Château de Breteuil is built on a promontory overlooking the Chevreuse Valley. For most of its existence, the castle has been known as Bévilliers -from latin bis villae (two villas)- which implies that this property would date back to the gallo-roman period.

The first estate appears in History as early as 1066 with Guillaume Osbern, the first Breteuil, who was Seneschal to the Duke of Normandy. Guillaume Osbern took part in the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, who saw him as his most faithful companion. In the summer of 1067 the King returned to Normandy, leaving the Lord of Breteuil and his brother in charge of England in his absence.

At the time, a fortified castle was built in Bévilliers; its dovecote and moats still remain today. In 1596, Thibaut Desportes bought the estate still called Bévilliers. Bordered by medieval square moats, a new castle was laid out around an enclosed courtyard, A pleasure garden was carefully thought out, situated at the foot of the north facade, so that the sun never glares into the eyes of the person contemplating it.

The curtain walls were removed and moat dried in 1820-1830. The major restoration took place in the end of the 19th century: two wings were added and the gardens were extended.

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Arnaud Titoy (8 months ago)
Excellent park! Good for a walk at the moment since the castle is close cause of covid. Park is super nice and you can go deep further in the wood, nice trees and 2 little lake with some swans ?
Hanna Shaposhnyk (12 months ago)
magical fairy place ❤❤❤
Kevin O'Donoghue (12 months ago)
I didn't go in.. It's €17 a bit expensive.. It was the end of the day I had seen 6 Château in the area so maybe next time
Maarten Prins (15 months ago)
Compared to other chateaux nearby (Maintenon or Rambouillet) a visit to Berteuil is pricy. We payed 58 EUR for 2 adults and 2 children to visit the chateau and gardens. The chateau has a rich interior doted with cat dolls. In buildings next to the castle some fairy tales are narrated (dolls, voices, sound effects, each takes some 5 minutes). The garden is not very interesting but has a small playground. All of this is interesting for small children of course.
Adam Sz (20 months ago)
Asking 17 euro per adult to see the garden during winter time (!) is way too much...
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