Beautiful castle wedding venues in France
Last September my wife and I spent five nights in the romantic bridal suite and Honeymoon Suite at the Gothic-style castle in Hattonchâtel Château. We were going to get married in France and had chosen this exciting and private castle to celebrate our special wedding day.
Getting married again
We arrived in the small French village Hattonchâtel Friday morning and picked up the key at the house of the keeper of the castle. He and his wife just live next to it. It was the first time we were about to sleep in a real authentic castle, we never had this kind of experience before and, accordingly, were very excited.
The reason of our stay was our wedding celebration. Though we already got married in Toscana, Italy in May 2010 we decided to celebrate it a second time with family and friends who did not make the trip to Italy. But this time it was only a small and intimate wedding since we had invited only 29 wedding guests but we went through the whole wedding ceremony again – starting in the small church next to the Castle.
Renting the castle includes wedding exclusivity
We got the key from the keeper of the castle and our extraordinary time traveling adventure was about to begin. The castle is situated at the far end of the little village. We entered through the big iron door and stood inside the yard and garden with a wonderful view over the countryside and the lake named “Lac de Madine”. In addition you will see a large water basin right in front of you and beautiful flowers await you where ever you turn. By hiring the castle we had exclusivity the weekend where we were celebrating our wedding which was absolutely fabulously – we surely enjoyed the castle stay with our family and closest friends.
The castle wedding was held on the Saturday and it was the perfect wedding venue indeed and the wedding settings was just stunning. The staff was professional and very helpful and we were very happy for having decided to stay the first couple of days after the wedding at the wedding castle as the beginning of our romantic honeymoon in France. After we had finished our Castle honeymoon we went to the French capital Paris and stayed at The hotel Ritz, they offered a special budget honeymoon package for newly wed couples.
We have stayed at many different hotels worldwide but never at an old romantic castle. It was an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately the castle stay was too short and that taken into account that we spent the rest of our honeymoon in Paris “The city of light”. Once you taste that lifestyle – staying in an authentic & historic Castle – you can really get used to it.
The Bridal- & Honeymoon suite is located in the upper tower at the end of a long corridor on the first floor. To the left on the ground floor there is a magnificent large dining room with a romantic fire place where sofas invite you to relax. To the right there are the breakfast and reading salons and the bibliotheca. On the stone walls there are rich tapestries and paintings – it was indeed going to be a fairy tale wedding.
A bridal suite worthy of a princess
When we entered the bridal suite we were met with a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne on ice and a beautiful bouquet flowers and a basket of fresh fruits.
The Bridal suite itself consists of a beautiful bedroom with a fire place, nice tapestries, a wonderful wooden oak floor and a balcony. Furthermore, there is an adjacent salon with cozy armchairs and comfortable sofas. Finally there is an huge en-suite bathroom combing a modern state-of-the-art shower and a Victorian style bathtub. It is a perfect and peaceful place to relax and recover. The bed is very comfortable and inviting.
The Knights Hall – Le Grande Salle
The Knights Hall is steeped in French history, from its huge stone pillars to its imposing stone fireplace. Remnants of a forgotten era grace the walls from spears and shields to more unusual objects. The ambiance of the room is indescribable – you have to see it and more important you have to feel it! The Knights Hall is just next to the lawn with its classic fountain which is a perfect area for arrivals drinks and canapés.
The Hall was where we celebrated our wedding and had our wedding breakfast – later that night the stunning fireplace was lit, the fireplace has the mutable crackling sounds of burning wood and blinking light and the room was full of atmosphere which lifted the whole wedding party to another and new level. It was a very romantic Castle wedding and honeymoon location and the beautiful hide-away French Castle lived up fully to our wedding expectations.
Eva & Patrick Christoph