During the Renaissance time, in 1510, his descendant, FranÃ§ois de Beauvau, captain of king FranÃ§ois I, constructed the monumental stables in the outbuildings courtyard, that supplied royal stallions.
The legendary character Gargantua was first immortalised here, by french humanist Rabelais, in the 16th century. In the 17th century, Le Rivau was saved by Richelieu as his sister FranÃ§oise was married to Jean de Beauvau, lord of Rivau.
At the end of the 20th century, with a wave of the magic wand, Le Rivau, after a ten-year restoration campaign once again found its original splendour, and seems once again to have come from the pages of a book of fairy tales and legends.
Le Rivau, a medieval Jewel :
A privately owned chÃ¢teau, recently lovingly restored with the highest standards used during the entire restoration process, offers a unique way of enjoying art, history, the art of gardening, knowledge of wines in order to attract and satisfy an exclusive clientele.