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Chateau du Rivau

37120 Lemere, France
+33 2 47 95 77 47
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Beautiful castle and fardens

Both the Castle and the gardens are beautiful, both are presented in a combination with art. It... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
DGieskens
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Leiden, The Netherlands
via mobile
Superb

A great place for a relaxed visit for a few hours. A fairy tale castle with so much genuine... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dean S
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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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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  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“fairy tale” (18 reviews)
“modern art” (6 reviews)
“all ages” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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37120 Lemere, France
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+33 2 47 95 77 47
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Both the Castle and the gardens are beautiful, both are presented in a combination with art. It depends on your taste if you like the art. They have audio guides in several different languages and present the scenery with fairytale elements. The gardens are beautifully...More

Thank DGieskens
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place for a relaxed visit for a few hours. A fairy tale castle with so much genuine heritage. Young kids really enjoyed the gardens with the art works and with so many bilingual info boards (and audio,guide) it was an absolute pleasure to...More

Thank Dean S
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Have to admit to being surprised by some of the negative comments about this place. Of course they charge to get in, what do you expect? Its privately owned and must cost a bomb to maintain. It is not a restaurant per say, it is...More

Thank FoodieOswestry
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

We were staying in a nearby Chateau. We came here on a recommendation but it was so much more. Our lucky day to find a flower and vendor show. With strolling Peacocks , flower gardens, art in the forest. Just magical. The castle alone is...More

1  Thank MarshallGulch
LeRivau, Médiatrice Culturelle at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your nice comment. We are glad that the peacocks managed to charm you as well as the gardens. We wish you all the best and hope that you could one day come back to live again the magic of the...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

I visited the Chateau today for the Fete des Roses - you didn't need the satnav for the last kilometre, you could smell the place!!. ... it was simply amazing. My French is pretty awful but everybody was so helpful & pleasant I spent a...More

Thank LRmanchester
Reviewed 31 May 2017

lovely to visit, the ground are filled with flowers, and stuff for children, lovely feeling to the place. The exhibitions inside are a bit wacky in a good way

Thank david s
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This is a very well kept Chateau with lovely gardens. We have been to many chateaus now and we aren't interested in the interiors but this one got our interest with the contemporary art pieces dotted around the 5 rooms. Some were very amusing and...More

Thank 35yaya
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Recently stayed with English friends, who have lived in France for some 40 years, and was happy to visit Chateau du Rivau. Happiness turned to absolute delight from the moment we arrived. A beautiful, small, Chateau with equally lovely gardens - a pleasure for children...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We spent 4 days in the Loire Valley over the Easter break. We visited many of the bigger chateaus - Villandry, Chambers, Rigny-Usse, Chenonceau, but this was the best for us. We have a 2 year old child and the main attraction here is the...More

Thank RobEberstein
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A wonderful place to visit,with lots of interest,different things throughout the year and the gardens change with the seasons.The restaurant is fantastic and the staff wonderful.We visit meant times a year,can't get enough of it.A magical experience.

Thank Cyndy B
LeRivau, Propriétaire at Chateau du Rivau, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2017

Thank you so much. We do aim for the "magical experience" ! All the best,

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