Moated Renaissance chateau-hotel an hour from Paris
Arriving at Château d’Esclimont is pretty magical. Enveloped in 150 acres of gardens, lake and woodland walks, this magnificent-looking moated French chateau comes with turrets, towers and all the grandeur you would expect.
Know It All
Hit the spot
60km from Paris, between Chartres and Versailles.
Come here for...
● A luxury chateau with the full works – towers, turrets and a moat. ● Five-star French leave. ● Paris on your doorstep, without the hustle-bustle.
There's a tennis court and heated open air swimming pool, and 150 acres of grounds for strolling.
Good to know
Expect a little noise from the Paris autoroute.
53 rooms and suites
Princely rooms come with richly coordinated fabrics, parquet floors, tall windows and plump pillows. Most have a CD player, widescreen TV and private salon. Chandeliered suites have huge canopied or four poster beds.
Splash out on one of the sumptuous suites in the chateau itself, or opt for one of the historic lodges alongside, where you get best views of the turrets and gardens.
Eat & Drink
You’ll find traditional French favourites with a modern twist here, such as codfish candied in olive oil and served on a bed of spinach and creole sauce. Before you get to the fabulous mains you'll need to try the starters, aptly named ‘premier plaisir’. But with jumbo black tiger shrimp marinated in ginger sauce and smoked wild salmon with homemade blinis and sour cream on offer, that's not too much of a hardship.
Buffet breakfast is served until 10:30am, though late risers can breakfast till 11am in their rooms.
See & Do
Float away in a hot air balloon ride, or explore the French, English and Italian style gardens if you prefer terra firma. Nearby Chartres is perfect for a day trip, with the cathedral and stained glass museum being must-sees. Paris is less than an hour away if you want some big city buzz. Staff at Château d'Esclimont will hire out bicycles to you, and gladly point you in the direction of secluded woodland walks.
Chocoholics can guzzle their way through the Paris Chocolate Fair – satisfaction guaranteed.
ESSENTIAL INFORates Guide
EUR 240 - 400Check In
12:00 middayMinimum Night Stay
Open all yearAir Conditioning
The gorgeous glass structure outside can cater for up to 400 guests.
28700 St Symphorien Le ChateauParking
There is free guest parkingTrains
Rambouillet station –18kmTaxis
EUR 40 approx from the stationAirport
Paris Orly – 50km or Paris Charles de Gaulle – 80km