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. /n Security deposit /n €600 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
/n Arrival time /n 4.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. /n Departure time /n 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. /n Energy costs included? /n Yes. /n > If not included, what are they? /n depending the season /n Linen & towels included? /n Yes. /n > If not included, how much to hire? /n 12€ per person (bed made for arrival+ bath en kitchen towels) /n Pets welcome? /n 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). /n Other Ts and Cs /n Cleaning and charges depening of which cottage, castle...you rent.
The charges has to be paid on arrival cash, because we have no terminal. /n Changeover day /n Friday or Monday, except July and August when it is Friday. Different changeover days must be agreed with the owner. /n End of stay cleaning included? /n 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. /n Smoking Allowed? /n Outside only. /n Insurance /n 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. /n Tax /n French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required). /n Other Ts and Cs /n Extra Furniture and Decorations for Weddings/Events=€20/25 per person /n Other Ts and Cs /n Wood box if required: €10 each. /n Heating costs included? /n No, heating of the hall not included. Wood box if required: €10 each. /n Other Ts and Cs /n Please note that prices for up to 40 guests are for the chateau and two gites only. /n Other Ts and Cs /n Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.