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Get married in a fairytale château...

Get married in a fairytale château...

If you are looking for a fairytale château for your special day, then you need look no further. Domaine des Etangs in the beautiful Charente has everything you could wish for and more...


Domaine des Étangs is surely one of the most romantic places to celebrate your marriage. Drink in the view of the castle’s four turrets against the skyline, and then around you the 850 hectares of woodland scattered with tranquil lakes and rich with bird song. Meticulously restored using local stone, wood (oak and chestnut), copper and glass, the domaine at Massignac in the Charente reflects its 500-year-old past but also boasts all the service and style of a modern four-star hotel.

With this comes a huge amount of expertise, and the hotel’s team are there to help you organise the wedding of your dreams. To ensure a truly memorable day, the domaine has put together four themes
which are brought to life through colour, materials and decoration. The four themes are: bohemian chic, ecochic, the countryside and fairytale.

The domaine can also help you organise all the details that make a wedding, from the music (a DJ or would you prefer an orchestra?) to travel (a taxi, horse-drawn carriage or even helicopter), as well as help with wedding dress designers, hair and make-up, the photographer and even baby-sitters for
you or your guests’ children. Take a moment to imagine the day… the wedding begins with a blessing by the small lake-side chapel (too petite to be used for weddings) with the château rising behind you. With such magical surroundings it’s a truly special moment.

Then it’s time to eat, drink and be merry! The celebrations kick off with a cocktail reception on the lawn in front of the château with its superb lake views. Following the photos, again with the château as your backdrop, it’s time for the wedding feast. Domaine des Étangs’ restaurant, Les Dyades, can cater for up to 48 people while the grand salle, Lapeyre, in a former barn with beams and exposed stone, allows for 110 guests. Once the celebrations are over, it’s time for you both to retire to your
room that’s all about understated luxury, combining traditional materials such as stone, teak, copper and wood and a soft palette of ochre, green, ecru and blonde with the latest in technology. Think under-floor heating, dimmers nestled in immense slabs of stone, televisions concealed in large, copperhinged chestnut oak wardrobes...

Your family and friends can share in the luxury, too, if you take over all 22 rooms at the domaine, perhaps for the weekend? As well as in the main building, a number of secluded hamlets have been restored and many of the domaine’s rooms are reached via winding roads and shallow fjords.

The next morning, everyone can take breakfast together or perhaps brunch (served at the civilised hours of 11am-3pm!). Shaded by parasols and seated at tables on the lawn, enjoy delicious French pastries, tarts made by the domaine’s chefs, platters of fruit and a buffet that includes, for instance, salmon, eggs, roast pork and of course - for this is France - a cheese platter. And then relax by the pool in the sunshine or have a relaxing post-wedding massage in the spa. Bliss...

Domaine des Étangs

16310 Massignac

Tel: 05 45 61 85 00