Château St Julien Est. 2000

2 Rue du Château, 86800 Saint-Julien-l'Ars, France

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The peace and serenity of the chateau can be felt the moment you pass through the chateau gate.
The Chateau is nestled within a landscaped, walled estate in the village of St. Julien l'Ars just south of the Loire Valley near the ancient city of Poitiers. It offers the romance of a historic castle with the comfortable informality and spirit of a home.
The Lowdown
Type
Castle / Château / Manor
Views
Forest
Garden
Historical Monument
Landscaped Grounds
Park
Style
Classic
Elegant
French
Romantic
Shabby Chic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
Holiday Party
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

The Chateau is nestled within a landscaped, walled estate in the village of St. Julien l'Ars just south of the Loire Valley near the ancient city of Poitiers. It offers the romance of a historic castle with the comfortable informality and spirit of a home.

The peace and serenity of the chateau can be felt the moment you pass through the chateau gate, beneath the 100 ft. Gothic spire of the village church and into the castle courtyard. Sited at the crossroads of two Roman roads where a small Gallo-Roman fort once stood, portions of the existing chateau have been standing for almost a thousand years. In 963 the land was given in fief to the de Cleret family who built a medieval keep (tower) and expanded it repeatedly over the course of almost 700 years.

In the 19th century the entire property was transformed when the de Beauchamp family relocated the barns and stables out of sight of the chateau and remade the landscape with a new entry courtyard, sweeping vista to the South, long double Allee of plane trees and the planting of thousands of new trees.

For 40 years in the late 20th century the property was completely closed to the outside world when it became a Benedictine monastery.

The oldest part of the chateau, the 12th century medieval tower with its distinctive spiral staircase, was enlarged substantially during the Renaissance, and again in the mid-nineteenth century by the Count de Beauchamp who incorporated the styles of the earlier eras into a harmonious whole.

Among the chateau curiosities are a group of 7th century Merovingian sarcophagi, which were unearthed on the property during reconstruction of the village church. They hark back to the age when the Merovingian king, Charles Martel, the grandfather of Charlemagne, beat the Moorish army at the 732 Battle of Poitiers and halted the Muslim advance into central Europe.

The French king, Jon le Bon (Jean II), reputedly stayed in the chateau the night before he was captured by the English "Black Prince" in the 1356 Battle of Poitiers in nearby Nouaillé-Maupertuis. The room, which was splendidly tarted up by Count Robert de Beauchamp in the 19th century, is now a honeymoon suite

Following purchase of the chateau 1867, Count Robert de Beauchamp and his family immediately embarked upon an ambitious construction and landscaping program that dramatically changed every aspect of the buildings and the property. At the same time, as major patrons, they exerted significant influence over the design and construction of the new village church, an imposing Neo-gothic structure built to replace the small Romanesque building by the chateau gate. Tragically, after so much effort the family was decimated first by the loss of Robert's daughter-in-law, Valerie, in the famous Charity Bazaar fire in Paris of 1897 and then during WW I when her husband, Francois, and their three sons were all killed. All are buried in the de Beauchamp Mausoleum outside the chateau gate.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Other Options
10 Beds can be added where indicated on the Floor Plans

  1. 3 nights: 100€ per bed per stay
    4-7 nights:130€ per bed per stay
    2 cots and 2 high chairs are available & included
Heating: Depending on the weather, the heating could be needed
  1. Chateau: 170€ per day heated  = 5€ per person if 34 guests
    Reception Hall: 100€
    Cottage: 40€ per day heated 
Electricity, water, bedlinen & towels included.
You can choose all your suppliers and bring your own alcohol.
No taxes
No corkage fee, no hidden fees!

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
400
Standing
400
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2000
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
The chateau has 16 guest rooms in a variety of sizes and configurations. The beautifully remodeled rooms and suites, all feature private baths and some suites can sleep up to 7. Many have marble fireplaces, and some feature cozy sitting rooms and even turrets. The chateau is normally set with beds to accommodate a maximum of 34 guests. 10 extra full-sized single beds can be added as indicated on the Floor Plans
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

Tiphaine de Rieux the manager is as well wedding planner. All brides & Groom are always enchanted by her services!

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
Extra Perks:
Dining
The chateau seats up to 50 for dinners and receptions in the dining salon and up to 150 on the terrace. The detached banqueting hall seats up to 200.

Tables and Chairs
The chateau provides tables and chairs as described below. If desired, other styles and covers are readily available through local rental agencies.
  1. Chateau: Rectangular 8-person wooden tables w/wooden chairs for seating up to 50.
    Terrace: Metal outdoor chairs and small round tables for seating up to 46.
    Banquet Hall: 16 Round 8/9-person tables and basic white plastic chairs for up to 200. 3 rectangular tables for buffet are included with the Hall rental.
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