The Château de Maisons-Laffitte, a pleasure home with a royal air, in the Yvelines department

Published by Margot de Sortiraparis, My de Sortiraparis · Photos by Margot de Sortiraparis · Published on December 18th, 2023 at 04:37 p.m.
In Maisons-Laffitte, in the Yvelines département, the town's château has all the hallmarks of a chateau, yet it was once a "simple" pleasure house! Less than an hour from Paris, it's a beautiful place to discover with family, friends or on your own.

The Château de Maisons-Laffitte is located in the town of the same name, not far from the sumptuous Versailles, although it is far less well-known than the royal city where Louis XIV built his immense palace. In 1633, René de Longueil, a high-ranking magistrate in the Parliament of Paris, decided to build a château on his family's estate in Maisons-sur-Seine. De Longueil asked François Mansart, an architect of the time, to draw up the plans for his future home, surrounded by a vast wooded estate, which the château overlooks.

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Among the prestigious guests who passed through the château were Louis XIV and Voltaire... Château de Maisons passed from generation to generation within the de Longueil family. Finally, in 1777, the Comte d'Artois, brother of Louis XVI - and future King Charles X - purchased the property for hunting purposes. From year to year, the château passed through the hands of various owners, notably banker Jacques Laffitte, who undertook extensive work to transform the estate. In his honor, Maisons-sur-Seine later became the town of Maisons-Laffitte. After a final purchase and an inheritance problem, the château was threatened with destruction by a property developer. Thanks to a large-scale mobilization of the town's inhabitants, who founded the Société des Amis du Château de Maisons, the French government succeeded in saving the château and acquired it in its turn in 1905. On April 18, 1914, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte was classified as a Historic Monument: since 1912, it has been open to visitors all year round, enabling them to discover the history of the town.

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The château is open every day except Tuesday, from 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm (May 16 to September 25) and from 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5pm (September 16 to May 15). For people with disabilities, the château offers specially adapted tours, details of which can be found on the château's website. Admission is €8 per person, and free for minors and under-25s.

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To get to the château, take RER line A or Transilien line L, Maisons-Laffitte stop. By car (from Paris), simply follow the underground towards Cergy-Pontoise, A86, Colombes ouest exit, Bezons towards Poissy via the N192 and then the N308.

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Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts December 18th, 2023

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.

    Location

    2 Avenue Carnot
    78600 Maisons Laffitte

    Access
    RER: line A, station Maisons-Laffitte SNCF: train from Saint-Lazare From Paris-La Défense: underground towards Cergy-Pontoise, A 86, exit Colombes ouest, Bezons towards Poissy via the N 192 then the N 308

    Official website
    www.chateau-maisons.fr

    Booking
    www.chateau-maisons.fr

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