Thank you for making our wedding day so amazing. All of our guests were so happy with their stay at the chateau. Your staff also were ever so welcoming and showed great hospitality. Given we had not visited the chateau We were a little nervous that maybe it wasn’t going to be everything that we had hoped for but as it turned out it was better than we ever could have dreamed. We are currently waiting for our professional photos to be edited. We would love to share these with you when they arrive in the next month or so Kind Regards Victoria and Garreth
Saturday, 01 October 2016
I originally found Chateau Challain two years before my husband and I were married on a Google search, but knew immediately that when it was time, it was where I wanted to have my wedding day. It certainly did not disappoint ;) Cynthia is fantastic about responding to your emails and getting back with answers to any questions or requests you have, and the day we arrived, she warmly welcomed us into her home and personally showed us to our room. The entire castle was opulently and beautifully decorated! Every corner was gorgeous, and the architecture was breathtaking. As jet-lagged as I was from my flight, seeing the castle and its grounds somehow gave me new energy to run around shortly after we arrived, to snap photos of everything :) :) Our wedding day was so relaxed, and Cynthia and her staff are incredibly efficient, accommodating, they take great care of you and everyone is SO nice! I also highly recommend choosing the photographer and videographer she recommends to you (We had Janis Ratnieks for our photos and Alexander Znaharchuk for our video)-our photos and videos are excellent quality, and I'm constantly getting compliments on how well done they are. All in all, I have loved everything about this place. Our wedding day was magical, the food was superb, the property is so beautiful, and they have a wonderful staff. My husband and I are already trying to find reasons to go back to the castle :) (Anniversaries? Birthdays? Something!) Chateau Challain is a fairytale that is real. I can't say enough good things!
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Dearest Cynthia, We are so late in writing this review but wanted you to know how grateful we are that we decided to have our wedding at the Château de Challain! You were so phenomenal in making our big day happen. We cannot thank you enough for everything. It was amazing! The food was delicious and the presentation was gorgeous. It meant the world to us to have everything vegetarian and it did not disappoint. The photographer and videographer both were perfect. The photographs are something we will cherish forever. Oh, and you were right, we HAD to do the video-good call! The DJ did a great job of making sure our favourite songs were played, even on short notice and we loved that he was able to incorporate our requests into the play list. Even the flowers were beautiful and the décor was lovely. The idea of the wine sommelier for the rehearsal dinner was great! We had so much fun and the food and wine pairings were delightful - we are still talking about the delicious vegetarian lasagne to this day... Thank you also for being so incredibly helpful with all of our guests, travel plans, last minute requests and for making sure it all went off without a hitch. We loved the experience of staying at the château and cannot wait to book an anniversary visit. The Château exceeded our every expectation. We can't recommend this place enough - truly the best day of our lives. Thank you so so so so much Cynthia! You really did make our dreams come true.
Sunday, 03 January 2016
Hi Cynthia, just a quick note to tell you how much I adore Chateau de Challain. I have visited it twice with my husband, and it is literally one of my favorite places on earth. I reviewed it on Trip Advisor after our first visit, and our second visit was so fabulous, once again, I knew it was no fluke. The amount of work you have put into the chateau is truly inspirational. I would love to hear your entire story, ie, how you got the idea, and how you went about taking on such a daunting challenge. Anyway, like I said, I just wanted to let you know how much we love what you've done, and are so grateful you did it. We've tried staying at other chateaus, but there is literally nothing like Challain. Between your taste in decor and the staff you've hired, you've created a sublime experience. Out visits are a special memory we will treasure forever. Of course we want to go back! Which we will, once circumstances allow. Thank you again, your work has blessed so many (including us!) Also we aabsolutely loved Zeus ;) Madellaine Paxson
Monday, 29 December 2014
After arriving late we were met by the staff of the Chateau, we were quickly shown our rooms and even at this late hour 21:45 they managed to serve us with a delightful meal. Followed by a stunning breakfast in the morning on the veranda. Best B and B in France. Many thanks to all at the Chateau de Challain.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Dear Cynthia, We want to thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness. You are a wonderful and lovely person and we feel lucky to have met you. Your Chateau is absolutely incredible and amazing, such a luxury, beautiful place, we felt like being in a fairytale or a dream. Since we left , we can't stop talking about our stay in the chateau and about you, it was really the highlight of our trip. We came to celebrate our 25 years of marriage and we couldn't ask for a better place for that. It was perfect! Something to remember forever . We also want to thank you for the special experience we had with the photographer who made us such beautiful photos as a keepsake. We felt like getting married all over again. We promised ourselves to come back one day with our kids. Dear Cynthia , keep on fulfilling people's dreams and making them happy,you and your chateau will always have a special place in our heart! p.s. let us know if you'll ever come to Israel. You are most welcome! With our best regards, Iris and itsik from Israel.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Cynthia Just a quick note to thank you for a most enjoyable and memorable stay last week for our silver wedding anniversary. I am not sure whether you know but the following day (7th), an article appeared in the British tabloid press profiling your chateau which my mother texted me about: http******dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2385914/French-chateau-breaks-A-luxury-weekend-Chateau-Challagne-Anjou***l I spoke to Rachel this morning because John realised this weekend that he had left his wrist watch and pocket torch in our room which Rachel said she had found after we had left. I am posting a small jiffy bag, pre-stamped, to you so that you can return these items to us with ease. Sorry for the inconvenience! We are still awaiting the photos from M Christophe and will forward one once they have arrived. Thank you once again Kind regards Alexandra Punter
Monday, 12 August 2013
Hello Cynthia, The Chateau and its grounds are impressive, the dinning lounge suits a King, the meal is also very nice and best of all is the Toile de Joile Suite which is gorgeous. To sum up the stay was memorable and my Husband really appreciates the whole thing. Very best, Christine
Tuesday, 04 September 2012
Hi Cynthia, We visited your castle on the 26th of January and found is fantastic. Sorry, took so long to get back to you, we have been quite tied up with University work. Our budget is tight so we are thinking to do several thins ourselves. We are looking at a maximum of 100 peoples from the states, france and the UK. The things that we would like to take care ourselves are: catering, all stationary, photography, floral, DJ, and all decorating. We would source all this ourselves and setup the majority of it. The things we would like help with: finding a paster, having help for some setting up on the day, hairdresser, and the bride would like to ride in on a horse. The time we are thinking is a saturday in July 2013. We would possibly want an earlier checkin the day before for setting up purposes. We also agree that it would be very beneficial to discuss things over Skype. If you could tell us what would be a good day and time for you, we will make sure to be available. Our biggest concern is about budget. We are attempting to manage a simple event but that also meets our personalities. So we would really appreciate frequent updates on our budget situation on your side. The castle is exactly what we were imagining on our special day. Best regards, Guillaume and Amber.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Hey Cynthia - We had a WONDERFUL time! The chateau is truly beautiful - a really unique experience. All of the rooms were gorgeous - we stayed in the Romance Suite and were particularly impressed with the bathroom. We enjoyed meeting Zeus and Fabian was a wonderful host and chef (we ate in-house both nights). We're anxious to go back - we had spent the past few days touring the Loire chateaux when we arrive at Challain and really felt like we should have skipped them all and just spent the extra time there. Thanks for making such an amazing place to visit - hopefully we'll be back soon and get to meet you next time! Best, Dan Hey Cynthia - We had a WONDERFUL time! The chateau is truly beautiful - a really unique experience. All of the rooms were gorgeous - we stayed in the Romance Suite and were particularly impressed with the bathroom. We enjoyed meeting Zeus and Fabian was a wonderful host and chef (we ate in-house both nights). We're anxious to go back - we had spent the past few days touring the Loire chateaux when we arrive at Challain and really felt like we should have skipped them all and just spent the extra time there. Thanks for making such an amazing place to visit - hopefully we'll be back soon and get to meet you next time! Best, Dan Hey Cynthia - We had a WONDERFUL time! The chateau is truly beautiful - a really unique experience. All of the rooms were gorgeous - we stayed in the Romance Suite and were particularly impressed with the bathroom. We enjoyed meeting Zeus and Fabian was a wonderful host and chef (we ate in-house both nights). We're anxious to go back - we had spent the past few days touring the Loire chateaux when we arrive at Challain and really felt like we should have skipped them all and just spent the extra time there. Thanks for making such an amazing place to visit - hopefully we'll be back soon and get to meet you next time! Best, Dan
Friday, 13 January 2012