Château de l'Islette
Château de l'Islette
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Château de l'Islette was once the home of sculptors Rodin and Camille Claudel. It was for them a place of creation and passion. Listed as a historic monument, this Renaissance tufa stone building stands on the banks of the River Indre. The current owners have opened it to visitors, focusing on the great hall, with its magnificent paintings and monumental fireplace. Also worth seeing: the chapel on the ground floor. You can also enjoy a picnic in the grounds, hire a rowing boat or visit the animals in the château.
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Hugbug23
Mt Martha, Australia303 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This Chateau is wonderful, so nice to spend time in a renovated (renovating!) estate with beautiful grounds in pristine condition.
Who needs the huge piles when you can enjoy a family owned place without the huge crowds.
Loved it!
Written 6 September 2023
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Jacqui R
Oxford, UK233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A very laid back Chateau experience. It's more like visiting a family home. You expect to hear dogs rushing up the staircase and smell a roast cooking in the oven. The family, still in residence have dotted family photos about. Don't miss out on the beautiful chapel with painted star ceiling!! We enjoyed the picnic style restaurant where you fill a basket with baguette, pate and cheeses of your choice and either sit at the out door tables or go further along and sit in deck chairs along the water.
A lovely Chateau to visit with younger children as there is a sandy beach section to wade in the Indre river as well as chickens and rabbits to visit!
Written 20 August 2023
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Nancy E
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Romantic small castle, a little bit hidden. The castle itself is small, the family still leaves there for part of the year, the most beautiful is the parc with the romantic river and the boat ride. You can take or borrow a book and just spend time in the parc, enjoy silence and relaxing.
Written 14 June 2023
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Dine Out?
Europe212 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Last of three Chateau's visited today and definitely the poorest organised. Chaotic arrangements at the entrance trying to validate individuals covid status, queues back into car park across the road. Just one checking, and one on till inside small room selling tickets with those exiting having to come back through the same hut. No social distancing enforced.

In the Chateau itself a guide seemed to have 30 plus people together in the main room. No social distancing or anyone policing it

Ironically in the 'so called' boutique/cafe which was also staffed by what appeared to be school children it was everyone for themselves to make a cup of coffee.

Grounds ok but not exceptional and the chateau similarly. Far better elsewhere and even though other chateaux maybe not in such good condition, they at least could managed crowds safely with a warm welcome.

Written 19 August 2021
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Yuri A
Lyon, France41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
One of my favorite places for sure! I've been there for one morning with my boyfriend and we had an amazing time. The garden is incredible, both the Castle and the building of the Store are amazing and beautiful. I was mesmerized by this Castle because it is classified as a "small Castle" so I wasn't expecting much. It is interesting to see the Castle because it's, indeed, small, but people still live there. Unfortunately we weren't prepared for a picnic, but you can do it there!! And if you're looking for a souvenir in the store you can find a puzzle of the Castle, that we certainly bought.
Written 21 July 2020
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Liefhebber
Breda, The Netherlands8,579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This Renaissance Castle is brother to Azay-le-Rideau castle. The owners actually live here and try to renovate the castle further to preserve the history.
Camille Claudel and Rodin were frequent guests here, sheltering their tempestuous love. It is open for public from May until September to be visited with a guided tour. The tour is on set times and takes about 45 minutes.
Written 8 March 2020
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TonysolihullUK
Dorridge, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A small Chateau not on the scale of Chateau Villandry but definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Before you enter the actual Chateau itself take in the abundance of wonderful views around its exterior. Loads of different photo opportunities for the keen photographer

Plenty of parking is available just across the Road from the Chateau
Written 15 October 2019
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Groundcrew
Weston super Mare, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
In the shadow of its neighbour Azay le Riddeau this chateau has lovely grounds flanked by a river and rowing boats can be hired. Lovely cafe area beside the old mill house. The Chateau is interesting in its own right and well worth a visit
Written 17 September 2019
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jill H
Stretton on Fosse, UK83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nice place but very small compared to others and garden was more just a park. No topiary or formal beds
Written 28 August 2019
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Kevin W
86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
A smaller chateau and easy to ignore, it’s gardens are not one the scale of others nearby and there are only about 8 rooms open

BUT

Unlike some other chateau, you felt welcome, they are happy for you to picnic in the grounds, there is a small cafe, loads of nice seats (with cushions) and boats to hire. Another chateau nearby banned food and drink, had nowhere to get a coffee and wanted you to follow a tour and leave. This chateau felt like you could sit under a tree with a baguette (sold on site) all afternoon and they wouldn’t mind.

Plenty of parking

Think of this chateau like a well run National Trust and do stop for a visit to see a family home who welcome visitors rather than a museum who tolerate tourists
Written 23 August 2019
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