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Chateau du Rivau, Lemere

(4.5/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
Gallivant with your children in the realm of faeries at Chateau du Rivau, an authentic medieval fortress surrounded by 14 gardens alive with fairy tales. A popular tourist attraction today, the rich history of this castle includes a visit by Joan of Arc. Today, the castle, the stables, and the six hectare (14.8 acre) park combine botany, history, art, and magic. Large sculptures on the outdoor grounds are sure to surprise you while sparking the imagination of the child within. An on-site flower bar in the garden serves drinks made from herbs and flowers inspired by the ancients. Work out when and for how long to visit Chateau du Rivau and other Lemere attractions using our handy Lemere vacation planner.
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  • Also bewitching outside than inside. An original venue that mixes reverie, nature and art. We can have lunch fresh meals and the place lends itself to a visit of a full afternoon.
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  • The first time I visit a castle and I've been amazed between different gardens of the castle that tell a story or makes us discover an artist. In addition to the stories that we're told. Level gastronomy, at the castle restaurant food products came straight from the garden and local producers. If you succumb to the dessert feel free to enjoy the garden Lavender cream. You'll understand the Riveau Castle is the castle to visit when you go to the region Center.
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  • Castle not to be missed. Beautiful entertainment in the Park, outstanding gardens and and very well restored interiors.
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  • Beautiful gardens with lots of activities! Went in summer which was great including jousting festival!
  • Nice location with accesable castle, art exhibition and relaxing flower garden.
  • One of our favourite Loire Valley chateaux which we encourage visitors to the area to seek out,especially with small children, as they will be enchanted. It is great for adults too with its jousting tournament in the middle of August perhaps the highlight. We love the fact that the owners have instilled a lighter,humorous side to their displays within the castle and its grounds.
  • What an enchanting place, I'd give that video an Academy Award!
  • This is a must-visit chateau in the Loire. My wife and I spent a weekend at Le Rivau during the annual pumpkin festival. We were in France for 3 weeks, and Le Rivau was the HIGHLIGHT of the whole trip. We felt like kids again. Running through the maze, touring the castle interior, and letting our imaginations run wild. Our adult sensibilities were satisfied as well, as we took in the rich history and got the backstory on some of the beautiful commissioned artworks. It is a place that is both serious and playful. Young and old. The bonus was the restaurant. The salad was super fresh and flavorful. The cheese plate paired with the local Chinon cab franc was excellent. I can't wait to go back.