A visit to Château du Rivau

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On Saturday we visited the Château du Rivau for their Fête de Jardin.

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The garden is perfect for little kids with big imaginations: you will encounter all manner of “enchanted” creatures (above and below).

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Mysterious towers…

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And works of art.

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This was my favourite “folie” but there’s much, much more to see, including all sorts of play areas for kids.

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Once you’ve visited the gardens you can tour a few rooms in the château.

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The owners have mixed amusing pieces of contemporary art among the stuffed taxidermy trophy heads.

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The disco monster? 😉

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A crown by artist, Vincent Olinet.

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A cerf queen by artist, Katia Bourdarel.

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There’s a room dedicated to local hero and Rivau visitor, Jeanne d’Arc, including this portrait of Sarah Bernhardt dressed as Joan.

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And this art installation, “Joan’s Room” by François Andès. 

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My favourite plus for the kiddies is that you can rent Princess and Squire costumes for 3 euros, so that your children can dress up for their visit.

Rivau is a great family add-on if you’re heading to the Loire Valley to visit wineries or the châteaux of the Loire.

Château du Rivau, Le Coudray, 37120 Lémeré. Tél: 02 47 95 77 47.

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