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Chateau of Rambouillet
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Owner description: Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to a number of illustrious personnages who gradually transformed it into a delightful residence acquired by Louis XVI. The royal estate is now a presidential residence, open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the “Marie-Antoinette” apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands. The visit includes the castle, the Queen’s Dairy and the shell cottage. Site with the "Outstanding Garden" label. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th november and 25th december. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The castle is nice, although not spectacular. However, the most interesting feature is the explanations by the guide. The guide is great (although she could speak a little louder...)
If you do not speak French, I frankly do not recommend this castle.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

After the huge crowds of Versailles this afternoon visit was a delight! A short trip by train from Montparnasse ( take any train direction Chartres), walk through the small town and you arrive at this beautiful ( and restful ) small chateau with perfectly kept gardens and park.
This country retreat of the French president is not overwhelming neither will it exhaust you with endless salons. Just right for a relaxed tour and a glass of wine afterwards at one of the many cafés just ouside the gates. Will be helpful if you speak some french for the guide did not speak much english. There is a leaflet in english that explains the rooms and with a map of the park.
Enjoy your sfternoon!

7  Thank IpanemaBoy
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

The chateau itself is quite small.
From outside, the chateau looks great and the park surrounding it is great for picnic.
Many locals used this park to have fun during weekends.
For kids, mostly they enjoy to see ducks and swans in the artificial lake in front of the chateau itself.
So come with picnic bag and enjoy the warm weather if possible here.

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

If you're in Paris and you don't have the time to go to Val de La Loire and see all those big castles, you can take the train and visit the Domainde de Rambouillet. I went there during the winter but it was possible to walk through the castle gardens and visit inside the castle. It's not a very popular monument because people prefer to go to Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles and Vincennes. But, If have been in all these castles already and is looking for something new, it's worth going to the Castle of Rambouillet. It's about one hour by train from Paris. In the Domaine there's a visit to the Chaumière aux Coquillages which doesn't take too much time as it is a guided visit and you can't stay into the building longer than the time scheduled for the group, but it's amazing. To visit the castle of Rambouillet, you have to wait for the guided tours, and in february they stopped these tours during lunch time (from 12-2pm), so, it's a good idea to check the guided tours visit hours before leave to Rambouillet.

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

This is a very well-maintained, quaint chateau and is located very near to the town center. In fact, it shares the same parking lot with the town hall and the tourism office. The price included a tour and we were able to join the last tour of the day even though we were a little late. What I really liked is the length of the tour. It wasn't so long that you lost interest and the amount of walking was about perfect. I would agree with other comments (about the first Sunday of the month - as it's free) because it's on the edge of being a bit pricy for what you can see. Regardless, it's a great place to walk around as the gardens and lake are very scenic.

Thank musket_trip
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