Chateau Riveneuve du Bosc is located just 35 minutes south of Toulouse in Southwestern France; 3km from the typically French town of Pamiers. The Castle of Riveneuve du Bosc is a 17th-century manor, surrounded by a 2.5 hectare park with old trees and a private swimming pool, accommodating 30 people in 14 bedrooms. We hired the chateau for five days early September to host our wedding for immediate family and friends. I didn’t want an extravagant wedding venue but somewhere we could relax in an informal setting, have fun and hold a ceremony.
Chateau Riveneuve du Bosc far exceeded our expectations; an elegant and charming castle where we created truly magical memories. We filmed our guests as they arrived to gasps of amazement and squeals of excitement.
From the sweeping driveway to the large front gates, quintessentially French wooden shutters and the picturesque courtyard, Chateau Riveneuve du Bosc is visually stunning and really quite an impressive wedding venue.
Standing at the front door you can see right through to the swimming pool in the back garden – an entrance way that reminds me of Game of Thrones. The chateau feels lived in and it is this that made it so comfortable for the kids to run around, explore the magnificent grounds and do as they wish. Downstairs there is a small kitchen adjacent to a traditional dining hall filled with candelabras and complete dining sets. To the left of the entrance hall sits the formal sitting room, reminiscent of Downton Abbey. A piano in the corner, books piled high on the walls, ornate detailing, luxurious fabrics and grandeur furnishings made this room fit for a princess. We also used this room for wedding portraits!
The house has three floors with 14 spacious bedrooms, all tastefully decorated and named with the charm of the romantic era. The floral wallpaper, white mannequin dressed in a pretty lace and the adorable vintage style desk made this my favourite bedroom; the epitome of French shabby chic. We stayed in the stylishly furnished master bedroom, located on the third floor with a view of the front courtyard. It was particularly spacious with a delightful seating area, a wonderful large fireplace, a canopy over the bed and more storage than I needed. Attached to the house is this beautiful cool and airy stone-brick reception hall that we used for our wedding dinner and dancing. It can sit up to 150 people, ideal for a party or wedding celebration, and the doors open out to the front courtyard. Just above the hall is a mezzanine level with a chill out area and extra beds. This was the perfect place for the guys to relax and enjoy a few drinks the evening before our wedding. A canopy provides a welcome shaded area in the courtyard and this is where we held our ceremony. The chateau is full of hidden rooms where you will find tables, chairs, candle holders, vases, linen and everything that you could possibly need to host a party. The chateau includes an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ, ping-pong, table football, board games, children’s games, ‘pétanque’ and a library. We made great use of the swimming pool with the children jumping in and out all day.
As we rented the chateau we had to organise and coordinate the whole wedding, from booking a Pastor to the Chef and Photographer and even setting up on the day. We didn’t mind this as I had full control on what vendors to book but for some it could definitely be far too much work, especially with setting up the ceremony and tidying up the following day!
We left Chateau Riveneuve du Bosc with happy hearts – it felt like our ‘wedding’ home with big family feasts at the table, splashing about in the pool and BBQ’s on the lawn. The perfect place to host our wedding.
A little history…
The property was formerly the owner of the Baron d’Ornolac and was extended and decorated by Jules de Lahondès painter, student of Joseph Latour, and historien and archaeologist. Jules de Lahondès painted the murals that decorate the main lounge on his return from a visit to Rome and Venice.
He ordered the sculpture of his coat of arms on the chimney-breast for the mairiage of his son Joseph with the Marquise d’Exea. He also painted his dog Linda in front of the chateau and the hollyhocks from his garden.