Whether you are a history buff or just looking for the perfect fairytale getaway in Eure et Loir with your prince or your princess, nothing beats a visit to the Château de Maintenon to fulfill your royal desires. Jump in your horse-drawn carriage and head for the Court of the Sun King!
The secret wife of Louis XIV
The exquisite backdrop of the Château de Maintenon will undoubtedly make you feel like royalty! Widow of the poet Paul Scarron, Françoise d'Aubigné served as the first governess of the King's illegitimate children, born from his relationship with Madame de Montespan. Françoise d'Aubigné was a woman of character and influence who reigned over the heart of Louis XIV after many years of devotion. She finally married him in secret after the Queen’s death but gossip and malicious rumours were able to grow of this hidden royal union everyone knew about. The story of Madame de Maintenon is that of a governess who eventually became Queen!
The unfinished aqueduct in the gardens
If you’re looking for some wonderful French gardens designed by Le Nôtre (the King's own gardener) to wander through with your loved one, you’re in the right place. Beyond the formal gardens and cutting through the grounds of the castle are the remains of an incomplete aqueduct, originally designed to transport water from the Eure River to the Royal Palace at Versailles. Take some time to relax on the deckchairs by the pond and admire the remains of this gigantic unfinished aqueduct exuding a certain romantic charm and surrounded by alleys of giant linden trees. White swans swimming around complete the idyllic décor…a haven of peace bathed in history.
An opera themed overnight stay
Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella got to sleep in castles and now you can turn those fairy tales into your own reality by staying in one of the opera-themed guest rooms of the Bergerie de l’Aqueduc. Named Traviata, Tosca, Romeo & Juliet and Tristan & Isolde, these rooms are unique, individually decorated with furnishings which evoke a period of a bygone era. An orchestral welcome awaits from the hosts: bella Martine Della Roca and her cantante husband Jean-Philippe Lafont, an internationally renowned baritone. In summer, breakfast and snacks are served in the garden by the swimming pool. Just relax, indulge all of your live-like-royalty dreams for a weekend and enjoy your very own happily ever after.
Romantic getawaysfor couples
La Bergerie de l’AqueducHOUX
Listed as a remarkable building, La Bergerie has had its brilliant stone façade on display since the 17th century. After going through the entrance, you'll see the beams that have aged over time, the imposing fireplaces and the predominantly 18th ...Read more
Château de MaintenonMAINTENON
Enter the "secret gardens" of the Sun King. Discover the furnished home of Madame de Maintenon, whose eternal youth charmed Louis XIV the all-powerful.Read more
Jardins et aqueduc de MaintenonMAINTENON
Le Relais des RempartsNOGENT-LE-ROI
Traditional cuisine, in an authentic, rustic setting illuminated by warm, vibrant colours. Al fresco dining in fine weather. Menu and suggestions change from season to season.Read more