For those seeking luxury, this place is paradise; a great wedding cake of rose-coloured stone and spiky turrets, the château was once the utopian vision of a local industrialist. Surrounding it are 40 hectares of newly-planted gardens, a parterre, a swimming pool and rolling views across brooks and forests.It’s the perfect place for a large family special occasion – heaps of space for children and adults to spread out, en suites for everyone and a magnificent orangery. You’ll be able to cook for any number in the professional standard kitchen, and there’s a choice of dining rooms too.The Dombes area is popular for its birdwatching and fresh water fishing. There are bikes for riding along quiet tracks, walks straight from the door and a riding stable close by. It’s just 15 minutes by car to the nearest three-Michelin star restaurant in Vonnas and under an hour from Lyon.