Fodor's Expert Review Château du Rivau

9 rue du Château, Chinon, Centre-Val de Loire, 37120, France Fodor's Choice

Its long and storied history is only part of the magic of this picturesque family-owned château that seems right out of a storybook. Renowned in the 1420s for the quality of its warhorses (Joan of Arc visited to refresh her troops), its generations of owners read like a French who's who. Today, the chateau's acres of glorious gardens are a delight to explore and even furnish the organic vegetables and truffles for the onsite gastronomic restaurant and café. The chateau is also known for its themed world-class art exhibitions, bringing together dozens of works by international contemporary artists. The accompanying hotel, housed in a 17th-century stone grange with beamed ceilings, flagstone floors, and antiques, offers all the charm of a medieval castle with 21st-century amenities. Perfect for a day or weekend, the hotel offers a range of activities, from walks and tastings of its estate wines to family events held in the garden.


  • Fascinating history dating back to the 15th century
  • Superb breakfast included in room price
  • Lots of activities on-site, including art exhibits and wine-tastings


  • Restaurants closed on Monday
  • Bike rentals cost extra
  • Guided visits of the chateau are pricey




Phones: 02–47–95–77–47


12 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Apr., Free Breakfast

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