The Best Wedding Destinations in France and Spain
The appeal of the cuisine, landscapes and heritage of rural France and the Balearic islands is universally acknowledged. Many happy couples have also been initiated into the secret that with the right luxury destination property, they are perfect wedding locales. Three exceptional properties in particular represent the very best on offer in these regions.
Villa la Tosca enjoys picture postcard beach front surroundings in Lanton, Aquitaine. The villa, ecological pool and gardens combine to create a storybook quality. The pretty little Gallic bridge, fountains, ancient walls and vistas are ideal for both photographs and quiet contemplation before and after a wedding event. The house sleeps 15 guests across 8 bedrooms, all of them with luxuriously appointed en suite bathrooms. There is a 40 person capacity cinema for enjoying videos of the nuptials. The kitchen offers a mind-blowing range of facilities and the perfect base from which to cater for guests in the capacious formal dining room and salon.
A number of exterior features combine to enhance the appeal of Villa La Tosca as a wedding venue. There is the very useful option to put up a marquee, and there is a full time concierge and holiday coordinator. The staff at Villa la Tosca have been singled out for special praise by couples who have married there, for their attentiveness and commitment. The villa’s setting, the Bassin d’Arcachon, is renowned for its incredible natural light and fresh, health-giving air, offering a bright and auspicious start for newlyweds.
Lying 25km from Chartres, Les Communs offers a particularly unique and fascinating wedding setting. Dating back to the eighteenth century, it is hard to believe when admiring it now that it was once the stable block for the Chateau de Charbonnières. On a truly grand scale, it can sleep 36 guests across 18 elegant bedrooms, including three family suites, perfect for accommodating wedding guests.
For relaxing and detoxing before and after the ceremony, there is both an indoor pool and a hammam. The property has a wealth of features to keep younger wedding attendees entertained, including a playroom with a football table and table tennis, a petanque play area and a living room with a pool table, video games and even a jukebox.
The ivy-clad frontage of the expansive buildings, and the lush gardens, are a deeply appealing background to wedding photographs. Les Communs also has the distinction of having its host couple onsite eleven months of the year. They are adept at orientation around the site, private air and car transfers, and are the ideal sounding board for imaginative touches and hidden delights of the estate, to make ceremonies truly special.
Another dream wedding destination for many is the Balearic Islands, and there is very little to compete with the superb villa Prestige Menorca, nestled in San Climent, Mahón. Menorca has attracted courting couples for centuries with its sun-soaked peace and natural beauty. Sleeping 22 guests in 11 bedrooms within a sweeping 250 acre estate, this stunning private home only opened its doors in 2015.
Both the airport and Mahón are just moments away but this convenience is complemented by a splendid rural tranquillity. The outdoor pool and barbeque lie within beautiful pleasure gardens, and the sea view, with Mallorca visible on clear days, can be enjoyed from most of the villa’s vantage points.
The private cook that comes with the property prepares memorably excellent regional cuisine, which can be worked off in the high spec onsite gymnasium. There are many other experts to hand to craft a truly luxurious wedding experience, from an events planner to a Pilates instructor. The ease of organising private flights and yacht charters is perfect for honeymooners.
Though their features and appeal are very diverse, what all three of these properties share is the ability to bespoke any aspect of their offering to the highest possible specification to attain the ideal of the perfect wedding day.
By Phileas French, Travel Writer