Château de Champs-sur-Marne, Champs-sur-Marne

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4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • It is positive that you can park for free along the main road opposite the Park. What was not clear is that there are two separate parks, who look like one on the map. Although both parks are free, you have no possibility of a park in which to switch to another, there's the fenced with the Castle and you can come only through the main gate. As we were going to the castle we are through the gate of the outer Park. In effect, we are more than an hour through the Park and forest wandered around and have the Park looking orbits after a gate to the Castle almost completely, which was not our intention. Positive, that the entrance to the Park is free, but the Park is small and you should not enter the grass. However, there are benches. The Castle cost 8 euros entry, we would have gladly paid, would not have been as a result of the hike to the castle around so late we. The fountains were switched off half an hour before closing time. The artificial part of the Park is very straightforward, there are still a large part of walk-in forest just behind the spring Brunn gene.
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  • Very nice Castle to visit. Unfortunately, the third floor is not (yet) open. The Park is very large and very well maintained. Sometimes events are held in the Castle. I recommend visiting this castle.
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  • Lovely Castle to visit as well as the huge park to make a beautiful walk. See also when there are costumed demonstrations...
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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.
  • 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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  • Castle sublime fairy gardens it feels like a versailles.
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  • Wonderful place
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  • A good time relaxing, super quiet and beautiful.
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