Château Belle Vie has always been about the good life. It was built in the 1860s by a wealthy family as a home where they could entertain in grand style. Not surprisingly, the reception rooms are the highlight of the house. Most have intricate wood paneling, all have views of the garden and the dining room still has the original table, which can extend to seat up to 30 lucky bon vivants.
The new owners had a similar dream: to restore the château to its former grandeur and create a spectacular party venue offering an intoxicating mix of both elegance and fun for all guests, from children to grandparents. And all of this so close to the UK!
Besides the elegance of the bedrooms, the grand dining room and the impressive entrance hall with grand staircase, the château also offers entertaining touches like indoor mini-tennis, a snooker room, table tennis and even an indoor trampoline room. The setting is tranquil and idyllic, in four hectares of gardens and woodland, with the River Aa running through the grounds.
As well as being an easy journey away from the UK, Château Belle Vie is also on the edge of a lovely village and just 400 meters from the village boulangerie. The village also has a cafe and a pharmacy.
The area has attractions galore: local markets, shopping, cathedrals, war museums and important sites and even the lovely beaches of the Opal Coast. Saint Omer, with all amenities as well as its well-known golf course, is only 10 minutes away and Dunkirk is also within easy reach.
Thanks to this magnificent restoration, Château Belle Vie is once again the perfect setting for memorable and entertaining gatherings of friends and family, who are celebrating a special event or just celebrating ‘la belle vie’.
Château Belle Vie sits on the edge of a quiet village with a local bakery, whilst lovely Saint Omer, only 10 minutes away, is where guests will find other essentials as well as an excellent golf course.
This part of France is rich in history, cathedrals, war museums and important sites, markets and shopping. Dunkirk is nearby and the lovely beaches of the Opal Coast are just a 45-minute drive away.
Other must-see towns are Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touquet and Wimereux.
Within easy reach of Château Belle Vie are Tournehem and Clairmarais Forests, which are perfect for walking, cycling and picnics.
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply contact the Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Extras available at this property:
- Catering service
- Arrival fridge-stocking service
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
This walls and gardens of this château hold memories of the many exuberant and elegant weddings that have been held and celebrated here over the decades. The castle and grounds retain their former glory while benefiting from recent restoration and guests will be relieved and amazed at how close this glorious venue is to the UK. There are sweeping lawns, woodland and even the river graces the park with its presence for a short while. A special feature is the nearby church where a ceremony and blessing might take place. There’s a covered area in the grounds for dining, its roof bedecked with fairy lights, and a separate dance room for the fun to continue
A reception for up to 120 people can take place in the covered stable block which is open at one end. Dancing can continue in a large dance room to the side of the stables and music can play until midnight.
The ceremony can take place outdoors (no marquees) in the grounds or at the church which is 80m from the venue and can hold up to 200 people. The château manager can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.
Where to Stay
26 people can sleep in the château and a further 6 in the cottage on-site. 12 guests can stay in nearby B&Bs and up to 80 more in the hotel, a five minute drive from the château. The owners can supply details of local transport firms.
The château manager can help with certain arrangements or can recommend an English-speaking wedding planner. Clients may also arrange to use their own planner.
The owners are able to recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own.
Guests not sleeping at the property are asked to leave the site by 12:30 am. Events can take place between April and September. The stable block is unheated so is best for use during the warmer months. Stables have kitchen, toilets, dance area + extra parking. Roof of stables is lit with fairy lights. The manager can recommend both a florist & photographer.