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The Château du Rivau, an iconic Loire Valley Castle

One of the oldest castle in the Loire Valley

Part of the iconic Loire Valley castles, the Château du Rivau is a privately owned castle that has been renovated for the past 30 years by the family Laigneau.


Among the great castle of the Loire Valley, the Château du Rivau is one of the oldest. It was built in the 15th century, near Chinon, where Charles VII, King of France, used to lived. However, its origins go back further, as it was built on the foundations of a 13th-century fortified house. Part fortified castle, part pleasure residence, it looks like something out of a fairytale.


The Château du Rivau is a medieval fortified castle with its impressive keep, its Renaissance Royal Stables, a barn and a wine press. The estate has a rich history and ancient buildings. But it is also firmly rooted in our times, with its 15 Remarkable Gardens and many art exhibitions.

Histoire du Château

The history of Le Rivau

The Château du Rivau, a medieval castle in the Loire Valley

Architecture of the castle

écuries royales

The Royal Stables

The restoration of Le Rivau