Weddings are very special occasions and we have no set formula here at Château Canet. We simply offer you the exclusive use of the property so you can celebrate your wedding in your own way and we will be there to make sure all your dreams come true.
Château Canet, situated in the western Minervois region, is the perfect choice for those seeking a venue for a relaxed, French countryside wedding. Owner Victoria Lemstra Bake has over 20 years experience in hospitality and loves to make guests feel ‘at home on holiday’, so you can be sure that you and your guests will receive a warm welcome and a thoroughly enjoyable stay throughout your celebrations.
The 110 hectare estate offers numerous possibilities for for a romantic ceremony – and the choice is completely yours; we have had weddings on the lawns of the main house, the centre of the olive grove and, of course, out in the vineyards. Each provide wonderful wedding photograph opportunities.
The region boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, and warm weather from Spring through to the end of Autumn, so outdoor celebrations are more or less guaranteed, but Canet also has a couple of indoor venues, depending on the size of your guest list. Our Orangerie, with huge glass doors opens onto a pretty courtyard with olive trees, and can accommodate 80 for a sit down wedding breakfast or 100 for a ceremony, and the Ecurie, the converted stables, which also houses our barrel room, is perfect for a smaller, more intimate ceremony. Our courtyard is also perfect for warmer weather celebration meals and can seat up to 80 guests. For informal get-togethers we also have a spacious barbeque area, overlooking the olive grove; a perfect venue for self catered meals or a large catered barbeque.
Although we understand that each bride and groom have their own idea of the perfect wedding, we are, of course, available to make suggestions on the best use of all of the facilities here and can arrange fun activities for your guests to all get to know each other, such as wine blending competitions, and cellar tours where they can taste wines directly from the vat whilst learning about wine production.
Of course, one of the advantages of getting married at a wine producing chateau is the wine! Floris Lemstra makes award winning wines in a range of styles and prices; we can set aside as much as you think you will require, but you will only pay for the bottles you open. Obviously, should you require more, the cellar is just a few steps away. We are happy to advise on amounts and offer a reduction in cellar prices for our guests.
We have contacts with trusted professionals who know the estate to help make your special day run smoothly, from celebrants, florists, caterers and musicians and DJs to bakeries for the cake and special chair and table hire.
The ten onsite cottages, each with their own small garden or terrace, accommodate up to 47 people, so whilst you and your guests are all on holiday together, you will all have your own space and privacy too. The cottages, which are converted vineyard workers houses are bright and airy, and decorated sympathetically in a French country style. All have their own kitchen and bathroom facilities and internet access.
Onsite, your guests will enjoy the heated pool, tennis court, boules area, vineyard and olive grove walks and the children have a climbing frame, swings and their own playroom, filled with toys, dressing up clothes and books. The surrounding area also has so much to offer for those looking to explore: from pretty villages, Cathar castles, water parks, beaches, mountains, markets and much more, for adults and children alike. Our reception area and wine shop is open daily to advise and suggest activities for all interests.
With easy access from both Carcassonne (40 minutes drive away) and Toulouse (75 minutes) airports you and your guests will have a range of airlines to chose from serviced by a number of British and European cities.
Contact Victoria to discuss your dream wedding, and how the Canet team can turn the dream into reality.
Tel: +33 (0)4 68 79 28 25