Chateau Ridou: Whole Site
Chateau with 25 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms in Vireux-Wallerand, France
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Chateau to rent in Vireux-Wallerand, France
Chateau overview - owner's description
Chateau Ridou is accessed along a 3 km private road in the renowned Champagne region of France. Beautifully secluded in the 2000 hectare Ardennes Forest, the chateau dates back to the 1600s.
Chateau Ridou is accessed along a 3 km private road in the renowned Champagne region of France. Beautifully secluded in the 2000 hectare Ardennes Forest, the chateau dates back to the 1600s, and is peacefully located in a vast valley. Chateau Ridou was built by Oranje-Nassau, using rocks from the mountain next to the chateau.
The chateau itself sleeps a large group up to 18 people and, if the gites on the estate are also rented, the estate can accommodate up to 60 people. Facilities available on the estate include a tennis court, badminton court, table tennis, fishing and petanque. Please note that you should bring your own equipment.
The area around the chateau is a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers, and mountain bikes are available for hire. Guests are welcome to bring their own horse, as the estate and forest are excellent for riding.
In addition to the chateau's own beautiful dining room, which includes an open fireplace, the estate benefits from a large reception barn that is furnished as a restaurant and available for hire. Guests have exclusive use of Chateau Ridou and its grounds, and the gites and chateau will not be rented separately, so you can be assured that you will be the only group on site for the duration of your stay.
Chateau Ridou was renovated and rebuilt in the 18th century by the King of Belgium, Leopold II, who acquired the property for his mistress. The King planted exotic trees from the Belgian colony of the Congo in the chateau gardens, including palm trees, which can still be seen on the estate. The oldest tree is now more than 300 years old. Today, the chateau estate benefits from a superb collection of rare plants and trees. The oldest building on the estate is the tannery, also built from stone from the mountain next to the chateau.
Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill'otelYey! Wait… what is that?It's the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.
What's included?Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.
The ground floor benefits from an entrance hall with WC, huge sitting room with satellite television and VCR, attractive dining room with music system, and a large fully equipped kitchen with electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and gas range.
On the first floor, guests will find three twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two large double bedrooms with king size bed and en-suite bathroom. On the second floor, one will find the dormitory-style bedroom with five single beds and en-suite bathroom and the bedroom for three people with three single beds and en-suite bathroom.
The small farmhouses, dotted across the estate, are ideal for larger groups or those seeking more privacy. There are five separate cottages/gites in total to accommodate up to 40 guests.
Chateau Ridou has fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy during their stay. An outdoor BBQ, wonderful dining terraces, ample parking, courts for badminton and tennis, table-tennis (in the chapel), boules, swimming and fishing at River Meuse, just in front of the chateau, walking and mountain biking can all be enjoyed in the grounds of the estate and surrounding area.
The nearest airport is Brussels (120km) and Calais is 300km away. The nearest town of Vireux is 5km from the chateau.
The Ardennes region is beautifully diverse, and a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and riders, with woodlands, vast lakes, winding rivers and a variety of terrains. The river valleys consist of canyons reaching up to impressive green mountainous peaks. Towns close to the chateau include Namur, set around a 19th century Citadel and benefiting from excellent restaurants and great bars, Dinant, Rochefort, St Hubert, Bouillon, which is renowned for fantastic canoeing along the River Lesse, and Vireux, a super choice for restaurants, street markets and shopping.
There are so many places to explore around the region: the Chateau and Abbee at Chimay, the Han caves, canoeing along the River Lesse and hiking in the woodlands. This makes Chateau Ridou a fantastic base from which to discover the region of Champagne.
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Prices and availability
Updated 21 March 2018
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 22 March - 28 June 2018: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 29 June - 30 August 2018: changeover day is Friday and the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 31 August - 20 December 2018: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 21 December 2018 - 3 January 2019: changeover day is Friday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 4 January - 27 June 2019: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 28 June - 29 August 2019: changeover day is Friday and the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 30 August - 19 December 2019: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
- 20 December 2019 - 2 January 2020: changeover day is Friday and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
- 3 January 2020 - 3 January 2025: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Refundable Breakage Deposit
£875.40 per booking, paid locally
25 bedrooms, Sleeps 60
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV, Satellite / cable
Central heating, Open fire
Hen or stag groups