Our local area
Riorges has a colorful history dating back two thousand years. History reveals that Roman soldiers garrisoned in neighboring Roanne came to Riorges for fun and festivities. The name Beaulieu can be traced back to the 12th century when a priory for the Sisters of Beaulieu was added to an existing abbey. At the turn of the 19th century, Riorges emerged as a transportation hub when it became the terminus for a new railway line.
Today, the town of Riorges and its 10,000 residents provide a welcome balance between country charm and a revitalized downtown, with shops and restaurants within walking distance of the Villa Beaulieu. Nearby parks with their numerous canals, walking paths, and family leisure areas offer residents and guests peaceful green spaces to enjoy the beauty of the region. In fact, Riorges holds the world record for the longest flower garland braid – a testament to our love of nature.
Guests looking for recreation will find cycling, equestrian and pedestrian paths, canoe excursions and the Roanne swimming pool which is only a 15 minute walk from the Villa. Local artisans specialize in textiles, faience pottery, chocolates, pastries and foodstuffs.
The Scarabee event center offers a multi-use venue for concerts, trade shows, seminars and exhibitions in a lovely parkland setting.Please take time to enjoy the treasures of Riorges and the Greater Roanne. We will be happy to assist you in making your stay a memorable and relaxing one. Simply ask for assistance or make use of the vast collection of local tourist information here at our villa. Alternatively, visit our links page for details of local tourist offices.