The love castle of

Camille Claudel and Rodin

Welcome to the château de l'Islette

In the heart of Touraine, in a charming setting where the delicate whiteness of the tufa stone and the ever-changing green of the Indre river blend harmoniously, l'Islette opens its doors to you.

The Renaissance château, hemmed in by the arms of the Indre, is now the home of the current owners, who are pleased to share their home with you, showing you the rooms that are currently inhabited and thus, combining history and modernity, the layout of a 21st century château.

L'Islette, where Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin were guests several times, hosting their passionate love affairs, is an invitation to be carried away by the romantic charm of the Indre Valley.


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

Bring your own picnic basket or buy something in our shop.

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

Disguised as knights or princesses for the youngest, take a boat trip or relax 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

Take advantage of more than 1 km of river to go for a boat ride on the Indre and discover the charm of the Islette along 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 9.30 pm to offer its visitors the opportunity to enjoy an aperitif or a picnic in the park of the castle, accompanied by a jazz concert...

every Friday of July and August !

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

Les soirées pique-nique sur l'Indre du samedi

L’Islette restera ouvert jusqu’à 21h30 pour offrir à ses visiteurs l’opportunité d’un apéritif ou d’un pique-nique dans le parc du château, ambiance musicale jazzy…

tous les samedis de juillet et août !

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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