This is where you get to read what some past guests have said about us and to watch some films created by those who have been to events at the chateau.
We love to see our world through the eyes of others, it helps us to understand how people spend their time here and what is important to them. From day one we have believed the best way to build a solid and enduring business is to let our customers be our sales team. We intentionally avoided doing conventional marketing, choosing to allow word of mouth and social media do the hard work for us.
Cherlaine and Jonathan’s wedding review
“A magical place, where dreams do come true”.
Reviewed September 12, 2017
Where to even start with reviewing this magical place. My husband and I were fortunate enough to host our wedding at Chateau Lartigolle in September 2017 – to say it surpassed all expectations would be an understatement. From our very first interaction with the management team right through to leaving after an amazing weekend of celebrating we were never disappointed. The whole place expels the most chic, unique charm and the setting is truly to die for. Not to mention the wonderful warmness of the amazing, attentive staff – how they managed to remember everyone’s preferences and ensure all needs were catered for was beyond me, little guardian angles is the only way to describe them.
The whole team at Lartigolle ensured our wedding was everything we dreamed of and more, the meticulous planning and attention to detail meant nothing was amiss, even moving our evening meal last minuet due to a change in weather was done with such grace and professionalism, you would have thought that was the plan all along.
Special thanks to Nick, Emma and Chris for being the most calm, professional, approachable people. To Merily, whom ensured our every need was catered to, until we left heavy heartedly. To Louie and the wonderful bar staff, who had the patience of saints to deal with our drunken rabble. To Zoe and Noelle for the unbelievable food – everything was superb! To Cécile for keeping me calm before I walked down the aisle and for being generally fabulous! We will be forever indebted to you for making our wedding dreams come true!
I certainly left a little piece of my heart at Lartigolle, my advice to you – if you are considering visiting this diamond, is DO IT.
Holly and Maxime’s wedding video
“It was a tough entry back into the real world post-wedding, but the blow is softened every time we think about or talk to our friends and family about the wedding weekend. We keep hearing through the grapevine that such-and-such guest said it was the best wedding they had ever been to, EVER. Which is of course largely down to you, your team, and your beautiful venue”.
Gemma and Chris’s wedding review
Everyone feels their wedding is wonderful but ours was truly the best ever.
Firstly the Chateau is incredibly beautiful and charming in every way, inside and out, all of our wedding guests agreed, particularly those who stayed there with us. We were all looked after the whole weekend by professional, incredibly kind and thoughtful staff, our housekeeper Helen, and Louis et al. could not have been more lovely.
I was not a bride who looked forward to the planning side of things, just the thought of it was stressful to me, but with the Lartigolle team to guide us it never was. Emma and Nick were fantastic from our first meeting, always putting us at ease and seeming to know instinctively what to ask and where to make suggestions.
They helped us every step of the way, we ended up with a beautifully curated but not overly ‘done’ wedding, that ran smoothly with every aspect thought of, covered and sorted. Add to this the delicious food and wine – and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to mention how amazing that was!!
It really was everything we could have wished for and more! I cannot recommend Lartigolle enough.
Rachel and Oliver’s wedding video
We totally fell in love with the place and you guys, quite simply, ROCK. You don’t just come to Lartigolle for your wedding venue, you come for the people and it’s the magic you bring to the most special weekend of peoples lives that make the memories that will last forever.
Some more films
Gemma and Chris, May 2017
Jenny and Sam, April 2017
To say that our business would not be where it is today without TripAdvisor would be something of an understatement. Without doubt the most important of all the social media tools to tell everyone what really happens here.
This year we reached two amazing milestones:
WEDDINGS AT LARTIGOLLE
REVIEWS ON TRIP ADVISOR
In the early days, before blogs and social media were so powerful, we relied on good old fashioned press coverage to raise awareness. We were fortunate to have an article in the Guardian that really put us on the map. We found it online recently so you can read what they had to say about us back in 2006.
Birth of the boutique chateau
Reviewed in The Gardian and Observer, 2 July 2006
Today it is all about the blogs. We have been fortunate to have had some great coverage in some of the influential blogs that have appeared over the past few years. Here are a few of the articles:
“I am delighted to share with you a cool, gorgeous, chilled-out, beautifully decorated (phew!) 18th century chateau close to Toulouse, perfect for a romantic but relaxed wedding. Chateau Lartigolle. Ahh. This place is perfect.”
“Our venue was the main inspiration for our wedding – it was so beautiful. We didn’t want to detract from its beauty. We wanted a relaxed vibe for the day so we asked for a wild flower look for the tables, which turned out stunning.”
“There are rolling fields, handpicked bouquets, milk churns filled to bursting with blooms, walks in dappled glades, dinner in a French courtyard, a bevy of beautiful maids and kick ass dancing on Moroccan rugs in the moonlight..”
We had a production team from Toulouse come to do a Christmas photoshoot for a children’s clothing magazine. We don’t often have winter events here although we would love to, these pictures give a flavour of winter time at Chateau de Lartigolle.
A short film
James Butler was looking for a location to shoot a short promotional film for an exclusive brand of Armagnac and he asked if he could use Lartigolle. Over the course of one night he and his team produced this great little film.
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SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION
HOW TO GET HERE by Air or by Rail
There are a number of carriers that fly to the region from all over the UK. Listed below are the most convenient airports that have regular flights, with approximate travelling times from each:
Blagnac airport, Toulouse - 50 minutes - served by BA, easyJet and Ryanair
Carcasonne airport - 1 hr 50 mins - served by Ryanair
Tarbes/Lourdes airport - 1 hr 50 mins - served by Ryanair
Bergerac airport - 2 hrs - served by Flybe, Ryanair, Jet 2 and BA
We recommend that you hire a car from your airport. Taxis are expensive, car hire represents much better value. The roads are great and it is easy to find us.
The drive time from Blagnac airport, Toulouse to Chateau de Lartigolle is about 50 minutes, and to Ferme de Labarthe about 1 hr 10 mins. You will find driving instructions in the boxes below.
Travelling by Train
If you have a little more time to enjoy your journey you might consider taking the train from Kings Cross to Paris, then Paris to Toulouse.
Once you get to Toulouse you can then take a local train to Auch, which is the closest station to us and about 15 minutes taxi ride away from Chateau de Lartigolle. Or 35 minutes to Ferme de Labarthe.
Our properties at Google maps
DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Chateau de Lartigolle
Via GPS Lat: 43.611634 Long: 0.683041
Google map link: Chateau de Lartigolle
Address: Chateau de Lartigolle, 32550 Pessan, France
Driving from Toulouse airport:
From Toulouse airport follow the sign towards Toulouse. After about 1km you will see your first sign for Auch. Keep following the signs for Auch. This will take you off the Toulouse peripherique and on to the N124.
Follow the N124 out of Toulouse for 50kms, past Colomiers, Leguevin, past l'Isle Jourdain and through Gimont. Just as you leave Gimont there is a roundabout; take the third exit in the direction of Saramon on the D12.
Follow the D12 for 10kms and you will come to a roundabout signed Samatan (left), Saramon (straight on) and Pessan and Auch (right) - take the Pessan / Auch exit on to the D349.
After following the D349 for about 7kms you drive straight past the Aubiet/Castelbau Barbarens crossroad and continue on this road. Ignore another turning to Castelnau Barbarens on your left and keep on the same road, bearing round to the right. You will then pass, about 50 metres from the road on your right, a white water tower with aerials on the top. You are now on the D626.
After a further 1km you will see a turning to the left. Take the left turn. This is the corner of our property, on your left you will see an open field, on the right a bank topped with trees. After 100 metres on the right is a set of large white gates on a pair of sandstone pillars. This is the main entrance to the chateau.
Drive through the gates and follow the avenue of ancient oaks past the vineyard and orchard on the right, and the tennis court with views of the pool and the valley beyond on your left. The avenue takes a left turn and the chateau is directly ahead.
LOCAL ACCOMMODATION FOR VISITS
Below are some of the local hotels we use for the overflow of wedding guests, or for couples visiting us during the closed season when we may not be able to accommodate overnight an stay at our own properties:
Domaine de Baulieu – 12 mins from the Chateau
This lovely hotel has 18 clean, modern, air-conditioned bedrooms, a swimming pool and views of the surrounding countryside. Very reasonable rates, and close. It’s a perfect spot for guests. They are very popular in the summer as they host lots of local weddings so best to contact them early if you want to be sure to secure their rooms for your guests.
Contact: Karen (English speaking)
Tel: +33 (0)9 51 23 04 65
Hôtel de France, central Auch – 20 minutes from the Chateau
A great location as it is right in the heart of Auch, our local town. It is a lovely old building in the main square, close to the Cathedral and near all the main bars and restaurants. The building is in the process of a long refurbishment so not all rooms are the same standard but the location is a real benefit.
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 61 71 71
Hôtel Campanile – 12 mins from the Chateau
This chain hotel that has been recently refurbished with new beds, decor and furnishings. It is on the outskirts of Auch so good access for the main access route but there is not much around within walking distance. It very good value so well worth thinking about for more budget conscious guests.
Tel: +33 (0)5 62 63 63 05
SOME THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Below are some of our preferred restaurants and places to visit in the area. These are taken from an edited version of a larger document we have put together as a guide to all we have in the area for guests staying at the Château. Just ask if you wish for a copy of the full list.
Our favourite local restaurant
Auberge de Rantaures, Lussan - 10 minutes - Cash or euro cheque only. NO CREDIT CARDS
This is a lovely family run French, regional restaurant in a little village in the hills above the chateau. Chef Lionel cooks on an open fire in the restaurant and all the meat is sourced locally and great quality. Open Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Very reasonably priced. You must go. Reservations essential : 05 62 65 52 04
Carpe Diem, Pessan - 5 minutes
Our local village restaurant and bar is open for both lunches and suppers. Nice small menu consisting for many local ingredients. A good value place
Reservations: 05 62 06 84 25
Café Brasserie Le France, Auch - next to the Cathedral – 20 mins
Popular cafe located right in the heart of the old town with good tasty food. Great huge steaks, good salads, omelettes and everything you would expect. Seats outside and in. No bookings usually needed, just turn up.
Brasserie Daroles – Auch, Centre Historic by the Cathedral – 20 mins
A typical French brasserie. Well located as situated in front of the roundabout by the Auch Cathedral. A new owner and chef have raised the standard so well worth a visit now. Free parking in the nearby car park.
Reservations: 05 62 05 00 51
Le Parc á Huîtres, Auch – 20 mins
If you like seafood then this is the place for you. Run by the wonderful Andre and his wife and recently opened in a new location with a contemporary modern interior, if only you had the views of the sea you would think you are on the west coast! Really great fish, very simple but always totally fresh. Lovely for lunch. Closed Monday’s.
Reservations: 05 62 70 07 40
Things to do with kids
Quad Biking – 20 mins
An ABSOLUTE MUST!! We have a fantastic Quad Biking range nearby where Lartigolle visitors receive a special price. You are given a tour with an instructor through vineyards, forests, farms and hills, utterly spectacular. Under 8’s can go with a parent or instructor.
Reservations: 05 62 05 19 44 or 06 03 85 16 59
Le Vert en L’Air – 15 mins
Suitable for children 6 and older. This is the Forest in the Air, where they have tree top adventure circuits of varying difficulty (with safety harnesses) – Great fun for young and old. Open afternoons only out of the summer season.
Reservations: 05 62 05 26 78 or mobile 06 85 59 86 70
Wakeboarding and Waterskiing – 30 mins
Recently opened on a big lake in L'Isle-Jourdain. A series of pullies and pylons are set up to pull you (at various speeds) round the lake. Great tuition and equipment provided. Also hire of pedalos and mini golf close by for these less adventurous. A small café and picnic area.
Reservations: 05 49 48 71 03
Space Museum, Cite de l’espace, Toulouse – 60 mins
This is great for a rainy day, or a sunny one They have a huge exhibition space with real space rockets, capsules and a 6 storey screen planetarium. They have constantly changing exhibitions so check their website.
Reservations: 05 67 22 23 24
THANKS & CREDITS
We have been fortunate to have had some of the world's best wedding photographers and videographers come to the chateau and capture it in all it's glory. Many of the images on this website are down to them and without these talented people we would never be able to show everyone what it is we do here. So we would like to thank those whose work we have used in this website and encourage you to visit their websites and commission them when you can. Just click on their names to visit their own websites.
MATTHEW WEINREB - Matthew has been taking pictures for us for many years now and has provided our couples, and us, with so many wonderful images.
DAREK SMIETANA - Darek recently moved into the area and has covered a some of our recent weddings. He has a great style, captures all the details and is a joy to work with.
SHANNA JONES - Shanna's work is consistently excellent, she just effortlessly captures those most perfect moments.
THOMAS WAGNER - Thomas has photographed weddings all over the world and is a recent addition to the Lartigolle favourites.
RICHARD SKINS - Shot for the first time here in 2017, and one of the best set of pictures we have had for a long time. We hope to have him back soon.
THIS MODERN LOVE - Tim has been back to Lartigolle a number of times over the last few years and captured everything so beautifully each time.
NIGEL JOHN - Another newcomer in 2017 who produced some memorable images and should be back very soon.
The video makers
MISCHKE WEINREB - Mischke shot her first ever wedding here, it was really good but her work has just got better, and better, and better...
MARK WILSON - Mark turned up one August day with a tiny drone plane and flew the thing all over the place. The result was the stunning film of Lartigolle that you can see on this website
ANDREW KELLY - We recently met Andrew via Darek and he kindly agreed to make a film of our new venture at Ferme de Labarthe. We hope to have him back to film at both our venues very soon
BEN WALTON - Ben came to make a film recently and was easy to work with, very enthusiastic and dis a great job.
The website maker
SARAH AUSTIN - Special thanks must go to Sarah for her technical and web marketing skills and for always being on the end of a phone to help us produce our wonderful new website - she is a superstar
The music maker (and our new organic farming partner)
ANDY CATO - Andy kindly edited one of his tracks for us to use on our Drone film and has now agreed to hand over his fabulous organic farm and home so we can launch our new venture. He is a constant source of inspiration on all things nutritional and natural.
Company, organization: SARL CHATEAU DE LARTIGOLLE
Chateau de Lartigolle, 32550, Pessan, FRANCE
Share capital: 7 500 euros
RCS (Companies register) Auch 453 447 658 APE 552 E
EU VAT number: FR48453447658
Purpose of site: Promotion of the establishment
Director of publication, legal representative: Mr. Nick Austin
Editorial Manager: Mr. Nick Austin
Web master, design, editing, artistic direction: Mr Nick Austin
Photography: Various - see 'Thanks and Credits'
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