about chateau bee

Showcasing only the very best wedding venues across France

Fast track the search to find your perfect French wedding venue by heading straight to the ChateauBeeSelection.com showcasing only the very best wedding venues in France. The duo behind the brand are Ingrid and James, intrepid travellers and lovers of all things French.

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Our service is honest and impartial. We also guarantee you the lowest venue price with nothing added on top.

Meet the Chateau Bees

James and Ingrid Colmer, an Anglo-French couple from Guernsey, appreciate that finding a wedding venue abroad can be daunting. After all, they’ve been through the process themselves – they tied the knot back in 2013 in a majestic French chateau in Brittany. They’ve since become experts in chateau weddings and launched Chateau Bee 7 years ago to help couples looking for chic coastal castles or off-the-beaten-track treasures that you won’t find on the main portals.

Over the last 7 years, Ingrid and James have carefully curated their exclusive collection of chateaux to suit different budgets. They’ve done it by criss-crossing France, hunting out venues that offer something inimitable and sifting the extraordinary from the ordinary.

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“Ingrid and James are a discerning duo so only chateaux with soul, personality, and that all-important wow factor make the cut. Therefore, they’ve created a readymade shortlist for timeshort couples to peruse.”

Ingrid Chateau Bee

Ingrid is half French, half Mexican and is qualified both in law and linguistics. Before meeting her husband James in Guernsey, she travelled the world working for the Alliance Francaise.

Following her own wedding in Brittany she developed a passion for weddings. She studied with the Uk Academy of Wedding Planning and Styling and worked for a few years as wedding planner. After the birth of her son, she decided to stop the wedding planning but continued helping couples from all over the world find their perfect French venue.

Besides her passion for weddings, she loves tree cabins, sourcing vintage teapots, and learning languages!

James Chateau Bee

James is a professional graphic designer with over 25 years of experience in the advertising industry. He coordinates the design and marketing of the Chateau Bee Selection.

When James is not hunting down stunning wedding venues in France, he’s painting them! He loves getting lost in a canvas, especially landscape art and you can view his lovely artwork here.

He has a passion for France, art, surfing, and creating culinary delights.

Steph long france
Client Manager

Steph loves to use her creativity, knowledge and passion for France to inspire others. She is also co-owner of @Cotedazurjetaime, long-time francophile and avid lover of French patisseries. 

Matt Chateau Bee
SEO Expert

Matt has over 15 years experience in website design, online marketing, branding and consultancy. His fab web skills make sure The Chateau Bee is showcased to the very best. He is also a keen surfer.

Social Media Guru

With a passion for all things social media Jasmine curates compelling digital stories that resonate. Beyond the screen, Jasmin is constantly drawn to in the charm of Provence and hunting down that perfect glass of rosé.

Maya Chateau Bee
Queen Bee

She spends much time sleeping, eating, preening and planning world domination.

Discover James and Ingrid’s own French wedding adventure…

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