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Gale and Vlad Maly: Our Fairytale wedding
Dear Cynthia, now, that Vlad and I are back in London and the wedding euphoria is finally fading, i would like to say THANK YOU again to you and your team for making our wedding day truely unforgettable and fairy-tale like. In the past month Vlad and I managed to briefly visit our family in New York and Jerusalem, and all they talked about was the wedding and how perfect it was. i know that you do this almost every weekend, but it really felt like our wedding was the one you planned all your life, the way you would plan your own daughter's, that's how personal and special you made everything feel. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with others, we cannot wait to come visit the chateau again, after the wedding season is over. :) Everything- the decor, the organization, the food, the flowers, the fireworks! was absolutely superb! my family is completely in awe with you and with what you've created. Thank you for making my dream wedding come true! I wish i could relive that day one more time, i guess that's where the wedding video comes in.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Tony & Lisa Busuttil: Highlight of our trip
Hi Cynthia Not sure if you remember us but we are the 2 Australians that arrived very late for our one night visit to your beautiful castle back in late June 2010. We would like to thank you for the exceptional hospitality and in making our visit feel like it was a fairytale. Our time at Chateau de Challain was a major highlight of our round the world trip! We wish to visit again some time to relive the moment.

Monday, 07 February 2011
Shirley Bovette Rudin: Superb
Dear Cynthia: I have always wanted to stay in a castle in Europe, and I can now mark that off my extensive Bucket List! Chateau de Challain more than fulfilled that fantasy and the experience was absolutely wonderful. Manu was an energetic host and we thoroughly enjoyed having free reign of your lovely home. You have restored the Challain in a magnificent manner and we felt like royalty staying there. The dinner Manu prepared for us was delicious--it was the best canard I have ever eaten. We were so sorry we did not get to meet you. However, we certainly understand your wanting to be there when your grandchild was born. We have two beautiful granddaughters, and there is nothing in this world better than being Nana and Grandpa! Perhaps we can return in the future and get to meet you then.

Friday, 12 November 2010
Bent and Jeanette: Dream fulfilled
Hi! We had the dream wedding we wanted at Chateau De Challain on the 22nd of July! Cynthia Nicholson is very professional, and made sure that our wedding day was perfect. Everything from decorations, cake, food, fireworks, photographer +++ was better than we could imagine. The chateau/castle is like a Disney-castle, and is the perfect setting for a wedding. All our guest and ourselves were thrilled by the beauty of the venue. We can recommend Cynthia Nicholson and Chateau De Challain to anyone who want to get married! Best regards Bent & Jeanette

Friday, 12 November 2010
Claire and Ted: Perfect day
My husband and I were recently married at Château Challain this past July. I can not express how perfectly everything went. The grounds were beautiful and the château was gorgeous. Planning a wedding from abroad can seem complicated, but Cynthia, the owner, and her niece Rebekah could not have been more attentive. They organized extra activities such as a guided vineyard tour, a hog roast, and a murder mystery dinner for all of our guests. They also coordinated the florist and musicians, as well as the decorations for our wedding ceremony and dinner. Everyone had a great time! It was better than I ever could have imagined!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010
R and M Allen: Fairytale Chateau
I first found the chateau while searching the internet for a French wedding venue back in summer 2005. I wanted an intimate wedding in a spectacular venue and the chateau provided just that! The chateau itself is a fairytale venue both inside and out. During our first visit my husband and I couldn't take it in - it was, and is, breathtaking. Our bridal party stayed with us on the eve of the wedding at the chateau, while our remaining 30 guests stayed in the nearby Le Clos des Guibouleraies Guesthouse, equally beautiful, with a rustic French charm. The accommodation at Le Clos des Guibouleraies was recommended by Cynthia, the chateau owner, and our guests absolutely loved it. It was so wonderful to wake up on the morning of our wedding feeling like a princess in my own castle - the bedrooms are to die for! As we had a Catholic ceremony we brought our own priest along and were married in a church in a neighbouring village which our priest negotiated for us. Then it was back to the chateau for the reception. Our guests were truly gob-smacked when they arrived at the chateau - and the rest of the day matched up to this first impression. Fabien and Jean-Marie, Cynthia's right hand men, couldn't have been more accommodating. They served champagne and canapés to our guests as they wandered around the sumptuous gardens and explored the chateau's interior, alongside the sounds of the saxophonist, Kevork, from Paris, who moved among the crowd. Fabien even brought Russell and I some champagne and canapés of our own as we were having our photos taken. These 2 men, florists by profession, also created our bouquets and all of the floral arrangements for the day, and we were so impressed by them.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
P and J Sheeham: To whom it may concern
This is a wholehearted thank you to Cynthia Nicholson and the staff at Chateau de Challain for making our wedding day and trip as special as it was in July 2007. We know that we speak for all in our group of 23 people when we say that the castle grounds, atmosphere, service and food were nothing short of magical. The welcome we received upon our arrival to the castle was unlike anything anyone in our group had ever experienced. Our initial concerns about having our wedding in a foreign country, making wire transfers of not only our funds but our guests' funds, and relying on unknown people to make our day special were immediately erased. All of the rooms in the castle are quite elegant, modern and classy. Every morning we started our day with a delightful breakfast including fresh pastries, croissants, fruit, coffee and juice. Upon arriving at the castle Cynthia welcomed everyone, gave a tour of the castle and showed our guests to their rooms. Cynthia completely took care of setting up the wine pairings, deciding in which rooms the guests were best suited to stay, the color coordination for the wedding rehearsal dinner and for the wedding dinner. She also assisted us with our transportation needs, which included locating two large vans, driving 30 minutes each way with two staff members to pick up our vans, then returning them at the end of our trip. Cynthia's attention to detail was superb and our entire stay, especially the wedding day, was perfect. Due to inclement weather, our hopes for an outdoor wedding were dashed the night before. However, Cynthia immediately and effortlessly rearranged the foyer of the castle into a grand ceremony site. We are extremely happy that we had the ceremony inside and now cannot imagine it any other way. All of the flowers and their placement were perfect and made for a romantic location. The bridal and maid of honor bouquets as well as the flowers for the groom and groomsmen were exceptional and unique, designed to fit our desire and style. Cynthia helped us locate and secure a contract with a photographer and videographer for the wedding day. She was also responsible for hiring the bride's hair and makeup artists, both of whom did excellent work. The delicious menus we chose for the wedding rehearsal dinner and for the wedding dinner were made more exquisite by the castle's chefs than we ever imagined. The table was decorated most beautifully, complete with napkins and decorations that matched our wedding colors. The entire dinner setting proved to be a castle feast fit for a king and queen. Cynthia's lovely daughter Tabitha served almost exclusively as our private tour guide and friend to all of our guests, but especially bonded with the young people in our group and made everyone feel welcome. Our five-day stay, and most especially our wedding day, at the Chateau de Challain were superb and breathtaking. We continue to hear from everyone in our group that it was the trip of their lifetime. The only problem was that we had to leave the beautiful castle. We fully and wholeheartedly endorse Cynthia's talents and managerial skills and ability to make any and every event at the Chateau de Challain magical. With warmest regards, Patrick and Julie Sheehan

Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Grace English: Heartfelt Thank You
Dear Cynthia, I'd like to express a most heartfelt thank-you. Your warm hospitality that fills the chateau makes one feel exceeding welcome.Our stay at the chateau was an all encompassing experience evolking all of ones senses. From the beautiful grounds and the exquisite interior design to the tantalizing aromas wafting from the kitchen gallery hintiing of the feast that lies ahead, and the melodic chiming of the chapel bells to the decadent fine dining to satisfy anyone's palate. But what truly made the experience so memorable is you and your incredible staff who seem dedicated to satisfy and surpass the expectations of each guest. Like a conductor directing a symphonic orchestra you masterfully bring all the pieces together to creata harmonious event of breathtaking splendor. So thank-you again for making this fairytale dream wedding, for Melissa and Jason, become a reality far beyond what anyone could expect. Sincerely, Cry for happy - Grace

Sunday, 16 May 2010
Grace English: Heartfelt Thank You
Dear Cynthia, I'd like to express a most heartfelt thank-you. Your warm hospitality that fills the chateau makes one feel exceeding welcome.Our stay at the chateau was an all encompassing experience evolking all of ones senses. From the beautiful grounds and the exquisite interior design to the tantalizing aromas wafting from the kitchen gallery hintiing of the feast that lies ahead, and the melodic chiming of the chapel bells to the decadent fine dining to satisfy anyone's palate. But what truly made the experience so memorable is you and your incredible staff who seem dedicated to satisfy and surpass the expectations of each guest. Like a conductor directing a symphonic orchestra you masterfully bring all the pieces together to creata harmonious event of breathtaking splendor. So thank-you again for making this fairytale dream wedding, for Melissa and Jason, become a reality far beyond what anyone could expect. Sincerely, Cry for happy - Grace

Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Natalie: Dear Bride to be,
"We completely fall in love with Challain La Potherie when we first saw it last year. We were very exited as we walked in and learnt that the owner was organizing wedding there. Cynthia has done an amazing job to restore it to it's full "splendor"(beauty). Cynthia is also making everything to make you feel at home in her castle. That's why it is such a unique experience to stay in Challain. Because we wanted our family and friends to experience this, we decided to rent out the whole place for 3 days for our wedding. We had only 3 month to organize our wedding in France and living in the UK wasn't facilitating the project. I had to rely on Cynthia's experience to organize our big day which took place in April this year. She is a hard working lady and get everything under control, from the timing, the outdoor indoor decoration, the table service...etc everything was perfect. She has build up a network of very good professionals in France (make up artist, hairdresser, the Chef, the florist). I appreciated their flexibility a lot when my timetable was getting tight. They all did a great job and made it the most fantastic day of my life!." Regards, Nathalie

Monday, 19 April 2010
 
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