Your Own Romantic Castle Wedding: Château de Moh

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While you may think castles are only for royalty and Disney princesses, you may be surprised to learn that you too can be married in one.

With COVID-19 restrictions easing as people worldwide are getting vaccinated, the dream of a destination wedding is in reach. Château de Moh in Candes-Saint-Martin in the Loire Valley in France is three hours from Paris by car. The restored 15th century castle sits at the top of the medieval village and overlooks the confluence of the Vienne and Loire Rivers.

Said to be one of the most beautiful villages in France, Candes-Saint-Martin is one of the oldest Gallo-Roman villages in the Loire Valley. Small, steep cobbled streets lead you to ancient places not to be missed. In fact, many of the village’s buildings are classified as historic monuments.

The former summer residence of the Bishops of Tours, Château de Moh sat abandoned for many years. In 1970, the Katchatouroff family, headed by a Parisian-Russian industrialist, purchased the property. The youngest son of the family, Francis, a talented ceramic artist, found inspiration in the area and took up residence. After his parents passed way, he took over maintaining the property.

In 2006, veteran French hoteliers Monique and Didier Pignet discovered the castle while on a trip to the Loire Valley. Captivated by its history and charm, the couple purchased the property in 2009 and embarked on a seven-year restoration and renovation that involved more than 100 local artisans and workers. Today, Katchatouroff runs the property.

Completed in 2016, the castle boasts eight suites, a tower (Tour D’Aubigny) with two private suites, buildings for one-of-a-kind private dining experiences, a pool house and luxe spa, a large wooded park and various apartments, houses and suites adjacent to the castle and in the village.

The chateau offers a variety of private services, including a private tour, massages and spa treatments, cooking classes, yoga sessions and wine tasting. Imagine having high tea or nibbling on charcuterie while enjoying wonderful wines. The experiences you give your guests are totally up to you.

You and your guests can venture off property to enjoy golf, horseback riding, fishing, biking, sightseeing, shopping, historic visits, fine dining, musical festivals, brocantes [flea markets/antique markets], jousting at castles, son et luminairè shows and of course, wine tastings.

In Candes-Saint-Martin, you can discover an ancient church, see jewelry and pottery being made or take a wine tasting or dinner down the Loire River on one of the river boats. Discover the work of well-known artist Jacques Halbert (he is known for his paintings of cherries) and meet perfume maker Nicolas de Barry, who can personalize a scent for you, create a historic dinner with scents and more.

Right next door is the village of Montsoreau, where you will find a modern art show at the brocante on the second Sunday of the month, as well as bakeries, bars and restaurants.

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