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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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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Castle and Fairytale Gardens Le Rivau was constructed in the 15 century by...

Castle and Fairytale Gardens Le Rivau was constructed in the 15 century by Pierre de Beauvau, Great Chamberlain of Charles the 7th. It is also renown for having been visited by Joan of Arc on her way to Orleans to get some horses. This medieval private castle is animated by more than 380 art-objects. In the royal stables, an exhibit on Francis the First last king-knight is shown. Gem among the Loire Valley, Rivau Gardens are labbled 'Remarquable Gardens'. All around the year, discover our amazing flower collections of bulbs, iris, peonies, roses, lavender, dahlias, ornemental grasses and vegetables. Rivau gardens are Conservatory of Fragrant Roses and Conservatory of Vegetables that are used in our restaurant. The castle and gardens are suitable for the whole family, adults will be interested in botanic, history and contemporary art and kids will be transported in a fairytale like environnement.

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Fairy tale chateaux, thoughtfully arranged. Highly recommend a visit, with or without children. Stunning gardens and inside the building..

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fairy tale chateaux, thoughtfully arranged. Highly recommend a visit, with or without children. Stunning gardens and inside the building..

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1 Thank Sarah D
LeRivau, Médiatrice at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment ! We're glad you enjoyed your visit at the Rivau and that you came back with good memories. Best regards from chateau du Rivau ! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are looking for a traditional Loire Chateau with stuffy formal gardens and traditional lavish rooms then look away now! Chateau du Rivau is very different, very quirky and an utterly brilliant take on a Chateau which transforms it into a slightly surreal land of fairytale. The Chateau itself is more a Castle so I am told by an... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although i think this attraction is aimed at the younger members of a family, we still enjoyed its grounds. You are took through a story which seemed to enthrall the children we saw. I think the story must have been a french fairy tale, unfortunately there was no guide in english to explain this. The planting , roses, and lavender... More 

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LeRivau, Médiatrice at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit at the Rivau. Our chateau is a good place for the youngest and also the oldest members of a family. For the fairy tales, an optionnal audioguide helps you to discover the gardens. Best regards from the Rivau ! More 

beds
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a delight! A real surprise - not just a chateau but a great fun garden - for children & adults of all ages. Made me inspired to bring home some ideas & add some unexpected elements to my own garden. The quirky unexpectedness continues into the public rooms in the chateau which were a nice cool contrast to the... More 

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LeRivau, Médiatrice culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for your warm comment ! We are really glad you enjoyed so much your visit at the Rivau and that you came back with good memories. Best regards from chateau du Rivau ! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting many chateaux in the Loire, my visit here rates as one of the most memorable for its uniqueness. I almost did not venture this far from Amboise as I felt i had seen enough castles. I am so glad i took the trouble to persever!What a lovely place and such an interesting story as to how c the... More 

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LeRivau, Médiatrice Culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Many thanks for this wonderful comment ! We are really glad you decided to visit one more chateau, that you had such a good time and that you loved our roses collection. Yes the Rivau is a universe which brings us back to childhood and we are really pleased you loved it. We wish you all the best and maybe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We found a pamphlet about this château when on a visit elsewhere, and decided to give it a go. We were glad we did! Everything about the château and grounds was lovely, and the staff were cheerful and helpful throughout. Some of the gardens were absolutely glorious, with a number of blooms that we hadn't seen before. Definitely on the... More 

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LeRivau, Médiatrice culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

If we inspired you to make your own mini Rivau, then we are very proud ! We hope you will enjoy it a lot. Thanks for your very nice comment and maybe see you an other day at the Rivau. More 

Uckfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Found this on trip advisor, was close to where we were based. Beautiful chateau and gardens, roses smelt amazing, gardens very quiet, lots of things for kids to see and do. Would of been nice to sit with a coffee after our visit but is shut from 2.30. Definitely recommend a visit though. 😀

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LeRivau, Médiatrice Culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Thanks for this really warm comment. We are happy you enjoyed your time at the Rivau and hope you enjoyed your holidays in France as well ! More 

Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

One of the château's I'd never heard of, but what a find.. Good association with Joan of Arc. There is a good film show which explains in English the history of this place and how horses played such a big part in the area. The château has some interesting rooms but our favourite bit were the gardens. Fantastic on a... More 

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paris
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We had visited the Chateaux de La Loire before, so we were quite well aware of what we could see and expect but the Chateau du Rivau has been a wonderful surprise. Not only is this castle beautiful, human size and remarkably preserved, it also has a lot of personality. The gardens are well known in the world of flowers,... More 

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LeRivau, Médiatrice culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for this nice comment ! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit of the Chateau du Rivau. We hope you came back home full with good memories. Maybe will you visit us an other time ! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We very much enjoyed our visit to Chateau du Rivau. This castle isn't very popular which makes it a good choice if you are looking for an outing far from the crowds that can been seen at the famous castles. The entrance fee is 10.50 for adults and 7 euro for kinds. This is a little expensive compared to other... More 

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