Château de La Rivière

La Rivière, France

Château de La Rivière was built in 1572 to the site of medieval castle. It was completed in 1577 by l'Isle family. 

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Founded: 1572
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Je Suis Lia (6 months ago)
We decided to bike over to this Château upon a recommendation and it is gorgeous. The wine tour was excellent and our tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable. It is honestly very inexpensive for the experience and service. A definite recommend!
Anne Dahl (6 months ago)
Beautiful castle with a spectacular view. Unfortunately we were not able to experience the castle to the full extent... We visited Bordeaux for six days to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday, and wanted to do something special on his big day. I was recommended this castle and it looked perfect! I sent an e-mail where I wanted to book the Gourmet Tour, where you get the tour of the castle and then a lunch. I saw that there was a minimum of 4 persons to book this tour, so I was not that surprised when I got a response from Marie Rollet that we could only do the wine tasting tour (and not the lunch). This was not relevant for us since the drive from Bordeaux takes 40 minutes each way, and we wanted to have lunch as well. I kindly asked if it was possible to make an exception since we were celebrating my dad's birthday. Marie didn't even bother to respond to me! I was surprised that she didn't propose paying for four persons even though we were three, which I would have said yes to. I believe that Marie was rude for not taking the time to respond at all. It is such a shame that this beautiful place does not have more customer friendly staff as the place is stunning! I also find it weird that they only do the gourmet tour for 4 people as it excludes couples who want to have a romantic lunch. There are many castles in the area, so I would suggest that you spend your money somewhere else
Ester Zanatta (7 months ago)
This castle & winery are straight out of a fairytale. Everything is beautiful and so well-kept, from the entry gate to each nook of the garden. Pauline was the perfect guide, very knowledgeable and fun and threw some interesting anecdotes in the mix! My personal favourite wine from the tasting: The rosé wine! Very fresh, special and has a very cute bottle with glass cork. Would love to go back to stay at the b&b next!
John Pilkington (7 months ago)
Fascinating tour from an engaging, English-speaking guide (Marie). Plus some great wine tasting. The Lion Rosé is particularly good. Fantastic views over the vines. Gift shop is very nice, too.
Kien Phan (7 months ago)
We had a tour with Helene in English. It was great, very interesting history of the castle. The scenery was so beautiful. Helene was a very fun and lovely guide!
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