Chateau de Maintenon
Chateau de Maintenon
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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Paddy Mc
Brighton and Hove, UK69 contributions
Couples
Stumbled upon this Chateau by chance and spent a lovely Sunday afternoon walking around the gardens and rooms. Off the beaten track a bit but we'll worth a visit.
Gardens were neat and beautiful and the rooms in the chateau were exquisite. The aqueduct is just incredible!!!
€6 each, free parking in the square and tour guide information and help second to none.
After a couple of hours here pop over to the cafe in square for a coffee to finish off the trip
Written May 25, 2022
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MZTParis
Paris298 contributions
Friends
Only 55 minutes by train from Paris' Gare Montparnasse you will arrive at the small town of Maintenon.

Cross the small square in front of the station and you will see a sign 'Chateau', continue along that road for about 20 minutes and you will reach the middle of the town. There you will see another sign 'Chateau' and not even an 8-minute walk and there is the chateau. The chateau is small compared to other French castles and so is the park.

In the chateau you will see the apartment of Madame de Maintenon and separately that of the King - Louis 14, her lover and then later her husband. (Their marriage was morganatic.)

The park, laid out in the French way, is beautiful.

In the park you will see the viaduct built on the orders of Louis 14 to carry water to his Versailles Chateau. The viaduct runs through the town and walking to the chateau from the station you will walk alongside it. Have your camera ready.

The castle's staff are all friendly people and will reply to any questions you may have.

The people of the town too are friendly.

After your visit to the chateau you can enjoy a drink or something to eat in any of the restaurants or bistros.

I am sure that you would love the Chateau de Maintenon.
Written October 30, 2014
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geoffstuart46
Dubai, United Arab Emirates183 contributions
Family
On a sunny day with wonderful cumulus clouds above we wandered down the cobbled pathway and through the archway to the courtyard surronded on three sides by a beautiful building with turrets in classic French style. The third side of the courtyard was a spectacular view to the ruins of a pont that was to carry water from L'Eur to Versailles. There are some wonderful trees and a lake that extends almost to the horizon. The Chateau has the expected rich furnishing and intriguing information about the families and their connection with Louis 14. It is a place where you could spend many hours sitting on the lawns and soaking up the atmosphere. The chateau adjoins the township of Maintenon which is a delight and has a charming market on Thursdays. Well worth including on your tor itinerary
Written September 13, 2012
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bwphoto
Michigan2 contributions
It has been almost a year since spending an afternoon here. What can I say? It's a beautiful chateau in a pleasant, if typical, French village. Of note are the aquaducts in the back of the grounds. They are HUGE and very impressive. Worth doing some reading on the history of the structure and its' former residents. Not a bad stop overall, especially if you visit the cathedral in Chartres to see its labyrinth stone.
Written December 13, 2007
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0011Militarybrat
Woodbridge, NJ18 contributions
Solo
I was really looking forward to visiting the Chateau de Maintenon, but I left there very disappointed. The gardens were gorgeous, but 3/4 of them were closed off to the public and turned into a golf course. The part that was open only had 2 benches to sit on. The Chateau itself only takes about an hour to visit. I had set a day aside to visit and was quite disappointed when when I was done with my entire visit in about 2 hours. There's not much to see in the town of Maintenon itself, and because it was summer, there were no busses running between the train station and the castle. An elderly couple was kind enough to drop me off near the castle, and I was able to find my way back on my own on foot.

After visiting castles such as Chenonceaux and other Loire Valley castles, I found this one to be extremely disappointing.
Written August 2, 2013
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MiaGlobetrotter
Paris, France1,055 contributions
Friends
If you are visiting Chartres then you can easily drive to Maintenon. This might not be a very well known château or as big as some of the others, but it really merits a detour. A huge plus is that you avoid virtually all crowds like on the main tourist circuit. I have lived in the Paris region for 18 years and had never heard of it before. We just decided to go for a scenic drive after a visit to Chartres and saw it on the map. I guess there are just too darned many other châteaux competing for attention. It was a great surprise and I was thoroughly charmed by this small château, its garden, park, canal and aquaduct. The moat is filled with water so it will be a draw for the kids. There is just something about a castle surrounded by water.

The construction of lovely Château de Maintenon began in the12th century and continued into the 18th century. The château is most closely associated with King Louis XIV and the governess of his illegitimate children, who then became his wife and was later known as Marquise de Maintenon.

The gardens were designed by the famous André Le Nôtre, who was King Louis XIV's gardener from 1645 to 1700. He also worked on the parks and gardens at the châteaux of Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte & Chantilly.

The aquaduct was constructed by the Marquis de Vauban on the orders of Louis XIV between 1685 and 1690 in order to transport water from the Eure River to the gardens and fountains at the Château de Versailles. However, it was never completed. The aquaduct was to cover 80 km to Versailles initially and when the project was abandoned due to a lack of funds, 29 km still remained to be completed. It adds a picturesque element not seen at other châteaux.

The interior is nicely decorated and furnished although you are not allowed to take photographs inside for some reason, which is a pity since many other châteaux allow it (without flash of course).

The château is located right in the town so it is easy to have a nice drink and or a meal at one of the cafés/restaurants when you are done with your visit. There is a very small gift shop in the courtyard and then also a few books and postcards on offer at the exit as you are leaving the grounds.
Written July 21, 2013
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jarona
Philadelphia, PA654 contributions
Couples
How romantic is a story about a Chateau that was given by Louis XIV to his "secret" second wife, Madame de Maintenon?? Well, it's pretty darn romantic! And—this is a chateau that lends itself to a wonderful day trip just about an hour from Paris.
Maintenon is accessible by train—about an hour from Paris, to be exact. We have a car at our disposal when in Paris so we took the drive. The drive itself is rather pleasant. We stopped at Saint-Hilarion to visit my better half's family grave on the way then headed into Maintenon.
The town of Maintenon itself is very charming and full of character. If you want, you can stop at one of the nearby café's for a nice lunch or a citron presse and watch the world go by.
The Chateau is situated next to Eglise St. Nicolas, a church full of history. When you walk through the stone wall's entrance to Maintenon, you really are transposed back into another time.
The grounds are absolutely beautiful and very tranquil. The gardens in the Chateau's rear are not only impeccably maintained, but are absolutely beautiful. A long pathway of shaded trees makes for a very cool and comfortable walk along the riverbank to the breathtaking and astounding, and incomplete aqueduct that was originally intended to bring a water supply to Versailles. Unfortunately, after 30,000 men lost their lives during the construction, the aqueduct was stopped. What remains is an incredible and haunting piece of history.
The chateau is privately owned these days, but two sections of the interior are available for public display. Similar to the interior of Fountainbleu, the rooms are extravagant, charming and wonderous. I mean, have you ever seen a dog house built for three little dogs in someone's bedroom? Pretty impressive!
I also want to point out that Chateau Maintenon is an absolute pleasure to visit. Void of the annoying crowds at Giverny, Maintenon was manageable. We visited in the beginning of July and there was but a sprinkling of people. It was a great, great way to spend time. Another thing—if you go, by all means, take a picnic lunch and enjoy some wine and cheese and a baguette under those shade trees. The setting was just spectacular!
All in all, I highly, HIGHLY recommend visiting Chateau Maintenon if you are spending time in or around Paris. It is far from the maddening crowds for sure!
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helps in any small way!
Written July 14, 2015
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Beth J
Brentwood, UK59 contributions
Couples
This lovely chateau is in a beautiful park and as you look down the parterre you see the amazing aqueduct in the distance. It's not huge but beautifully maintained and there is an intereseting history to it. The grounds have recently been replanted and are a picture. When we were there it was fairly quiet so very peaceful. Right next door is a golf course and a park. Definitely worth a detour.
Written November 25, 2014
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PeterandJinx
Coronado, CA273 contributions
Couples
Well, I will start with Trip Advisor. The Chateau is in Maintenon and your saying it is Chartres, while perhaps technically correct in some respect, is confusing to those who know that it is in Maintenon and quite some distance from the Loire. That said, on to the review.

We do not normally review "attractions" in Paris and its environs on the theory that the major attractions are so well known and so well (or not so well) covered by "guide" books that our take is too idiosyncratic to be useful to others.

We have had the very good fortune to live in Paris for the past four years for extended periods of time. During that time frame we also had to good fortune of having Ina Caro publish her wonderful book "Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train". We initially became acquainted with her by following her on "The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France" which is still (published in 1994) an excellent read and take on wonderful places to visit in France if you have both the time and the car (we had both, living in France in 1997-1998).

In any event, it was time (where we were in the book) to visit M. Maintenon's lovely Chateau. It is absolutely worth the trip (just over/under an hour from Gare Montparnasse -given our travels our and back). From the Gare at Maintenon it is a pleasant 20-25 minutes walk (we are not spring chickens any longer -- those who walk at a quicker pace could probably do it in 15 minutes). As Ina observed, Taxis are not easily found, especially at the noon hour on a Sunday. In town we had a nice Sunday lunch of very traditional French food at a very busy place just across from the Chateau (it was our first time eating there so we do not rate first times at restaurants). Thus, no name and no rating.

Now, to the main attraction. The Chateau is small (in comparison to those along the Loire) or Versailles which we had visited earlier in the week as it is the previous Chapter in Ina's book ( and which we had visited on more then one occasion over the years). We started in the gardens (Le Notre had a hand in their design and building). They are beautiful and as you look out over them and the water that surrounds them you see the aqueduct (Vauban's handiwork) that had been designed to bring water to the gardens of Versailles. The ruins are incredible and they would be worth a visit on their own (in my view -- I like ancient ruins that were designed with a real function in mind that is quite obvious in looking at them). You can walk down along the water to them and get a real feel for their construction.

On to the Chateau. As I said, it is small, 13 apartments open to view. The guide that comes with the admission fee is one of the best we have encountered. If you have not read about Madame Maintenon and Louis XIV you get enough for it all to make sense (and if you have not and think furniture when you think Louis XIV, then you need to catch up on this part of Louis' life). "Nough said!. The apartments are small, but the crowds has begun to leave by the time that we had left the gardens so we were not "sardined" and could take our time as we moved through the rooms. It probably is a very different "feel" being in some of the rooms at the same time as a guided tour (and the guides, in many many attractions, who sometime seem to think that some of their tour are still back in Paris, if you get our drift).

We leave the rest to you who have the time and the inclination to make the trip out. And, if you don't, then read more about Madame Maintenon and Louis XIV and we are fairly certain that you will want to make the trip the next time that you visit Paris.
Written June 9, 2014
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TNGranny
Chattanooga, TN95 contributions
Friends
After a day at Versailles, this lovely little Chateau in the country was a welcome place to recover. We often were the only 4 people in each room, and had plenty of time to read the signs and enjoy the interior of this tiny palace. This Chateau is liveable! And enjoyable, with beautiful grounds and a nice village setting. Excellent lunch across the street, on the right never saw the name!
Written May 10, 2012
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