Photos courtesy of Château de Villiers-le-Mahieu
Double rooms: 162–345 euros
Royale room: 269–475 euros
Breakfast not included
Open: all year except the week following Christmas.
Villiers-le-Mahieu is 45 km west of Paris. From A14, exit Orgeval and continue on D45 through Maule, Thoiry, and straight to Villiers-le-Mahieu. A car is the most practical way to get here. The nearest train station is 6 km away (and an expensive taxi ride). Bus service is limited.
On site: spa; tennis, seasonal swimming pool; boating on the moat; golf practice area.
Nearby: Golf; Château de Thoiry; Château de Breteuil; Musée à Giverny, Maison de Claude Monet; Versailles
The château can host receptions. Inquire hotel for details.
If you want to get outside of Paris and wander about in a stunning setting, Château de Villiers-le-Mahieu may offer just what you’re looking for.
Set within 21 hectares of woodland, the approach to this château is a knock out with its surrounding water-filled moat, bridges, and turrets. Unless a wedding is going on, the only sound you may hear is that from the resident ducks. This is the place to come for quiet walks in beautiful gardens.
If driving, you’ll need to park some 200 meters off site after dropping your luggage, but don’t worry, a cart will whisk you from the car park to reception.
No two guest rooms inside the château are alike, although all are spacious and modern in décor with variation in the color schemes. Views overlook the wooded grounds. Bathrooms are modernized. The château does not offer room service.
There is a formal, modern restaurant on the premises, which you’ll need to book in advance. For a quick sandwich or omelette, order at the bar.