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Chateau in Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

A storybook vision amid an artificial lake and magnificent gardens, the Château de Chantilly contains a superb collection of paintings within the Musée Condé.Left shambolic after the Revolution, the restored château…
French in Chantilly

Le Vertugadin

This elegant white-shuttered townhouse serves classical cuisine such as meat, game and terrines accompanied by sweet onion chutney. A warming fire roars in the hearth in winter, and summer welcomes diners to the wal…
Stables in Chantilly

Grandes Écuries

The Grandes Écuries, built between 1719 and 1740 to house 240 horses and 400-plus hounds, stand west of the château near Chantilly’s famous hippodrome (racecourse), inaugurated in 1834. The stables contain the Musée…
Gardens in Chantilly

Château de Chantilly Gardens

Sprawling over 115 hectares, the wondrous gardens of the Château de Chantilly encompass the formal Jardin Français (French Garden), with flower beds, lakes and a Grand Canal all laid out by Le Nôtre in the mid-17th …
Forest in Chantilly

Forêt de Chantilly

Once a royal hunting estate, the 63-sq-km Forêt de Chantilly is criss-crossed by walking and riding trails. Long-distance trails here include the GR11, which links the Château de Chantilly with the town of Senlis; t…
French in Chantilly

Restaurant du Hameau

In the grounds of Château de Chantilly, a half-timbered building dating from the late 18th century that was a favoured drinking den for aristocrats is now a bucolic restaurant with tables set on the lawns. At luncht…
Museum in Chantilly

Musée Vivant du Cheval

Inside the Grandes Écuries (Grand Stables), west of the château near Chantilly's 19th-centrury hippodrome (racecourse), the Musée Vivant du Cheval's displays range from riding equipment to rocking horses, artworks a…
French in Chantilly

Le Boudoir

As a certified partner of Parisian gourmet emporium Fauchon, you can be sure of the quality at this charming tearoom. With comfy sofas, a sunny pavement terrace and a shaded courtyard garden, it’s a perfect place to…
Equestrian in Chantilly

Chevaux en Fête Animation Équestre

A half-hour dressage show at the Grandes Écuries (Grand Stables) of the Château de Chantilly is included in the combined domain and show pass; other one-hour shows take place from late March to October – check the a…
Deli in Chantilly

ID Cook L'Atelier Gourmand

If it's not market day (and even if it is), this deli is a fabulous spot to pick up ingredients for a forest picnic. Charcuterie, smoked and marinated fish, foie gras, premade salads, preserves, cheeses, breads, cho…