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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.

Picnic

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

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

Evenings

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:

20 and 27 July
3, 10 and 17 August

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

Open continuously until 23:30.

Friday picnics

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, in a jazz atmosphere, on:

15, 22 and 29 July
5 and 12 August

Concert apéro pique-nique