The odd couple, Chatou and Chaussy, read on!!!

On a nice sunny week always with the rain just about there and which sometimes falls, I like to tell you about a tale of two places in my belle France. One that should be famous, a bit; the other is not too much known but it should.

Like the title says, Chatou and Chaussy are both with the C but world’s apart. Chatou is the impressionists, and Chaussy is noble and countryside. I like to bring you back to these two in my blog.

I like to put my previous blog post on these odd couples!

Chatou is in my old department 78 Yvelines in the region of Ïle de France,just 10 km west of Paris bordering the Seine river.

The main roads here are along avenue du Maréchal Foch , A86 by the Seine ,and then the D186 (old N186) passing by Le Vessinet and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Also, the D321 that connects Carriéres-sur-Seine to Croissy-sur-Seine. The town is service by the RER A at the Gare de Chatou connecting with Paris.

A bit of history I like. The place exists since the gallo-roman times, and from the 6C there was a village here. After many hand changes and lordship it came to the end of the 19C , its most famous claim. The Impressionist painters and then the Fauvism were interested in the town. These were especially André Derain ,  a native, and Auguste Renoir come regularly to the Maison Fournaise where he painted one of the painting most famous in the world;  Déjeuner des Canotiers or the lunch of boaters.

Information on Chatou :

City of Chatou:

The tourist office of the pays des Impressionistes :

There is a  great flea market festival of things going on for 96 Edition this coming weekend and every year. The Foire de  Chatou, more info here:

Notre Dame Church at 4, place Sainte-Marie) , a roman style Church in chalk stone from the 13C built on the spot of an older Church built in wood in the 11C. The before mentioned Maison Fournaise, a restaurant from the middle of the 19C where the Impressionists used to gathered and boating in the river took place. Many Artists/painters visited such as Augustt Renoir, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet, and Guy de Moupassant etc. Today it is a museum. more of it here:

Let us move west alone the A15 direction Rouen to get to Chaussy!

The Domaine de Villarceaux  is a territory of 800 hectares including several structures such as two castles, golf course, welcome house and lodgings in an old sheep stable, a farm and a forest section. I have come here often even for the farm sale in a medieval setting and this is the part I like to tell you more.

There are two castles, at the lower level there is one from the 13C and on the mound above there is another from the 18C, both in a 70 hectares enclosed park.  It has a garden des simples (medicinal), a jardin Renaissance, and several basins of water. All of this is at Chaussy a country town right in the parc du Vexin Français in the dept 95 of Val d’Oise, 65 km northwest of Paris. The lower level Castle houses the loves of Louis de Mornay, Marquis de Villarceaux and Ninon de Lenclos, and the other higher level castle of the Louis XV style. Both are fed with basins and canals feeding 32 sources of water.

A bit of history I like:

The lower castle began in the 11C to 12C with a small chalet in wood, near where king Louis VII ordered built a Benedictine preury for women. The lordship of Villarceaux  appears a century later, and the original chalet now gives way to a real Castle in the 15C , integrated to the defensive line protecting the kingdom during the war of 100 years (vs English). During the 17C , Françoise d’Aubigné, future Madame de Maintenon stayed here after the death of her first husband , the poet Paul Scarron on the invitation of the friends of Montchevreuil, cousins of the marquis. In the castle, there is a grand painting of her naked without her permission , the marquis de Montchevreuil had it on his side with traits of love arm with an arrow. This painting made the rounds at the times for its showing very avant garde. It is display in the dining room of the upper level Castle,  This castle built between 1755-1759 was built for Charles-Jean-Baptiste du Tillet de La Bussière, marquis de Villarceaux. It is one of the last one and most beautiful of the buildings in the Louis XV style of architecture. You can see on the property the manoir de Ninon where on the interior with grotesques paintings on the ceiling from the 16C and wooden portraits from the 17C  in the room of the paintings of the ladies or salon des Potraits des Dames from the 16C and 17C; you can see the nice tower or tour Saint-Nicolas, the terrasse des simples (medicinal terraces), water gardens, Big lake, farthingale,  ground level of the high castle, and the exteriors of the commons from the 16C. Also, the Chapel or Chapelle des Saints Michel et Antoine, from the 17C ,located by the grand entrance gate. Just very nice and worth a detour.


Upper Castle Villarceaux

The site for the Domaine de Villarceaux is here:

The site of Chaussy in the Parc Naturel de Vexin Français, where I used to go shopping in the farms especially for the rabbit terrine, the park is here:

Unfortunately as all good it is out of business the Lapin Compote at Commeny as many things here 3 generations of farmers and 15 years of the Lapin Compote are not longer, but It certainly remained the souvenir of coming in family here as a postmortem here is their site still available online.


lapin compote boutique my father.

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4 Comments to “The odd couple, Chatou and Chaussy, read on!!!”

  1. The Domaine de Villarceaux is a place I have been meaning to visit. Interesting history.

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  2. Great post, as always. I’ve been to Chatou and now I clearly must see Chaussy!

    Liked by 1 person

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