Chateau Ridou: Whole Site

Sleeps: 40 - 60 Bedrooms: 25 Bathrooms: 16
Sleeps: 40 - 60 Bedrooms: 25 Bathrooms: 16

Overview

Wedding Venue

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 château. 

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! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! 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.

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Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The chateau gardens are superb, with exotic tress from congo and a tree over 300 year old!
  • Tennis, badminton, table tennis, fishing and petanque can all be done at the Chateau - this is a great place for outdoor pursuits
  • The interior of the chateau is classic yet comfortable

What you should know…

  • Be aware that the chateau has no swimming pool!
  • The chateau is down a 3km private road, try not to get lost!
  • Unfortunately the Wi-Fi can only connect 3 devices at a time. This is a common problem in the area.

Property Features

Vill’otel (Like a Hotel!) Internet Tennis Court Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed Cable TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site

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.

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Ridou: Whole Site
Walkable Village Walkable Restaurant Waterfront Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Zaventem, Brussels

(91-100 km)

Nearest Ferry port Calais

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village Vireux

(4 km)

Nearest Town/City Givet

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant Chez Salvatore

(5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Tippy bar

(5 km)

Nearest Golf charleville mezières

(41-45 km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Cot(s) High Chair(s) Toys

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:
- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help.

Catering sur place: menus from 15-35 euros per person depending on what you order. A breakfast buffet is available for 8 euros per person. Lunch is 15 euros per person for French salad, cheese and French bread. Dinner is available from 20 euros per person for a 3 course dinner. Please note that drinks are not included in these prices. Wine is available from 15 euros for a 3-litre (4 bottles) carafe. Soft drinks are available for 3 euros per bottle. Champagne is available for 20-25 euros per bottle.

A house keeper is available for cleaning. Babysitting is available at 15 euros per hour.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Event information

The beautifully secluded Chateau Ridou is an idyllic setting for any wedding or special occasion. The estate boasts its own barn which is the ideal venue for an indoor reception and has a seating capacity of up to 150 guests. Moreover, for a larger event, the outside grounds, with its extensive gardens and exotic trees can host 250 guests.

Additionally, there is a small chapel situated on the estate for a traditional ceremony.

A wedding planner can be arranged to organise all the finer details and a selection of caterers can be recommended. There is also plenty of local accommodation for your additional guests to stay.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about rates and availability.

Terms & Conditions

- Party barn: This is available for hire for €150 or free if you purchase your drinks from the owner. This should be booked in advance of arrival.



Security deposit €600. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 16-18h.
Departure time 9-10 a.m.
Energy costs included? yes
Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? No animals allowed in the castle. Animals are only allowed in the cottage on demand, 10€ per animal, per stay.
Changeover day Friday or Monday, except July and August when it is Friday. Different changeover days must be agreed with the owner.
End of stay cleaning included? yes
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the bedrooms of the property.
Insurance Client Insurance of Responsibility: Required to be sent after booking confirmation before arrival.
Tax Tourist tax to be paid to the owner on arrival: €1,10/night/person 18+ years old for the chateau & €0,5/nigh/person 18+ years old for the gites.
Other Ts and Cs Extra Furniture and Decorations for Weddings/Events=€20/25 per person
Other Ts and Cs Wood box if required: 10€ each.
Other Ts and Cs Heating of the hall not included

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 40 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 £8,804.59 £9,014.25 £10,099.39
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - £10,099.39
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 £8,804.59 £9,014.25 £10,099.39
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - £10,099.39
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 £8,804.59 £9,014.25 £10,099.39
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - £10,099.39
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 £8,804.59 £9,014.25 £10,099.39

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 60 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 £8,804.59 £9,476.59 £12,947.93
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - £12,947.93
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 £8,804.59 £9,476.59 £12,947.93
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 £10,099.39 £10,561.39 £12,947.93
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 £8,804.59 £9,476.59 £12,947.93
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - £12,947.93
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 £8,804.59 £9,476.59 £12,947.93

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 40 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 €9,519.99 €9,729.65 €10,920.00
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - €10,920.00
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 €9,519.99 €9,729.65 €10,920.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - €10,920.00
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 €9,519.99 €9,729.65 €10,920.00
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - €10,920.00
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 €9,519.99 €9,729.65 €10,920.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 60 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 €9,519.99 €10,191.99 €13,999.99
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - €13,999.99
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 €9,519.99 €10,191.99 €13,999.99
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 €10,920.00 €11,382.00 €13,999.99
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 €9,519.99 €10,191.99 €13,999.99
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - €13,999.99
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 €9,519.99 €10,191.99 €13,999.99

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 40 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 $11,180.17 $11,389.83 $12,824.34
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - $12,824.34
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 $11,180.17 $11,389.83 $12,824.34
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - $12,824.34
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 $11,180.17 $11,389.83 $12,824.34
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - $12,824.34
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 $11,180.17 $11,389.83 $12,824.34

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 60 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
November 20th 2017 - December 22nd 2017 $11,180.17 $11,852.17 $16,441.45
December 22nd 2017 - January 5th 2018 - - $16,441.45
January 5th 2018 - June 29th 2018 $11,180.17 $11,852.17 $16,441.45
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 $12,824.34 $13,286.34 $16,441.45
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 $11,180.17 $11,852.17 $16,441.45
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - $16,441.45
January 4th 2019 - May 24th 2019 $11,180.17 $11,852.17 $16,441.45

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
12 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The excellent location in a beautiful valley nearby the big river “La Meuse” and the unspoiled forest, I call it a little paradise.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?  
This valley has a long history. There are still signs of Ancient Rome on the property. It was long a self-supporting community with a Tannery, a farm and water mill. The tannery is the oldest building on the property. There was a fire in the main house and then the chateau was built  by “oranje Nassau” and once bought for the family of the mistress of Leopold II (Belgium king). They also added a chapel. It became a hunting castle with stables for the horses and carriages. That was the time people came here to relax and enjoy the beautiful nature.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Yes and there are several television programs recorded here.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?  
 
Adventure park in Fumay = Terraltitude

Really eat? 
French kitchen food

Really see? 
The Citadel in Dinant

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?  
 
You really need a car in this area. For the last part: please follow our road directions, don’t trust any navigation system.

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The Region

The people of Champagne have a lot to be proud about. Not only do they produce one of the world’s most celebrated fizzy drinks, the region was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2015, meaning it’s an even greater destination for foodies and culture vultures alike. But while it’s right at the heart of the country, the Champagne region offers more than an authentic drink – as our travel guide shows, there’s a little something for everyone if you’re thinking of booking one of our luxury villas and chateaux in Champagne. 

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Reviews

  • Beautiful setting by the Meuse river

    Posted by Dennis C. on 09/10/2016

    Very peaceful and restful stay. Hills, forest and river make it the perfect place with access to historic sites. Well equipped cottage with log fire and comfortable beds. Hot water all day. Many reasonable places to eat within easy travel. Good welcome and care throughout our stay. We say a great thank you to Oliver's Travel who generously helped us through a difficult problem, they together with Els and Leo at the Chateau.

     

  • Perfect location

    Posted by Kevin B. J. on 15/09/2016

    Set in a beautiful location along the Messe river, this wonderful chateau and cottages provided the perfect setting for a large friends and family 50th birthday celebration. Even though there were nearly 50 people staying for a week, there was so much space, the outdoor area was used extensively as the weather was perfect. The kitchen did have plenty of crockery, glassware & utensils. This is a beautiful, tranquil part of France, well worth the time to visit for that special event.

     

  • Top notch!

    Posted by Verelle S. on 19/08/2016

    We stayed in the château with a group of 16 people in celebration of my partners 50th birthday. We all loved the location, the tranquility, the house, and the very laid back atmosphere. The château was spacious, clean, with some really nice pieces of furniture, without pretending to be too posh. The owners were very helpful and friendly and they have done a great job with restoring this place. We definitely would come back, hopefully in the near future.

  • Fantastic Wedding in the Chateau followed by Week of Amazing Holiday!!

    Posted by Romanie N. on 14/05/2016

    We celebrated our Wedding at Chateau Ridou and had the most fantastic, perfect wedding day!! Els our wedding planner made sure we had the perfect ceremony outside, followed by a beautiful reception, a fantastic dinner in the Marquee and we partied all night in the Party Barn! Everything was perfect. We stayed the whole week in the Chateau Ridoux (whole site) with all our friends and family, and celebrated every day. The environment is absolutely stunning, perfect for walking, cycling and relaxing. The Chateau is mind-blowing, fantastic to stay there! And the "Honeymoon suite" was just fantastic, so romantic. We absolutely loved every minute of it and are so grateful to Els Robyn!!

     

     

  • Puur genieten

    Posted by Chantal M. on 24/04/2016

    We verbleven een lang weekend in het kasteel met 13 personen, en genoten er intens van. De professionele inrichting, het 'royale' meubilair, de enorme ruimte, de comfortabele bedden, de groene omgeving, kortom alles zorgde voor een perfect verblijf. Bovendien hadden we een erg leuk contact met eigenaars Els & Leo, die ondanks de recente brand in hun eigen woning, steeds voor ons klaar stonden ! Een absolute aanrader …

     

  • Schitterend kasteeltje in mooie omgeving

    Posted by Jan VP on 25/11/2015

    Wij hebben Chateau Ridou geboekt voor een familieweek-end met 8 volwassenen en 9 kinderen. Het was een uitermate geslaagd week-end. De gemeenschappelijke ruimtes waren bijzonder ruim (vooral dan de living, die de allure heeft van een troonzaal). Ook de slaapkamers waren perfect: ruim, mooi ingericht en kraaknet. De ligging was trouwens ook uitstekend: in een bosrijke omgeving aan de oevers van de Maas. Perfect om lange wandelingen te maken (wat we ook gedaan hebben). De uitbaters wonen trouwens om de hoek (wat heel handig is wanneer je iets nodig hebt) en waren heel behulpzaam en correct. Ik kan niet meteen iets negatiefs bedenken over ons verblijf, behalve het weer dan (maar het was dan ook november). Echt een aanrader.

     

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