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.
Do you do bed and breakfast?
No, when you book with “Votre Château de Famille”, it is always the whole estate that is rent to one family, who can invite their relatives. We need to point out that in many French châteaux, all the bedrooms are not en suite and they can’t be locked. We are not an hotel.
Are you a table d’hôte?
No but if you want we can put you in contact with a local service provider who will cook your meals and with whom you will directly deal with.
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. The French chateaux we own have either a dedicated reception hall or a succession of living rooms in which you can organise receptions. Contact us to know which castles meet your requirements.
For a reception or my wedding, can I choose my caterer?
You organise your reception as you want and you choose your own service providers. We can advise you but you make your own choices. You can also cook yourself in the kitchen of the castle. We do not ask you to pay a corkage fee. You can also accommodate a part of your guests in the castle bedrooms.
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, we invite you to check with us and the owner if the French chateau you rent falls into that category.
Do you apply a corkage fee?
We never ask you to pay a corkage fee
Do I have to rent tables and chairs for a reception?
Tables and chairs are at your disposal. 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. We remind you though that there might not be Wi-Fi in all the rooms because the castle walls are thick.
Are pets welcome?
It depends on the owner.
Can I smoke inside the castle?
All of our castles are non-smoking but you can smoke outside: there are always ashtrays at your disposal.
Can I organise a firework?
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?
Babies under 2 do not count in the housing capacity.
Can I make a tentative booking for my stay?
It is not possible to make a tentative booking. When you are about to book, you must check with Votre Château de Famille if the castle is available before writing the contract. While the contract is being written and signed, the castle is booked for you. In case you prefer visiting the castle before signing up for it and if said visit comes rapidly, we can, in agreement with the owner, exceptionally accept a tentative booking for a few days.
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.