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Romantic Weddings in Limousin France

Updated on June 10, 2014

The Domaine des Etangs is perfect for romantic weddings in France

A fairy tale chateau for a fairy tale wedding
A fairy tale chateau for a fairy tale wedding | Source
Domaine des Etangs: An elegant, medieval chateau
Domaine des Etangs: An elegant, medieval chateau

Why not get married in France?

Not very far from our guest house, Les Trois Chenes, lies a fairy tale castle surrounded by by its own vast estate, eight hundred and fifty hectares of green fields and oak woods. There are forty hectares of clear blue water in the form of a network of lakes.

You need a map to appreciate just how large the estate is and you need to drive, or ride the cycles available for your use in order to reach the cottages and mill that have been converted into wonderful bed and breakfast accommodation and self-catering gites. The name of this place is Domaine des Etangs, the perfect Chateau wedding venue in S W France.

Be a star on your special day

A restaurant fit for a Queen

On the first floor a long table forms the centre piece of a large, spacious hall, while on the ground floor the restaurant is elegantly furnished and the tables look out over the lake and hills beyond. Every little attention has been given to decorating the tables and the room from the solid wood side tables to the simple and effective table decorations.

The banqueting hall

There is also a separate building available for guests, a huge hall reminiscent of medieval halls. It has two enormous fire places which dominate this impressive space.

Swimming pool
Swimming pool
Tennis courts
Tennis courts
Le Vigneron
Le Vigneron

Where is Domain des Etangs?

Domain des Etangs

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The Domain des Etangs is just a few minutes west of Massignac

Les Trois Chenes Gite and Guest House

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Stunning Location and fabulous facilities

The landscape setting of the Domaine is second to none. There are fruit trees, potagers, a goat farm, hedgerows, but these lie in the midst of the wide open spaces of untamed nature. As you walk or ride through the estate you'll notice the quiet broken only by the sounds of nature. You'll see wild deer, fish, birds and a host of other wildlife. Enjoy also the long history of the land.

You and your guests can take advantage of grass tennis courts and a heated open air swimming pool. You can enoy rowing, caoƫing and pedalos or the pleasures of fishing in the lakes alive with sandres, perches, black-bass, carpes, tanches, gardons and other brochets. (I'm going to leave the fishing experts to translate these!) Just soak in all that sun and keep trim while you do it. You can cycle and walk along the twenty kilometers of private pathways or perhaps even jog a little around the lake and breath in the clean, fresh air.

Alternatively you can simply relax.

See the Domaine des Etangs from the sky

A touch of class

Relax in vintage splendour
Relax in vintage splendour
Guests are accommodated in farmhouse and mill buildings
Guests are accommodated in farmhouse and mill buildings
There is a water fall in reception
There is a water fall in reception
The executive suite
The executive suite

The accommodation is out of this world

The estate buildings sit comfotably in the landscape. The plan below shows you how the accommodation has been arranged in separate hameaux , or hamlets, groups of farm buildings, each private and nestled into the landscape on the banks of the lake.

Each hamlet, Litrac, le Pecheur, le Sobotier, le Moulin and L'Age, respect the authenticity of the original buildings, every detail has been considered, from the traditional methods of construction to underfloor heating.

The exterior of these buildings doesn't prepare you for the simple splendour of the interiors. Inside the use of the traditional building materials of the Limousin, wood and stone is continued. The floors are surfaced with stone flags, the wooden structure of the building is apparent, the stone walls unclad.

The first thing that you notice when you walk inside is the sheer space. High ceilings and large rooms luxuriously and comfortably furnished. Nothing prepares you, though, for the waterfall and the inspired frieze-like decorations in the entrance hall.

Don't be fooled by the vintage elements in the bathrooms. The lovely copper bath picks up on the copper and chrome theme used through all the buildings and the wash basins are carved from stone, but these details are teamed with an ultramodern jet shower. Everything is clean and functional, everywhere is light and airy.

Ideal for the Honeymoon

Whether you arrange a wedding here or not, the Domaine is perfect for the honeymoon, wedding aniversaries and that special week-end away together. The Hameau de l'Age makes a perfect, private little love nest.

You can even stay in a converted water mill.

Stay at the old mill

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Attention to detail

Everywhere you look you will see clean lines, and space broken only by the most beautiful objects carefully placed to catch the light, or blend into the shadows. Orchids, glass vases full of green apples, green chrysanthemums in glasses on the tables, little metal buckets for bread. It is a delight to search out all these curiosities because they are easily missed; they are so perfectly at one with the environment.

Porcelain gifts and decorations

A plan of the estate

Plan the perfect wedding

The best way to find out more is to contact the staff at Domaine des Etangs. They will be very happy to advise you and help you to plan the perfect wedding.


16310 Massignac

Tel +33(5)545618500

Need help with French?

The staff at the Domaine des Etangs speak excellent English, so you will be able to make all arrangements directly with them but if you need help with other aspects of your wedding, then you might like to contact Richard Ware, an expert on both the languages and the rules and regulations in France. You might even persuade him to play the organ for you if you have a church wedding here.

Needless to say, we are also here to help if we can.

Perfect for parties and business

You may not have large numbers of guests, and the Domaine can host your birthday parties and smaller celebrations in the Mill or some of the other buildings. there are also spaces that are ideal for seminares, meeting and conventions.

Restaurant closed Christmas day

Our gite has three en-suite bedrooms and sleeps 7 adults.
Our gite has three en-suite bedrooms and sleeps 7 adults.
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Dining roomAntique French furniture in the roomsA warming log fire for long winter nightsA ray of sunshine in the living roomOutside we have a lovely garden, lawns and a play area for children. Enclosed, private parking.
Dining room
Dining room
Antique French furniture in the rooms
Antique French furniture in the rooms
A warming log fire for long winter nights
A warming log fire for long winter nights
A ray of sunshine in the living room
A ray of sunshine in the living room
Outside we have a lovely garden, lawns and a play area for children. Enclosed, private parking.
Outside we have a lovely garden, lawns and a play area for children. Enclosed, private parking.

Self-catering accommodation in the Charente Limousin region

If your guests need more accommodation, there is plenty of choice at very reasonable prices in the area. Book our gite / holiday cottage which sleeps seven people and can be reserved for a week-end (low season only) from 175 euros. We are just fifteen minutes from Domain des Etangs.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

You can reserve rooms for your guests at Les Trois Chenes Bed and Breakfast from 40 euros, or La Roseraie Bed and Breakfast in Rochechouart if your guests prefer to be in a town. There are also many gites that you can book for larger numbers of people, or for longer stays.

Tel: 05 55 48 29 84


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Rochechouart CastleLimoges Railway StationChateau de Montburnchateau de RochebruneLa Rochfoucauld
Rochechouart Castle
Rochechouart Castle
Limoges Railway Station
Limoges Railway Station
Chateau de Montburn
Chateau de Montburn
chateau de Rochebrune
chateau de Rochebrune
La Rochfoucauld
La Rochfoucauld

There are so many things to see and do here

Discover the culture, the heritage and the everyday life of rural France. Visit the historic cities of Limoges and Angouleme, the towns of Saint Junien and Rochechouart or the many picturesque villages and hamlets. There are so many wonderful restaurants to suite every taste and pocket and markets and faires are held all the year round. Have a look at some of these articles to get a taste of Limousin:

The Medieval festival of Rochechouart

Where to eat in the Lakes of the Haute Charente

Limousin, land of Wolves and Witches

Where to buy Limoges Porcelain in Limousin

The White Plates of Limoges

The route of Richard the Lion Heart

Family holidays in Limousin

Activty holidays in Limousin

The Pilgrim Route of St Jacques and the Church of St Eutrope


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    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Hi, Pamela, of course it is a wonderful place just to stop for B and B or hire a gite. It is certainly high up on my list of gorgeous places to stay.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      The perfect fairy tale wedding! I think the pictures and descriptions make this a perfect place to just visit let alone get married. Rated up

    • Les Trois Chenes profile imageAUTHOR

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      alekhouse,thanks for your comments. It is a pretty fabulous place.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Very nice. The photos are gorgeous. Too bad I'm not getting married...this looks like an ideal place.


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