Deux Belettes is a 16th century-style French chateau hidden away on the Alstonville plateau, deep in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland.
This "chateau on the plateau" was a thirty year labour of love for Francophile owners Sharon and Ross but their efforts are certainly making good now. The striking property is renowned as a luxury B&B and twelve times a year it becomes a wedding space like no other.
The Deux Belettes experience begins with the journey that most will make from Byron Bay or Ballina through the picture postcard countryside and along a quiet lane to a rusty gate with a sign marked "private". Only a small logo on the sign featuring two weasels (the literal translation of Deux Belettes and a playful reference to Sharon and Ross) indicates you're in the right place.
A long driveway then leads into the 30 acres of land that Deux Belettes resides in. Head past the horses in the lush paddock and over the old stone bridge and you arrive at the rustic guesthouse sitting pretty with its quaint gabled entrance, stone turrets and manicured front lawn. A courtyard with accompanying sandstone buildings, sturdy wooden gates and weathered outdoor furniture completes what can only be described as a relocated slice of provincial France. And the more you explore, the more delights you discover including the signature archway with its 300 year old brass chandelier, and the pool with its ornate, statue-flanked cabana.
The good news is that pretty much anywhere at Deux Belettes can be used for your wedding, and as it's BYO styling, catering and entertainment you can really personalise your celebrations. So if you've ever romanticised about being lord and lady of le manoir then this is where dreams becomes reality.
With so many gorgeous spaces vying for attention the number of potential ceremony / reception combinations can be a tad overwhelming, but given that Deux Belettes represents a true escape to the country (or another country for that matter) we feel it's best suited for an intimate, relaxed wedding of up to forty people, which would allow for a ceremony on the front lawn and a banquet table under the archway. Larger wedding parties of up to a hundred can be accommodated if you're willing to bring in a marquee.
Each wedding booking includes a night in the Tower Room bridal suite on the top floor of the main house. It's a beautiful space with wooden beams and antique furniture and we recommend the bride staying there the night before the wedding. It's a perfect place for her to get ready and as there's a 10pm noise curfew on the wedding day you'll probably want to relocate the party off-site into Byron Bay or Ballina.
As mentioned, Deux Belettes hosts just twelve weddings per year, or more specifically one per month. This is due to Byron Shire Council's stringent restrictions on activity held on agricultural land which also require you to organise a minibus to shuttle your guests on and off the property to reduce traffic noise and pollution. But that's not so bad as shuttles allow everyone to enjoy a drink and get to know each other.
Deux Belettes really is a place that once visited is never forgotten and if you'd love to have your wedding there we recommend getting on to Sharon and Ross tout de suite.
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Getting here: Deux Belettes is 8-10 hours drive from Sydney, 45 minutes from Byron Bay and 30 minutes from Ballina / Ballina Gateway Airport.