The Château de Rivière takes its name from one of its owners, Lord Jean de Rivière in the 13th century. The estate extends over 18 hectares of hedged farmland and woods, a peaceful landscape, which was featured in the media during the presidential campaign of François Mitterrand: the commented photo of the slogan “La force tranquille” is the one you could take from the terrace of the castle. The park has a beautiful swimming pool and games for children. The chateau is U-shaped, surrounding a pretty square courtyard that allows for outdoor lunches or receptions.
You enter the château through its square courtyard. You enter a large hall which leads on the right to a series of
a series of lounges opening onto the south-facing terrace: the library lounge with its warm tones and beautiful fireplace, and the very refined blue lounge opening onto the terrace. On the left side, the entrance hall leads to a large dining room of 70 m2 which can accommodate 60 guests. This reception room communicates with a space for caterers and a family kitchen. The Château de Rivière is the perfect setting for a large family celebration, a cousinade, a birthday party or an intimate wedding. And you can extend the event by accommodating your family or close friends on site.
Château de Rivière has the characteristics of a large family house, spacious and comfortable. You can accommodate 20 adults and 2 children in the 10 bedrooms of the castle. Two of the bedrooms are on the first floor. A large stone staircase leads to the 8 rooms on the second floor. There are 8 bathrooms. All rooms are decorated with refinement, and furnished with antique family furniture. What a joy to gather all your loved ones in the same house!
The property is always rented in its entirety to one family. You have the whole castle (22 persons), the park and the swimming pool. The rental price includes heating, water, electricity, garden maintenance, and cleaning at the end of the stay. Sheets and towels are provided. Beds are made up on arrival. Only the visitor’s tax remains to be paid on arrival. Tables and chairs for the reception are provided.
Deposit required : 3 000 euros.
|Season||Stay||With reception||Without reception|
|From November to April except Christamas||Week-end||3200 €||2300 €|
|Week||5000 €||4000 €|
|May, June, September and October||Week-end||3900 €||2700 €|
|Week||5500 €||4500 €|
|Jully, August and Christmas|
|Week||6500 €||5500 €|
The Morvan is a central region in the history of France: the château de Rivière is only 2 leagues on horseback (9 kilometers) from Mount Beuvray, seat of the Gallic fortress-city of Bibracte, capital of the great people of the Eduens. Bibracte, where in the year 52 BC, Vercingetorix was elected General-in-Chief of the Gallic tribes a few months before being defeated at Alesia. Bibracte where Caesar came to retire during the winter following his victory at Alesia to write his De Bellum Gallicum (with no doubt in his luggage, a chained Vercingetorix, “vae victis!”). At the top of Mont Beuvray, in the middle of a park classified as a Natural Zone of Ecological Interest, is the remarkable museum of Celtic civilization, a place designed for scholars and history lovers as well as for small children. The present Château de Rivière was built in the 18th century on the site of an old 15th century fortified house. The left wing of the rear facade was redesigned in the 19th century. The castle was the seat of a barony, built on the top of a rocky hill, and defended by a double wall enclosure. Its layout is shown on the cadastral map of 1844. Its first mention goes back to 1171 then 1253. The ensemble was rebuilt in classical style by the Marquis de Villars in 1715. The stronghold belonged to the Lanty family in the 15th century and to the Bergers from the 16th century. At the end of the 18th century, the Château de Rivière was the property of Denis-Zacharie (known as Eugène) Bertrand de Rivière (1776 -1851) who married Anne Marie de Drouin de Bouville (1797-1863) in 1814. They had six children, including Josephine (1815-1891) who married Augustin-Gustave de Geffrier de Pully (1808-1875) in 1834. The Château de Rivière belongs today to the Geffrier family, which was ennobled on May 18, 1821. The family coat of arms shows a golden triangle charged with a rose proper.
Nature lovers will be delighted in the Morvan regional nature park!
Hikers can discover dozens of itineraries in the heart of nature. The most experienced hikers will be able to follow the GR 654 which follows one of the paths of Santiago de Compostela, the GTR 13 which leads you from the lakes of the Morvan to its rounded and wooded summits, or the GR of the Tour du Morvan. You can also discover the Nivernais canal and the lateral canal of the Loire.
The Morvan is also a cyclist’s paradise. Multiple routes allow everyone to cycle at their own pace. The Eurovélo 6, for the most athletic, which goes from Nantes to Bucharest. Finally, there are magical places to swim and cool off when the heat wave sets in: 5 large lakes with all the fun activities of the beaches, the waterfalls of the Gouloux jump or the Narvau gorges near Lormes. For the amateurs of sensations, the Adrenaline Rafting Morvan, Raft’ Morvan allow you to descend the river of Chalaux. The most beautiful museum of the Celtic civilization of the mount Beuvron borders the Ducal Palace of Nevers, the first castle of the Loire upstream and the one of Bazoches, a small marvel of architecture where the great Vauban lived.
The Château de Rivière is located at about 3h30 from Paris by car and less than 2 hours from Paris by TGV via Le Creusot (1h15) and car (45mn) and 2 hours from Lyon by car. This makes it a strategic place to gather guests coming from the South or the North of France. By car (from Paris) 280 km : take the A6 towards Lyon then exit at Nemours to take the A77 (Autoroute des Arbres) to Nevers (about 2h of freeway) – Exit 34 towards Autun/Decize, then follow the N81 to Luzy, towards Château-chinon to arrive 10 Km further to Larochemillay. You can see on your left the Château de Rivière overlooking the valley. From Lyon by car : take the A6 towards Paris, then exit at Chalon Nord and follow the Route Express (4 lanes) to Le Creusot Montchanin, direction Autun and follow the route Marmagne / Etang sur Arroux and Luzy. By train : go to the TGV station of Le Creusot Montchanin (1h15 from Paris) then 45 minutes drive to Larochemillay. Or take a train to Luzy, a big town located 10 km from Larochemillay. You will find everything you need : 2 pharmacies, banks with ATMs, 2 supermarkets (Lidl and Attac), shops (bakery, delicatessen, pastry shop…), 24-hour gas pumps…
Accommodation : 10 rooms, 8 bathrooms