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Chateau de Chantilly Castle Parks and Gardens

The Chantilly estate offers visitors the chance to stroll through the large grounds that the Chateau de Chantilly is at the heart of and the grounds cover an area of around 115 hectares.

There are so many different things to see when walking around the grounds, such as the French Garden that was designed by Andre Le Notre, who included features like a waterfall and canal, but you will also find the landscaped gardens near to the Grand Ecuries also has beautiful fountains, incredible statues, ponds and places of romance which are just some of the other features, plus you will be able to see the resident swans along with the birds that nest here and other wildlife that you can enjoy.

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Chateau de Chantilly Castle Parks and Gardens

The Chateau de Chantilly is not as well known as some chateaux and yet is a remarkable place that many feel is actually better than the Chateau de Versailles and being under an hour from Paris, it is well worth a visit if you get the chance, especially considering you can not only take in the grounds, but experience the Conde Museum with its vast art collection, that is second only to The Louvre in Paris.

Jardin Francais

Andre Le Notre designed The Jardin Francais for the Grand Condé at the end of the 17th century.   Andre also designed lots of other grounds including those at the Chateau de Versailles, but this is the only garden that he created where the axis does not pass through the chateau.  Instead the centrepiece is a statue of Le Connétable, Anne de Montmorency.   

The Chateau de Chantilly has the largest expanse of water with the Grand Canal being approximately 2.5 kilometres and is much larger than the canal at the Chateau de Versailles that Andre Le Notre designed, and on the borders at one side of this canal, you can see some remarkable water mirrors that reflect the sky and water jets.

Jardin Anglais

The Jardin Anglais is situated between the Chateau de Chantilly and the Grands Ecuries, which is home to La Musée Vivant du Cheval, which is also known as the Living Horse Museum.

The Jardin Anglais was designed for Prince Louis Joseph de Condé in 1819 by the architect Victor Dubois on the site of one of the original gardens by Andre Le Notre that was destroyed during the French Revolution.

And yet a large fountain designed by Andre still remains, but you can also see swans and other birds that nest in the islands here.  Also situated at the heart of the Jardin Anglais you will find a piece of lawn bordered by fountains and trees that was used for parties, and this leads into a gazebo that contains a statue of Eros.

The Temple de Vénus is a folly built that was originally built in the early 19th century and has since been completely restored.  Designed by the architect Victor Dubois in the middle of the Jardin Anglais it stands next to a romantic pond and at its centre there is a famous antique statue, which represents Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.

Le Hameau

Le Hameau comprises five hamlets with modest exteriors, but beautiful and interesting interiors and was built for Prince Louis Joseph de Bourbon Condé.  In fact, it was this that inspired Queen Marie Antoinette to have built the Le Hameau in the Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles and here you find a place of calm within the grounds of Chantilly.

Jeu de Paume

Prince Louis Joseph de Bourbon Condé was a keen player of Jeu de Paume or real tennis and when construction began in 1756 it was one of the last Jeu de Paume's to be built in France.

It was constructed in stone with a slate roof and had a balcony in forged iron, with the interior being split in two parts, the tennis room and changing rooms where players could rest as well as change.  However the Duc d'Aumale transformed the room into a museum room where he installed large paintings that could not be displayed elsewhere due to their size and some of these remain in the same place today.

Chateau d'Enghien

The Chateau d'Enghien stands next to the forest on the Chantilly estate and is a long building that was constructed in 1769 for the guests of the Prince de Condé.  When you look back at the History of Chantilly, you will find that numerous parties were held here and this was built as the Chateau de Chantilly was not large enough to put up all the guests.

In honour of the last descendent of the Bourbon Condé family, who was born in Chantilly in 1772, it is now called the Chateau d'Enghien and now houses the apartments of the members of the Institut de France who look after Chantilly's interests.

The grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly are open every day of the week except for a Tuesday.

From April through to the end of October they open at 10am and close at 8pm, then from November through to the end of March they open from 10.30am to 6pm.

However, please bear in mind that the ticket booths close at least one hour prior and in some cases two hours prior to the grounds closing.


Address & Contact Details:

Chateau de Chantilly
BP 70243
60631
Chantilly
Oise
France

Telephone: 3 44 27 31 80

For Group Information and Reservations Telephone: 3 44 27 31 80


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