The Setting

Château de la Ruche is a magical 18th century petit château set in 15 acres of secluded, private parkland and woodland near Le Mans in the Pays de la Loire region of France. It provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxed but truly beautiful wedding. The Château is an easy four hour drive from Calais, two hours from Paris or Nantes airports or an hour from Tours Airport.

The Vibe

With your love story at its heart your wedding at Château de la Ruche will be completely bespoke and utterly unique. From the moment you sweep up their tree-lined driveway they want you to feel relaxed. Their weddings are all about enjoyment, they love to make their guests feel spoilt but stuffy formality isn’t their style – so expect luxurious with a down-to-earth edge.

Château de la Ruche specialise in elopements and small weddings of up to 30 people (because their château is petit). Their two-night wedding package allows you to create a beautiful and relaxed few days for your family and close friends – or for just the two of you. Imagine a laid-back country house weekend with a truly beautiful wedding in the midst of it all.

With the château grounds, meadows and woodland to choose from, there are plenty of places for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Get married on the château steps, on one of the sweeping lawns, or in one of their ancient avenues of trees. Celebrate your marriage with a long, laid-back lunch in the sunshine, made with local and home-grown produce and washed down with beautiful local Loire Valley wines. In cooler weather, you can sit down to dinner in their beautiful salon with candles everywhere and the fire roaring in the grate.

Dance the night away under the stars or feast until midnight. They’ll help you to celebrate in style, creating a reception that suits you and your guests so that you can spend quality time together in a way that you love.