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Chateau du Rivau

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Address: 37120 Lemere, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 95 77 47
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A refreshing visit !

I enjoyed very much my visit at le Château du Rivau. I enjoyed the inside of the castle, the garden and the kitchen garden. Everything is very seriously (professionally) done but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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158 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed very much my visit at le Château du Rivau. I enjoyed the inside of the castle, the garden and the kitchen garden. Everything is very seriously (professionally) done but also with a great sense of humour. Visiting le château de Riva is entering a magical universe ! A nice experience. Yes, things are presented differently but that is... More 

Cowes, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This chateau is beautiful. The gardens are superb. Laid out in different sections with different themes. visited in the late summer when all the pumpkins etc. were ready for picking. Lots of different varieties and colours. Lots of unusual sculptures within each of the gardens. Lots of seating around the gardens to sit and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Staff friendly,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Le Rivau Castle and its fairy tale gardens are a lovely experience. The Château du Rivau is a castle-palace in Lémeré (Indre-et-Loire), in the Touraine region, France. In Rabelais' Gargantua, it was given to captain Tolmere as a reward for his victories in the Picrocholean Wars. The gardens of Le Rivau were recreated from the castle’s archives. It is quirky... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was brilliant! We went for their medieval jousting tournament, and it was outstanding. A quirky château, really interesting installations in the gardens, and then the festival meant that there were 'real' knights walking about the place. The restaurant was excellent too - salads from the kitchen garden in a beautiful setting. Book for lunch on busy weekends, or get... More 

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55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Chateau Rivau is nothing short of stunning. It is a great trip for the family. A picnic area, very small playground, a good maze, a kids castle tower, hammocks and a garden full of bizarre sculptures and monuments. It's creative and imaginative and there are some lovely flowers / plant sections as well. The inside on the castle is "different"... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Interesting place with a nice garden. Hammocks only for the adults. Historic buildings in which Jeane D'arc have found her warhorses.

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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We have visited Chateau du Rivau several times over the years. New garden areas have been has opened up each year, with quirky surprises around each corner. The owner has looked at is with an artists eye, combining ranges in each colour palette, with varieties of shapes and textures in the foliage.When the roses are in full bloom, it is... More 

San Anselmo, CA
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a great low-key chateau that doesn't have the crowds you find at other chateaus. They've geared it to adults - great gardens, rooms and history and also to kids - look for stuffed animals mixed in among the animal trophies and whimsical art. I went my daughter and we really enjoyed the gardens with a maze and hammocks... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An odd combination of beautiful château and bizarre pseudo-art inside and out. Bizarre like ... a deer skeleton bride... trees with legs...but they have hammocks in the woods. The décor is kind of a "desaster!"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We visited this chateau with our two year old daughter. We all loved it! Beautiful, enchanting gardens, quirky artwork and wonderfully fragrant rose garden. Definitely well worth a visit if you're in the region. The only disappointment was the childrens' meal in the cafe. Listed as chicken pie - we got a pale chicken wing with two soggy hash browns!


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