The most magical weekends of our lives..
Dear Chateau de Lerse,
My husband and I am writing following one of the most magical weekends of our lives.
On the weekend of the 29th April my husband and I celebrated our wedding weekend at the most tranquil and magical venue, Chateau de Lerse.
Our wedding journey started with Lerse about 1.5 years ago when we stumbled across the venue on social media.
The moment we clapped eyes on the venue we were straight onto email in communicating with the principals of Lerse, Joss and Estelle, in order to arrange our visit to see the venue in person. We received a very prompt response from both Joss and Estelle, and before we knew it, we were driving down the most idyllic forest drive to be met by the most wonderful chateau, which was then followed by such a warm and friendly welcome from Joss.
Joss kindly showed us around Lerse, providing ample detail and background about the venue and its offering, we were then shown to our room in order to settle in.
A further meeting took place with both Joss and Estelle to answer any outstanding questions that we had, and It’s fair to say that we knew immediately at that point, Lerse was the venue to celebrate our wedding weekend.
We visited Lerse on a couple of occasions following our booking and ahead of our wedding weekend, and on each occasion we were made to feel like royalty.
Joss, who is the most wonderful person was on-hand at all times and extremely hospitable. Joss is not only an expert in his field of hospitality, but he is also one of the most talented chefs we have come across…
Joss lives on site, however, spend most of his downtime in the kitchen at Lerse, creating magic. The food in which Joss created for us ahead of our wedding weekend was breath-taking, innovative, fresh, and to be frank, just utterly delicious.
As clients who are from Scotland, fresh and traditional produce is something we are used to, and it was so important to us that that our wedding guests were able to experience traditional French style cooking.
Joss is a real master in the kitchen, he listens to what his clients want, and makes suggestions in order to ensure that the menu for the wedding meal is unique, and something to remember.
Either side of the wedding day, Joss prepared delicious meals, from a fun pizza party, where there was an abundance of freshly baked pizzas on the Friday night.
To Sunday where we let our hair down by the pool and enjoyed a relaxed afternoon with our guests, debriefing on the wedding day, accompanied by another fabulous meal where Joss and his team prepared and served a wonderful BBQ with a table full of scrumptious sides.
The prefect way to feed a post wedding hangover!
There is no doubt that Joss and his team, Christine and Karine are a complete asset to Chateau de Lerse. It’s safe to say, they are some of the best people we have come across in the industry.
They really are what makes Lerse so special.
We also had the pleasure to work with Cris, who is the barman at Lerse. Just WOW. What an incredible guy Cris is, he’s professional, fun, and extremely talented.
Cris’s cocktails we diverse, flavoursome, and beautifully presented.
Cris was always on hand, and never did we find a scenario where our guests were without a drink, result! Cris you are a real asset to Lerse, all of our guest loved your company throughout the weekend, thank you again for making our wedding weekend so special and magical.
Separately, we received the good fortune to meet with the owner of Lerse, Mike.
It was great to meet with the owner, who was able to talk us through the history of Lerse and the works he has carried out at the property since purchasing.
Mikes eye for detail and attention to detail is second to none, we could not fault the venue and its grounds, and in our opinion, Lerse is completely perfect.
There are other members of the Lerse team that we must mention, from property maintenance staff to ground keeping staff to the minibus driver… all of which allow and make Lerse such a special place.
So, thank you.
There is no doubt that the dreaded wedding blues have set in… however, the memories that we have created at Lerse are here to stay… we cannot thank the team at Lerse enough, and in particular Joss and his wife, Karine.
You really are a wonderful pair!
Joss made a comment along the lines of, “at Lerse, everyone is happy”… and we can now confirm that he really wasn’t wrong.
Lerse really is the most magical place.
Lots of love,
Charlotte & James (from Scotland)