food, flowers, and photography. For an additional fee, we can also provide an excellent homemade aperitif, with a bar and waitstaff to pass the drinks, little pastries, and yummy bites.

Nearest airport Rodez- 20 minutes.

We are child and dog-friendly.

Less than 50 people for an open-air reception, -15%
Intimate reception and sit-down dinner in the Lord’s Dining room for up to 28 people, catered by us priced per person. (Please enquire).

If you're looking for a unique experience, this Château is like none other!
If you are interested in booking your special event with us, please get in touch for more information.

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Location

Occitanie Wedding VenuesThe region of Occitanie is a mixture of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées. Languedoc-Roussillon is known for their Mediterranean cuisine and it stretches from the famous Rhone River to the Spanish border.

This region can offer a great climate with an absolutely stunning coastline. You will also find that Carcassonne is here, and the Canal Du Midi is the perfect place for you to spend your first moments as husband and wife. The other region here is Midi-Pyrénées. This takes its name from The Pyrénées, which is the mountain which runs right through it. It is actually the largest region in France when you look at the size, and the rivers there are phenomenal. This alone makes it a sublime wedding location, so if you want to take some spectacular photos by the river or if you want the best, city-scenic backdrop then this is certainly the right location for you.

Getting there is very easy, and for the coastal properties there are often boat rides available if you wanted to treat your guests to something really special. This is just one of the many reasons why so many people choose this location as their number one wedding destination, and the natural scenery is not to be missed.

 

Offers

  • Special for 2021 : Receive as a souvineer for each guest, a Monnaie de Paris golden coin

    These beautiful medallions are minted only for France's historic monuments and grand sites. They are said to bring good luck when offered to family and friends on a special occasion.

Reviews

  • Our wedding at a French Chateau felt like a fantasy straight out of a fairytale. There’s some kind of magic and beauty in this Fortress, in both the castle and village itself that not only is it felt there but comes through beautifully in our wedding photos. Both I and my husband look back on that special day and we’re transported back, the smells and all the feels come rushing through. The grounds are fantastic, well manicured and there are several great spots to get married at. The staff and especially Heidi were so helpful in every aspect of our planning. Since we were communicating from abroad, NYC, we were dependent on them to help us find a caterer and also someone to do our flowers. We decided on a Spanish chef, who Heidi suggested, to make paella and create an appetizer spread that was sublime! Everyone was well fed and just having the chef there making the food in front of us was another level of wonderful. For our flowers we asked based on something we liked online and using lots of lavender and flowers from the local area. They were simply breathtaking and the shop that did them truly took our breath away with their presentation. It was exactly what we wanted and they even threw in some edible flowers to spread over our croquembouche tower wedding cake. My husband and I also stayed two nights in one of the towers. The staff kept everything fully stocked and they provided a breakfast each morning overlooking the village. Heidi and her staff were so knowledgeable about things for our wedding guests to do outside of the village and helped them with where to go and set up certain visits. I had one friend who wanted to go horseback riding and they knew just the right ranch to go to. Our wedding was done and we had stayed at the Fortress for a solid week and not only did we feel like family with everyone at the Chateau but so did our wedding guests. I cannot express more how beautiful, magical and accommodating this was for us.
    Mark Badum , July 23, 2018
  • I had the most incredible time here. The castle really is magical. As an American, we are rarely surrounded by two things that the Chateau provides in abundance: quiet beautiful vistas and deep historical respect and understanding. While touring the chateau I couldn't stop losing my breath from the sheer beauty out of every window while learning about the efforts to learn more about the historical site. We were lucky enough to have the Chateau owner herself give us a tour. Hearing about the restoration efforts, the curating of the chataeu's large-scale art pieces, and learning about what life in the castle would have been like was all beyond fascinating. I cannot recommend this visit enough.
    As a side note, if you are able to spend a couple days in the gîtes (large houses for rent) in town, you should! Waking up to the view of the castle, then walking into the charming town made for one of the most restful and beautiful trips I have taken in awhile. You can't go wrong with this chateau as a destination for a break or an event.
    Drew Robinson, July 2019
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Contact Us

For further information please contact Heidi .

You can speak to us in: English, French, Spanish & German

Pricing

  • Medium seasonApril- June 14 & Sept 16th -OctoberFrom €2,000
  • High seasonJune 15-Sept 15From €2,800

Features

  • Pet friendly

  • Maid service

  • Swimming pool

  • Garden games

  • Chapel on site

  • Marquee available on site

  • Hotel recommendation list

  • Recommended wedding planner

  • Recommended caterer

  • Recommended suppliers list available

  • Nearest Airport

  • Camping

  • Baby friendly (cots, changing facilities)

  • Breakfast included

  • Internet access

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