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Chateau de Chantilly
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Château de Chantilly Tour from Paris Including the Great Stables of the Prince...
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Chantilly
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Owner description: Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son musee Conde, du parc et de ses jardins, des grandes ecuries et de leur musee du cheval. Constitue depuis le Moyen-Age par les differents proprietaires (Anne de Montmorency, les Bourbon-Conde dont le Grand Conde, cousin de Louis XIV, Henri d'Orleans, duc d'Aumale), cet ensemble represente donc un patrimoine aux facettes multiples et le plus grand exemple en France d'un domaine princier. Le chateau abrite le Musee Conde, lequel est constitue des appartements princiers, d'une collection exceptionnelle de peintures - plus de 800 chefs d'oeuvres d'artistes tels que Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, Delacroix - qui en fait le premier musee de peintures anciennes (avant 1850) en France apres le musee du Louvre et d'une bibliotheque et d'archives qui conservent plus de 13 000 ouvrages dont le manuscrit le plus precieux au monde : "Les Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry". Le parc offre quant a lui un panorama grandiose de l'art du jardin occidental : jardin a la francaise dessine par Le Notre au XVIIe siecle, le Hameau qui inspira Marie-Antoinette, le jardin anglo-chinois du XVIIIe siecle, et le jardin anglais du XIXe siecle.
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Telford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2014

The chateau is well worth a visit - the usual rooms of historical import, love the bedrooms of the Emperor Napoleon, better than any NT in the UK, great artworks all around the walls but the library with its walls stacked high with the great works of the age was amazing.
And headsets with commentary in English meant you could actually appreciate everything on display full marks on that score. Pity there is no coffee shop - only thing on site is a full service restaurant and the coffee from the van in the car park should not be served without a health warning!

Visited June 2014
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Southington, Connecticut
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“Spectacular Chateau...”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Chantilly is just a 25 minute train ride north of Paris (and a short taxi or 30 minute walk to the Castle) and is well worth the trip. First site of the Chateau and it's grounds is spectacular with the surrounding waters and the XVIII Horse Pavillion/Museum nearby. Bequeatherd by the Duc d'Aumale at his death in 1897 to the Institut de France, the Castle houses one of the largest collection of French paintings after the Louvre. The Chantilly Domaine also includes English and Chinese gardens, a Hamlet (with restaurant), a playground and laybrinth, a horse race course and a hotel. My wife said she like the Chateau better than Vesailles. There is also a restaurant, La Capitainere, on the ground floor which was excellent and make sure you have a dessert with the delicious Chantilly cream. Make reservations for the restaurant as soon as you get there. To add to the experience there were a few individuals dressed in period dress to greet you and of course there is a gift shop. A truly wonderful day...

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014

My jaw dropped when we first drove by the place....what a commanding presence! Took tons of photos both inside and out, being lovers of grand architectural details, & renaissance artifacts. Impressed me more than Versailles. Loved all the coat-of-arms decor, especially the fleur-de-lis. Took tram ride through forest which showcased the enormity of the estate. Gift shop has nice things/all prices. Takes you back to another time and place and highly recommend it.

Visited June 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A Gem”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The château, its grounds and imposing xviii century stables are all gorgeous. It´s a twenty minute train ride from Paris (Gare du Nord) so it´s a good choice for a pleasant day trip.

Visited June 2014
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“Not impressed”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We were not impressed by the collection in the castle itself. Display is kind of old fashioned.
The parc did not impress us either. It is mainly lawn and water.From a distance it looks nice, the geometry of it all, etc. But if you look closer it's quite boring. There are no flowers. You can go for a walk in the woods of the domain. It's quiet, but it's boring as well. Most of the castles in the Loire region are much more worth visiting.

Visited May 2014
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