Chateau Ridou

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


Wedding Venue Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

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! For a little extra, 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

Internet Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed Tennis Court Cable TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

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.


About the surrounding area of Chateau Ridou
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant 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!


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Good news! For a little extra, 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

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on 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. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests.

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

Event information

The beautifully secluded Chateau Ridou is an idyllic setting for any wedding or special occasion. The whole site 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 €500. 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? Utilities (water, gas and electricity): July-August = €50 per night / October – April = 70€ per night / Rest of the year = 60€ per night.
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.
Minimum stay 2 nights, except July, August, Christmas and New Year when it is 1 week
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the bedrooms of the property.
Insurance Client Insurance of Responsibility: Required and to be sent after booking confirmation before arrival
Other Ts and Cs The charges have to be paid in cash on arrival as the owners do not have a card terminal.
Tax Tourist tax to be paid to the owner on arrival: €1,21/night/person 18+ years old
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €160
Other Ts and Cs Breakfast, Additional Bedrooms, Party Hall: Prices on Request.
Other Ts and Cs Wood box if required: 10€ each.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 20 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 £2,028.00 £2,070.00 £2,288.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - £2,418.00
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 £2,028.00 £2,070.00 £2,288.00
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - £2,418.00
January 4th 2019 - June 28th 2019 £2,028.00 £2,070.00 £2,288.00
June 28th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - - £2,418.00
August 30th 2019 - October 25th 2019 £2,028.00 £2,070.00 £2,288.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 20 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 €2,216.00 €2,258.00 €2,500.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - €2,642.00
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 €2,216.00 €2,258.00 €2,500.00
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - €2,642.00
January 4th 2019 - June 28th 2019 €2,216.00 €2,258.00 €2,500.00
June 28th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - - €2,642.00
August 30th 2019 - October 25th 2019 €2,216.00 €2,258.00 €2,500.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 20 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 29th 2018 $2,719.00 $2,761.00 $3,067.00
June 29th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - - $3,241.00
August 31st 2018 - December 21st 2018 $2,719.00 $2,761.00 $3,067.00
December 21st 2018 - January 4th 2019 - - $3,241.00
January 4th 2019 - June 28th 2019 $2,719.00 $2,761.00 $3,067.00
June 28th 2019 - August 30th 2019 - - $3,241.00
August 30th 2019 - October 25th 2019 $2,719.00 $2,761.00 $3,067.00

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.



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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas at Chateau Ridou

    Posted by Timothy M on 30/12/2014

    Great place for a big family Christmas. Great rooms and all the practical necessities. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful

  • We enjoyed every bit

    Posted by Sanjeev M on 13/08/2010

    Excellent hospitality and place. We enjoyed every bit of our stay.

  • It's a wonderful place

    Posted by Silvana, Michael, Matteo on 13/08/2010

    It's a wonderful place. Thank you for everything and for your kindness.

  • Your services has been outstanding

    Posted by Swedish Student Reunion on 13/08/2010

    Your services has been outstanding. All 30 of us enjoyed this week. Thank you.

  • Very pretty and relaxing.

    Posted by The Smith Family on 13/08/2010

    Very pretty and relaxing. We loved the tennis court! Thank you.

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