Le Petit Versailles

Set in a 75-hectare forest park, with two lakes, a magnificent cascading fountain, a glass house and orangery, with incredibly opulent interiors, Chateau de Villette is the epitome of elegance, luxury and the famous French expression “art de vivre “. Close to Paris, in the picturesque countryside, this magnificent estate, with its rich history, iconic architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens, conveys the aura of the lifestyle of the French nobility before 1789. It was not by chance that it was nicknamed Le Petit Versailles.

It was originally designed by the architect François Mansart, in the 1680s, for the Count of Aufflay and later completed by his nephew, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, architect to Louis XV, who also oversaw the construction of the Château de Versailles at the same time. Similarly, the magnificent garden of Château de Villette was designed by André Le Nôtre, who also created the famous gardens of Château de Versailles. Thus, it has earned the name Le Petit Versailles (the Little Versailles). More than 185 acres of garden spread out behind the château on the central axis with two rectangular ponds filled with swans, ducks, birds and fish, as well as a waterfall and fountain resembling that of Louis XIV.