Château de Villette, Condécourt, Paris
The Chateau is located Northwest of Paris, just 40 minutes away from The Champs Elysées.
What's So Special About Château de Villette?
Located 40 minutes away from the centre of Paris, Château de Villette is one of the most remarkable châteaux in France, classified as a historical landmark since 1942 by the French government.
Set in a 75ha woodland park, with two lakes, a magnificent cascade fountain, a glass house and orangery, not to mention the incredibly lavish interiors, Chateau de Villette epitomizes elegance, luxury and the famous French expression “art de vivre”.
Originally designed by architect François Mansart for the Count of Aufflay and later completed by his great-nephew, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, chief-architect of Louis XV, who also oversaw the construction of Château de Versailles at the same time. Similarly, the splendid garden of Château de Villette was designed by André Le Nôtre, who also created the famous gardens of Château de Versailles. Thus, it has earned the name Le Petit Versailles (the Little Versailles).
Historically, the 18th is considered as the heyday of Château de Villette. The owners of Château de Villette at the time, Sophie de Grouchy, a prominent salon hostess, and her husband, Marquis de Condorcet, would invite the leading intellectuals such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine to Château de Villette.
In more modern times, Château de Villette has been the sanctuary for many celebrities like John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Lenny Kravitz. It was also a source of inspiration for Dan Brown who wrote the “Da Vinci Code” while staying at the Chateau and was later used a filming location for its adaptation.
The main Château has 7 luxurious suites, each designed individually by the renowned interior decorator Jacques Garcia. The extravagant interiors reflect the Louis XV era – furnished with the finest period furniture and objets d’art.
So, let’s talk price. To rent the entire property you’re looking at a minimum two-night stay, from €9,000 p/n.
Dreamy and refined, Château de Villette is the perfect choice for the chic couple dreaming of a luxurious destination wedding that epitomises French opulence. An outdoor ceremony in a classic French parterre garden accompanied by a grandiose fireworks show, a ceremony inside an original 18th century Chapel, a cocktail party inside the Orangery or an indoor wedding reception in an exquisite setting – the combinations and possibilities are endless.
The collection of art at Château de Villette is astounding and not unlike that of a museum. Each item is sourced from Sotheby’s or Christie’s and in some cases is even of royal provenance.
1hr 15 to the North, 2hrs to the South, depending on where you’re flying from.
Nearest Airports: Charles de Gaulle (40 mins away) and Orly. For private aviation, there are two airports available: Le Bourget (30 mins away) and Pontoise – Cormeilles-en-Vexin (20 mins away).
French (English is also widely spoken).
Big cities such as Paris have a metro but most locations have cheap and accessible public transport, such as trains and buses. Taxis are easy to find or call – available taxis are often indicated by a blue or white light.
The French treat Christmas, Easter and New Year as serious holidays, as well as VE Day (8th May), Bastille Day (14th July), Armistice Day (11th November) and various saints days (e.g. All Saints' Day on 1st November).
Good Time to Go
Late May - Early October
good to know
If you're flexible with your Wedding date, late Spring (April/May) & early Autumn (Oct), just outside of High Season can be slightly cheaper when booking a venue. You will find late June & September dates book up quickly - these are the preferred months to celebrate a wedding in France.
What Couples Say
“Jean-Charles and his team created the perfect story for our unique wedding. We highly recommend them to anyone interested in having a really Sumptuous event.”
Ella & Silvain
location & details
One, Rue de la Maison Blanche, 95450 Condécourt, France
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