The love castle of Camille Claudel and Rodin

Welcome to the château de l'Islette

In the heart of Touraine, in a beautiful setting where the delicate whiteness of the tufa limestone blends harmoniously with the constantly changing green of the Indre, L'Islette opens its doors to you.

The Renaissance Château, surrounded by two branches of the Indre, is reminiscent of its neighbour, Azay-le-Rideau. Two brothers, as they often say... Today, it's the home of its present owners, who are pleased to share their home, opening up the rooms which are currently in use so that you can see the layout of a 21st century chateau.

L'Islette, where Camille Claudel and Rodin were frequent guests, sheltering their tempestuous love affair, invites you to submit to the romantic charm of the Indre Valley.

Upcoming events


At l'Islette you can have a picnic in the park.

Bring your picnic and enjoy a remarkable location for lunch by the river or on the grass!

Pique-nique entre amis au château de l'Islette
La Petite Châtelaine de Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel and Rodin

Far from Paris, during the 1890s, L' Islette sheltered the tempestuous love affair between the two great sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.

Rodin worked on his famous Balzac and Camille Claudel sculpted La Petite Châtelaine the bronze of which is on permanent display in the castle.

A place to visit with your family

Knight or princess costumes for the youngest, relaxation in a deckchair along the river, let yourself be carried away by the serenity of the place.

Oies, ballade en barque et déguisement de princesse

Boats for hire

Go boating on the Indre over more than 1 km of river and discover the charm of L'Islette from the water.

Concert jazz L'Islette à la belle étoile nocturne


L’Islette under the stars

Make the most of five special evenings to explore the château and its park at nightfall, and by 1000 candlelights:

12th, 19th and 26th of July
2nd, 9th, 16th and 23th of August

And share a picnic with family and friends in the park or by the water.

Open without interruption until 11pm.

Jazzy picnic evenings

L'Islette will remain open until 9.30pm to offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy an aperitif or a picnic in the park of the castle, with a jazz concert, on...

every Friday of July and August !

Concert apéro pique-nique
Pique-nique en famille au bord de l'Indre

Picnic evenings on the Indre on Saturday

L'Islette will remain open until 9:30 p.m. to offer its visitors the opportunity for an aperitif or a picnic in the castle park, jazzy musical atmosphere...

every Saturday in July and August!

The castle book

New: order your book on the Château de l'Islette!

In this richly illustrated book, discover the history of the château, an in-depth study of its architecture, an analysis of the paintings in the Salle Saint-Paul and their significance, the importance of its framework and roofs and, finally, the place of Islette in the love affair of the two great sculptors Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.

Written by :
- Lucie Gaugain, professor of art history at the University of Tours and researcher at CETHIS,
- Véronique Mattiussi, head of the Research Department at the Rodin Museum and scientific manager of the historical collection,
- Alain Salamagne, professor of art history at the University of Tours and member of the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance,
- Marie-Pierre Terrien, historian.

Selling price: €26.00

To be collected on site ordelivery costs (France only): 9,35 €.

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