Chantilly and its surroundings

Chantilly is famous for many reasons:

  • France’s oldest racecourse, the home since 1836 of the French Derby.  In 2017 Chantilly will also host the world’s second-richest horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. 

  • The Chateau, with France’s second largest art collection.

  • The gardens of the chateau, designed by Le Nôtre, who also designed the gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

  • The Great Stables, built in 1719 for the Prince of Condé.  He believed he would be reincarnated as a horse, so instructed his architect to build stables suitable for a horse of his rank. 

  • The Living Museum of the Horse, with its daily equestrian shows.

  • The forest in which you can walk or cycle; or watch as some of the 3,000 racehorses trained in and around Chantilly gallop past during their morning training.

  • The James Bond film “A View to a Kill” featured the Chateau, the Stables and other sites such as the car wash in which Bond’s colleague was killed in his Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.

  • Chantilly Cream – the best tastings are in the kitchens of the Chateau or at the hamlet in the chateau’s gardens.

The more active guests may enjoy the four golf courses that are within a few kilometres; or the Chantilly Marathon and the Chantilly Triathlon.

Your hosts have lived and worked in the area since 1985, and will be delighted to share their local knowledge with guests.

Some nearby attractions (within a 15 minute drive) are :

  • Senlis, a former royal city with a 12th century cathedral.  Its narrow cobbled streets have featured in over 100 films, including the recent Versailles TV series.

  • Apremont, the home of French polo, will host in 2017 the Ladies European Polo Championship and the European qualifying tournament for the Men’s World Championship.

A little further away are:

  • Parc Astérix (24 kms), France’s third most popular theme park.

  • Disneyland Paris (75 kms).

  • Air and Space Museum, Le Bourget (36 kms).

  • Compiègne (47 kms), with its Imperial Palace and other attractions.

  • For business visitors – the Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord (32 kms).