One of our favourite chateau of the
Loire Valley, yet probably not on most people's must see' list, is
Chateau du Rivau. The chateau sits on a plain just south of
the historical town of Chinon and we have watched over the
years as it has blossomed as a visitor attraction. It is privately
owned and the owners have made a family friendly environment that
shows that they not only have a duty of care but also a sense of
Young children will find the place
magical while others will simply enjoy the well maintained gardens
and surroundings for what they are - a very pleasant place to spend
chateau also makes the most of its link to Joan of
Arc (it is claimed that the stables here provided some of her war
horses) by dedicating a complete room in the chateau to her memory.
The aforementioned stables now play host to an interesting visual
history of jousting tournaments that were held at the chateau.
continues today with the chateau playing host to very popular
jousting tournaments in July
You can read more about these events
here on a good blogpost on the subject.
Source for text and photos on Chateau
du Rivau : experienceloire.com
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