Château de Champs-sur-Marne, Champs-sur-Marne
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The Château de Champs, at Champs-sur-Marne was built in its present form for the treasurer Charles Renouard de la Touane in 1699 by Pierre Bullet, architecte du roi. After the first proprietor's bankruptcy, another financier, Paul Poisson de Bourvalais, took up the project. Jean-Baptiste Bullet de Chamblain, the son of Pierre Bullet, finished Champs in 1706.Ten years later, Paul Poisson was in the Bastille on charges of embezzlement and the château was seized by the Crown. In 1718, it was sold to the princesse de Conti, natural daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his first official mistress, Louise de La Vallière. That same year, however, the princess cancelled a debt by deeding Champs to her first cousin, the duc de la Vallière. When the duke died in 1739, he left the château to his son and heir, the famous bibliophile, Louis César de La Baume Le Blanc. The new duc de La Vallière was later to become a trusted friend of King Louis XV and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour.Around 1750, the duke added a beautiful rococo salon chinois (Chinese salon) to the château with wall paintings by noted artist Christophe Huet. At the château, Louis César entertained many of the famous writers of the day, including Diderot, Voltaire, d'Alembert and François-Augustin de Paradis de Moncrif, with whom he also corresponded regularly.
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  • Let me get this "negative" out of the way: it's a little, just a little, work to get here. But the positive side is that, other than the sheer elegance of the place, it's the best asset - few people b...  more »
  • A real treat, this castle is a true miracle, restored with taste and refinement. He remains on a human scale. The gardens are also the complement to this place.
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  • Nice surprise when we enter this castle furnished; presence of period costumes in the rooms and ready of dresses and jackets to children so they can immerse themselves in the scene. The Castle and the Park are completely accessible to wheelchairs and to my delight.
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  • It is a hidden gem. I have been to Versailles, Le Louvre, and many other old palaces in and near Paris before, but only this morning did I have the true pleasure of visiting Chateau Champs-sur-Marne. I love it because it is small (everything is relative) and gorgeously designed. The architecture is stately yet lovable. One could imagine what it must have been like when the Princess de Conti lived there. Or when one of the Heads of States stayed there during the Charles de Gaulle era of the 1930's to 1960's. The gardens and parks are exquisite. No wonder many movies were made there pretending it was Versailles. I spent 3 hours there and look forward to visiting it again.
  • Beautiful place
  • Very beautiful castle, beautiful collections of objects and furniture to cabinetry are presented in pieces retracing the life of noblemen in the 18th century
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  • Less than 30 minutes east of Paris, it is a beautiful 17th century castle in perfect condition. Access to the gardens is free. It is also very pleasant to stroll along the Marne.
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  • The castle is very nice to visit, but the garden are still better :)
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