Why rent a marquee when you can hire an entire medieval village? Perched on a French hilltop, walled Castelnau is entered via a grand 13th-century archway, which leads to the village chapel. Take drinks on the terrace, overlooking fields of sunflowers, before a reception in a rustic banquet room.


Michelin-starred chef Fabrice Biasiolo's menu is serious business but, despite exquisite standards, this place is wonderfully unpretentious. The true magic begins at night, when the tiny cobbled streets are lit with flaming torches to guide you back to your room.

Best time to go: August

Ceremony capacity: 120; www.gascony.org