5 gorgeous European vacation rentals that double as destination wedding venues
If you’re seeking a truly stunning international venue for your intimate destination wedding, we have the solution in our roundup of very special, one-of-a-kind rental properties across the Atlantic. The following handpicked properties in plum spots around Europe are ideal for hosting your big day as well as for serving as fabulous home bases for last-minute planning and celebrating with guests.
1. Dream castle in Burgundy
Sleeping a party of up to 62 in a total of 18 bedrooms (some in an adjoining farmhouse), this heavenly blue-shuttered château in rolling countryside near Dijon also boasts a wedding reception room hosting 120 people. Convivial indoor spaces with a stylish mix of classic and contemporary decor in pale colors include airy living and dining rooms, all with fireplaces. Outside, stroll in the spectacular private parkland with its kitchen garden, small lake, and valley views, and after the wedding, investigate the area’s fabulous wine-tasting opportunities.
2. Vineyard vows in Tuscany
Nestled in the hills, this estate not only produces wine, olive oil, honey, and fruit and vegetables—it also hosts wedding receptions and parties in its lovely garden with the lights of historic Lucca and the surrounding countryside twinkling around you like something out of a fairytale. Traditional interiors with antique furnishings complement the breathtaking vineyard views from all 18 bedrooms, most them en suite. Spread across five houses, they ensure privacy for up to 39 overnight guests. The amiable owners can take charge of all aspects of your big day, including décor, catering, and entertainment, as well as offering lively pizza parties. Two shimmering outdoor pools and a hot tub complete the perfect picture.
3. Costa Brava country idyll
A prime spot for parties to remember, this restored stone-built 18th-century finca (farmhouse) in stupendous countryside just west of Girona has space for 40 guests in 13 bedrooms plus large shared areas, including a game room and a living room with a cozy fireplace. Blending traditional and modern elements to stylish effect, it’s surrounded by magnificent grounds concealing a swimming pool, a tennis court, a football pitch, and chill-out zones. Weddings can be held outdoors, perhaps on straw-bale seating for a truly rustic feel, with diners beneath trees strung with twinkling lights.
4. Mediterranean magic in Kefalonia
Bewitching ocean views, dining options beside the sparkling infinity pool, and a dancing deck make this luxury villa surrounded by olive, lemon, and orange groves on this Greek island’s southern coast a magical spot for boutique weddings for up to 100 guests. Sleeping up to 11 in five bedrooms (one in an adjacent guesthouse), it has a sleek, timeless decor that adds to the feeling of blissful seclusion. There’s plenty to keep you all on site, including an outdoor cinema, a croquet and boules lawn, and a barbecue pergola. Stay on and explore the beaches, take a boat along the Ithaca coastline, and feast in local tavernas.
5. Majestic Scottish mansion
With a stately ballroom seating up to 120 and a panelled dining room with a banquet table for 30, this historic country house in its own woodland on the Scottish Borders near Melrose suits weddings of varying sizes. Incorporating a 15th-century tower, the mansion impresses with its original features, including a Victorian semi-circular bar and a grand carved staircase with an interior balcony, which is perfect for wedding photos. Up to 30 guests can spend the night in 12 bedrooms, while spaces to get together include an opulent drawing room in rich colors. Marquees on the lawn mean you can bring the party outdoors, and the south-facing verandah is a lovely spot for the ceremony.