Finally we’ve made it to our last of the Châteaux to visit in the Île de France région, Château de Maisons in Maisons-Laffitte.
Around 1636, René de Longueil commissioned architect François Mansart to build a château on the land his family had owned since 1540. This estate remained in the Longueil family until 1777 when it was bought by the Count of Artois, brother of Louis XVI and who would become Charles X. The Count left France at the Revolution and the château was confiscated as ‘national goods’. It was bought and restored in 1804 by Marėchal Jean Lannes, one of Napoleon’s brothers in arms. In 1818 the estate was bought by Jacques Laffitte, a banker from Paris. The château is now in the hands of le Centre des Monuments Nationaux. It’s a beautiful example of French Baroque architecture and has a homely feel inside.
It reminds me a lot of the Château de Fontainebleau as it’s not overloaded with decoration. We particularly loved the ballroom. It’s so simple but effective. The château really stands out when you drive into the town, it’s a very grand entrance!
It’s such a lovely place to visit and not far at all from Paris. The Forest of Saint Germain-en-Laye is right next door so you can make a day of it.
Open every day except Tuesdays and some public holidays. For more information you can visit the website here