“It has been said that a little over one hundred years ago, a warm-hearted Frenchman pitched his tent under a willow tree at the exact spot where Pont de Val is found today.”
It has been said that a little over one hundred years ago, a warm-hearted Frenchman pitched his tent under a willow tree at the exact spot where Pont de Val is found today.” Pont de Val’s relaxed, peaceful, French countryside theme has been inspired by the life and times of a legendary Frenchman called Frédéric Laurentin who was born on a small wine farm in the hills of Provence – south-eastern France. Further inspired by the people, the seasons, fragrances and tastes of Provence, Pont de Val is the ideal escape from the city, just an hour away from Johannesburg on the banks of the Vaal River. It offers a restaurant, wedding, and function venue (that opened in 2014), boutique hotel and spa – all in a timeless French countryside style. The Winery (that opened in 2019), where guests can buy exclusive Pont de Val red wines, is also home to a picnic park, bakery, deli and pizzeria. They are all about creating that magic space where hospitality meets brand to create exceptional guest experiences.
Pont de Val offers unique venues – a jetty on the river, a wine cellar, an airy reception area on the water or a chapel-esque ceremony or reception venue accessible by a small bridge. While you are taking photos in our vineyards, your guests can enjoy canapes and drinks in our garden terraces’ offering an incredible river view. Exclusive accommodations in available at Pont de Val.
Besides the magnificent riverside venue, Pont de Val also offers dedicated coordinators that will assist you every step of the planning process. They boast an experienced and passionate kitchen team and the venue offers jaw-dropping photography in the vineyards, on the river or in the beautiful French countryside inspired backgrounds.
They also offer unique packages for wedding-related events, like bridal showers or dinners, Friday night braais for family and friends or Saturday in-room breakfasts as you are getting ready for you wedding. Engagements or even an elopement are on offer.
Pont de Val is a blank canvas; so you can dress it up with décor to suit your theme. A tip from them is that it is important to choose a venue that has existing charm and a beautiful interior and exterior to achieve your aesthetic. Pont de Val has a rain plan in place – which will ease some of the nerves.
Regarding being Covid-19 compliant, Pont de Val have become more resourceful, creative, and flexible during this time. The outdoor aspect of the venue offers guests ample breathing space, without having to compromise on aesthetics. Imagine fresh flowers, soft breezes, green vineyards, and the sound of the river!
They also understand the importance of food and beverage sanitary precautions and the pandemic has taught everyone to take extra care. Each wedding at Pont de Val has enhanced safety measures and a dedicated team to ensure health and safety.
Throughout the pandemic, table spacing was deeply considered and there will be enough space for you and your guests, as well as our waitstaff, to comfortably move around.