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Chateau du Rivau

37120 Lemere, France
+33 2 47 95 77 47
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Lemere
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Visites libres avec notice explicative en Francais, Anglais, Allemand, Espagnol, Italien ou Neerlandais, et signaletique dans les jardins en Francais... more » Owner description: Visites libres avec notice explicative en Francais, Anglais, Allemand, Espagnol, Italien ou Neerlandais, et signaletique dans les jardins en Francais et Anglais. Du 1er avril au 30 avril : 10h - 18h Du 1er mai au 30 septembre : 10h - 19h Du 1er octobre au 2 novembre : 10h - 18h Derniere admission : 45 minutes avant la fermeture Visite guidee (1h30) possible toute l'annee, pour les groupes sur reservation. Tarifs : Adultes : 10 € Enfants (de 5 ans a 16 ans) : 7 € Etudiants ( moins de 25 ans) : 8,50 € Groupes Scolaires : 5,5 € Groupes adultes (plus de 20) : 8,50 € Boutique, produits regionaux, boissons et restaurant. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Having visited the most well-known chateaux on a previous holiday to the Loire Valley, we thought we would visit one or two of the lesser known ones, and Le Rivau certainly fits that criteria. When we arrived, there was very few vehicles in the car park, and we wondered whether we had made the right choice. After our friendly welcome... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stay in the same accommodation each year and yet it took us 3 years to visit this surprisingly lovely chateau only 5 miles from us. First we encountered some lovely vegetable patches which the kids loved especially as the vegetables were so big. We then walked throughout the attractive gardens full of varied sculptures and buildings from a giant... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
38 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is one of the most enjoyable few hours I've had in France. It's a quirky, fun filled place, both in the garden and the chateau itself - where nothing is taken too seriously, and is as fun filled for children as it is for the big kids. It's generally not well known so doesn't draw big crowds - so... More

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Burbage, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This is a beautiful chateau with truly lovely gardens which are pretty, different and interesting well worth a visit

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Ideal for a morning or afternoon visit. The grounds whilst not as decorative as some have a fantasy theme to them which will appeal if you have young children. The chateau itself whilst not on the scale of others is nonetheless a good example of its type.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We actually stopped here because it was along our route to visit Chinon and what a pleasant surprise! Although our stop was not planned I am so pleased that we did. For all the formality of gardens of the Chateau Villandry this felt much more natural. Here you can really get up to all the flowers for pictures or to... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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73 reviews 73 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a gardener's paradise and a child's delight! We found this from an article in France magazine about the travel writers' favorite gardens, and we were not disappointed. Even in April there were plenty of blooms, but we were also taken with the roaming peacocks, larger-than life garden art, and magical surprises scattered throughout. This chateau was relaxing and... More

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Brit in Paris
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109 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is a very attractive chateau nearish to Chinon in attractive countryside which has been taken on by a couple with a view to restoring it and returning it to better times but with a contemporary twist . However the gardens seemed a bit unkempt although to be fair not many flowers were out as it is still early in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

As soon as you set foot in the courtyard, you know this place is different. Other chateaus are rigid and almost intimidating. Le Rivau is whimsical and welcoming. They do a great job of mixing history with contemporary art. And the art in the gardens was not just purchased and dumped there... these pieces were commisioned with the place and... More

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CarolineTouraine, Propriétaire at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Dear Jon, Thanks a lot for your kind comment ! Castle Rivau is a fairytale castle that is why it is not as rigid as most others, you never know where history ends and legends start... Hope you will come back to see the gardens in another season, as the ambiance of the castle changes with the beauty of the... More

Faversham
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have been here a couple of times whilst in the area. If you like gardens you will love this place. If you have children they will love this place as there is lots to do. The gardens here are a delight and its quite romatic just to strole around and admire the art and design that has gone into... More

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CarolineTouraine, Propriétaire at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Dear Jake, Thanks a lot for your positive comment and thanks a lot for coming back to Rivau ! We do try to improve every year and our audio-guide is one of our improvement. Visitors can now visit the castle and garden in different languages and even a visit dedicated to families ! Hope to see you in Rivau next... More

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