Weddings

Queille has become a hugely popular wedding venue. The Chapel, Château and private grounds provide endless possibilities to tailor your perfect wedding. The Romanesque chapel seats 140 people and is very simple and beautiful, or alternatively you can exchange vows in the garden which falls over 4 terraces of flowers, steps and paths into picturesque surrounding meadows. Enjoy dinner under the stars up on the terrace by the house for a more intimate wedding or for a larger affair on the meadow below with the river running round it. We can supply a beautiful marquee for the meadow. The Château and Chapel, lit up at night, provide a dramatic and magical backdrop.

The Château and its grounds are also perfect for a big family party, an anniversary or birthday party, a yoga, musical or painting week. We can arrange and assist with photographers, catering, local wines, flowers, musicians, English speaking celebrants, hairdressers, and local accommodation.

In peak season, July and August, the minimum booking period is one week. At other times of the year we take sole occupancy bookings for weddings or parties for a minimum of three nights. The most popular times for such events are May, June, September and October.

To make an enquiry, please contact rachellethbridge@mac.com.


Rentals

Château de Queille sits perched dramatically amidst the wooded foothills of the Pyrenees. Overlooking the breathtaking scenery, it is encircled by the river below and much like a fairytale castle. Nico and Rachel Lethbridge discovered Queille 25 years ago, fell in love and have been restoring it ever since.

The property is tranquil and secluded, surrounded by a land famous for its beauty, its Cathar castles and historic legacy. Set in 22 acres of private grounds, Queille is only 45 minutes from Carcassonne airport and an hour and a quarter from Toulouse. An imposing 18th century structure houses a comfortable and homely interior that adds to the romance of the setting. The river lulls you to sleep at night and the sun streams in through large windows in the mornings. Fully furnished with beautiful antiques the house is decorated in a simple and uncluttered manner. There is a separate private Chapel and an infinity pool.

On the ground floor there is a very large kitchen/dining room (11 x 8m) with an enormous open fireplace and a pantry, a small library and an elegant salon. There are stone or terracotta-tiled floors throughout with elegant high ceilings. Stone stairs lead up to two magnificent bedroom suites with their own bathrooms and one other small twin bedroom. Moving upward there's an enormous (11 x 30 sq. metres) room set out as a childrens' dormitory which sleeps about 15 (with a Ping-Pong table) with two showers and a loo in the tower. Down the hall there are 3 double rooms, 2 twin rooms and 2 bathrooms; a large double height music room with a grand piano, a study and a gallery on the 2nd floor, with a full size snooker table. Spacious and airy, this room is also used for yoga classes.

Step outside and the enchantment continues, a dramatic infinity pool sits on the cliff's edge. Perfect for enjoying the sun, there is a pool house with a shaded terrace and seating for sixteen or so, a kitchen, a shower and a barbecue. The private chapel is nestled beneath rose covered high walls. The garden falls over 4 terraces of flowers, steps and paths into beautiful surrounding meadows.

Queille is perfect to take for a week or two for your holiday with friends or family. Parties of 16 adults or 25 with children can be easily accommodated. But the place is equally comfortable, spacious and peaceful with just one or two couples. A caretaker, with two dogs, lives in a separate flat on the premises year round and he will be happy to do cleaning during your stay.

To make an enquiry, please contact rachellethbridge@mac.com.

In a Nutshell

  • sleeps up to 16
  • 9 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Private infinity pool
  • WiFi
  • Ideal wedding venue
  • Private Chapel
  • River and beautiful grounds
  • Changeover day: Saturday


  • Accommodation

    MAIN CHÂTEAU

    Ground floor
  • Kitchen with huge open fireplace
  • Entrance hallway
  • Small library/study
  • Salon/sitting room with open fireplace
  • Pantry
  • W/C

    First floor
  • Large double bedroom with bathroom en suite
  • Leading to twin bedroom
  • Large double bedroom with bathroom en suite (also leads to the twin bedroom)

    Second floor
  • Huge dormitory room with 2 shower rooms and 1 w/c and table tennis table


    ADJOINING PART OF CHÂTEAU

    Ground floor
  • Laundry room

    First floor
  • Double bedroom with 4 poster bed and ensuite
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Further bathroom
  • Double height sitting room with Steinway grand piano

    Second floor
  • Double bedroom
  • Study
  • Large sitting room with TV and DVD player
  • Full-size Billiard Table


    FACILITIES

  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • 3 Dishwashers
  • Satellite TV with English channels
  • DVD player
  • 2 HiFi systems with CD players
  • Telephone
  • WiFi
  • Heating
  • Built in Barbecue
  • Weber Barbecue

  • Outside

  • Shaded patio for outside dining
  • 13th Century Chapel
  • Rose covered walls and four garden terraces
  • Trampoline
  • River

    Pool house
  • With kitchen, shower
  • Shaded dining area, barbeque

    Private infinity pool
  • 6m x 12m, 1.3-2m deep with built-in steps
  • Pool towels provided
  • NB on the cliff’s edge

    Activities
  • Full size billiard table
  • Table Tennis table
  • Trampoline


    Local area

    Amenities
  • Large supermarket 15 mins Mirepoix
  • Water sports Montbel 15 mins
  • Skiing Mont d’Olmes 45 minutes
  • Tennis court 15 minutes
  • Horseriding
  • Abbaye Château de Camon restaurant 5 minutes
  • Gayda Vineyard and Restaurant 40 minutes
  • Coast 1 hour

    Places of interest
  • Mirepoix 15 minutes
  • Carcassonne, 45 minutes
  • Toulouse 1 hour 15 minutes
  • All the Cathar castles such as Montsegur, Peyrepertuse, Roquefixade 1 hour
  • Gorges de Galamus 1 hour

    Airports
  • Carcassonne 45 minutes
  • Toulouse 1 hour 15 minutes

    Train stations
  • Pamiers 30 minutes
  • Carcassonne 45 minutes


    Notes

  • Rental includes linen change once per week on Saturday
  • Discreet staff live in an apartment in the Château
  • Two friendly dogs live on site