Château de Siradan, where old-world charm meets modern luxury
Text: Kiera Cotten | Photos: Noelia Santana And Kiera Cotten
Nestled at the foothills of the breathtaking Hautes-Pyrénées, is the lovingly restored Château de Siradan. In the centre of the small village of Siradan in the south-west of France, an hour from Toulouse, this 17th-century chateau embodies the heart and soul of traditional French living. The six acres of private estate, adorned with ancient trees, provide a stunning backdrop for weddings, private events and all-inclusive chateau hosted retreats.
Built in 1680, the chateau was passed down through generations of the same noble family until French-American couple Jean-Olivier and Nikki Lesponne purchased it in September 2017 with the goal of “sharing the art of French living” with their clients. They spent the next two years meticulously renovating their 1,000-square-metre castle. The couple has made every effort to preserve the essence of the home’s historical beauty with its original floors and marble mantels, as well as sourcing antique furniture, clawfoot bathtubs, chandeliers and mirrors throughout Europe. They created 16 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, added a commercial-grade kitchen, on-site bar, heated swimming pool, spa and many other exquisite details. The result is a successful mix between the splendour of the past and the comforts of the 21st century, while maintaining the welcoming feeling of a family home shared for many centuries.
A fairy-tale wedding destination
Picture saying “I do” in an intimate ceremony amidst the romantic panorama of the grandiose Pyrenees mountains. You can celebrate your special day with your closest friends and family at this fairy-tale wedding destination surrounded by magnificent beauty in an unpretentious and relaxed environment.
Jean-Olivier and Nikki appreciate that every couple and each wedding are unique and offer full-service bespoke planning with a team of multilingual experience curators to make your wedding dreams a reality. Château de Siradan’s team of chefs handpick only the best local products to create elegant, classic French fare throughout your wedding weekend. “Our wedding menu consists of a rotating variety of regional favourites designed to delight even the most discerning palate,” Nikki explains. The pâtissier will work with you to create a delicious wedding cake and the florist will produce arrangements that are the perfect complement. Add style and sophistication with additional options such as personalised invitations, custom-labelled wines, photography packages and much more. Your dedicated wedding planner will be there every step of the way to ensure that your day is entirely focused on saying “I do”.
A wedding at the chateau gives the bride and groom exclusive use of all interior and exterior spaces. This includes bedrooms for 36 guests (with plenty of local accommodations for extra guests available in the surrounding villages), the grand salon, dining room, bar and an 80-square-metre reception hall where 100 guests can dance the night away to complete that magical day.
Unique, all-inclusive retreats
Château de Siradan’s all-inclusive retreats are a great way to experience the pleasures of this French ‘paradis’. You can spend a week connecting with your girlfriends, romancing your love or even cruising with your cycling buddies through curated stays. Jean-Olivier and Nikki have designed a variety of special outings for guests to explore the region while leaving plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate.
All retreats are unique but can include: a tour of Toulouse (la ville rose); a day in the medieval fortified village of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site; a trip to the elegant seaside town of Biarritz on France’s Basque coast; a journey to Spain’s Val d’Aran for tapas; or a trip to the local market to pick up some fresh ingredients followed by a chef-led French cooking lesson in the chateau’s commercial kitchen. Most evenings start with an ‘apéritif’ and wine tasting from a different region of France, and end with a gourmet dinner expertly prepared by the chef. All retreats conclude with the Chateau’s exclusive Soirée Blanche – a traditional French feast where everyone wears white and indulges in scrumptious fare and fun to end the fabulous week.
The Lesponnes have succeeded in turning Château de Siradan into a haven of luxury and elegance in an authentic environment where guests can truly “share the art of French living”.
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