Essential Architecture-  Architecture in the Da Vinci Code

Château de Villette

architect

Francois Mansart

location

Condecourt, Val-d'Oise, France (35 minutes northwest of Paris)

date

1668-1696

style

Second Empire Baroque

construction

 

type

palace

 

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History
Designed by architect Francois Mansart around 1668 for Jean Dyel, the Comte d'Aufflay, Louis XIV's ambassador to Venice and finished around 1696 by his nephew Jules Hardouin-Mansart. One of the most significant historical Chateaux in France, Villette is at once both simple and sumptuous with the great octagonal salon in white and blue that has dessus-de-portes by Boucher, the elegant dining room with the original 17th century carved stone buffet, magnificent boiseries and the stone entry hall which completely exalts the classicism of the period.

Description
All of the 18 bedrooms each with its own private bathroom were beautifully remodeled in 1999 and 2000. A Professional gourmet kitchen was installed in the year 2001 with top of the line commercial appliances in addition to two service kitchens, a gym, a billiard room and a banquet room. Telephone system is accessible from each room in addition to wireless Internet connection. There are numerous outbuildings including a spacious chapel and adjacent reception room, horse stable and greenhouse.

French Lessons available by request

Short term Da Vinci Code Tour available now at Villette, it is two hours and cost is Euro 55 per person for a group of 15 people and 45 Euro per person for group 25 or more (transportation from and to Paris can be provided at extra cost). 

Chateau de Villette Da Vinci Code tour Program

Saturday-
3pm-6pm Arriving and relaxing at the chateau, visit the chateau grounds including various locations in The Da Vinci Code book
7pm-Welcome cocktail reception on the terrace
8pm-Dinner in the dinning room

Sunday-
9am Breakfast at the chateau. 
11am Driving to Paris through Bois de Boulogne and Avenue des Champs Elysees
12:30pm Lunch at Hotel Ritz
3:30-5:30pm Da Vinci Code walk with guide from Paris Walk including visiting church Saint Sulpice. 
6pm Drink at Café Deux Margot.
7pm Dinner at Brasserie Lipp, the oldest brasserie in Paris.
9pm Return to chateau 

Monday-
9am Breakfast at chateau
11am Visit of Louvre 
1:30pm Lunch at Café Marly at the Louvre
3:30-7pm Shopping in Paris after lunch in Rue Fouborg Saint Honore and Avenue Montaine, the best shopping district in the world. 
7:30pm Dinner in Paris at 1728 off Rue Fouborg Saint Honore. This restaurant is in the home of General Lafayette built in 1728 which is beautifully restored by its current owner. 
10pm Return to chateau

Tuesday-
9am Breakfast at chateau 
11am Visit Geverny, Claude Monet's home and garden 
1:30pm Lunch at Giverny
4pm Tour of Auvers-sur-Oise, visit Maison Van Gogh where Van Gogh spent his last year 
7pm Dinner at Auberge Ravoux 
9pm Group discussion of Da Vinci Code 

Wednesday 
9am Breakfast at chateau
Free day to tour Versailles, Nomandy, Loire Valley, Chantilly, Chartres or Vaux le Vicomte
(please choice one location in advance, the cost is extra). 
9pm Farwell dinner at chateau

Thursday
Depart after breakfast

Château de Villette

France
Email: Contact us

Phone: 01 53 67 74 00
Fax: 01 47 23 37 56

 

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links

http://www.chateau-de-villette.fr/salon/salons.htm