Built during the reign of Louis XIV in Condécourt, Château de Villette evocatively embodies the formal grandeur and harmonious elegance of French classic interior design.
The Château, located on the north-western outskirts of Île-de-France, which can be reserved for short term accommodation and special events, was designed by one of the most accomplished 17th-century French architects credited with introducing classicism into Baroque architecture in France, namely François Mansart, while the surrounding formal garden ‘à la française’ is the work of Andre Le Nôtre, one of the greatest European landscape architects who created the immaculate gardens at Versailles.
Designed for the Count of Aufflay, Jean Dyell II, who was Louis XIV’s ambassador to Venice, Château de Villette later became home to Nicolas, Marquis de Condorcet, and his beautiful wife Sophie de Grouchy, a prominent salon hostess whose guests included prominent intelectuals and members of the international elite such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
The renovated Château features seven luxury suites with en-suite bathrooms, and an additional seven bedrooms housed in the 18th century east wing, as well as an orangery, a 16th century wine press, and a chapel—where guests can see a plaque commemorating the marriage of Nicolas and Sophie—all of which have been thoroughly renovated by acclaimed French decorator Jacques Garcia whose experience include working for the Louvre and Versailles.
Fully restored to its original glory, Château de Villette offers visitors an unforgettable experience of lavish hospitality that combines modern comforts with aristocratic lustre.
With such stellar credentials it is no wonder that the Château has earned the nickname “Le Petit Versailles”.
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