It is as if Chateau Bouville is surrounded by an invisibility shield. Even the locals say they have driven by it for years without knowing it was there. And for the lucky few who have ventured past its slowly opening gates, there is an imminent feeling of “going down the rabbit hole”. And rightly so, because once inside this 25 acre hidden estate, it’s like having entered into one’s own private Wonderland. Exploring the chateau’s 48,800 sqf of living space and 10 hectare garden is a marvel. It’s halls, salons, theater, moat, roof top, chapel, pool and spa, gardens, lakes and suites. The concealed doorways, hidden passages and secret rooms. The underground wine cellar and Medieval prison cells. The castle has never been open to the public. It is surrounded by a walled garden enveloped by 420 hectares of its own land. Chateau Bouville is one of the most beautiful moated Medieval castles in France and it has been restored to perfection by highly creative and sophisticated owners. The experience of Chateau Bouville is one of cheer fantasy, exhilaration, luxury, exclusivity and privacy.
Chateau Bouville is only a 45 minute drive from Paris, yet it feels like a secret, private island. The heli-pad and 24-hour state-of-the-art security systems help to make it the perfect get-away for the most private and distinguished guests. The chateau is upgraded to the highest standard of modern comfort and luxury without compromising the integrity of its medieval history and architecture. The interior decoration of the castle reflects a harmonious blend of styles, from the rigorous decorum of the 12th century to the rich decoration of the second empire. A visit here is like a visit to the Versailles, except you get to sleep in the beds. For the curious and the aficionados, one can ask to be shown the many concealed doors and secret rooms hidden within this elegant chateau. Becoming privy to secret rooms so secret that they are hidden inside other, already hidden secret rooms, or descending into the 13th century hidden chamber under a pond in the garden is like being served a heaping spoonful of giddy exhilaration. And if you would like to add some chills to that, just venture down into the Medieval dungeons to have a look at “le skelet”.
Chateau Bouville has 22 bedrooms and 34 bathrooms. 12 of the bedrooms are “en-suite”. Each suite is beautifully unique in colour, style and furnishings. The Grand Suite is the biggest of them all and takes up almost and entire wing of the chateau. It has a private elevator, a 600 sqf master bathroom, salons, libraries and entire floors of “his” and “hers” closets and dressing rooms fit for nothing less than royalty. Also mentionable is the King’s suite and the Queen’s suite in the East wing. They are both designed in tradition with being reserved for the exclusive use of the King of France should His Majesty ever visit the castle. The King’s suite occupies two floors and is decorated with incredible wood carvings reminiscent of Viking art. The bathroom is topped off by a dragon perched atop a large silver bath tub delivering bath water from its mouth.
Chateau Bouville can accommodate almost any event. Whether it is a private celebration or a medieval banquet, a themed party or corporate entertainment. There is the “Great Hall” of spectacular dimensions and painted walls. With its adjacent rooms and facilities, the Great Hall can easily welcome one hundred or more seated guests. Besides the chateau’s three beautiful kitchens from different centuries there is also a modern, professional kitchen adjacent to the Great hall. This is where Chateau Bouville’s Michelin-star-rated chef Aymeric Dreux and his team cooks for guests of the chateau.
Weddings can take place in the beautiful Medieval chapel consecrated in 1304 and located in the enclosed cobble stone inner courtyard. For outdoor weddings there is the “Nymphea” in the shape of half moon lake skirted by pergolas in the garden behind the chateau.
Other highlights the chateau offers for its guests to enjoy are:
There is a 19th century building on the far side of the castle moat that is totally dedicated to sports and relaxation. It features a spectacular 80 foot long indoor heated pool. A gym and a spa with a hammam (steam room) and six treatment rooms for massage and other spa services. Next to the pool is an oriental tea-room, an exotic garden and a meditation room.
A beautiful round theatre clad top to bottom in royal blue velvet. The theatre is two stories and has 24 luxurious, full lounge chair seats. It’s fully equipped for concerts, small stage performances and movie screenings. There is an artist changing and make up room. The dedicated projection room houses modern equipment to facilitate top of the line movie projection in HD with THX sound.
This large dove cot looks like a small tower and sits in the middle of a pond. A small drawbridge leads to it across the water. It has a kitchen and restrooms and a beautiful room at the top now dedicated as a “music room”
The Flower Garden
In the spring this three acre 18th century garden is in full bloom and makes for a wonderful, beautiful and fragrant walk.
Other games and sports offered are tennis courts, a billiard room, and a board-game room. There are two libraries, a conference room, and several dining rooms and reception rooms through out the chateau. The South wing of the castle has six bedrooms and bathrooms that can either be used as additional bedrooms for guests or as dedicated staff’s quarters.
The chateau is fully staffed including a butler, maids, chef, security, gardeners and handy men. The personnel staff do not live inside the chateau. Guests are welcome to bring any additional staff of their own if they so please.
There are three “guardian houses” at the North, South and East corners of the chateau property (which is 25 acres). Didier, lives in one of them. Born at the castle and having been its guardian all his life, he is always around in case help is needed for any reason. The 2nd guardian house is dedicated for the hostess that will take care of the party of guests in their own language. The third guardian house is open to be occupied by additional security personnel.
Besides Paris being only 45 minutes away, there are many nearby places to visit including 11 golf courses within a one hour drive.
Note: all rooms have Wi-Fi and apple TV
SUITE JEAN CHALOPIN: This is the master suite. It’s three stories and occupies almost the entire west wing of the chateau. It includes: suite style bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace hallway with a study, salon with couches and a fireplace, her dressing room and closet including a bathroom (500 sqf), his dressing room and closet, large double bathroom with his and hers showers, sinks, toilets and a large tub (600 sqf), library and study, salon des dames (her salon), salon des homes (his office), a secret erotic library, only accessible by a concealed and secret door from the library, a secret two room apartment with a bathroom, only accessible by a concealed and secret door from inside the secret erotic library, a lounge TV room/nook.
SUITE DU ROI (the King’s suite): This suite is built in tradition with the King suddenly coming for a visit. In the old days protocol dictated that this suite should always be empty for such an occurrence. Its’s the second largest suite occupying two floors. Room detail: domed ceiling bedroom with a sitting area and a fireplace ,domed ceiling living room and study, hallway/sitting area with closet space and a fire place, full bathroom including a large round silver tub with water pouring from a dragon’s mouth, private balcony/terrace (connects to bathroom on 2nd floor).
SUITE DE LA REINE (the queen’s suite): This suite is built in tradition with the Queen suddenly coming for a visit. In the old days protocol dictated that this suite should always be empty for such an occurrence. Room detail:velvet dressed bedroom with a large ornate gold mirror above the bed, livingroom and study with a fire place, full bathroom with a makeup area.
SUITE MARGUERITE DE PROVENCE: This suite is entirely colored purple and lavender and is perfect for a couple with two children. Room detail: large bedroom with fireplace, livingroom/salon with fireplace, full bathroom, kids room with two bunk beds and a seating area.
SUITE PHILLIPE LE BEL: This suite is red and has the most incredible large bathroom all in red marble. Room detail: bedroom with a fireplace, small living room with a couch and a study, large full marble bathroom (the mirror in the bathroom is also a concealed door and opens to “ Suite Hughes II”, but only if one is shown the secret button is it possible to access).
SUITE HUGUES II: This suite can be entered (if known) via a completely concealed and secret opening behind a mirror in the bathroom of the “Suite Phillipe L Bel”. There is another entrance to the suite Huge II as well that can be used to enter and exit. Room detail: suite style bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace, private staircase entry, large full bathroom, standing balcony overlooking the courtyard (from to the bathroom).
SUITE MARIE ANTOINETTE: This suite colored in delicate pastel yellow and blue is a work of art. All windows face the courtyard. Room detail: suite style bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace and full bathroom.
SUITE RENAISSANCE: A large suit in fall colors for an honorable knight. All windows face the courtyard. Room detail: suite style bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace and full bathroom.
SUITE DE BOUVILLE: This suite is a fairly large apartment. The bedrooms in it connect and can thus be used by one family or as separate bedrooms. Room detail: Suite style bedroom with a sitting area and fireplace, large outdoor terrace, large full bathroom, connects to both:
PRINCE ROOM room detail: Bedroom, shared bathroom and shared toilet (separate from bathroom) with the Princess bedroom and PRINCESS ROOM room detail: bedroom, shared bathroom and shared toilet (separate from bathroom) with the Prince room.
Suite de Bouville, the prince room and the princess room all connect to: Livingroom with a dining room, kitchenette and a fireplace (no photo of this living room).*
LA SUIT ROSE: A pink satin mini suit. Room details: Bedroom with a small study and a fire place, full bathroom.
LA SUITE BLEU: A blue satin mini suit, Room details: bedroom with a small study and a fire place, full bathroom.
LA SUITE D’OREE; A gold satin mini suit, Room details: bedroom with a small study and a fire place, full bathroom.
(Please inquire about additional sleeping arrangements on site)
Dining Rooms (many)
Living Rooms (many)
TV in every bedroom
Daily Maid Services
Cleaning and Linen included.
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