Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Visitable Castles in Yvelines Department

The Castle of Dampierre










































● Beynes, the Castle of Beynes

Mentioned in 1087, the castle we know today is that then a large mound of earth surrounded by a wooden palisade and topped by a tower. In the middle of the twelfth century, the motte is restructured is fitted into a first enclosure of stone. A few decades later, new semi-cylindrical towers are added to the set for the defense. Lower chamber surrounds, also provided with semi-circular towers.

Read More...   http://www.chateaudebeynes.org/JeuDeCadrePrincipal.htm


To go to Beynes, 

* In RER
From Paris, take the RER C and head for Versailles left bank get off at Viroflay Left Bank, changed and take the train N toward Mantes-la-Jolie and down in Beynes.

* In Car
From Paris, Porte de Saint-Cloud, to the westerly direction towards Av de la Porte de Saint-Cloud, at the roundabout, take Av de la Porte de Saint-Cloud, right, take the ramp to A13/Périphérique Interior / Porte Molitor / Porte d'Auteuil, join Bd device, take a slight right onto E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles), continue on A13, take a slight right onto A12 (signs to Dreux / Rambouillet / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines / Bois d'Arcy / Versailles-Satory), automatic Radar 4.6 km, take the exit towards Evry / Lyon / Dreux / Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines/Bois-D 'Arcy / Versailles-Satory, stay on the left lane and follow N12/Dreux/Élancourt to join N12, take the exit onto D134 Neauphle-le-Château/Jouars-Pontchartrain/Sainte-Apolline at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto D134, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Route Paris/D912, ontinue to follow D912, through 3 roundabouts, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Beynes/D191 road, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto route Beynes/D191, continue to follow D191, turn left on Rue Moreau and Beynes.


http://www.chateaudebeynes.org/JeuDeCadrePrincipal.htm


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beynes_(Yvelines)

http://www.beynes.fr/






● Buc, the Castle of Haut-Buc






This Castle is originally built parallel to those of the Desert and the Star in 1690 at the instigation of Louis XIV for children of Madame de Montespan. They are all three demolished in the eighteenth century and the crossroads of the Star, located in the woods Gonards Buc, remains the only memory of the eponymous castle. The Haut-Buc was rebuilt in 1864, and is presented as a two-storey building completed in an attic, in a classic style. Although it gives the appearance of a building stone, it is actually built into grinding and covered with a coating of rhinestone.

Read More...   http://www.notrebellefrance.com/


To go to Buc,

* In RER
From Paris, take the RER C in the direction of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, go to Versailles-Chantiers, then change and take direction Massy (RER C) and get off at Petit Jouy Les Loges (Les Loges-en-Josas) there walk 5 mns walk (real) to arrive at Buc.

* In Car
From Paris, Porte de Saint-Cloud, head towards Avenue Edouard Vaillant, 3rd intersection (Sembat metro), go straight to the D910, Avenue du General Leclerc, right, cross the bridge and rejoidre D910 Grande Rue, while right along Avenue De L'Europe, Grande Rue, Avenue Roger Salengro, always follow the D910 following Avenue du General Leclerc,  Avenue de Paris, immediately after the slight turn to the right, take the first left onto Rue Jean Mermoz, at the first intersection (Street sites), go straight to the D839, Avenue Buc door, pass the N12, straight on rue Louis Bleriot, the 5th right turn right towards Avenue Huguier , turn left on rue des Frères Robin, turn left on rue Louis Massotte, turn right to stay on Rue Louis Massotte, turn right onto Rue de la Ferme and Buc.



http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_du_Haut-Buc


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buc_(Yvelines)

http://www.mairie-buc.fr/




● Chevreuse, the Castle of La Madeleine









Dominating the town of Chevreuse, on the edge of the plateau, the Castle of la Madeleine is built in the middle of the eleventh century. Long occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War, it is a contested issue during the Middle Ages. In the sixteenth century, the barony of Chevreuse is raised to a duchy by Francis for his favorite Anne Pisseleu. Desiring to expand the park of Versailles, Louis XIV bought the castle, he gives the following ladies of Saint-Cyr.

Read More...   http://www.casteland.com/pfr/chateau/idf/yvelines/madeleine/madeleine.htm


To go to Chevreuse,

* In RER
From Paris, Take the RER B towards Saint-Remy les Chevreuse and get off at the terminus, then take the bus THE CARS Savac No. 39-403 towards small bridge and down to the Moulin.Ou to walk to the station from Chevreuse, Saint-Remy les Chevreuse, a little more than 30 mns walk.

* In Car
From Paris, Porte d'Italie, take the exit towards A6B A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Évry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis, Slight right onto E50 (signs to A10/E5/Palaiseau Étampes/Bordeaux/Nantes/Antony/Massy/Longjumeau), join A10, Automatic Radar at 2.6 kilometers, take the exit on the left toward D444/Versailles/Igny/Bièvres, Join A126, the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto D306, cross two roundabouts Continue on Rue de Paris / Av. General Leclerc/D906, continue to follow D906, cross the roundabout, At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Av General Leclerc/D906, continue to follow D906 and Chevreuse.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_la_Madeleine

http://www.chevreuse.fr/




● Choisel, the Castle of Breteuil







The Castle of Breteuil was built around 1600 on the site of a castle which he still remains the dovecote. The place has long called Bevilliers name which comes from the presence of two villas (bis Villae) of the Gallo-Roman era.

Read More...   http://www.breteuil.fr/castle/accueil.php


To go to Choisel,

* In RER
From Paris, take the RER A towards Saint-Remy les Chevreuse and get off at the terminus, then take the bus the car Savac No. 39-03 direction Rambouillet get off at choisel, the sawmill.

* In Car
From Paris, take the ramp to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, stay in the left lane and follow Orly / Lyon / Device Interior / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie Airport to join Bd device, automatic radar at 1,1 kms, take the exit towards A6B A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Évry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis, take a slight right onto E50 (signs A10/E5/Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux/Nantes/Antony/Massy / Longjumeau), join A10, automatic Radar at 2.6 kms, take exit 9 to join D118 towards Les Ulis, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto D35, crossing two roundabouts, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto D988 * / deviation Gometz the city, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto D988, turn right onto Rue de Roussigny go straight on Rue de Roussigny continue on Rue de l'Etang at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Limours/D838 Street, turn left onto Rue de Cernay/D40, take a slight right onto Rue de Boullay the Troux/D41, Continue to follow D41, turn left on Rue the Tartelet/D41, continue to follow D41, turn right onto Route Sablières/D41, turn right onto Route Sablières/D41, Choisel .... Choisel, take the road towards sablières ponds, 100 meters right, take the road to the castle about 800 meters to the right, the path to the castle.


(http://www.breteuil.fr/castle/visits/visites_guidees_0.php)


The town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choisel

http://www.choisel.fr/choiselfr/




● Clairefontaine

The Castles visitables on authorization
- The Castle of Saint Rémy des Landes
- The Castle of Montjoye
- The Castle of Maubuisson
- The Castle of Bruyères
- The Castle of Mesnil
- The Castle of La Voisine ou Castle Ricard














To go to Clairefontaine,

* In RER
From Paris-Montparnasse, take the train N toward Rambouillet, get off at station Prairie then take Veolia bus, Rambouillet No. 4 and get off at centre Clairefontaine.

* In Car
From Paris, Quai de Bercy, take the ramp to
A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, Stay on the left lane and followAéroport d'Orly / Lyon / Périphérique intérieur / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie Airport to join beltway , automatic Radar 1.1 km, take the exit towards A6B A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Évry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis, take a slight right onto E50 (signs A10/E5/Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux Nantes / Massy / Longjumeau)
join A10 Partial toll road, Speed ​​cameras to 2.6 km, take exit 10-Dourdan to Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, Partial toll road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto D149, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto D988, turn left on Route Clairefontaine/D27, continue to follow D27 then arrive at Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines.







● Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the Castle of Prieuré, existing museum Batellerie.
 









Conflans-Sainte-Honorine is located in the North of the Yvelines at the limit of the Val-d'Oise, about ten miles North of the city - but not the municipal boundary - Saint-Germain-en-Laye,  27 km northwest of Paris (20 km as the crow flies).
The town developed along the Seine, on the right bank of the river to its confluence with the Oise. The town also extends on the left bank. Most of the terrain is a limestone plateau overlooking a thirty two meters of water. The bottom knows periodic flooding, but little disastrous.

Read More...  http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_du_Prieur%C3%A9


To go to Conflans Sainte-Honorine,

* In RER
From Paris, take the RER A direction Poissy and alight at Conflans Fin d'Oise.

* In Car
From Paris, Porte de Clignancourt, take a slight right onto Av de la Porte de Clignancourt, then continue on Av Michelet/D14 and follow D14, turn right onto Rue Frantz Poulbot/D410 take left towards A86/A15 N14 / Epinay-sur-Seine / L'Île-Saint-Denis / Saint-Denis station, stay in the left lane and follow A86/Gennevilliers/Cergy-Pontoise to join A86, take the A15 exit towards Cergy-Pontoise / Argenteuil-Orgemont, automatic radar to 14.9 km, take exit 7 Conflans-Sainte-Honorine/Éragny-sur-Oise/Jouy-le-Moutier, take a slight left onto N184, turn left on Boulevard des Allies Airmen / D984, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Av Carnot, turn right onto Rue Anatole France and Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.


http://www.conflans-tourisme.com/batellerie.htm


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflans_Ste_Honorine

http://www.conflans-sainte-honorine.fr/





● Dampierre-en-Yvelines, the Castle of Dampierre








At confluency of two valleys, the castle gives life and adds Dampierre renowned for centuries. Its large volumes contrast with the narrow village always bustling shops. On the hill, hidden in the woods, a removable iron house home hikers. Further, if the former hamlet of Fourcherolles became a residential area, the hamlet of Harrington and the plain of Valencia retain a rural character. The identity of the town is also revealed to Maincourt. The Mayor-church, the gravesites of free carriers thinkers and adventure trail marsh give its originality which was one of the smallest municipalities of France, before its merger with Dampierre in 1974.

Read More...    http://www.parc-naturel-chevreuse.fr/dampierre-en-Yvelines.html


To go to Dampierre-en-Yvelines,

* In RER
From Paris, take the RER B towards Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse and get off at Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse. From there, take bus Savac N ° 39 103 towards Rambouillet, and get off at Château de Dampierre.

* In Car
From Paris, Bridge St. Cloud, Head northeast on Pont Saint-Cloud/D907, take the 1st right to stay on the Quai Alphonse Gallo/D1, automatic radar at 350 m, turn left onto D910 Bordeaux / Nantes / Sèvres, turn right on roundabout Bridge Sèvres/D910, continue to follow D910, continue on N118, take exit 8 to Toussus-le Noble Airport / Saclay / Gif-sur-Yvette, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto D306 and go through two roundabouts and continue straight road Image/D306 Beautiful, continue on Rue de Paris / Av. General Leclerc/D906, continue to follow D906, cross the roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Av General Leclerc/D906, continue to follow D906, continue on Rue de Dampierre/D58
Continue to follow D58, Rue de Chevreuse / Versailles/D91 Road, continue to follow D91, after Castle Inn, turn right on Rue de Grand Vigne.



http://www.chateau-de-dampierre.fr/fr/index2.htm

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Dampierre


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dampierre-en-Yvelines

http://www.mairie-dampierre-yvelines.fr/




● Emancé, The Castle Sauvage









The Castle Sauvage is located in the commune of Émancé in the Yvelines department.
Originally, it was a castle made ​​up of three buildings in U form whose date of consruction is uncertain. The castle was given by Louis XIV in one of his natural daughters, Louise de Maison-Blanche, born of an affair with Mrs. Des Oeillets, lady companion of Madame de Montespan.
At the location of the said castle was rebuilt under the Second Empire, the present castle in millstones and stone bricks and slate roof, which was classified as a historic monument in 1979. In the park, a decorative pond was created from a diversion of the course of Drouette.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Sauvage


To go to Emancé,

* In train
From Paris-Montparnasse, take the train toward Rambouillet or Chartres, get off at Rambouillet, then, take the Veolia Bus N° 30 in the direction of Emancé (street Gazeran) and get off at Emancé.

* In Car
From Paris, porte d'Italie, take the exit A6B toward A10/Bordeaux/Lyon/Evry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis,  Slight right E50 to A10/E5/Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux/Nantes/Antony/Massy/Longjumeau), join A10,  Partial toll road, speed cameras to 2.6 km, turn slight right onto A11/E50 (signs to /Rennes/Nantes/Le Mans/Chartres), toll road, take exit 1-Ablis to Rambouillet, Partial toll road, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit (N10) to Rambouillet, join N10, take the exit onto D176 Orcemont / Orphin / Sonchamp / spit, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto D176, cross the roundabout, turn right onto Rue de la Drouette, turn slight right onto D150, turn left on D150, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto D176, turn right onto rue Orphin Street Orphin turns slightly right and becomes rue du Village and Emancé.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Sauvage

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9serve_zoologique_de_Sauvage


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89manc%C3%A9

http://www.mairie-emance.fr/





● Gambais, The Castle of Neuville










The Castle of Neuville is located Gambais in the Yvelines department.
The Castle of Neuville is Henri III style brick and stone, built in the sixteenth century by Joachim Bellengreville, Grand Provost of the Hotel du Roy. Josiane Sartre in his book "Brick And Stone Castles In France" in the plan gives the French architect Jacques I Androuet Hoop.
In 1672 the area became Marquisat Neuville.


To go to Gambais,

* In RER
From Paris, take the train N, Dapo in the direction of Dreux and get off at Montfort-l'Amaury Méré.  Take Veolia Bus at Rambouillet line 15 toward Grandchamps or Mairie, asked to driver for a stop near the castle.        

* In Car
From Paris Porte d'Auteuil, join the A13 towards Rouen / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines / Versailles, take a slight right onto A12 (signs Dreux / Rambouillet / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines / Wood-d 'Arcy / Versailles-Satory), automatic radar 4.6kms, take the exit towards Evry / Lyon / Dreux / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines / Bois D'Arcy / Versailles-Satory, stay on the left lane and follow N12/Dreux/Élancourt to join N12, take the D199 exit Gambais / Grosrouvre / Millemont / Garancières, turn left on D199, at the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto D199, take the 3rd exit on D179, continue on the D179, Avenue de Neuville, then turn right place Charles de Gaulle.


The Castle


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambais

http://www.gambais.fr/




● Herbeville, the Castle of Boulémont







The first castle of Boulémont was built at seventeenth century, but was rebuilt in the eighteenth century, and remodeled in 1861. It belonged in 1819 to Baron Lanusse, lieutenant general of the king.
In 1996, he is the subject of an inventory of the Ministry of Culture under the outstanding gardens.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Boul%C3%A9mont


To go to Herbeville,

* In train
From Paris-Saint-Lazare, take the train toward Mantes-la-Jolie, gett off at Les Mureaux, then, take Véolia Car transport N° 41 to Mairie de Bailly and get off at Chemin des Closeaux (Herbeville).

* In Car
From Paris, porte Maillot, take Charles-de-Gaulle Avenue in direction of Neuilly, continue on N13, automatic radar at 200 m, continue on A14 S, Partial toll road, automatic radar at 200 m, take exit 7 to Orgeval, partial toll road, take at left on D153,  roundabout take the second exit Rue de Villennes, take at right on Rue de Béthemont, continue on Rue de la Chapelle, take at right on Place de l'Église, continue on Rue du Docteur Maurer, cross roundabout, take left on Rue du Docteur Maurer/D45, continue on D45, take left on Rue d'Orgeval/D45, take right on Rue de Maule/D45, continue on D45, cross roudabout, turn left to Grande Rue, take left on Grande Rue, take first right and stay on Rue Saint-Clair, then Herbeville.


http://fr.topic-topos.com/chateau-de-boulemont-herbeville

http://www.herbeville.fr/accueil.html




● Houdan, the Dungeon of Houdan








The Dungeon of Houdan is a fortified madieval dungeon located at Houdan in Yvelines department.
Build in the early twelfth century by Amaury III de Montfort, it's a last remain of the ancient fortification of the town. It's a massive tower, isolated west of the town. It is currently used as a water tank. It's not strictly speaking a dungeon because it is not part of a castle.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donjon_de_Houdan


To go to Houdan,

* In train
From Paris Montparnasse, take the N train in direction of Dreux and get off at Houdan.

* In Car
From Paris, porte d'Auteuil, join higway A13 /Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles continue on A13, take slight right on A12 (Signs to Dreux/Rambouillet/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d'Arcy/Versailles-Satory) Automatic Radar at 4,6 km, take exit in direction of Évry/Lyon/Dreux/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-D'Arcy/Versailles-Satory, stay at left and go to N12/Dreux/Élancourt to joint N12, exit at Route de Rambouillet/D61. Continue to D61, roundabout, and take first left on Rue de Paris/D20, take the second at left and stay on Rue de l'Enclos, take the second left on Rue des Fossés, then Houdan.


http://ledonjondehoudan.free.fr/

http://www.casteland.com/pfr/chateau/idf/yvelines/houdan/houdan.htm


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houdan

http://www.cc-payshoudanais.fr/houd_accueil.php





● Les Clayes sous Bois, the Castle of Les Clayes







The Castle of des Clayes has been build in the town of Les Clayes sous bois, in heart of yvelines department, near Versailles.
The first fortified castle, which remain the foundation, a cellar and stair une cave et un escalier, is build by Renaud de Cloys and Simon de Montfort. It was destroyed during the invasion of Charles le Mauvais. In 1360, Pierre Potel build a new building on the same site, this castle is looted and partially destroyed in 1793.  Only the main building and several outbuildings are spared, the main building now houses the municipal library. The town towers, each surmounted by a lantern, are those of the castle built by the Delaborne family in the early nineteenth century. These are the only items saved by German bombing in 1944.

Read More...   http://fr.topic-topos.com/chateau-les-clayes-sous-bois


To go to Les Clayes sous Bois,

* In Train
From Paris gare Montparnasse, take TER (train) - 62409, direction Chartres and get off at Versailles- chantiers, and take RER N-Mepu in direction of Mantes la jolie and get off at  Villepreux-Les Clayes station.

* In Car
From Paris porte Maillot, take Avenue Charles de Gaulle (N13), continue on A14, then take output 6.b to D30 in direction of Poissy-La Maladrerie, at roundabout, take the second ouput on Av. de la Maladrerie/D30, continue all right on D30, cross town roundabouts, take the fourth ouput on Av. de Saint-Germain/D11, cross three roundabout and take first output on Rue Jacques Duclos
Cross the roundabout, then, Les Clayes sous Bois.


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Clayes-sous-Bois

http://www.lesclayessousbois.fr/




● Maisons-Lafitte, the Castle of Maisons










The castle of Maisons-Laffitte, the Castle of Maisons origin, is located at Maisons-Laffitte inYvelines department, masterpiece of the French civil architecture of the seventeenth century, which is a major landmark in the history of architecture. The Longueil, ancient family of parlementary, had to part the lordship of Maisons since 1460, and full ownership from 1602. From 1630, and for probably twenty to thirty years, René de Longueuil, first president of the Cour of Aids, then President of Parliament of Paris, dedicated wealth inherited from his wife, Madeleine Boulenc Crevecoeur (d. 1636 ), construction of a magnificent castle. ...

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Maisons-Laffitte


To go to Maisons-Lafitte,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER A in direction of Poissy/Cergy-le-Haut and get off at Maisons-Laffitte.

* In Car
From Paris porte Maillot, take to Av. de Neuilly and continue to avenue Charles de Gaulle , continue on  N13, automatic radar at 200 m, continue on A14 S, automatic radar at 200 m, take the output at left on A86, take the output 2b to Bezons, join Rue du Président Salvador Allende, take slight right on Boulevard Charles de Gaulle/D992 ,continue on D992, stay in the left lane, continue to follow D308, stay in the left lane, continue to follow Avenue Maurice Berteaux, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Av Verdun/D30, continue to follow D308, cross the roundabout, continue on rue de Paris, continue on Rue de la Muette, turn left onto Rue de Lorraine and Maisons-Laffitte.


http://maisons.monuments-nationaux.fr/

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Maisons-Laffitte


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maisons-Laffitte

http://www.maisonslaffitte.net/index.htm




● Maule, the Castle of Buat, the Castle of Agnou 











Louis XV style, the Castle of Buat is build in 1730 on the remains of ancient fortified door of the town, the door of Castle du Buat, which was the fourth that ran along the property of the Hostellerie du Dauphin. This has completely disappeared in the nineteenth century.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_du_Buat


To go to Maule,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER C in direction of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, get off at Viroflay, here take the N train in direction of Mantes la Jolie and get off at Maule.

* In Car
From Paris porte Maillot, take to Avenue de Neuilly and continu to Avenue Charles de Gaulle, continu on N13, automatic radar at 150 m, continu on A14 S, join A13, take output 10 to Épône/Mézières, at roundabout take third output on Route de Gargenville/D130, cross roundabout, take left on Avenue 19 Août 1944/D113, continue on D113, take rignt on Route de Nezel/D191, continue on D191, take right on Rue Saint-Blaise/D191, continue to D191, take right on Rue du Ponceau/D45, take slightly right on Rue Parisis, continue on Place de la Mairie, then Maule.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_du_Buat

The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maule

http://www.maule.fr/html/html.php





● Médan, the Castle of Médan













The Castle of Médan is a private castle located in Médan in Yvelines department.
The origin structure, dating back to ninth century, served as the basis for the construction of a hunting lodge in the late fifteenth century, later converted into a castle. Enlarged in the eighteenth, the castle was the home of the patron of Pierre de Ronsard, frequented by poets of the Pléiade.The Castle has been inhabited by Maurice Maeterlinck, Nobel price of literature in 1924. There he wrote The Life of the Termites, the Glass Spider and there was play The Blue Bird. The castle was abandoned after the war and damaged by fire in 1956.

 Read More...  http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_M%C3%A9dan


To go to Médan,

* In RER
From Paris, take train J in direction of Mantes-la-Jolie, get off in Villennes-sur-Seine station, then, take the tourneux car line 26, direction Les Mureaux and get off at Médan.

* In Car
From Paris, porte Maillot, take Charles-de-Gaulle Avenue (N13), continue on N13, and then, to A14, take the output 7 to Poissy/Villennes-sur-Seine, join the D153, take slight left on Avenue du Général Charles de Gaulle, then take left Rue Gallieni/D164, continue, oncoming right to the Castle of Médan.


http://www.chateau-de-medan.fr/

The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9dan_(Yvelines)

http://www.ville-medan.fr/




● Le Mesnil Saint-Denis, the Castle of Mesnil Saint-Denis








Build by Louis Habert de Montmort, this castle accomodate  in XVII century illustrious guests : the painter Philippe de Champaigne, Madame de Sévigné, the agronomist Jean de la Quintinie, the astronomer Pierre Gassendi, etc.
It belongs to Jean-François Charles Rieu and Charles de selle in the eighteenth century and from 1855 to 1927 at the Husson family. Milton Reynolds became owner May 13, 1947 and set up his workshop manufacturing ballpoint pens in public. The castle was finally bought by the town in 1952 and houses the town hall from 1955. Important restoration work was carried in 1959.

Read More...   http://fr.topic-topos.com/


To go to the Mesnil Saint-Denis,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER C in direction of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and get off at Versailles-Chantiers,  then, change for the U train in direction of Verrière station and get off in terminus. Change and take SQY Bus, line 415, direction Groupe Scolaire Champmesnil.

* In car
From Paris, porte de Versailles, take beltway to Boulogne-Billancourt, at the approach of Serres d'Auteuil, take slight right on E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) , continue on A13, take slight right on A12 (signs Dreux/Rambouillet/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d'Arcy/Versailles-Satory),  automatic radar at 4,6 km, output  N10.
Automatic radar at 1,3 km, take output D58 in direction of Élancourt/Le Mesnil-Saint-Denis/La Verrière-Centre,  in roundabout, take the third output D58, take right on Rue Raymond Berrurier/D13, at roundabout, take the second output on Charles de Gaulle Avenue, turn right, then Le Mesnil Saint-Denis.


http://mesnil.saint.denis.free.fr/chateau.htm

http://www.parc-naturel-chevreuse.fr/le-mesnil-saint-denis.html


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Mesnil-Saint-Denis

http://www.lemesnilsaintdenis.fr/public/mesnil/




● Montfort L'Amaury, The Castle of Montfort or Anne de Bretagne tower (Remains of Castle of Montfort)









This dungeon has been build on the site of the ruins of the old castle of the twelfth century, destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years War. This dungeon is too emblematic of Montfort l'Amaury that we forget to describe the appearance: an irregular octagon on three levels, a width of twenty meters, the walls of two to three meters of thickness and an approximate height of eighteen meters.

Read More...  http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Accueil_principal)


To go to Montfort-L'Amaury,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER C in direction of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Montigny-le Bretonneux, take  Hourtoule Car N° 5 direction Château des Mesnuls, and get off at De Gaulle Montfort-L'Amaury.

* In Car
From Paris porte de Versailles, take the beltway to Boulogne-Billancourt, at the approach of Serres d'Auteuil, take slight right on E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) , continue on A13, take slight right on A12 (signs Dreux/Rambouillet/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d'Arcy/Versailles-Satory), automatic radar at 4,6 km, take output in direction of Évry/Lyon/Dreux/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-D'Arcy/Versailles-Satory, stay on the left lane and go to  N12/Dreux/Élancourt to join N12, take output in direction D76/Méré/Montfort-l'Amaury/Auteuil-le-Roi/Thoiry, at roundabout, take the second output on Avenue de l'Arbre à la Quenée/D912, at roundabout, take the fourth output on D76, cross the roundabout, turn left onto Rue de Chantreine/D155, continue to follow D155, cross the roundabout, turn left onto Rue de Gaudigny, turn right to stay on Rue de Gaudigny and Montfort-The Amaury.


http://fr.topic-topos.com/vestiges-du-chateau-de-montfort-tour-anne-de-bretagne-montfort-l-amaury


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montfort-l%27Amaury

http://www.ville-montfort-l-amaury.fr/




● Le Port-Marly, the Castle of Monte-Christo








The Castle of Monte-Christo. The castle is residence the writer Alexandre Dumas built in 1846 by the architect Hippolyte Durand in a park of nine hectares, designed in the English style, in Port-Marly (Yvelines). Restored, thanks to the patronage of King Hassan II of Morocco, who financed the rehabilitation of the Moorish room.

the living room of the house is created by two Tunisian artisans, attached to the Bey of Tunis, Hadji Mohammed Younis and his son, Alexandre Dumas brings back with him one of his travels. It is now a public museum since 1994. It is owned by the "Syndicat intercommunal de Monte-Cristo" which includes the municipalities of Port-Marly, Marly-le-Roi and Pecq.

Read More...  http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Monte-Cristo


To go to Le Port-Marly,

* In RER
From Paris, Châtelet-les-Halles, take RER A in direction of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and get off at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, change and take the Bus N°258 direction La Défense and get off at Val-André, Le Port-Marly.

* In Car
From Paris Porte Maillot, take N13, continuer and continue on A14S, take output A86
Toll Road, take output Avenue Napoléon Bonaparte/D913, take slight right Avenue Napoléon Bonaparte/D913, continue on Rue Yvan Tourgueneff/D113, continue to D113, automatic radar at 900 m, turn left to N186, take right N186, take slight right on Rue Henri Bèque, take right Avenue of Europe, cross roundabout, take right on Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy/D7, the Castle is at right.


http://www.chateau-monte-cristo.com/

The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_port-marly

http://www.port-marly.fr/




● Saint-Forget les sablons, the Castle of Mauvières










In the fourteenth century, the stronghold of Mauvières is offered to R. Martigne the a reward for his help against the British to resume Bergerac in the Dordogne. In memory of his origins, he baptizes the neighboring meadows Mauvières named Bergerac, the lords of the area then become "of Mauvières and Bergerac." In 1582, the estate became the property of Savinien de Cyrano, grandfather of the famous Cyrano, who spent part of his youth.

Read More...   http://www.parc-naturel-chevreuse.fr/saint-forget.html


To go to Saint-Forget les sablons,


* In RER
From Paris, take RER B in direction of Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse and get off at terminus, then, take Savac Bus N° 39-103 direction Place and get off at Les sablons Saint-Forget.

* In Car
From Paris porte de Versailles, take the beltway to Boulogne-Billancourt,at the approach of Serres d'Auteuil, on E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) , continue on A13, take slight right on A12 (signs Dreux/Rambouillet/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d'Arcy/Versailles-Satory), output N10, take Montigny-le-Bretonneux/Guyancourt/Voisins-le-Bretonneux, join Avenue du Général Leclerc, take right Avenue Nicolas About, cross roundabout, turn left Avenue de Kierspe/D36, continue D 36, take right Avenue de la Pyramide/D91, at roundabout, take first output Rue de Port Royal/D91, continue D91, then the Castle of Mauvières.


http://www.mauvieres.com/index.php

The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Forget

http://www.saint-forget.fr/Saint-Forget/patrimoine.html





● St Germain-en-Laye, the Castle of Val, the old Castle (Castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, it's the same)


The old Castle












The Castle of Val

The castle of  Val is a castle of XVII century of classic style located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, at the northern end of the Grand Terrace in the Yvelines department in the Île-de-France region. It was originally a hunting lodge built by the architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart for Louis XIV on the site of a former royal hunting lodge of Louis XIII.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_du_Val_%28Saint-Germain-en-Laye%29


To go to Saint-Germain en Laye,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER A direction Saint-Germain-en-Laye, get off at Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
 To go to the Castle of Val, take line 02 direction of Maisons-Lafitte and get off castle of Val.


* In Car

- For the Castle of  Saint-Germain en Laye

From Paris porte de Saint-Cloud, take the west direction Avenue de la porte de St-Cloud, at roundabout, take Avenue de la Porte de St-Cloud, at right, take the ramp onto A13/ Périphérique Intérieur/Porte Molitor/porte d'Auteuil, join the beltway, take slight right on E-5 (signs A13 Rouen/Saint-Quentin en Yvelines/Versailles) continue on A13, take output 6 to N186 direction de Saint Germain-enLaye/Marly-le-Roi/Le Chesnaie/Versailles Notre-Dame, stay right and continu Saint-Germain/Louveciennes/Marly to join N186, continue on N13, take slight left  Ave du Général Leclerc/D284, at roundabout, take the second output Avenue Gambetta, take left to Thiers, take right to rue de Pontoise, then Saint-Germain en Laye.


- The Castle of  Val









From Paris, porte Maillot, take Avenue Charles de Gaulle N13, continue to N13 automatic radar at 150 meters, continue to A14 S, automatic radar at 150 meters, take output A86, take output to  Chatou/exit 35a/Rueil 2000/exit 35b, take output 35a at left, join Pont de Chatou/D991 direction of Chatou, continue to Pont de Chatou, continue to Avenue du Maréchal Foch/D186, continue to D186, automatic radar at 1,5 km, cross 4 roundabouts, take slight left to Boulevard Carnot/D186S, continue to D186S, take right to Quai Voltaire/D159, continue to D159, at roundabout, take the second output  Place de Strasbourg/D157, continue to D157, take right to  Avenue des Marronniers, turn left, your destination will be left, then Castle of Val.


The Castle of Saint-Germain en Laye
http://www.ot-saintgermainenlaye.fr/art-et-culture/monuments/chateaux/
http://www.saintgermainenlaye.fr/decouvrir-la-ville/presentation-de-la-ville/

The Castle of Val
http://www.chateau-du-val.org/
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Val-Saint-Germain




Saint-Hilarion, the Castle of Voisins









High castle from 1903 to 1906 by the architect René Sergent for a wealthy Parisian banker, Count Edmond de Fels, Prince Heffingen. In 1892, the sponsor had acquired the domain of Voisins where the remains of the ancient castle of the Marquis de Croismare, as amended by the architect Jacques Ange Gabriel in 1779 remained.

(Châteaux en France)


To go to Saint-Hilarion,


* In RER
From Paris, take RER C direction Versailles Rive Gauche, get off and change to Viroflay rive Gauche, take the N Train direction Gare de Rambouillet then get off at gare de Rambouillet and takeVéolia Bus N°24 direction de Guipérreux and get off at Mairie de Saint-Hilarion.

* In Car
From Paris, Quai de Bercy, take slip road to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte de Bercy/Charenton, stay on left lane and go to Aéroport Orly/Lyon/Périphérique Interieur/Quai d'Ivry/Porte d'Italie and join Beltway, automatic Radar at 1,1 km, take slightly right to E-5 (signs to A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) , continue to A13, take slightly right to A12 (signs to Dreux/Rambouillet/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d'Arcy/Versailles-Satory), automatic Radar at 4,6 km, exit at N10, automatic Radars at 1,3 km, take right to Rue de la Louvière, at roundabout, take the fourth output to Rue de la Louvière/D906, continue to D906, take left to Place Félix Fauré/D906, take left to Rue Georges Lenôtre/D906, continue D906, take left to Route de la Roche Tournante, turn right to stay to Route de la Roche Tournante , take slightly right to Chemin du Moulin Neuf , take right to Route de Rambouillet/D906, then Saint-Hilarion, Castle of Voisins.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Voisins_%28Saint-Hilarion%29

http://www.monumentum.fr/chateau-voisins-pa00087631.html


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Hilarion_(Yvelines)

http://www.saint-hilarion.fr/




Saint-Rémy les Chevreuse, the Castle of Coubertin








The domain of Coubertin is built in 1577 by Jean Freddy, bourgeois merchant in Paris. He built the castle for Bernard Freddy, and the interior is built in the eighteenth century.
Reworking phenomena are made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dates carved on the pediment of the front-body central, 1696-1896, suggest that this decor does not date from the eighteenth century, but was added. 1896 is the date of the first modern Olympic games, established by Pierre Freddy de Coubertin.

Read more...   http://fr.topic-topos.com/chateau-de-coubertin-saint-remy-les-chevreuses


To go to Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER A direction Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse and get off at terminus.

* In Car
From Paris, Quai de Bercy, take the ramp to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, stay in the left lane and follow Orly / Lyon / Device Interior / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie Airport to join Bd device, automatic radar 1,1 km, take the exit towards A6B A10/Bordeaux/Nantes/Lyon/Évry/Aéroport Orly-Rungis, take a slight right onto E50 (signs versA10/E5/Palaiseau/Étampes/Bordeaux-Nantes/Massy/Longjumeau) , join A10, automatic Radar 2.6 km, take the exit on the left toward D444/Versailles/Igny/Bièvres, join A126, continue on D36, cross the roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 4th exit on D306, cross two roundabouts, continue on Rue de Paris / Av. General Leclerc/D906, continue to follow D906, cross the roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the République/D938, turn left, then Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse.


http://www.coubertin.fr/501_p_25752/le-chateau.html

The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-R%C3%A9my-l%C3%A8s-Chevreuse

http://www.ville-st-remy-chevreuse.fr/




Thoiry, the Castle of Thoiry









 The Thoiry is a Renaissance castle located Thoiry in the department of Yvelines, about fifty miles west of Paris. From 1559, Raoul Moreau († 1583), treasurer of the savings of King Henry II and superintendent of finance, order the master mason Olivier Imbert, a native of Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines and worked a few years ago to Rambouillet, building a castle Thoiry on a site occupied since the twelfth century. After the construction of outbuildings - farm, stables, barns, dovecote - a simple home in body depth which hang on the front facade two rectangular pavilions same height, connected by a terrace, was built from 1562.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Thoiry


To go to Thoiry,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER C direction Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, get off at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, take  Hourtoule Bus N°78, direction gare de Mantes la jolie and get off at Mairie de Thoiry.

* In Car
From Paris, Quai de Bercy, take the ramp to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, stay in the left lane and follow Orly / Lyon / Device Interior / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie Airport to join Bd device, automatic radar 1, 1 km, turn slight right onto E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) Continue on A13, take a slight right onto A12 (signs Dreux / Rambouillet / Saint-Quentin -en-Yvelines/Bois-d 'Arcy / Versailles-Satory), stay in the left lane and follow N12/Dreux/Élancourt to join N12, take the exit onto D134 Neauphle-le-Château/Jouars-Pontchartrain / St. Apollonia, at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto D134, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Route Paris/D912, continue to follow D912, through 3 roundabouts, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Route Beynes/D191, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Route Septeuil/D11, continue to follow D11, crossing two roundabouts, then Thoiry.


http://www.thoiry.net/histoire.php?lang=fr

http://www.thoiry.tm.fr/


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoiry_(Yvelines)

http://www.mairie-thoiry.fr/spip.php?rubrique27




● Versailles, the Castle of Versailles









The Palace of Versailles is a French historical monument which is in Versailles, it was the residence of the kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The King and his court lived there permanently from 6 May 1682 to 6 October 1789, with the exception of a few years of the Regency.
Located in the south-west of Paris, in the city of Versailles in France, the castle and its grounds were intended to glorify the French monarchy.
The castle consists of a sequence of elements of architectural harmony. It is spread over 63,154 m² divided into 2,300 rooms (1,000 museum pieces).
The park of Versailles covers 715 ha (against 8000 before the French Revolution, eleven times), 93 acres of gardens. It includes many features, including the Petit and Grand Trianon, the Hameau de la Reine, the Grand and Petit Canal, a menagerie, an orangery and Swiss lake room.

Read More...   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Versailles


To go to Versailles,

* In RER
From Paris, take RER C direction de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and get off at Versailles-Chantiers.

* In Car
Quai de Bercy, take the ramp to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, stay in the left lane and follow Orly / Lyon / Device Interior / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie to join Bd Device, automatic radar 1.1 km, take a slight right onto E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) Continue on A13, take exit 5 Versailles-Centre/Versailles-Château / Vaucresson / La Celle-Saint-Cloud, stay in the left lane and follow D182/Versailles-Centre/Versailles-Chateau to join Boulevard Jardy/D182, continue to follow D182, continue on Av Unis/D185 States continue to follow D185, turn left onto Av de Saint-Cloud, continue on Rue Georges Clemenceau, continue Pl André Mignot, turn right and turn left, then Versailles.


http://www.chateauversailles.fr/homepage


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Versailles

http://www.versailles.fr/




Villiers le Mahieu, the Castle of Launay









The Lordship of Villiers-le-Mahieu is attested in the twelfth century. This medieval castle was rebuilt in 1642 under the impetus of Atilly Marquis Claude de Bullion. Still surrounded by moats, it is composed of a square courtyard, whose corners are marked by a tower. The initial plan is well preserved. The entrance pavilion, four levels, provides access to the court. Bernard Buffet stayed there from 1971 to 1979, before the castle was transformed into a hotel.

Read More...   http://fr.topic-topos.com/chateau-de-launay-villiers-le-mahieu


To go to Villiers-le-Mahieu,

* In RER
From Paris-Montparnasse, take the N train direction Dreux, get off at Montfort-L'Amaury-Méré, then, take  Véolia car -Houdan N°5 direction Eglise and get off at Mairie de Villiers-le-Mahieu.

* In Car
Quai de Bercy, take the ramp to A3/A6/Périphérique/Porte Bercy / Charenton, stay in the left lane and follow Orly / Lyon / Device Interior / Quai d'Ivry / Porte d'Italie to join Bd Device, automatic radar 1.1 km, take a slight right onto E-5 (signs A13/Rouen/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Versailles) Continue on A13, take a slight right onto A12 (signs Dreux / Rambouillet / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois-d 'Arcy / Versailles-Satory), automatic radar 4.6 km, take the exit towards Évry/Lyon/Dreux/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines/Bois- D'Arcy / Versailles-Satory, stay on the left lane and follow N12/Dreux/Élancourt to join N12, take the exit onto D134 Neauphle-le-Château/Jouars-Pontchartrain/Sainte-Apolline at roundabout take the 3rd exit onto D134, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Route Paris/D912, continue to follow D912, through 3 roundabouts, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Route Beynes/D191 at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Route Septeuil/D11, continue to follow D11, through two roundabouts, turn left onto Route des Bruyeres, turn right to stay on Route des Bruyeres, continue on D45, and Villiers-le-Mahieu.


http://www.chateauvilliers.com/fr_content/presentation-accueil.php

http://fr.topic-topos.com/chateau-de-launay-villiers-le-mahieu


The Town
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villiers_le_Mahieu

http://www.villiers-le-mahieu.fr/





To go to the Castles, the events, the shows, the tourism, the dungeons, the remains,....


Itineraries and transport

Chapter I, the world of Castle






The Visitables Castles in the other departments:

91, Essonne Department
http://chandt.blogspot.fr/2012/01/les-chateaux-visitables-en-essonne.html


92,  Hauts-de-Seine 
Department
http://chandt.blogspot.fr/2011/12/castles-can-be-visited-in-department-of.html


93,  Seine Saint-Denis 
Department 
http://chandt.blogspot.fr/2012/02/castles-can-be-visited-in-department-of.html


94, Val de Marne 
Department
http://chandt.blogspot.fr/2012/02/castles-can-be-visited-in-department-of_11.html







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