Inside the Chateau you will want to visit the apartments – the ceremonial Grand Apartments on the first floor, which are decorated with white and gold rocaille woodworks and valuable eighteenth century furniture, and the Small Apartments or private apartment of the Duke and Duchess of Aumale on the ground floor, which are decorated and furnished according to the tastes of the nineteenth century.
After your visit inside the Chateau, stroll through the lush formal gardens featuring extensive grand parterres and water features, designed by André Le Nôtre (of Versaille fame) for the Grand Condé. The park also contains a French landscape garden with a cascade, pavilions, and a rustic village, the Hameau de Chantilly, which inspired the Marie Antoinette’s Hameau at Versailles.
(if you are not able to view this on your device, click here.)
The Live Horse Musuem puts on various demonstrations and spectacular equestrian shows demonstrating the art of Haut-Ecole training such as the amazing one in the video above (definitely watch it – it is only one minute long). Additionally, on June 15, 2013, the brand new Museum of the Horse will open with 6500 square feet of equine related exhibits.
(those are The Great Stables behind the race track)
Things to Remember:
The Chateau de Chantilly is open daily from March 30 – September 29, 2013. It is closed on Tuesdays the rest of the year. During January, it is usually closed for part of the month. Be sure to check the days and hours of opening before planning your trip here.
For more information on getting to and from Chantilly, go here.
For more information on ticket prices and events, go here.
For more information on the Equestrian Shows, go here.
For more information on Chantilly Racecourse, go here.
For more information on the town of Chantilly, go here.
I want to thank Anita for organizing this amazing link party!! I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and have found many lovely new blogs to follow.
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Tomorrow I will be continuing our petits voyages
de Paris…to Giverny.
And, in case you missed it, last Friday, we visited Chartres.