The Domain of Chantilly is one the most visited sites in the Paris area and is one of the gems of the French heritage. The Domain is located 40 km north of Paris and only 20 minutes away from Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
The Chateau de Chantilly is one of the finest jewels in the crown of France's cultural heritage. It is also the work of a man with an extraordinary destiny: Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897), fifth son of Queen Marie-Amélie and King Louis-Philippe, the last King of France. Thanks to the precautions taken by the Duke of Aumale in his will, Chantilly remains, more than a century later, a showcase of preserved works where the charm of the 19th century continues to reign.
The Château survived the centuries and remains as it was when the Duke of Aumale bequeathed it to the Institut de France in 1886, making it the perfect place to take a journey back in time to the heart of a princely residence. In tribute to his illustrious predecessors, the Princes of Condé, the Duke of Aumale called the series of rooms housing his collection the "Condé Museum"- the second largest collection of antique paintings after the Louvre.
Gardens - With an overall surface area of 115 hectares, the grounds of the Château de Chantilly are the result of several creations according to the fashion of each period: the French-style garden created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden in the 18th century, and the English Garden in the 19th century. These grounds provide a unique testament to the relationship between men and nature in the western world over more than three centuries.
Great Stables - The largest stables in Europe - A masterpiece of 18th century architecture, the Great Stables were built by the architect Jean Aubert for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, the 7th prince of Condé. They are a veritable horses' palace. The building houses the Museum of the Horse, which presents the relationship between men and horses since the beginning of civilization. The Great Stables offer equestrian shows throughout the year, devoted to the art of haute-école horse training which has been contributing to Chantilly's international renown for more than 30 years. During the Christmas season, a fabulous Christmas tale is especially adapted. Let yourself be carried away to the land of dreams and legends... A magical show, combining equestrian prowess and acrobatic creations that cast a spell on young and old alike.
You may also enjoy during your visit a Whip cream demonstration and tasting. Chef Vatel invented la crème Chantilly (Whip cream) in Chantilly and we can arrange the demonstration in the original kitchen.