Chateau Ridou

Sleeps: 20 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9
Sleeps: 20 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9


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Chateau Ridou is accessed along a 3km 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, 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. 

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.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The chateau gardens are superb, with exotic tress from congo and a tree over 300 years old!
  • Mountain bikes can be hired at the property: the surroundings are perfect for bike riding!
  • Tennis, badminton, table tennis, fishing and petanque can all be done at the Chateau - this is a great place for outdoor pursuits

What you should know…

  • If you only rent the chateau, the other gites within the estate may be rented to other guests. However, these properties are entirely separate from the chateau and self contained so your privacy is ensured.
  • The chateau is down a 3 km private road, try not to get lost!
  • 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. Guests will also find a bedroom with two single beds and an en suite bathroom, ideal for the elderly or wheelchair access.

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. one of the bathrooms even has a jacuzzi!

Chateau Ridou has fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy during their stay.  An outdoor BBQ, wonderful dining terraces, ample parking, tennis court, table-tennis, boules, swimming and fishing at River Meuse, just in front of the chateau there is a well know "voie verte" this is a 83Km cycling road.

The swimming pool is only open in the summer.


About the surrounding area of Chateau Ridou
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)


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

The property has all the amenities for children, such as- baby cots, high chairs and a baby park!