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    Chateau Ridou

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    Property ref: S114805

    • Bedrooms 24

    • Sleeps 60

    • Baths 16

    • Pets No

    • Reviews (6)

    About this property

    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 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.

    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.

    Accommodation

    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

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    Local amenities

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    • Musée du Chemin de Fer à Vapeur des Trois Vallées
      3 miles
    • Casa Mia
      5.5 miles
    • Centre Aqualudique Rivéa
      6.5 miles
    • Domaine de Massembre
      7.5 miles
    • Le Bac Du Prince
      7.5 miles
    • Fondry des Chiens
      8 miles
    • Parc Communal de Nismes
      8.5 miles
    • Brasserie des Fagnes
      9.5 miles
    • Le Pelerin - Brasserie
      10 miles
    • Prune des bois
      10.5 miles

    Reviews (6)

    Dennis C
    "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."
    Kevin B. J
    "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."
    Verelle S
    "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."
    Romanie N
    "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!!"
    Chantal M
    "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 …"
    Jan VP
    "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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