We hope that you will be joining us for our wedding on

Saturday 25 June 2016
Chateau St Julien
St Julien L’Ars (near Poitiers, in France)

We are planning to make a weekend of it and hope that you will join us on the Friday and Sunday also for more food and drinks! In fact, we shall be there from the Wednesday to Monday if you want to have an even longer holiday!

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Accommodation

There is lots of accommodation not far from the Chateau in the surrounding area and you can obviously choose where you want to stay.

However, if you do not want to spend hours researching available accommodation, we have also reserved available rooms at the accommodation closest to the Chateau (which also has excellent reviews on tripadvisor and booking.com).

Manoir de Normandoux

This is a 16th century manor house in Terce which has hotel rooms and cottages. There is also a spa and outdoor swimming pool and lots of outside space.

The Normandoux is around a 5 to 10 minute drive from the Chateau where the wedding will be held.

We have reserved nearly all of the apartments in the Normandoux for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. These include:

  • Double bedrooms at 65 Euros per night per room (some double-rooms can hold 3 people as there is a double and single bed)
  • Cottages for up to 4 people at 85 Euros per night per cottage (2 people would be in the lounge)
  • Cottages for between 5 to 7 people at 115 Euros per cottage per night (2 bedrooms plus people in the lounge)

The above prices do not include breakfast.

Further details can be found here:

http://www.normandoux.fr/en/

http://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/normandoux.en-gb.html

Camping at the Chateau

Should you want to camp, we can have up to 3 tents at the Chateau for which there will be no charge. You will be able to use the bathrooms and toilet facilities in the Chateau if you camp.

Other options and booking your accommodation

Should you wish to stay elsewhere, there is lots of other accommodation also available in the area.

However, if you want to stay at Manoir de Normandoux, please let us know asap.

Travel

The Chateau, and the accommodation we have reserved, can be reached by plane, train or car. The nearest train station and airport are both in Poitiers which is only about 15km away and takes about 20 minutes by car. Tours and La Rochelle airports are also not that far away.

If you want to explore the area more, then car hire is available at the airport.

Please do let us know when you have booked your travel, because we can then look into arranging travel to and/or from Poitiers (if lots of you arrive/leave at the same time) or help to put you in touch with others making the journey at the same time as you.

Chateau address

Chateau St Julien, 2 Rue du Château, 86800 Saint-Julien-l’Ars, France

+33 6 75 28 62 33

Air

The Chateau and accommodation is within easy reach of a number of airports.

Poitiers airport

Poitiers is the closest airport and is only about 15km away.

Ryanair has flights around 4 times a week between London Stansted and Poitiers. The flight takes around 1.5 hours.

  • Outbound
    • Wednesday 22 June from Stansted at 14:05 (UK time), arriving at 16:35 (French time).
    • Friday 24 June from Stansted at 14:05 (UK time), arriving at 16:35 (French time).
  • Inbound
    • Sunday 26 June at 17:00 (French time) arriving back in the UK at 17:35 (UK time).
    • Monday 27 June at 17:00 (French time) arriving back in the UK at 17:35 (UK time)

https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/

As there is only one flight a day to Poitiers at the above times, we would recommend you book early to ensure you get a seat and at the cheapest price.

If lots of people end up booking on the same outbound/return flight from Poitiers we will try to arrange transport to collect you all.

Tours airport

The airport at Tours is just under 1.5 hours away by car.

Ryanair have flights to Tours which take around 1 hour 20 mins.

  • Outbound
    • Thursday 23 June at 14:40 arriving at 17:00
    • Friday 24 June at 12:40 arriving at 15:00
  • Inbound
    • Monday 27 June at 16:15 arriving at 16:40

La Rochelle airport

The airport at La Rochelle is just under 2 hours away from the Chateau by car. The flight takes around 1.5 hours.

Both Ryanair and Easyjet fly to La Rochelle.

  • Outbound
    • Wednesday 22nd June at 07:25 from Stansted arriving 10:00am (Ryanair)
    • Thursday 23rd June at 12:30 from Stansted arriving 15:05 (Ryanair)
    • Friday 24th June at 14:35 from London Gatwick arriving at 17:00 (Easyjet)
  • Return
    • Sunday 26th June at 17:05 arriving at 17:35 at Stansted (Ryanair)
    • Monday 27th June at 17:30 arriving at London Gatwick at 17:50 (Easyjet)
    • Tuesday 28th June at 18:20 arriving at 18:50 at Stanstead (Ryanair)

Other airports

Nantes, Limoges and Bordeaux are also within a few hours drive.

Train

You can also travel to Poitiers by train direct from both Paris Montparnasse and Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. There are also indirect train journeys that take slightly longer.

The direct trains from Paris Montparnasse to Poitiers appear to be roughly every hour and takes around 1 hour 40 minutes on average.

From Charles de Gaulle the direct trains appear to be every couple of hours and take 2.5 hours on average.

When we checked last, it was too far in advance to book tickets from Paris to Poitiers.

However we expect shortly you will be able to do so: http://www.thetrainline-europe.com/

As you already know, you can get trains on the Eurostar from London Kings Cross to Paris and these run really regularly and usually take under 2.5 hours.

Driving

As a rough guide, according to Google.maps it takes between 8 hours to 10 hours (including time spent on the Channel Tunnel) to drive from North London to the Chateau.
For Eurotunnel crossings see: http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/home/

Wedding weekend

Friday

We shall be arranging a casual meal (barbecue/buffet etc.) and drinks for the Friday evening at the Chateau and you are welcome to join us for that. We expect this to cost around £15 per person.

Further details are to follow.

Saturday (Wedding Day)

The ceremony and reception are both to take place at the Chateau.

Exact timings yet to be confirmed, but we expect to hold the ceremony at around 2.30 pm.

Weather permitting we hope to have the ceremony outside in the Chateau’s grounds.

The ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception then wedding breakfast.

Further details about the menu are to follow, though please do let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

There will be drinking and partying into the night also at the Chateau.

Dress code: the usual wedding attire (though the more colourful the better!)

Sunday

As most of you will know already, we are not really morning people at the best of times. Therefore, do not expect us to be up too bright and early the following day!

However, we do intend to have a casual lunch (barbecue/buffet etc.) on the Sunday at the Chateau which we hope you will be able to join us for. Again we expect this to cost around £15 per person.

Further details are to follow.