Photos courtesy of Château d'Esclimont
46 rooms; 6 apartments among the château, the Watch Tower, the Trianon, and the Trophy House
Double rooms: 127–309 euros
Suites: from 365 euros
Rates include tax and service.
Open: all year
The château is 50 km southwest of Paris near Chartres. From Paris take A-10 to A-11 west to Pont de Saint Cloud; exit at Ablis, and continue west on N-10 for 5 km; turn right in Essars for St Symphorien-le Château. Or you can take the train from Paris (Gare Montparnasse) to Rambouillet; from there, take a taxi to the château.
On site: tennis; swimming
pool; bicycling; canoeing
Nearby: golf; excursions to Versailles, Rambouillet, and Chartres.
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As graceful as the swans populating its lake, the Château d’Esclimont provides an elegant retreat into a noble past. This lovely towered and moated château stands in 150 acres of forest, lakes, rivers, and gardens.
If your image of the ideal fairy-tale castle includes an exquisite setting, priceless antiques,handcrafted crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, and elaborate ceiling frescoes, you’ll be pleased to find it all here.
Over the doorway the inscription of François de la Rochefoucauld—“C’est mon plaisir” (“This is my pleasure”) invites you to begin a divine experience.
Accommodations are in four sections, and no two guest rooms are alike. Many look out over the lake and are furnished with 18th-century antique reproductions, chandeliers, and Oriental carpets. One apartment has its own tower with a painted ceiling fresco of clouds and birds.
Four restaurants overlook the park. The La Rochefoucauld is the most elegant (with prices to match), requiring a jacket and tie for the gentleman.