“Offering you a unique experience that will immerse you in the ‘luxurious, relaxed and pleasurable’ life of a castle.”
Free hotel car park
Golf course nearby
Prestige double room
King René Suite
And when dining at the Château du Rivau, you’ll be spoiled for choice. While the hearty, varied breakfast (sweet and savoury) is served upstairs in the old stables, lunch and/or dinner features a change of scenery. Beautiful natural surroundings for the brasserie menu; a veranda in front of the château for the semi-gourmet option. The common theme? The splendid setting, of course, but most of all, home-made products produced using local, seasonal ingredients, offering a full range of authentic flavours.
On the Château du Rivau’s semi-gourmet menu, creative and refined cuisine is king. Amid the verdant setting of the castle courtyard, with its vines and rose bushes, enjoy the chef’s innovative cuisine inspired by nature and local products. The menu showcases vegetables, aromatic and edible wild plants straight from the six-hectare garden.
Simple, fresh, healthy products (large salads, quiches, etc.) are on the menu for this bucolic dining experience. The journey from the estate’s vegetable garden to the plate is broken only by a detour via the chef’s kitchens which, on occasion, feature produce from neighbouring farmers at times when home-made products are not available. Here, the fairies eat local.
This place is magical. We had a great visit and Thomas was very helpful. Thank you!
We had a lovely couple of nights staying here as a stopover, helped by gorgeous weather! The service provided by Thomas and the team is second to none, and the attention to detail in our room and all around the chateau was excellent. Unfortunately the restaurant wasn’t open during our stay but we enjoyed the breakfast, with plenty of quality local produce. We were fortunate to have the gardens to ourselves and had a quick look around the chateau to admire the diverse and quirky of traditional and modern art! We hope to visit again later in the season.. best wishes Sarah and Marko
The Château du Rivau’s relaxation area is an invitation to enjoy some truly meditative moments. On the agenda: a menu of on-site massages (mainly Japanese) and facial treatments with products made from the garden’s own plants.
Fourteen gardens, covering six hectares and inspired by the wonderful legends of the Middle Ages, comprise this magical green space created around the Château du Rivau in little more than a decade. As you wander through this green paradise, which has enjoyed “Remarkable Garden” status since 2004, you can breathe in the scents of more than 460 varieties of roses, admire the ancient local vegetable species grown here, lose yourself in a labyrinth and stroll between leafy groves and flowerbeds, dotted with impressive contemporary works of art.
A jewel of medieval architecture, the Château de Rivau also provides a showcase for contemporary works of art. Past and present blend into one, enriching your visit, as you explore each room in turn. On the large spiral staircase, have fun trying to decrypt the various items of 15th-century graffiti – while, from a historical point of view, you may remember that Le Rivau is mentioned by Rabelais in Gargantua, and Joan of Arc and her companions came here in search of horses in 1429.
Located between Chinon and Richelieu, the Château du Rivau is the ideal place to radiate and visit the castles of the Loire Valley, the gardens and taste the Loire wines.
Europe’s largest monastic complex is well worth a detour. The site is made up of historical and architectural wonders (12th-century church, recumbent Plantagenet figures, extraordinary Romanesque kitchens, etc.), and has also welcomed a series of artists-in-residence since 1975, as well as hosting many concerts and exhibitions.
The Château du Rivau produces its own Chinon wine and offers wine tastings from 10 to 30 minutes around the different terroirs of Chinon wine.
“WINE PRESS” ROOM
Ideal for outdoor cocktails, this huge 327 m2 room, opening onto a courtyard, can accommodate up to 350 people depending on the selected configuration.
“GOLDEN FLEECE” ROOM
Located opposite the castle and its ornamental kitchen garden, this high-ceilinged 300 m2 room can accommodate up to 300 people, depending on the selected configuration. An added bonus: it can be divided in two by means of removable partitions.
STABLE ROOM (GROUND FLOOR)
Under their high, immaculately white vaulted ceiling, the château’s former stables offer a 152 m2 space which can accommodate up to 120 people, depending on the selected configuration.
The informal setting of this 93 m2 room features a number of beautiful contemporary art works. It can accommodate meetings of up to 40 people.
SALON OF CURIOSITIES
This 63 m2 room has a unique, original ambiance devoted to the art of hunting. A maximum of 25 people will have the opportunity to “hunt down” good ideas when meeting in this character-filled setting.
STABLE ROOM (1st floor)
This 60 m2 room can accommodate meetings of up to 30 people. It is equipped with air conditioning and a wall-mounted TV.
The library’s architectural design has much in common with the upturned hull of a boat. With its 63 m2 of floorspace, this welcoming room – inspired by literature and contemporary art – can accommodate meetings of up to 30 people.