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Chateau | 17 bedrooms | sleeps 32

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

The 17th century Chateau Ridou sits at the foot of the Maas within 15km of the Belgium border. The estate stretches over a 6 hectare valley in the midst of a 2000 hectare Ardenne forest. The only entrance road to Chateau Ridou is along a private tow path of 3km. This is the ideal place to de-stress and enjoy all that the area offers. On the estate itself you can play tennis/badminton/table tennis/fishing/petanque (please bring along your own equipment). Also starting at Chateau Ridou are many hiking and mountain bike routes - it's even possible to rent mountain bikes on request.

For a group wishing to dine on site we have a large reception barn for hire that we have furnished as a cafe. Chateau Ridou has a large open fire place in the dining room; you will feel like you're back in the 17th century as a master of the castle. It is also possible to bring your horse if you wish. The chateau may be rented by itself for groups of up to 20, or with its gites (farmhouses) as well for groups of up to 45. If the chateau is rented on its own the gites will not be rented independently to another group.

The chateau was built in the 17th century by Oranje-Nassau with rocks from the mountain next to the chateau. It was fully renovated and rebuilt in the 18th century by Leopold II (King of Belgium). He bought it for his mistress at the time and planted many exotic trees (such as palm trees - the oldest tree is now more than 300 years old) that came from the Belgian colony of the Congo. The property today boasts a fantastic collection of rare plants and trees. The oldest building on the estate is the tannery that was also built from the same stone as the chateau.

PLEASE NOTE THAT FULL PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AVAILABILITY & PRICES ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON MY WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN VISIT BY CLICKING ON MY PERSONAL WEBSITE LINK BELOW.

Size Sleeps up to 32, 17 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Brussels 120 km, Nearest railway: Vireux 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Games room, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 17 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 10 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (14), Double beds (18)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private tennis court, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

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.

On the first floor, guests will find three twin bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, one large double bedroom with king size bed and en-suite bathroom and one twin bedroom with separate bathroom and WC. 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.

The small farmhouses, dotted across the estate, are ideal for larger groups or those seeking more privacy. Gite Lavendin, the largest, sleeps 14. It consists of 7 bedrooms, 3 separate WCs, 2 large bathrooms, kitchen and living room with satellite TV. Gite III sleeps six, up to eight if necessary, with three bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC and kitchen. Gite IV sleeps four, and up to six if necessary. The gite consists of two bedrooms, bathroom, separate WC and kitchen. Gite VI consists of only one bedroom, and sleeps two people, with up to four if necessary, and a mezzanine bed suitable for a child. The gite also has a bathroom, separate WC and kitchen.

Further details outdoors

Chateau Ridou has fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy during their stay. An outdoor BBQ, wonderful dining terraces, ample parking, courts for badminton and tennis, table-tennis (in the chapel), boules, swimming and fishing at River Meuse, just in front of the chateau, walking and mountain biking can all be enjoyed in the grounds of the estate and surrounding area.

It is also possible to bring your horse if you wish. The chateau may be rented by itself for groups of up to 20, or with its gites (farmhouses) as well for groups of up to 45. If the chateau is rented on its own the gites will not be rented independently to another group.

Further details

PLEASE NOTE THAT FULL PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AVAILABILITY & PRICES ARE KEPT UP TO DATE ON MY WEBSITE WHICH YOU CAN VISIT BY CLICKING ON MY PERSONAL WEBSITE LINK BELOW.

Northern France region

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.

Vireux

Discover the diversity of this region: a colourful pallet of woodlands, pastures, valleys, small lakes and meandering rivers. Long walks and mountain biking can be a part of your holiday, along with canoeing on the Lesse.Or, for some culture, experience the Binche carnival. Characteristic farms and fairy tale castles like the chateau and Abbee at Chimay, or a visit to the Han caves, will make your holiday here complete.

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  • 6 Years listed

Calendar last updated:30 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

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  • French
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