Wedding Venue France Spotlight: Chateau Challain

Today we look at another wedding venue France the fairytale Chateau Challain.  Avid readers of the blog will recognise Chateau Challain as it has been the setting for some of the most memorable real life weddings including Alison and Eoin tale of two cities wedding, Berglind and Thor vintage wedding and Anastasia and Alex’s 2 day wedding.

Chateau de Challain is just outside Angers in the Loire Valley, the region of Castles, and only one and a half hours from Paris by TGV (High Speed Train).  Chateau Challain was constructed by the Count and the Countess of La Rochefoucauld-Bayers on their Potherie Estate in the 19th century.

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They wanted a new grand castle in the neogothic style to replace the 16th century one and famous Paris architect Louis Visconti, who built the Louvre extension, was commissioned and asked Rene Hode a famous architect from angers to build the castle.

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The construction began in1848 and was finished in 1854. The design was a classic arrangement one rectangle with 4 towers, very large-60 meters long, 37 meter deep and 47 meters high- 120 rooms on 5 levels with an abundance of limestone sculptures made by Jacques Granneau,student of David D’Angers.  At the death of her husband, Ida de la Potherie, Countess of la Rochefoucauld-Bayers finished the construction of the Castle and continued to finish her and her husbands dream.

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Because of the ambiance of the total property the Castle Chateau de La Potherie was named the “neogothic jewel in Anjou” or “The Petite Chambord”.  Situated on beautiful grounds, the Chateau complex makes up one corner of a small village, which also has shops, a cathedral, and many summer events.

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Today Chateau Challain is both the setting for many a romantic wedding as well as extremely luxurious bed and breakfast.   The interiors of the castle are the same style as the outside, neogothic, the original decoration is unique in the Loire Valley, wood sculptures, Gothic panelling and furniture to accent the rooms along with large fireplaces and French painting on the ceilings.

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Ida de la Potherie, Countess of la Rochefoucauld-Bayers built many outbuildings starting with the Stables in 1859, then the modern farm and the vegetables garden in 1870. In memory of her husband she built Monplaisir tower in 1875, the entrance and the romantic garden designed by the Count de Choulot in 1882.

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You don’t have to be royalty or have a court to get married at Chateau Challain, but you will have your every wish carried on out the most memorable day of your life.

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Starting with the wedding co-ordinator who can arrange your make up artist, world renowned chefs to prepare your wedding day meals, a listed of trusted suppliers of everything from themed American style wedding cakes to white doves and attentive staff to ensure the smooth running of the day.

If Chateau Challain is on your shortlist of wedding venues in France, find out more on

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