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Chateau de Villette
In Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" Villette is featured as the residence of Sir Leigh Tebing. Chateau de Villette is a 185 acre estate located 35 minutes northwest of Paris. The Chateau was designed by architect Francois Mansart in 1668 for Jean Dyle, the Comte d'Aufflay, Louis XIV's ambassador to Venice, and finished around 1696 by his nephew Jules Hardouin-Mansart. The gardens, designed by Le Notre, spread out behind the chateau in the central axis from the spectacular fountain and cascade resembles that of Chateau Marly. There are two rectangular-shaped lakes on each side of the main garden. The chateau and its magnificent 185-acre grounds provide privacy and serenity. One of the most significant historical chateaux in France, Villette is both simple and sumptuous with a great octagonal Grand Salon, an elegant Dining Room with a carved stone buffet, wine cooling fountains and blue and white dessus-de-portes by Boucher, a Music Salon with magnificent boiseries, a stately Library, a stone Foyer and Grand Staircase. The main house contains eleven bedrooms and eleven bathrooms.
The chateau is located in the beautiful Parc naturel regional du Vexin francais, just northwest of Paris between Cergy-Pontoise and Meulan. Within 25 minutes driving distance, there are four golf courses and world class sights such as Versailles, La Malmaison, Monet's home and garden at Giverny, Maison de Van Gogh in Auvers Sur-Oise and Chateau de Chantilly. The City of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte are just 30-50 minutes away.
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