Category Archives: Exclusive Stay

Let’s Talk Weddings: SacreBleu & Château Bouffémont

 

Each week during lockdown our General Manager, Sarp Gogebakan, has been live on Instagram for Let’s Talk Weddings – a series of interviews with Château de Bouffémont vendors offering inspiration and useful tips on weddings and events. This is the final episode of the series as lockdown restrictions have been almost entirely lifted in France, but don’t worry we will be back soon with some great new concepts, as activities at the château gradually pick up!

 

Last week, for our final interview, we spoke to Stéphanie Boutet-Fajol the founder of SacreBleu, a Paris-based travel agency specialized in personal assistance and unique experiences in Paris and the surrounding area.

 

 

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5 Steps To Planning The Perfect Family Reunion Vacation

 

A family reunion means a lot of different things. For some people it might be three generations of siblings, their parents and their kids all in one place once a year. For others it might be once-a-decade meeting of their uncles, cousins and more. A destination reunion still requires plenty of planning, though. Are you planning a reunion for your family? Then here are a few tips to help your reunion be one you’ll cherish the memories of for years to come.

 

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5 Best Historical Paris Landmarks You Absolutely Must See

A trip to the City of Lights will never be solely about immersing oneself in the artistic treasures of the Louvre, marvelling at the intricate Gothic detailing or flying buttresses of Notre-Dame Cathedral, or even revelling in sumptuous interiors during your downtimes in the prestigious chateau.

 

That’s because, with its distinguished history stretching back to the third century BC, as well as the ease with which it can be explored on foot, Paris will always serve up fresh and undiscovered delights to the sufficiently curious visitor.

 

In many different districts, some of the monuments are massive and others are humble, but they are all part of Paris’s and France’s history. Here, then, are the selection of the best of the unsung Parisian landmarks that are well worth incorporating into your itinerary during your time in this incomparable art, historical and fashion capital.   

 

 

 

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The Château Bouffémont Vlog: Decorate for Christmas with Château Bouffémont 

 

The Château Bouffémont Vlog N° 008: Christmas Decorating Ideas with Laura Le Cam and Madame de la Maison

 

Our monthly Vlog series offers an invaluable peek behind the curtain at the Château Bouffémont to let you see how the magic really happens. The festive holiday is just around the corner – those unforgettable moments spent with our family and closest friends. That’s why this month in our private château for rent near Paris, exclusively for the Château Bouffémont Vlog, we’re talking all about Christmas decorating. Our General Manager Sarp enlists the help of florist Laura Le Cam, and Madame de le Maison providing vintage tableware, to show you just how to decorate your home for Christmas.

 

 

We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide for you to create your own floral Christmas centrepiece, along with ideas for setting your table and a few bonus tips for decorating your Christmas tree.

 

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The World of Château Bouffémont: Thanksgiving Day at Château Bouffémont

 

Autumn is ending and long nights are drawing into winter; the trees in the Montmorency forest are almost bare and all is peaceful along the leaf-lined forest paths. We’re entering a time of quietude and reflection, the necessary dormancy for nature to regenerate in time for spring – but within the cosy rooms of Château Bouffémont, the glittering festivities are just beginning.

 

 

Thanksgiving is here, a celebratory and joyful day of bonding with loved ones, on which we enjoy plentiful food symbolising a good harvest and a warm table. From North America to Japan, Germany to the Netherlands, days of thanks are celebrated in many different countries – each formed with their roots in the celebration of a good harvest. But what they all share is a focus on loved ones coming together to bond over thoughtfully prepared meals: on this day, they share gratitude for each another and the food they’re enjoying together. And what better setting for joyful celebration than our royal château near Paris?

 

 

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

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.

The 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 your 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 the 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.  

The Factors That Should Guide Your Choice of Family Reunion Venue

 

 

 

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 this historic stone-built property’s surroundings may seem to be the epitome of a rural idyll – or the Montmorency Forest, to be exact – it is 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 the fairytale venue for your get-together, however. This 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Planning an Engagement Party

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, 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 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.