A furnished Château in which the “appartements d’Assemblée” are decorated with superb rocaille panelling.
Over the years the 14th century fortified castle has provided shelter for many distinguished figures, who gradually transformed it into a leisure residence acquired by Louis XV. In the second half of the eighteenth century, it was bordered by a “jardin à la française”, or French formal garden, consisting of several canals and six islands, and an English landscaped garden.
In this haven of greenery you can find two remarkable places: Built by the Duke of Penthièvre for the Princesse de Lamballe between 1779 and 1780, Shell Cottage boasts one of the finest pearl and shell decors in Europe. Nearby, the Queen’s Dairy, built at the request of Louis XVI for Marie Antoinette, is home to the group statue of “Amalthea and the Nymph” by Pierre Julien.
Site with the "Outstanding Garden" label.
Site labellisé Jardin remarquable.
Attention : modification des horaires, du parcours de visite et des tarifs pendant la durée des travaux de restauration.
Pour plus de renseignements, merci de contacter l'accueil du château au 01 34 83 00 25 (sauf le mardi).
Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian
Château, Queen’s Dairy and the shell cottage
tel.: (33) (0)1 34 83 00 25 - fax: (33) (0)1 34 94 28 58
Duration: 2 h
Private visit, with or without catering service,
outside standard opening hours
Booking required throughout the year
Carriage tour through the estate, booking required
From Paris : Porte de Saint-Cloud, A 13, exit n° 6, A 12 then N 10 to Rambouillet
Useful addresses :
Rambouillet Tourist Office - Lecture tours
tel.: (33) (0)1 34 83 21 21
Yvelines Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 39 07 71 22
Île-de-France Regional Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 73 00 77 00