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Chateau Ridou



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
French chateau rental in woodland setting with private tennis court & river.

Chateau Ridou is accessed along a 3km private road in the renowned Champagne region of France. Beautifully secluded in the 2000 hectare Ardennes Forest, the chateau dates back to the 1600s, and is peacefully located in a vast valley. Chateau Ridou was built by Oranje-Nassau, using rocks from the mountain next to the ch??teau.

The chateau itself sleeps a large group up to 18 people and, if the gites on the estate are also rented, the estate can accommodate 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 chateau is paradise for hiker and mountain bikers, and mountain bikes are available for hire. Guests are welcome to bring their own horse, and the estate and forest are excellent for riding.

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 and two large double bedrooms with king size bed and en-suite bathroom. 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.

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.


More Details
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Manager

Simply Chateau was set up in 2003 after two old school chums enjoyed a fantastic holiday with friends in a French chateau in the Dordogne. Oliver & Ravi, the two directors of the company, were amazed at what terrific value these stunning chateau rentals represented and decided to spread the word. Soon after the website www.simplychateau.com was born.

Today we deliver a wide range of luxury villas, private chateau and charming farmhouses throughout France, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Caribbean. We have something for everyone from charming manor houses representing great value for money to fully catered & serviced luxury chateau, all handpicked and chosen with care. Bookings are made direct with the owner of your chosen property to guarantee you get the best booking price available.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

Your services has been outstanding. All 30 of us enjoyed this week. Thank you.
Aug 2010
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We enjoyed every bit

  • 5 of 5

Excellent hospitality and place. We enjoyed every bit of our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

At Simply Chateau we only work with the very best rental properties on the market. All of our properties have been handpicked and we take our customer feedback extremely seriously. We operate a ‘three strikes and you’re out��� policy - that is to say if we have 3 negative reviews relating to any of our properties we cease to advertise it. We have properties to suit every taste and budget, all chosen with care by our expert team for their unique character, fantastic features and stunning countryside locations.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brussels at 120 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 300 Kilometres

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, hiking in the woodlands making Chateau le Risdou a fantastic base from which to discover the region of Champagne.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
January to March
6 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
July to August
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
November to Christmas
1 Nov 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas to New Years
20 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
January to March
6 Jan 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
July to August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay


  • Guide Price: £1,545 - £1,663 (Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for a week).

    Short Breaks: £1,313 - £1,663 (Low to high season price range based on exclusive hire of the property for 2

    Security deposit: €500. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage

    Energy costs: Included in the rental price.

    End of stay cleaning: Please enquire.
  • Terms:

    - Linen & towels: Linen and towels are available for hire at 12 euros per person. Alternatively you may bring your own.
    - Energy costs: April to June €40 per night, July to September €30 per night and October to March €60 per night.
    - End of stay cleaning: €150 for the chateau. €35-70 per gite.
    - Arrival time: 4pm onwards.
    - Departure time: 10am.
    - Pets: No pets allowed. You may bring a horse with prior arrangement.
    - Smoking: No smoking in the bedrooms of the property.
    - Party barn: This is available for hire for €150 or free if you purchase your drinks from the owner. This should be booked in advance of arrival.
    - Changeover days: Please note that all weekly bookings run from Friday to Friday or Monday to Monday. Short breaks run from Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday.
    - Please note: If you only rent the chateau, the other gites within the estate may be rented to other guests. However, these properties are entirely separate from the chateau and self contained so
  • Services upon request at additional cost:

    Catering sur place: menus from 15-35 euros per person depending on what you have. A breakfast buffet is available for 7 euros per person. Lunch is 15 euros per person for French salad, cheese and French bread. Dinner is available from 20 euros per person for a 3 course dinner. Please note drinks are not included in these prices. Wine is available from 15 euros for a 3-litre (4 bottles) carafe. Soft drinks are available for 3 euros per bottle. Champagne is available for 20-25 euros per bottle.

    A house keeper is available for cleaning. Babysitting is available at 10 euros per hour.
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From the Owner

Free Concierge Service: As luxury rental specialists we have all the experience in the world helping each and every one of our customers find the most suitable property for their dream holiday. All you need to do is provide us with the details of what you imagine your dream holiday to be, and we'll find the perfect property for you. We can make sure that every arrangement is planned to perfection and each element of your holiday has been refined. Transfers, catering, maid service, tours and activities can all be prearranged to your specific requirements. 100% Financial Guarantee: We realize that financial protection is an important consideration when choosing a holiday company so to ensure you have complete peace of mind we are bonded members of ABTA. Lowest Price Guarantee: Simply Chateau ‘simply��� processes the bookings and credit card payments on the property owner???s behalf. The owners themselves set the rates so you know you are getting the best available rental rate when you book. Avoid Internet Scams: Each and every property listed on our website has been checked to make sure that it actually exists. This ensures that you do not become a victim of an internet scam as can happen through an ordinary listing website.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • town
  • village


  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • Bathroom 6
  • Bathroom 7


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 5


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Amenities: - Restaurant/Pub in walking distance. - Internet. - Tennis court. - Golf course nearby. - Ground floor bed/bath. - Chapel on site. - Fishing. - Wedding venue.

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