The World of the Château Bouffémont: A Little Art History

Our latest digital newsletter to keep you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – including recipes, interviews and activities in the local area. 

 

 

Château Bouffémont is nestled in the heart of the Oise valley – a place of striking natural beauty known for its pretty villages, grand historic architecture and idyllic pastoral scenery.

 

Thanks to the sparkle of its rolling countryside and languorous waterways, this region has drawn artists for hundreds of years, including greats like Cézanne, Pissarro and Van Gogh. Here we offer a peek into the world of the iconic artists who have immortalised Val d’Oise’s most alluring beauty spots.

 

 

L’Isle-Adam

L’Isle-Adam, located 20 minutes’ drive from Château Bouffémont, is the kind of place that gets under your skin – “my earthly paradise”, in the words of Balzac, who cherished his youthful visits to the area. This historic town is famous for its long sandy river beach, along with a beautiful 18thcentury Chinese pavilion.

 

Jules Dupré, an important figure in the Barbizon school of landscape painting, was a descendant of an ancient local family. He was raised in L’Isle-Adam – the world’s third-largest collection of his work is located here, in the local Louis-Senlecq Museum. Dupré was one of the earliest artistic champions of the area. His expressively tonal, loose and softly-lit works are representative of the period’s movement away from Romanticism and towards Realism.

 

L’Isle-Adam is home to several creative exhibitions throughout the year, including a Contemporary Art Festival and an annual international art fair each September. We recommend wandering around the town on foot. You may spot some of its wonderful sculptures – such as a resin copy of Etienne Maurice Falconnet’s infamous marble Menacing Love (1757), or Marie-Josée Aerts’ nymph-like riverside Evila Siren (1990) and Jean Marais’ so-called ‘strange angel’, SIARAM (1993).

 

 

Auvers-sur-Oise

An important place for many Impressionists including Camille Pissarro and Frédéric Samuel Cordey, Auvers-sur-Oise (the next town along the river from L’Isle-Adam) is most famous for its association with the great Dutch Post-Impressionist Van Gogh.

 

Visitors can follow the Van Gogh route around the village, to explore the places where the painter worked, lived and drew inspiration in the final months before his death. The Auberge Ravoux (now a fully-restored museum named the Van Gogh House), is a particularly moving monument. Here you can see Vincent’s tiny little attic room, mansardNo. 5, which was never rented again after he took his own life and died here. Some of the painter’s most famous and emotionally affecting works created in the area number among them Portrait of Dr Gachet, Church of Auvers-sur-Oise, and Wheatfield with Crows – all painted in the few months preceding his death in 1890. Van Gogh and his brother Theo are both laid to rest in the local cemetery.

 

Auvers-sur-Oise is also home to the Daubigny Museum, which has over 100 works by Charles François Daubigny. Daubigny painted the magnificent surrounding scenery from Le Botin, his famous floating studio, on the waters of the River Oise itself. The Daubigny Museum also offers a charmingly quirky selection of so-called ‘feline art’, with paintings, engravings, sketches, sculptures and more by the likes of Jean Cocteau, Koji Ikuta and Theophile-Alexander Steinlen – along with a temporary exhibition by WWI painter Mathurin Méheut.

 

Musée Daubigny, au manoir des Colombières, Auvers-sur-Oise

 

Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône

Maubuisson Abbey is an ancient and imposing nunnery, founded in 1236. An atmospheric Cistercian setting, it has hosted visual art installations from a variety of contemporary artists, contributing to a dialogue between heritage and modern explorations of space. From October 7th 2018 to March 17th 2019 the space is being used as an exhibition of work by Patrick Neu, who works meticulously with materials such as bee wings, soot and natural hair to assemble his strange, microscopic and fantastical creations. The next town along, Cergy, was previously home to the Street Art Park– proof of how this spirit of artistic innovation and vitality in the area continues to reign.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg – as visitors to the Oise valley will discover, there is so much more to explore in this beautiful region. See you next time, for more news from us at  Château Bouffémont.

 

Keep in touch at @chateaubouffemont

 

The World of Château Bouffémont: Rustic Fig Loaf Edition

Introducing a new digital newsletter to keep you up to date with everything happening at Château Bouffémont – including recipes, interviews and activities in the local area

 

Here at the Château Bouffémont, a love for people lies at the very heart of what we do – from organising an endless array of activities, to throwing an unbeatable party. It is our tightknit clan of staff, suppliers and guests that make this venue such a unique and special place.

 

To say thank you for being an important part of the Château family, we want to keep you in the loop with a new series of articles. These will let you know what is going on with us – expect interviews with team members and local personalities, recommendations for daytrips and activities in the surrounding Val-d’Oise area, and gastronomic guides to our favourite producers in the region. We will alternate between Q&As, recipes-of-the-month and informative articles to regularly provide a little slice of Château magic, sent straight to your inbox.

 

We are kicking off a new gastronomy series with this recipe from Paris-based chef Arthur Girard, who talked us through the steps needed to create his rustic salted loaf with figs and rosemary. Comfortingly warm and richly packed with flavour, this beautiful bread is destined to be a hit at brunches, picnics and get-togethers. The light tang of buttermilk combines with aromatic rosemary and juicy, jewel-like figs, finished with a sprinkling of salt to savour. A loaf for all seasons and occasions, this is the first of many delicious Château recipes to come.

 

 

Rustic salted loaf with figs and rosemary

Ingredients:

  • 150g whole wheat flour
  • 150g spelt flour
  • 25cl buttermilk
  • Three eggs
  • 7cl oil
  • Two handfuls of dried figs
  • One sprig of rosemary
  • Sachet of baking powder (approx. 11g, or 2 tbsp)
  • Salt

 

 

Method:

1. First, preheat the oven to 180°C (equivalent to Th6, or Gas Mark 4).

2. Peel the figs to remove the outer skin and then dice them into smaller chunks – somewhere between quarters and eighths, depending on preference.

 

 

 

3. Pull the leaves from the stem of rosemary, discarding the stem. Finely chop the leaves and place them to one side.

4. While the oven is still heating up, oil and flour a small cake pan in preparation for your mixture. Don’t skimp on the oil – you don’t want it to stick.

 

 

5. Next, beat together the eggs, butter milk and oil in a large mixing bowl. Once these and well and truly mixed together you can add the salt, flours, diced fig and chopped rosemary.

6. Mix together thoroughly, until all the ingredients are blended together evenly throughout the mixture.

 

7. Add the baking powder, and then mix again.

8. Pour the mixture into the oiled baking pan, spreading it out evenly from corner to corner. You might choose to stud the surface of the mixture with a couple of fig halves for a serving flourish.

9. Place the tin in the oven for 45-50 minutes. To check if it’s finished, prick the loaf with a skewer to see if it comes out clean.

 

10. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for a few minutes before turning it out. Then you can either serve it straight away, or leave it to cool fully on a rack for later.

 

 

 

Until next time

See you soon for a guide to the world-famous artists that have immortalised Château Bouffémont’ssurrounding region of Val d’Oise in their work. We’ll be looking at the villages and natural beauty spots that inspired masters such as Van Gogh, Pissarro and Cézanne, and the best way to tour them.

Keep in touch at @chateaubouffemont

Why a French Chateau Provides Both a Beautiful and Practical Place to Tie the Knot

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Romance. The word itself provokes intense feelings and thoughts, good and bad because it is such a crucial concept for the human soul. So many of the world’s greatest achievements in art, literature, music and sculpture have been created because of it. Many of them had significant movements ordained under their name – the romanticists or the romantic style.

 

It resonates because of the strength of its connotations. When we start to think about the ingredients of a perfect setting for the ultimate romantic occasion – a wedding – then we are led inexorably to one place. France.

 

Hugo, Rousseau, Delacroix, Rostand, Courbet and Gautier. So many of the names associated with romance are French. Even the word Romance is French. It is not surprising that so many world luminaries flocked to France in the hope that its romantic essence would rub off on them. Hemmingway, Fitzgerald and Grace Kelly became part of the tapestry that stretches throughout time enticing modern lovers to have their marriage ceremony in France.

 

The epitome of French wedding ceremony must be a chateau. Their design, history and surroundings all provide unique mystique and inspire the heart and mind of any fiancé and fiancée.

 

Unlike functional British castles and fortifications, French chateaus were designed as places for families to live and entertain their guests. Chateau Bouffemont, just to the north of Paris is an excellent example.

 

The preponderance of windows and lights testify that the views are of paramount importance both inside and out. Even on rare overcast days, the chateau itself is always a beautiful and noteworthy backdrop to any activity with its 5-hectare estate.

 

France is also rightly renowned for gastronomic excellence and the food at a chateau wedding could rightly grace any romantic novel or fairy tale. Staff will have long-standing contacts and friendships with the local food and drink suppliers to ensure the best and freshest food in season will be served for the couple and their honoured guests and the perfect wine and champagne to accompany the occasion will be served naturally.  

 

Weather and external conditions cannot be guaranteed but an estate such as Chateau Bouffemont has four floors of salons, terraces, suites and rooms to accommodate indoor or outdoor ceremonies with a minimum of fuss. Regardless of your own preference, they will readily be able to accommodate your wishes.

 

A French wedding also makes economic sense. The average UK wedding cost is now over £30,000 and it can rise above even this figure. A fairytale chateau wedding is within your budget for you and your guests to enjoy.

 

The cost would also cover expert services to make your day even easier and more memorable including the services of an expert wedding planner to look after the myriad of small details and decisions that can cause big worries if left unattended to. Experienced and helpful staff at the Chateau Bouffemont will also be able to look after the other details that will make a wedding more memorable such as the decoration, flowers, cake, music, photography, video and more. Even more unusual requests and services such as children’s entertainers can also be accommodated.

 

The age of Romance may have passed historically but its ideals and ideas live on and are personified in a wedding ceremony held at a French chateau. Honour your dreams and follow your hearts desire to France and its citadels of romance.

What Makes Château Bouffémont an Unforgettable Site for a Fashion Show?

The task of selecting the most befitting venue for your brand’s planned fashion show may seem a deeply unenviable one, on account of the wealth of factors and priorities that must be borne closely in mind. There are certainly not only one or two aspects that may guide your choice of venue for a high-profile fashion event.

We, therefore, decided to take a closer look at some of the reasons why your brand could stand to make the greatest impact by staging its next show at Château Bouffémont.

 

You are a stone’s throw from the world’s undoubted fashion epicentre

The world of fashion may have evolved considerably in recent years, with the traditional big-name fashion magazines and designers not dictating the tempo of every element of the industry in the way they once did, but some things don’t change over the centuries. One of those is the continued pre-eminence of Paris as the fashion capital to which everyone looks.

Even amid the inevitable, but also unpredictable shifts inherent to fashion, the City of Lights continues to wield considerable clout and hosts many of the world’s most eagerly watched catwalks. As explained by the Culture Trip website, for all of the competition and challenges of successive generations, Paris retains its status as the place to be seen for all things fashion.

Furthermore, by selecting our own chateau in France as the site for your fashion show, you can be sure of the festivities being held a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of Paris, and 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport. That has to be conducive to luring many of the biggest hitters and most important customers in your corner of the fashion industry to attend your event.

 

Even by the standards of a chateau in France, we are utterly resplendent

If there is any reason why you may be averse to contemplating the hire of a French chateau for your next fashion event, it may simply be that it appears too obvious an option.

However, there are very sound justifications for the sustained evergreen appeal of such historic and idyllic venues as our own. Château Bouffémont resoundingly redefines the term ‘impressive surroundings’ with its spectacular manicured French gardens to the exterior, as well as internal furnishings that speak of refined elegance for the most sophisticated clientele.

There can simply be no finer – and no more indelibly haute-couture – backdrop on which to host a prestigious fashion exhibition than the splendid halls and suites of our chateau in France. That is not least the case as these spaces are also flexible enough to lend themselves to a kaleidoscope of inspiring and stimulating atmospheres within a single well-attended event.

 

The right venue will serve as an integral focal point for your show

One other serious factor to consider when on the lookout for a fashion event venue, is that the most suitable site will play a key role in setting the tone and narrative for the day or weekend’s festivities, effectively tying every element together into a coherent whole.

Château Bouffémont accomplishes this in part by appealing to the ardent fashionista’s well-honed visual and atmospheric sensibilities, providing a unique and luxurious setting for the shows of unique and luxurious brands.

However, our chateau in France also connects this requirement for romance and decadence to more practical considerations, such as the possibility for guests to spend the daytime hours marvelling at the presentations of your brand’s latest collections, followed by a delightful dinner party into the evening.

We are proud to declare that our noble, historic and perhaps surprisingly versatile property affords your brand the maximum opportunity to make the finest impression with its next fashion show – whether at a modest or magnificent scale.

So, why not enquire to our corporate events team today to learn more about our venue’s suitability to stage a truly magical fashion exhibition.

The Factors That Should Guide Your Choice of Family Reunion Venue

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Few group get-togethers can surely be as depended-on to produce consistent moments of magic as a family reunion. After all, it’s not the kind of event that is exactly held every day, so it probably goes without saying that you will wish to make the next time your family meets up in such a fashion an occasion to remember, for all of the finest reasons.

We admittedly may be just slightly biased here at Château Bouffémont, but the below are the elements that we feel you should especially look out for when comparing family reunion venues.

 

Just how much of a family reunion is it?

If your intended family reunion will entail little more than catching up with siblings who you see reasonably often regardless, it might be understandable to simply arrange the celebrations for home or a venue in your local area.  

Alternatively, you may be holding your fifth or 10th family reunion in as many years – or another similarly important milestone – or you may be set to welcome relatives who you haven’t come face to face with for many years.

In the latter case, the circumstances may be just right to be ambitious, by investigating chateau rentals in France such as the acclaimed service that the prestigious, refined and elegant Château Bouffémont provides.

 

How easy will it be for everyone to reach the venue location?

One factor that may initially deter you from any thought of renting out such a seemingly extravagant venue as a French chateau is the apparent difficulty of getting there and back home for all of your attendees. However, very few French chateaus can claim to be as conveniently situated for travel as the splendid Château Bouffémont.

While our historic stone-built property’s surroundings may seem to be the epitome of a rural idyll – or the Montmorency Forest, to be exact – we are also only 20 minutes away from Charles de Gaulle Airport, and a 40-minute drive from central Paris.

Nor does such close proximity to the City of Lights simply give you access to well-developed transport connections. That’s because there is also a wealth of exciting things to do with children in the French capital, as explained by the Tripsavvy website, which renders our chateau excellently placed for family day trips.

 

What activities are on offer in and around the venue?

Once the novelty of coming face to face once more with someone you may not have been in much contact with for years wears off, your family reunion may be at risk of feeling like a slightly austere meeting, rather than the fun opportunity to make new memories that you might have hoped it would be.

This won’t be a concern if you rent out our own fairytale venue for your get-together, however. Our magnificent property’s three dining halls, dancing hall and lounge area – not to mention the jaw-dropping manicured grounds outside – beg for exploration.

But even more than that, you and your family can also partake in all manner of other activities – from golf, tennis and horse riding to mountain biking, food and wine pairing and even chocolate workshops – that are a guaranteed source of thrills and giggles.

There’s also live entertainment, arts and crafts workshops and gardening activities on offer to delight the little ones, enhancing still further the remarkable credentials of Château Bouffémont as a family reunion venue.

If you would like to hold your upcoming reunion with us here at Château Bouffémont, we would be pleased to be able to help you to make it a reality; feel free to get in touch with us to find out more.

Our Sought-After Special Offers Enable You to Get Even More Out of Your Stay With Us

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Whether money is tight or flowing freely, everybody wants to get the most out of it. The most enjoyment, the most fun and the most wonderful experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

 

One unique idea that more and more people are sharing is to catch a flight or the Eurostar to a French Chateau near Paris and make the short trip to its delightful leafy green surroundings.

 

Chateau Bouffemont is a romantic idyll welcoming visitors from around the world since it’s construction in the 19th century by noted industrialist Edouard Empain. Set in stunning grounds taking up five hectares, the Chateau has a well-deserved reputation for its warm welcome and romantic charm.

 

One of the best ways to take full advantage of the Chateau’s breathtaking salons, suites and rooms is to consider one of their sought-after special offers. These exclusive and bespoke deals offer the best experiences available at reasonable competitive rates. Whether on vacation or celebrating a special occasion, there is a deal that’s just right for you.

 

A Baronial Vacation Retreat

 

The perfect chance to relax and unwind with close friends and family or live the life of one of one of the Barons of Empain at their traditional seat. The Baronial Vacation Retreat is based on six nights staying at the Chateau with several of the rooms occupied based on the number of accompanying guests.

 

Think of it. Your own private Chateau for a week. A full-board gourmet experience includes the exclusive use of the Chateau and its grounds for you and your guests.

 

These include the five grand halls, bar and games room; nine suites and rooms for accommodation and an additional separate guest kitchen accessible 24 hours a day during your vacation.

 

To complete the experience a dedicated full-service team is assigned during your stay including housekeeping, concierge, chef and of course, a private butler.

 

All meals – breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner – are served with the most appropriate paired wine and champagne is always available for adults on arrival; with special home-made cookies for children.

 

Alternatively, if a week is impractical or too long then you can also enjoy The Perfect Long Weekend at Chateau Bouffemont.

 

Whether it’s just the two of you away for a romantic break in the City of Lights or a family trip, take advantage of the same luxurious location and amenities.

 

The same rooms and suites and the same personal service of professionals including a private butler are at your disposal for the length of your weekend stay.


If you have made the excellent decision to get married at Chateau Bouffemont then you can take advantage of another incredible offer.

 

If you choose to Tie the Knot on a Weekday then you and your guests can enjoy the exclusive use of the chateau with nine suites and rooms available for accommodating up to 30 of them along with our excellent complimentary breakfast for all staying guests. There is a 20% reduction from the regular nightly rate and a late check-out for the day after the wedding of 4pm as we understand that it can take a longer time to say goodbye to our loved ones and get ready to set off on your honeymoon or journey home.

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas and New Year and spending some of the Festive Season at Chateau Bouffemont. From December 1 2018 to January 10 2019, the Chateau becomes a winter wonderland with spectacular decorations and floral arrangements, roaring fires and cosy seats to settle down in on a winter’s night.

 

All the areas of the Chateau are available for exclusive use along with our personal service staff and additional 24-hour guest kitchen. For two nights, you can enjoy the perfect holiday season activities and amusements and relax in the most sumptuous of surroundings.

 

The first night features a festive five-course dinner with wine, following pre-dinner drinks and canapés followed by more drinks by the fireplace of the charming Salon du Baron.  The second day starts with a savoury brunch followed by a choice of winter activities such as horseback riding, a cycling trip around the village or a relaxing stroll in the park.

 

A three-course lunch follows with the best locally sourced ingredients followed by movies and games in the Dandy Lounge, a champagne afternoon tea and a four-course dinner with a Chef’s surprise.

 

However or whenever you choose to spend your time at the Chateau Bouffemont, you can be assured of the warmest welcome, the best food, the most peaceful surroundings and hopefully the happiest memories of your life.  

How Important is Location When You Come to Plan a Corporate Event?

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If you are presently organising a corporate event for your own or someone else’s brand, you will probably not need to be reminded of the critical role that the most suitable venue can play. Indeed, the venue is the most influential ingredient in any event’s success other than the event itself.

However, some of those planning company events such as a product launch, meeting, seminar or conference can occasionally be guilty of underrating the importance of their chosen venue’s location – and in particular, also not properly understanding the many ways in which location is crucial.

 

The location dictates so much else about your event

To get a sense of just how profoundly the small matter of location can shape an event’s structure and success, one only needs to contemplate our own corporate event space here at Château Bouffémont.

Yes, it is true that our private venue appeals strongly to the heart, this monumental stone-built former residence of the Marquise of Preignes and Baron Empain exuding no shortage of aristocratic charm, to say nothing of the extraordinary wider setting provided by its spectacular manicured French gardens.

Nor do we serve up merely one corporate event space, but instead – in effect – five grand reception halls and nine magical suites which, together, lend themselves to the kind of remarkable versatility that you may not have expected from a historic French chateau.

These elements are certainly advantageous in isolation. But no less significant is the role that they are likely to play together in the structure your corporate event can take, and what opportunities you have to woo and cater to the most specific requirements of your attendees.

 

A well-situated corporate event space can make all of the difference

One of the most powerful reasons to hire Château Bouffémont for your organisation’s next corporate event, however, is the simple fact that it is located so close to one of the truly great global capitals – Paris.

Indeed, when enjoying the festivities of your corporate event in our tranquil setting in the heart of the Montmorency Forest, you and your guests will also be a mere 30 kilometres from the centre of the City of Lights – that’s just a 40-minute drive away.

So, not only will you be well-placed to attract residents of Paris and its environs to whom your corporate event may be relevant, but the city’s world-beating restaurants, art galleries, museums and historical sites may also serve as additional attractions enticing otherwise reluctant guests. Such visitors may be interested to read Time Out’s rundown of 50 of the finest Paris attractions right now.

Factors like these are why event planners routinely advise their clients to select a private venue located near a major centre of population.

Another thing to bear in mind is that larger towns and cities tend to incorporate extremely well-developed transport links by their very nature; sure enough, when you opt for Château Bouffémont as your corporate event space, you will be just a 20-minute journey from Charles de Gaulle Airport. This is likely to be a significant convenience for guests seeking to reach your venue from overseas, as well as return home by air once the event has concluded.

 

We are a simply incomparable chateau venue near Paris

Yes, there are other factors to contemplate other than pure location when you are attempting to choose the private venue that will deliver the best results for the event you are planning.

However, when you pick Château Bouffémont as the venue of your corporate event, there is no need to compromise as far as both location and non-location elements are concerned. Instead, you and your attendees can discover a true fairytale venue that will reflect positively on the taste of everyone partaking in the event.  

Contact our corporate events team now, and you will be able to learn more about why a company event held at our magnificent heritage venue could be one that every attendee remembers with affection for many years to come.

The Glorious and Distinctive History of French Chateaux

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A Chateau in France is the singular of chateaux and forms a very special place at the heart of French society and culture.  Originally defensive strongholds, they rapidly came to be anything from medieval keeps, castles and towers to decoratively elegant palaces and manor houses to represent the seats of power of their owners.

 

They can be found all over France but are most numerous in the Loire Valley region in the North West of the country. There are several notable and world-famous chateaux in the country the show the glorious and distinctive history of France, her rulers and her people.

 

The most famous Chateau in France is probably The Palace of Versailles located south west of Paris. A UNESCO world heritage site, Versailles was the principal seat of French rulers for over 100 years form its construction in 1682 to the revolution in 1789.  The vision of Louis XIV, the Sun King, Versailles became famous for its extensive gardens with an intricate network of fountains, canals and geometric flower beds and groves. Versailles became a byword when it hosted the signing of the treaty that officially ended the First World War in 1919 and set the problematic terms for peace.  Now owned by the French state as a museum and galleries, Versailles is the most popular chateau for visitors in the country.

 

The magical and awe-inspiring Chateau de Chenonceau has to be seen to be believed. It spans a bridge over the river Cher in the Loire valley and begins with a medieval Keep at one end and a long angular art gallery on the other that sits atop the bridge.

 

Originally built by the Marques family in the sixteenth century, it is currently owned by the Menier family who owned the famous chocolate brand. Used as a hospital during the First World War, it was bombed by both the Allies and the Axis in the Second World War.  Aside from the beautiful river setting, the chateau also has extensive gardens and an intricate maze to entertain and confuse visitors.

 

Chambord is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley and a unique mix of Renaissance and Medieval architecture and influences that was never formally completed. It was said to have been designed in part by Leonardo Da Vinci and was constructed as a residence by King Francois 1 beginning in 1519. It celebrates its 500th anniversary next year.

 

The links to Leonardo Da Vinci don’t end there. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the art collections of the Louvre and Compiegne museums including the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo were housed here for safe keeping.  They had a close call with an American B-24 Liberator bomber crashed on the lawn in 1944. The chateau has inspired architects and designers all over the world for centuries and many buildings including The Founders Building at the Woolwich College, University of London and Fettes College in Edinburgh take their unique looks from here.

 

The Palace of Fontainebleau is now a national museum but is so much more. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, it was a residence for French rulers from Louis VII to Napoleon III.

 

One of the largest royal chateaux, it was both a medieval royal castle and resplendent palace. Although most closely associated with Versailles, Louis XIV spent more time at Fontainebleau than at any of his other residences. Napoleon 1 loved it and renamed the main courtyard the Courtyard of Honor, a name which it is still known by today. Occupied at various points during the Second World War it later became the headquarters of the Allied Forces of Central Europe until 1966.

 

The art galleries, museums and restored rooms contain priceless artefacts from all over the world as well as hosting magnificent gardens and landscapes for visitors to explore.

 

The Palace of Fontainebleau

Another UNESCO world heritage site and residents of French rulers from Louis VII to Napoleon III. It is now a national museum.    

 

One of the largest royal Chateau’s, it was a medieval royal castle and palace, Most famous for Versailles, Louis XIV spent more time here than any other monarch. Napoleon I loved it and renamed the main courtyard the Courtyard of Honor.  It was occupied at various parts of the Second World War and afterwards served as the headquarters of the allied forces Central Europe under NATO until 1966.

 

The art galleries and museums contain priceless artefacts from the French Republic, royalty and all over the world as well as hosting magnificent gardens and landscapes.

 

Chateau Bouffemont is in good company when it comes to the homes and palaces of the nobility and leading citizens of France. You don’t need to be a King, Princess or an Emperor to experience such luxury and splendour today, just visit the website and see for yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions About Planning an Engagement Party

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Given all of the fuss and headache that typically accompanies the planning of an actual wedding, it’s understandable that for many couples, their engagement party can almost feel like an afterthought in comparison. But with your engagement being one of the most special moments of your life in its own right, here at Château Bouffémont, we think it deserves a similarly special celebration.

So with no further ado, here are answers to some of the questions that are most routinely asked about organising an engagement party – and which you should be thinking carefully about.

 

Is it worth having an engagement party?

A formal celebration of your engagement is by no means mandatory, of course. However, given that it is one of the most important things that will ever happen to you in life, it is well worth at least considering putting on a bash to herald you and your beloved’s step into the next phase of your lives together.

Plus, an engagement party can serve as an excellent opportunity to announce your engagement and toast it in the finest style in a stunning venue, such as our very own Château Bouffémont. Such an event also enables you to catch up with, thank and acknowledge many of the people in your lives who have helped you both to make it this far.  

 

Who is responsible for throwing the engagement party?

While it was once the bride’s parents who customarily threw and hosted the engagement party for the loved-up couple, these days, it can be thrown by pretty much anyone, such as other family members, friends or even the couple themselves.

It’s understandable why the traditional practice has faded – after all, if the bride’s parents are already helping out a lot with the wedding, it may seem rude to ask them to reach back into their pockets to make the engagement party possible, too. For this reason, it is today increasingly common for members of the entire wedding party to assist with the engagement party planning.

 

What’s the difference between an engagement party and a bridal shower?

An engagement party is typically thrown for the whole couple to celebrate the announcement of their engagement, whereas a bridal party is centred specifically on the bride, with guests bringing presents for her. It is not traditional for the groom to turn up to the bridal shower.

On the subject of the bridal shower, the wedding planning website The Knot has a handy checklist for ensuring you don’t overlook a single detail when organising yours.

 

Are guests expected to bring gifts to an engagement party?  

The bridal registry or wedding list – a service provided by a website or retail store to help engaged couples with the communication of their gift preferences to wedding guests – is not such a strong custom for engagement parties. Indeed, it is considered rude to include such a registry or list on an engagement party invite, and you should certainly not expect your guests to bring gifts.

However, given that people do often give gifts to couples as soon as they are engaged, many of your guests may arrive with a small present regardless, such as a decadent dessert or a bottle of wine.

 

What is a suitable venue for an engagement party?

Your choice of venue for an engagement party naturally depends in part on how many people you intend to invite, but also such factors as budget, the ‘vibe’ that you would like your celebration to have, the activities that can be enjoyed at or near the venue, and how easily your invitees can reach the venue.

You might not have thought that a chateau engagement would tick many of the above boxes, but the great news for lovers of traditional French-styled romance is that it is perfectly possible when you make Château Bouffémont near Paris your choice of engagement party venue.

This is why so many people ultimately get in touch with us to enquire about us providing the backdrop for their engagement bash – and we would add that we can be an equally fairytale venue for an intimate destination wedding in France.

For Your Next Birthday, Why Not Stay in an Exquisite French Chateau?

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It’s one thing to mark many happy returns with a well-chosen glass (OK, perhaps make that bottle) of the finest of fine wine, surrounded by your loved ones… and it’s quite another thing to truly go the extra mile with your celebration.

Have you, for instance, considered celebrating your next birthday in the resplendent surroundings of your very own chateau in France?

 

What makes the French chateau experience different?

While Cambridge Dictionary simply defines a chateau as “a large house or castle in France“, there’s no doubt that many of us have much richer and more in-depth associations with the term than this definition implies. The faintest mention of chateau rentals in France tends to conjure up images of spectacular verdant grounds on the outside and the most refined and tasteful decor on the inside.

In other words, we tend to picture a stone-built property like Château Bouffémont, which certainly has impeccable credentials as a French chateau in which to toast your birthday in considerable style.

From its five grand reception halls and nine magical suites, right through to its whole equipped guest kitchen and the full-service team consisting of a chef, butler, housemaid, security guard and concierge, every element of Château Bouffémont exudes sophistication for a suitably sophisticated clientele.

Such elements all befit the building’s extraordinary heritage as an erstwhile residence of the Marquise of Preignes and Baron Empain.

 

Delight in a setting that is all about fun, refinement and elegance

From its earliest days, Château Bouffémont has lent itself beautifully to all manner of prestigious events, such as the ceremonies hosted by its noble former residents. Today, we continue to cement our reputation as a unique and luxurious private venue for almost every kind of special occasion – not only birthdays.

Whether it is your 20th birthday, your 30th, 50th or literally any other key milestone, you could not hope to choose a backdrop that is more guaranteed to impress your friends and family than Château Bouffémont.

Our chateau rentals in Paris entail you and your guests gaining access to the entire 2,000 square metres of our splendid historic property; for a brief time only, you will be lord of the manor and the chateau will be yours.

But it is not only the height of utter opulence that practically defines the Château Bouffémont experience; it is also a definite sense of fun. This is shown by the variety of recreational, leisure and sporting activities that guests of all ages can partake in, encompassing golf, tennis, horse riding, arts and crafts workshops, cooking classes and many more irresistible possibilities.

 

A party never to forget, just a drive away from the City of Lights

Nor have we even touched on the small matter of our property being situated just 30 kilometres from central Paris. That is the perfect proximity, we’re sure you’ll agree when you wish to incorporate the many attractions of the endlessly delightful French capital into the kind of action-packed birthday you are sure to remember for decades to come.

Indeed, the Everyday Parisian website has more than a few excellent ideas for ways to while away the hours in Paris when making a birthday visit.

 

When it comes to birthday chateau rentals in Paris, there can simply be no equal to the infinitely rewarding Château Bouffémont – so why not enquire today about how we can help you to make our noble property your base for your upcoming big bash?