Chateau Ridou

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Sleeps: 40 - 60 Bedrooms: 24 Bathrooms: 16

Overview

Wedding Venue Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

Château Ridou is accessed along a 3 km private road in the renowned Champagne region of France. Beautifully secluded in the 2000 hectare Ardennes Forest, on the banks of the river, the château dates back to the 1600s, and is peacefully located in a vast valley. Château Ridou was built by Oranje-Nassau, using rocks from the mountain next to the château. 

The estate comprises of a main château and five gites, offering accommodation for 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 château 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 château’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 Château 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.

Château 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 château gardens, including palm trees, which can still be seen on the estate. The oldest tree is now more than 300 years old. Today, the château 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 château.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked 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 can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the 'Extras' tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The gardens are wonderful for children to play in - kids will need to be supervised due to the nearby river and streams
  • There is complimentary Wi-Fi but it can only connect up to three devices at a time - this is a common problem in the area
  • Bring your own equipment for all the brilliant outdoor games

Property Features

Internet BBQ Tennis Court Cable TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Chapel on Site Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Main Château Interior (400m2, 20 guests)

Ground Floor

- Entrance hall with WC
- Sitting room with satellite TV and DVD player
- Dining room (for up to 30 guests) with fire-place and music system
- Semi-professional kitchen, fully equipped including electric oven, microwave, gas range, coffee maker, two fridges, one freezer and dishwasher
- Twin bedroom with private bathroom with Italian shower and WC (can be adapted for guests with limited mobility)

First Floor

- 2 x Twin bedroom with private bathroom with shower and WC
- Twin bedroom with private bathroom with whirlpool bath and WC
- King-size bedroom with private bathroom with shower and WC
- King-size bedroom with balcony and private bathroom with bath and WC

Second Floor

- Family room with 3 x single beds and private bathroom with shower and WC
- Family room with 5 x single beds and two private bathrooms with shower plus one WC

Outside Grounds

- Terraces around the chateau
- Covered terrace with BBQ
- Outdoor furniture
- Badminton and tennis court
- Table-tennis (in chapel)
- Boules pitch
- River Meuse in front of chateau
- Ample parking

Facilities

- Wi-Fi (up to three devices at a time)
- Music system
- Satellite TV and DVD player
- Badminton and tennis court
- Table-tennis (in chapel)
- Boxes and grassland available for horses

Please note that you should bring your own equipment for outdoor games 

The Gîtes (up to 40 guests)

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.

Please note that whilst each cottage has complimentary Wi-Fi, only three devices at a time can be connected.

Interior of Cottage 1 (10-14 guests)

Ground Floor

- Kitchen-diner with stove, fridge-freezer, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, oven and dishwasher
- Living room with satellite TV and woodstove

First Floor

- Double bedroom (bed 1.4mx2m)
- Bunk bed bedroom
- 2 x Double bedrooms (beds 1.35mx2m)
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with shower two washbasins
- Bathroom with shower two washbasins and WC
- Two separate WCs

Second Floor

- 2 x quad rooms with 4 single beds each

Outside Grounds

- Private terrace and BBQ
- Large garden with outdoor furniture
- Surrounded by forest and river

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV

Interior of Cottage 2 (5-7 guests)

Ground Floor

- Living room with satellite TV (with sofa-bed measuring 1.4mx2m, available on request for guests with reduced mobility)
- Bathroom with shower and WC
- Open-plan kitchen-diner with fridge-freezer, microwave, oven, coffee maker and toaster

First Floor

- 2 x twin rooms
- Bathroom with shower and WC

Second Floor

- Twin room

Outside Grounds

- Terrace with outdoor furniture
- BBQ

Facilities

- Wifi
- Satellite TV

Interior of Cottage 3 (6 guests, in annexe north of castle)

Ground Floor

- Kitchen, well equipped including fridge, stove, microwave, oven and coffee maker

First Floor

- 1 double bedroom
- Bathroom with shower and WC

Second Floor

- Triple room with 3 x single beds
- Twin room

Outside Grounds

- Terrace with outdoor furniture
- BBQ
- Garden
- Surrounded by forest

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV
- Woodstove

Interior of Cottage 4 (4-5 guests, in annexe north of castle)

Ground Floor

- Kitchen, well equipped with freezer, microwave, coffee maker and toaster

First Floor

- Twin room (beds 0.9mx2m)
- Bathroom with shower
- WC

Second Floor

- Triple room with 3 x single beds

Outside Grounds

- Terrace with outdoor furniture
- BBQ

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV
- Woodstove

Interior of Cottage 5 (2 guests, also suitable for a couple with baby)

Ground Floor

- Kitchen, well equipped including fridge, microwave, coffee maker and toaster
- Sofa bed (1.4mx2m)

First Floor

- Double bedroom (bed 1.8mx2m)
- Bathroom with bath and washbasin
- WC

Outside Grounds

- Private garden overlooking Risdoux stream
- BBQ
- Private terrace with outdoor furniture

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Woodstove

NB – only cottage in the building so good privacy


Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Ridou
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling 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)

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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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Please bring your own equipment for outdoor games such as tennis/badminton rackets and boules.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Climbing frame
  • Badminton
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Slide
  • Swings
  • Tennis Court
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Waterfront

Services Available

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

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
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

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. 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

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Catering (lunch and dinners)
- Breakfast
- House keeping
- Babysitting

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

This château has a picture perfect location in the Champagne region of France, beautifully secluded in a valley within the Ardennes Forest and delightfully situated on the banks of the river Meuse. The whole estate, with its five additional gites, can host a large group of your wedding guests who will enjoy the glorious gardens with their exotic plants and trees from the Congo. There’s a small chapel on site for a traditional ceremony as well as other romantic locations such beneath the ancient lime tree or next to the flowing river. You can choose an intimate indoor reception here but you won’t need to worry about numbers if you use the large barn or even the glorious outdoors.

Wedding Reception
A reception for up to 200 guests can take place inside the renovated barn on-site. Alternatively, for a group of up to 300 people, the reception can take place in the grounds under a hired marquee if necessary.

Up to 30 guests can be seated in the dining room of the château for a more intimate, indoor reception.

Dancing can take place in the gardens, beneath a marquee if necessary, or inside the renovated barn. The music can continue as late as you like as this property has no music restrictions.

Wedding Ceremony
You could have your ceremony in the gardens of the château - in front of the small chapel on site, next to the river at the front of the property or beneath the 300-year-old lime tree.

The owners can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.

From 2020, ceremonies will also be able to take place in the Tannery – an old 17th century building on-site. 

Where to Stay
60 people can sleep on site – with 20 inside the main château and 40 more guests sleeping in the surrounding cottages.

Up to 200 more guests can be accommodated in nearby hotels and B&Bs.

The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning 
The owners can recommend an English-speaking wedding planner.

Catering
Catering can either be organised by the château or the clients can self-cater. Other external caterers may be used on request and with an additional charge.

The venue can supply all the drinks for the event or the client may bring their own, with a corkage fee applied.

Other information
The whole estate must be rented for an event to take place.

Wedding packages are on offer – please enquire.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €600 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Departure time 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? Animals are allowed in the cottage only on request and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement will apply (paid locally).
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. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Heating costs included? No, heating of the hall not included. Wood box if required: €10 each.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that prices for up to 40 guests are for the chateau and two gites only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 40 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 £9,029 £9,244 £9,459 £9,673 £10,357
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - £10,357
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 £9,029 £9,244 £9,459 £9,673 £10,357
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 £9,029 £9,244 £9,459 £9,673 £10,357
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £9,029 £9,244 £9,459 £9,673 £10,357
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - £10,357
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 £9,029 £9,244 £9,459 £9,673 £10,357

Prices based on an occupancy of 60 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 £10,357 £10,830 £11,303 £11,776 £13,278
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - £13,278
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 £10,357 £10,830 £11,303 £11,776 £13,278
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 £10,357 £10,830 £11,303 £11,776 £13,278
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 £10,357 £10,830 £11,303 £11,776 £13,278
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - £13,278
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 £10,357 £10,830 £11,303 £11,776 £13,278

Prices based on an occupancy of 40 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 €9,747 €9,962 €10,176 €10,391 €11,180
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - €11,180
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 €9,747 €9,962 €10,176 €10,391 €11,180
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 €9,747 €9,962 €10,176 €10,391 €11,180
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €9,747 €9,962 €10,176 €10,391 €11,180
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - €11,180
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 €9,747 €9,962 €10,176 €10,391 €11,180

Prices based on an occupancy of 60 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 €11,180 €11,653 €12,126 €12,599 €14,334
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - €14,334
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 €11,180 €11,653 €12,126 €12,599 €14,334
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 €11,180 €11,653 €12,126 €12,599 €14,334
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 €11,180 €11,653 €12,126 €12,599 €14,334
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - €14,334
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 €11,180 €11,653 €12,126 €12,599 €14,334

Prices based on an occupancy of 40 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 $10,790 $11,005 $11,219 $11,434 $12,377
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - $12,377
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 $10,790 $11,005 $11,219 $11,434 $12,377
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 $10,790 $11,005 $11,219 $11,434 $12,377
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $10,790 $11,005 $11,219 $11,434 $12,377
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - $12,377
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 $10,790 $11,005 $11,219 $11,434 $12,377

Prices based on an occupancy of 60 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 18th 2019 - Dec 20th 2019 $12,377 $12,850 $13,323 $13,796 $15,868
Dec 20th 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - - - - $15,868
Jan 3rd 2020 - Jun 26th 2020 $12,377 $12,850 $13,323 $13,796 $15,868
Jun 26th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 $12,377 $12,850 $13,323 $13,796 $15,868
Aug 28th 2020 - Dec 18th 2020 $12,377 $12,850 $13,323 $13,796 $15,868
Dec 18th 2020 - Jan 1st 2021 - - - - $15,868
Jan 1st 2021 - Mar 21st 2021 $12,377 $12,850 $13,323 $13,796 $15,868

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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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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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