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Chateau de Challain
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

My wife and I both were married at Chateau Challain two years ago and had the most magical experience with all of our guest. However being the bride and groom gave us little time to sit back and actually enjoy everything the Chateau had to offer since we were so busy with the guest and the wedding. Cynthia did an amazing job making us feel great and we really didn't have to worry about a thing!

This year my wife and I were back in Europe for a friends wedding and we thought it would be nice to go back to the Chateau for the bed and breakfast experience so that we could actually enjoy it for all of it's beauty on our own time.

We ended up staying there for 3 nights and each day we had our own little adventures all around the Loire valley. We ended up visiting Chateaus and Wineries all around the valley each day and enjoyed taking our time. Every evening we would come back to Chateau Challain and just sit down relax and enjoy a bottle of wine together. Waking up each morning to the sound of the birds chirping was extraordinary. Living in a larger city ourselves keeps us from enjoying life's simplistic nature such as this as well as the crickets and frogs in the evening!

I can't say enough good things about Cynthia's hospitality and what she has done to continuously restore this Chateau. I find the Chateau fortunate that she has dedicated so many years to rebuilding it and adding to it for guest such as us to come and enjoy. I hope that she continues well into the future and that more people will come to enjoy this place as much as my wife and I do. I know we will be back soon, probably within the next 2 years again!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Joseph G
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

We had our dream wedding here last week and everything was absolutely wonderful! The Chateau is truly the most beautiful venue with so much character, the interior is impeccably furnished with amazing unique pieces and the grounds are also beautifully designed and maintained. We had a very small elopement style wedding (just us and our parents attending) and the staff were incredibly attentive and helpful, we felt like royalty the entire time! The best part is that planning was so easy since Cynthia coordinates everything and offers complete elopement packages, which really took the stress out of wedding planning! As a lazy bride that wanted the perfect fairytale wedding, I couldn't be happier to have found Chateau Challain. Cynthia has a great team setup to ensure you have your perfect wedding. We loved our photographer Janis who was so fun to work with and was great at directing us (we are not a photogenic couple!). The chef at the Chateau is also amazing and all of the food was so delicious, especially the incredible chocolate cake he made.. I am just hoping I can make it through the next year without pulling the anniversary slice out of the freezer! Chateau Challain is definitely the place to go for the perfect fairytale wedding that you'll never forget (and have the best pics!) Big thanks to everyone at the Chateau during our stay, we couldn't be happier with our wedding! :)

Room Tip: all the rooms are incredible and have so much character
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cecilia p
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This venue for a wedding is perfection. Our wedding surpassed all of our highest expectations. Cynthia, the owner, will make all your dreams come true. We had our rehearsal dinner the first night inside because of the weather and the way Cynthia decorated it was amazing. The dinner was delicious. The next day we had a breakfast buffet that was delicious too. Our ceremony was wonderful outside, cocktail reception was great and the dinning room and dinner - perfection. All her vendors from the photographer, videographer, chef, hair, makeup - everyone was super professional and kind. Don't look any further than here.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Christie G
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Absolutely Enchanting.

If you are seeking the ultimate storybook venue and wedding, Chateau de Challain and Cynthia Nicholson will not disappoint. The castle and grounds are real-life representations of fairytale settings, unmatched anywhere else in the world. The castle itself is a Neo-Gothic masterpiece with many incredible architectural features, and all suites and state rooms are well appointed with high-end antiques and modern amenities. Even your guests will count their time at the Chateau as once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The grounds have a lake, many well-manicured gardens and stone bridges, all great for photograph opportunities and adding to the French castle mystique. The location of Chateau de Challain is in the heart of the romantic Loire Valley and affords its guests the opportunity to explore the many vineyards and other castles of the region with ease. Every single guest has commented to us how wonderful their experience was (and we can tell they are a bit jealous that we were so fortunate to have found Chateau de Challain and Cynthia Nicholson).

The wedding itself was like a broadway production. So many critical components with many moving parts. Cynthia’s crew is second to none. They are incredibly friendly, helpful and multi-talented. For instance, one gentleman on the staff was a bartender, resident DJ, magician, and hog roaster. And speaking of food, wow! From the pig roast to the Michelin-starred dinner, you and your guests will leave the Chateau with one of the best culinary experiences you have ever had. We still talk about the steak and salmon being the best we’ve experienced but do not just take our word for it. One of our guests is a famous restaurateur and believed that the filet was exceptional (he wound up procuring seconds!). The flower arrangements at the wedding in the courtyard were exceptional as were the reception table settings. Our cake was created in mirror image of our request and the fireworks, oh the fireworks…think a professional Fourth of July show in a major US city.

At the head of all these moving parts is the captain and maestro, Cynthia Nicholson. The best way to describe Cynthia is that she is a dream maker. She created a dream wedding for us, a dream we still haven't woken up from. From the first day we arrived (Cynthia arranged for us to arrive a day early), Cynthia included us for a dinner she was making for the staff, knowing that we had had a long journey. She was incredibly generous throughout our stay, and she treated us and our guests like her family. The wedding day wouldn't have been so absolutely enchanting if it wasn't for her. She went above and beyond the call of duty, and she even literally got down on a knee to help me on a horse for photo opportunities. The ceremony that she orchestrated was full of emotion and love; Cynthia and the staff celebrated with us, and we felt they were a part of the wedding. And lastly, the reception was full of fun and joy. I have never seen my aunts and uncles - who are in their 70s - get out of their comfort zone so much and have such a great time.

Thank you so much, Cynthia! For any brides thinking about having your wedding at Chateau de Challain, you will truly feel like a princess in your fairytale wedding.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank silkgsc
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

When we were searching for the perfect wedding venue in France, this fabulous chateau came to our attention. We knew immediatley this was our venue. This was by far the best decision we had made throughout our planning process. Cynthia (Owner of chateau & wedding co-ordinater) walked us through the difficult planning times, making us feel at ease and trusting her 100%! Upon arriving at this breath taking venue, the team at chateau challain were there to welcome us and our 50 guests. From that moment on this team never left our side. They were hands on for the full 3 days. Cynthia and her team went above and beyond for every guest and made sure we enjoyed every minute of it. The rooms made you feel like a princess in a disney movie, the food was out of this world. A huge thank you to Cynthia and her great team for making our fairytale wedding a reality! If this is the wedding of your dreams call Cynthia, SHE WON'T LET YOU DOWN!!

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank Tim B
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Additional Information about Chateau de Challain

Address: Chateau du Mesnil, 49440 Challain-la-Potherie, France
Region: France > Pays de la Loire > Maine et Loire > Challain-la-Potherie
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Challain-la-Potherie
Price Range: €249 - €280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An Elegant Neo Gothic Chateau on the western Loire Valley. Renovated in Luxurious style from and era past.Hosting B&B Suites as well as Magnificent Events,Weddings and Private parties.Located in the countryside with easy accesses to Large towns and historical Places.You may come as a stranger but you will leave as a friend. ... more   less 
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