Château Villette

Condécourt, France

Château Villette was designed by architect Francois Mansart around 1668 and finished around 1696 by his nephew Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The palace was built for Jean Dyel, the Comte d'Aufflay and Louis XIV's ambassador to Venice. One of the most significant historical Chateaux in France, Villette is at once both simple and sumptuous with the great octagonal salon in white and blue, the elegant dining room with the original 17th century carved stone buffet, magnificent boiseries and the stone entry hall which completely exalts the classicism of the period.

The château was restored as a hotel in 1999-2000. There are numerous outbuildings including a chapel and adjacent reception room, horse stable and greenhouse.



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Founded: 1668-1696
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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jean françois le garrec (3 years ago)
Joli château à l'écart de la route. Ne pas hésiter à s'arrêter pour une petite balade à pieds.
Gérard Coustes (4 years ago)
C'est un chef-d'oeuvre du 17 siècle avec un escalier remarquable pour sa sobriété et l'élégance de son envolée que d'écrivains de peintres de philosophes se sont succédés dans ce CHÂTEAU pour des rendez-vous galants mais on ne fait que de le rêver car fort privé maintenant dommage que les propriétaires ...
Olivier G (4 years ago)
Très beau vu de l’extérieur mais ne se visite pas
Château privé. Donc pas ouvert au public dommage.
key collection (6 years ago)
One of the most significant historical chateaux in France, Château de Villette is known at « Le Petit Versailles », built for the Comte d’Aufflay, the French Ambassador of Louis XIV in Venice. The same elegance and inspiration as in Versailles but at the size of a family house, both simple and somptuous, a beautiful example of the 17th Century Mansart Architecture. Luxurious on the inside and exuding classical beauty on the outside, the Château sits on more than 185 acres of Lenôtre Classic garden spreading out behind the Château on a central axis with two rectangular lakes filled with swans and migratory birds. A spectacular cascade and fountain coming from Château de Marly (Louis XIV’s own personal château), is the masterpiece of this garden and leads the vision to an obelisk.
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