The Chateau of Chantilly … great place to visit …

A visit to the Chantilly chateau in the town of Chantilly is a most delightful outing. You can of course stay over in one of the town’s hotels (I’ve not, so I cannot recommend any), but a day trip is as good. The Chantilly chateau has a permanent collection of artworks – paintings, furniture and […]

The Chateau of Chantilly (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The Chateau of Chantilly (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

A visit to the Chantilly chateau in the town of Chantilly is a most delightful outing. You can of course stay over in one of the town’s hotels (I’ve not, so I cannot recommend any), but a day trip is as good.

The Chantilly chateau has a permanent collection of artworks – paintings, furniture and furnishings – and also hosts temporary exhibitions all through the year. The current exhibition is about France’s King François Première – François the First – also known in English as Francis 1. It is to run through to Monday, Dec 7 this year (2015).

The park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

Francois 1 as can be seen at Chantilly Chateau (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Francois 1 as can be seen at Chantilly Chateau (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

One gets to Chantilly by train. This is the SNCF (French railroad) trains from Gare du Nord. As Chantilly is outside the Paris region (Ile de France) you would not be able to travel on the discounted Mobilis day ticket. You buy the SNCF ticket either at the ticket office at Gare du Nord, or from one of the station’s numerous ticket machines. To do both will take time, so make sure you consider this when you make your travelling plans. The ticket machines are in several languages, but take note that it is nonetheless quite complicated to operate them. As for the ticket office, the queue is always long because not all the quichets (ticket desks) are open. The staff usually understand and speak a little English.

Your ticket should be for Chantilly Gouvieu as that is the station where you will have to descend. The ride will take about 25 minutes.

The cost of the train ticket depends on at what time you wish to travel, but could be from €16+ for a return. ($18 / £11.50)

Outside the Chantilly Gouvieu station you will have to get a bus to the chateau. The buses leave from beside the station, and they are free but few and far between. Several buses leave from the bus depot but the one that will take you to the chateau leaves from the first halt on the left. The drivers work to a strict time-table and will not set off even 1 minute before the scheduled time. There is a timetable at the halt.

Chantilly oct 2015 deer - 1

In the Chantilly Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

There is an alternative way to getting to the Chateau. You walk!

This is the route:

Exiting the station you walk along the street right in front of you. A sign will show you the way. Walk to the end of the street – a very short way – and when you reach the park at the end of the strteet, you walk to your left. Cross the road to walk under the trees along the border of the park. After about 15 minutes you will see the chateau ahead of you. From there it is your choice whether you want to shoot to the left for a short walk through that part of the town neighbouring the chateau, or you walk on remaining in the park and after about 10 minutes you will reach the chateau.

If you have chosen to walk through the town you will see a church ahead of you: the entrance to the chateau is just beyond it. Across the road from the church though there is a restaurant as well as a café so if the weather permits you can sit out on their terraces either for a meal or a drink. Service is fast so you won’t be losing time there. Do also pop into the church because, as all of France’s churches and cathedrals, it is very pretty inside.

There are different admission fees for the chateau and do know that entrance to the park is – alas – not free.

The admission fees are:

The chateau & the park & the Horse Musuem (Musée Vivant du Cheval): €16. ($18 / £11.50)
The temporary exhibition: €10. ($11.50 / £7.20)

Expensive? Yes, it is very expensive.

The Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The chateau has a restaurant which is alas also expensive. However, should you be visiting on a warm and sunny day sitting on its terrace will be delightful.

However, there is a tearoom in the park, and if you are not greatly hungry, I highly recommend that you pop in there. I will start by saying that its setting in a ‘hamlet’ of timber-frame cottages, none of them occupied, is out of this world.

If you want something really fantastic, order their café chantilly. This is a black coffee with chantilly cream on top.

The tearoom (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

The tearoom (cc Marilyn Z.Tomlins)

The cream is home-made there on the premises and it is so very very nice that I asked how they make it. Here is how: Mix in a mixer some unpasteurised cream, vanilla sugar and icing sugar. It must be unpasteurised cream! Put it in the fridge until you need it: it should be thick and yellowish.

The chateau is open for visits every day but Tuesday, and the opening hours are 10am / 6 pm in the months April to November, and 10.30am / 7 pm in the months of November, December, February and March. And yes, there is a month missing: January. The reason is that the chateau is closed in January.

Enjoy your visit!

A statue of Bacchus in the Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

A statue of Bacchus in the Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

 

At the end of your visit you can either walk for a while or take a bus right outside the chateau gate. The bus will again be free, but few and far between.

The alternative is to walk – yes some more walking! On leaving the chateau grounds, walk towards the church and continue walking until you reach the square at the end of that street where you will wait for the bus. This will be opposite the Hotel Angleterre,  rather shabby-looking corner building. The bus you need will have to read ‘Gare SNCF’ at the top.

The Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The Park (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

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