“Even Cinderella didn’t have a chateau like this one!” declared a beaming bride recently about Chateau de Maulmont. It’s easy to see why this chateau really is a magical venue for a wedding…
The chateau is in the countryside in the Auvergne region (the land of volcanoes) and is surrounded by the 22 hectares of parkland, boosting superb views over the Allier Valley.
The venue itself has the perfect layout for weddings, allowing you to organise surprises at every stage of your big day. The ceremony could take place outside or under the pergola with views over the lakes. For the dinner, head towards the beautiful wood panelled banqueting room that can sit up to 70 people. This space is completed by a custom made marquee that can sit an extra 70 people. As for the lovely adjoining bar, it can be used as a dance floor. In addition, the venue has a nursery room, specifically dedicated to children (30 children max.)
On the day after, you can gather your guests by the outdoor pool for a relaxing brunch.
Another plus point: the dynamic and reliable owners have been welcoming weddings for many years and will really go that extra mile to make sure your wedding will be a complete success.
In addition, the estate provides an outstanding sleeping capacity: the chateau can sleep up to 64 guests – in 16 beautiful bedrooms, 3 suites and 2 appartements – plus an extra 6 people in a holiday house within the domain. In total, 70 people can stay on the estate! You’ll also find nearby everything from yurts to B&Bs for the rest of your wedding guests.
Finally the chateau also has a delightful indoor pool and sauna as well as a helipad and a golf driving range.
For all these reasons, we think that Chateau de Maulmont would suit any couple looking at getting married in a majestic, yet cosy, venue.
Things to do in the area: visit Chateau de Randan (which was formerly part of the same royal estate as Chateau de Maulmont) 7km away, discover the nearby spa town of Vichy, explore the gently rolling Bourbonnais mountains (20 minutes away) and don’t miss touring around the spectacular Volcano Park and its 80 volcanoes…
Check some videos of Chateau de Maulmont here:
Photos kindly provided by Drew McDonald Photography
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"Absolutely perfect, 10/10! We chose Chateau de Maulmont as our wedding venue, and we could not recommend enough the chateau, and the hosts Maartje & Ian. The chateau is located in the heart of beautiful Auvergne. Images cannot do the chateau justice, it is absolutely breathtaking, and must be experienced in person. The grounds are filled with flowers and green plants, and everything is really just perfect.
We are from Norway and therefor planning a wedding in France would be very hard for us without all the help from Maartje. She held our hand every step of the way, and was crucial for everything coming together so beautiful as it did.
All the vendors Maartje recommended to us were also fantastic! Food, flowers, music, fireworks, were all top, top class.
We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding weekend so extraordinary!"
Fredrik & Inger-Merethe, Norway, wedding on the 7th Sept 2019
"My husband and I got married at Chateau de Maulmont this summer. It was entirely magical. Ian and Maartje are exceptional hosts. They were so flexible and accommodating. Everything was five star, in fact, my guests are still talking about it ! As it was a destination wedding for us, Maartje was extremely helpful with the organizing. She in fact did the work of a wedding planner ! I am forever grateful and would recommend this venue to anyone interested in a fairytale wedding ! Thank you again !!!"
Kaltrina & Ron - Wedding on the 10th August 2019
"Château de Maulmont is truly spectacular. When we first visited in August 2018 we both fell in love with the building and it's surrounding area. We were met by Maartje who was so welcoming and once we decided to book the chateau for our wedding the following year, she was helpful in so many ways and very organised. We live in Dubai but are from the UK so planning a wedding in France could be very difficult but Maartje made it seamless, she even attended our food tasting to help translate.
Our wedding weekend was incredible. Both Maartje and Ian were around the whole time for anything we needed. All our guests were awestruck by the beauty of the chateau. Each room is beautifully decorated, spacious and with a modern bathroom. The facilities the chateau has make it perfect for a weekend wedding, without planning anything for days either side of the weddng day our guests were entertained with 2 pools, walks around the grounds, table tennis and plenty of food which the caterers provided. All the recommendations that Maartje gave were fantastic from the string quartet, the DJ who was happy to keep playing until the early hours of the morning, the coach company from the airport and especially the caterers. Every meal was delicious.
I cannot speak highly enough of Chateau de Maulmont and how fantastic Maartje and Ian are. If you are thinking of a wedding in France I could not think of a better place to get married."
Katie & Damian - Wedding on the 3rd August 2019
"Thank you so much for our amazing day ! Everything was perfect. You were there for us every step of the way. We had a fantastic week-end."
Stéphanie & Alexandre
"Very special place and lovely people. They helped make our daughter's wedding very unique. Thanks Maartje and Ian. Geoff & Lisa (parents of the bride)."
"Thank you so much for everything! Our wedding day was amazing and the whole weekend was fantastic. We can't thank you enough !All our love."
Jenny, Marc and Marli
"We had our wedding here and everything was absolutely wonderful. The staff was so welcoming and accommodating, one couldn't ask for more. The entire facility was very clean and tidy. But of course the best part was just how magnificent the castle was. I would definitely recommend it without thinking twice."
"Mon mariage a été décrit comme "féérique"! C'est bien grâce à cette venue: ce château impressionnant. Ca valait le coup, nos familles ont passé un moment incroyable et nous en garderont des souvenirs pour très longtemps, ils en parlent encore! Maartje a été formidable, organiser ce mariage depuis l'Irlande n'a pas été très facile, elle m'a beacoup assistée dans l'organisation, les jours précédents et le jour-même. Merci mille fois Maartje!"
Linda & John, Ireland
"A unique experience! Our daughter got married in this marvellous château, a real modern fairytale. Quality at all levels: hospitality, services, gastronomy, environment, childcare by a professional whose pedagogical skills are exceptional. Maartje and her husband are at the top of their game in managing this fabulous château. To be recommended to all your friends. Success Maartje and thanks for everything."
Amélie & Julien
"This place is so special, and not just because we had our wedding here. The owners are absolutely wonderful! I'm so thankful that they have kept such great care of this place and shared this enchanting castle with us. Not only is this place so magical (and you should ask them about their King's room, I'm talking about their historical room, very cool!), but so is their food! We had guests eat at Paul Bocuse's Michelin Three Star restaurant in Lyon the night before, and said that the food at Maulmont was better! In fact, by the time we were done with our wedding pictures, we barely had much left to eat beacuse the guests loved the food so much! But what we did have was also incredibly delicious!
The owners are very gracious, and we are super thankful for this! But they are also very practical and flexible! I honestly don't know what I would have done without their help! They really made my whole wedding planning and the wedding weekend experience a breeze for us...and for all my family and friends! Since a large portion of our guests had to travel from other countries, we really wanted to make this an experience tehy would never forget!....and when people are thanking you for having been a part of your wedding, you know something went right :)
I would absolutely do my wedding there again! I'd throw another murder mystery party there again! I'd come back to vacation there again!"
Lisa & Antoine