The Great Stables, the park and Château de Chantilly make up the Chantilly estate. A landmark on France’s heritage landscape, the estate is set in a sprawling forest of almost 15,000 acres at the gateway to the town of Chantilly. A true sanctuary for art, the Musée Condé houses over 800 classic paintings, making it the second-largest collection of works from the French and Italian schools after the Louvre.
The key attractions of Château de Chantilly is a library of rare books and the state apartments of the Princes of Condé in which the decorations from the 18th century have been lovingly preserved.
The grounds of Château de Chantilly, embellished in the 17th century by Le Nôtre, provide a history tour of French gardens. The Great Stables were built a century later by the architect Jean Aubert. Since 1982, they have showcased the best of classicism with the Musée du Cheval dedicated to horses and modern entertainment with their spectacular horse shows.
he Pavillon de Manse was built in 1678 by the Prince of Condé at a time when the town of Chantilly was not yet even on the map.
A park designed by Le Nôtre stretched the length of the valley which ended at the Pavillon de Manse, created to house a hydraulic engine made of wood by hydraulic engineer Jacques de Manse. It was used to carry spring water from a well to an open reservoir to feed water to the basins, fountains, waterfalls and water jets that adorned the ornamental water gardens.
Converted in the 19th century by the Duke of Aumale, the pavilion became the most modern laundry of its day. Now one of the main tourist sites in Chantilly, the building offers visitors an opportunity to explore the development of hydraulic engineering from the 17th century to the 20th century.
Created by Yves Bienaimé on the footprint of the former Grand Condé gardens on the banks of the St. Jean Canal, the Potager des Princes (literally the Princes’ Kitchen Garden) is a symphony of gardens that will delight walkers and botanists alike, featuring kitchen gardens on terraces and fig gardens, as well as Japanese gardens, bamboo mazes, exotic gardens, chessboards made from topiary and more delights.
A popular destination for tourists in Chantilly, the Potager des Princes is also a tribute to wildlife with its famous lapinodrome (rabbit race course) and chicken concerts, while the theatre offers an enchanting setting to see concerts and plays, spectacles of sights and sounds that will captivate people of all generations. Also recommended is the special museum devoted to dwarf barnyard animals. One of a kind in Europe, this excellent farm of dwarf species will surprise you for its originality and the multitude of poultry species on show.
Housed in the Grandes Ecuries, or stables, of the Domaine de Chantilly country estate, come and discover the Equine Museum (Musée du Cheval) where you can admire more than two hundred objects relating to the importance of horses from the very earliest civilisations.
Ethnological, historical and artistic in equal measure, this new space will show the relationship between horses and Man through important themes such as hunting, technical advances, art, sport and leisure.