Meet the Bees

Buzzing wedding venues in France

Here at the Chateau Bee Selection we showcase only the very best wedding venues in France.

We have personally visited hundreds of wedding venues all across France and only choose the “crème de la crème” for our Selection. This way all you have to worry about is which place you love most!


“It’s like The Michelin Guide of wedding venues in France”


Our free service includes:

• Free venue search
• Free advice on getting married in France
• Free liaison between you and the venue in English
• Free sourcing of recommended French wedding suppliers

Our service is free, honest and impartial. We will liaise between you and the venue owner so there are no language issues. We also help you source, where necessary, the best suppliers, including caterers, dj’s and English speaking wedding planners throughout France. We also guarantee you the lowest venue price with nothing added on top.

So if you have a question about any aspect of getting married in France or a specific wedding venue we look forward to hearing from you.


Contact us


Meet the Chateau Bees

Meet husband and wife duo, James and Ingrid, intrepid chateau hunters! They seek out amazing French venues throughout France, leaving no stone unturned. The very best locations they have collected are here for you.

You’ll find on here not just the “crème de la crème” of French chateaux but also fabulous hotels, villas, entire villages to rent and even glamping sites!


“Only the best venues make it into the Selection, so all you have to worry about is which place best suits you”


Ingrid and James Chateau Bee

The Chateau Bee Story

It all started back in 2013, when French and English couple Ingrid and James were venue hunting for their own wedding in France. They started searching round Ingrid’s home region of Brittany and were soon blown away with how many amazing wedding venues there were, within easy reach from the UK.

It soon became clear that these venues were hard to find online for English speaking couples. Other online venue directories just showed hundreds of venues, without any quality control. Because of this, it was tricky to tell the average venues from the true gems, without visiting all the venues in person.

After their magical wedding near Quimper, Ingrid and James set themselves a mission: to travel all across France seeking out the very best wedding venues. Along the way they became French wedding planners for a few years, which has helped them truly understand what makes a perfect wedding venue.

They set high criteria that each venue had to meet to be in included in the Selection.

They had some fabulous adventures, met lots of lovely venue owners and gave the best locations the Chateau Bee seal of approval. Ingrid and James then started showcasing them online for other couples to find, for free!

Ingrid and James are still on the hunt across France to find exceptional French wedding venues and expand their Selection regularly. They remain independent and impartial, offering reassuring advice for couples wanting to get married in France.

Bonne chance in your search and vive la France!


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!


UK Academy of Wedding and Event Planning


James Chateau Bee



James is a professional graphic designer who has been working for more than 20 years in advertising. He coordinates the design and marketing work ; As an illustrator, he also produces superb bespoke stationery. You can see examples of James superb wedding invitations here.

He loves France, art, surfing and creating culinary delights.


Matt Chateau Bee



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.


Maya the cat



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


Discover James and Ingrid’s own French wedding adventure…



Free venue search

Free venue search