Does the owner live in the chateau?
In a Votre Château de Famille castle, your group will have exclusive use of the chateau. The owner does not live on site, and if, there is an exceptional case, it will be noted. The owner or caretaker will greet you and give you the keys, it is yours for the duration of the rental.
Is it a bed and breakfast?
No, when you book with Votre Château de Famille, it is self catering; rented to one group. We need to point out that in many of our French châteaux, all the bedrooms are not en suite and they can’t be locked. We are not an hotel.
Are meals included?
No but if you want we can put you in direct contact with a local service provider who can prepare meals for you and your group.
Is it possible to rent the French château only for a few days?
Yes, we have weekend options 4 days / 3 nights or 3 days / 2 nights. 3 days / 2 nights is the minimum stay.
Is it possible to organise a reception in the castle?
Yes. Our French chateaux all have either a dedicated reception hall or a succession of living rooms in which you can organize receptions. The chateaux all vary in size and so if you are interested in organizing an event, please contact us to know which castles meet your requirements.
For a reception or my wedding, can I choose my caterer?
You are free to organize your own caterer. We can provide a list of service providers in the area if needed. Most of the chateaux that accommodate larger events also have staging areas for caterers helping the wedding or party run more smoothly.
If I organise a reception at the castle, shall I be careful after a given hour?
Inside the house there is no limitation on noise. You can party all night long without worry. However, we are ‘good neighbours’ and if your reception includes outdoor music, moving the party inside after a certain hour is only respectful to our neighbours. There are new residential noise regulations, enforced since October 1st, 2018, that apply to some of our castles. Therefore, check with us beforehand to see if the chateau you have rented falls into this category.
Do you apply a corkage fee?
Do I have to rent tables and chairs for a reception?
Tables and chairs are available at no extra charge. There are as many as the castle can welcome guests for a reception.
Is there Wi-Fi in the castles?
Yes, all of our castles have Wi-Fi. Just remember that our castles were constructed hundreds of years ago, before wifi signals, and sometimes the signal can’t penetrate 60 cm of stone. 🙂
Are pets welcome?
It depends on the owner, please contact us for further information.
Can I smoke inside the castle?
All of our castles are non-smoking but you can smoke outside: there will be ashtrays available for your use.
Can I use fireworks?
For security reasons, fireworks are strictly forbidden in most of our castles.
Do you have any recommended service providers?
Yes, for every castle, we have a list of recommended local service providers but you are always free to choose your own.
Do babies count in the housing capacity?
Infants under the age of 2 do not count in the housing capacity.
Can I make a tentative booking for my stay?
It is not really possible to make a tentative booking. If you want to visit the chateau and we are able to secure an appointment within a few days of your request, the booking can be held until you visit.
When you would like to book, please contact us directly at Votre Château de Famille, to see if the castle is available before signing the contract. While the contract is being written and signed, the castle is booked for you.
Can I visit the castle before booking?
Of course, it is possible to visit the castle before and/or after booking. You must ask Votre Château de Famille and we will put you in contact with the owner or the steward of the castle to organise a visit.