Chantilly castle

Chantilly Revisited – the gardens and the flower exhibition


Chantilly castle

A day out at Chantilly Castle

 Top – Project social (similar here), culottes -Les Petites ( in outlet stores here),  Jacket – Mango (several seasons ago,  similar in dark brown here  , Boots – Maje (last season – similar here), 

Chantilly Revisited – the gardens and the flower exhibition


Chantilly castle


Chantilly castle

This post is taken in the same place as my previous post, and specifically in the grounds of the castle of Chantilly. If you remember, I recently spent a day visiting the town of Chantilly, which is about 40 kms north of Paris (half an hour outside Paris by train), and I promised to share more information about the castle grounds, which are particularly beautiful and are said to have been  Le Nôtre’s favorite gardens.

Also, from the 19th to the 21st May 2017, one of the most renowned flower shows ‘les journées des plantes’ will take place in the English gardens at Chantilly. This event comprises over 200 exhibitors and an International Jury will award prizes to the most beautiful plants.


Read on for more details about this look, more photos as well as for some information about the castle grounds and more details of the upcoming flower show.



Chantilly castle

Chantilly Revisited – the gardens and the flower exhibition


Chantilly castle

Chantilly castle

Chantilly castle


Chantilly castle


Chantilly castle

So first, a little about the gardens at the “Château de Chantilly”,  which cover an overall surface area of 115 hectares!

The French-style garden was created by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the Anglo-Chinese Garden, which includes the small hamlet was added in the 18th century and the English Garden was added in the 19th century to replace the parts of the grounds destroyed during the French Revolution!

The French style gardens at Chantilly

These were designed at the end of the 17th century by André Le Nôtre, and are one of the few examples of a layout with an axis which is off centre in relation to the château. Of all the gardens designed by Le Nôtre, Chantilly, with its vast number of water features, was his favourite. It is undoubtedly one of the most stunning views of the visit and includes numerous flowerbeds, ponds, fountains and statues. 

The majority of the photos were taken in the French gardens.

The Anglo-Chinese garden

The Anglo-Chinese garden was designed in 1773 by the architect Jean-François Leroy and the Hamlet (made up of five small, rustic style houses) served as a model for Marie-Antoinette’s Hamlet in the Petit Trianon at Versailles.

The garden originally included a number of features relating to gastronomy, such as an orchard with fruit trees, a vine, orange trees and all the houses in the hamlet were bordered by small vegetable gardens, fruit bushes and flower gardens.

The modest exterior of the five small houses contrasts with the more sumptuous interior decor and Le Hameau restaurant serves lunch and afternoon tea every day from early March to mid-November.

The English Garden

The English garden is located between the Château and the Great Stables, and it was designed during the Restoration of 1819 by the architect Victor Dubois for Prince Louis-Joseph de Bourbon Condé on the remains of part of André Le Nôtre’s gardens that were destroyed during the Revolution.

Contrary to the French-style garden, with its geometric layout and ornate perspectives, the English garden draws its inspiration from the wilderness of nature and has a great selection of plants and trees that have been imported from England and planted here to represent a piece of the English countryside.

Chantilly castle

The temple of Venus,  inspired by the Greco-Roman temples, houses a copy of the famous antique statue of Venus, the goddess of Love and Beauty and can be found in the English Garden. 

The 2017 Flower Show

From May 19th to 21st 2017, the Chantilly Flower Show will take place in the English Gardens. There will be over 200 exhibitors as well as workshops on specific subjects from orchids to perennials. The theme for spring 2017 is Technicolour gardens, so I’m expecting that the event will be very colourful!

The exhibitors come from from all over France, and some other European countries, such as Britain, Holland and Belgium, and prizes for the best plants are awarded by an international jury.  

The Admission ticket includes access to the “Flower Show” for the day of your choice between 19 and 21 May, access to the conferences, an open visit of the domain (castle, grounds and stables) as well as access to other exhibitions on the site. 

For more information, visit the site of the Chantilly Flower Show.

However, if you fancy something more energetic, then you can sign up for the triathlon in August 2017 – see here!



Chantilly castle


chantilly castle


Chantilly castle


Chantilly castle


Now, for my outfit.

The cream tee is from Project Social (similar here), the culottes are from  Les Petites last season – they just disappeared from the site, but you may still be able to find them in the outlet stores (here),  the jacket is an old favorite from Mango (I bought it several seasons ago and can’t find another one – I found similar in dark brown here , but if anyone knows where I can find a burgundy one, please let me know in the comments!) The boots are also last season from Maje (similar here),


I hope you enjoyed reading this and I would love to hear about your experiences. I am planning to go to the Flower Show this weekend, so will add a few more photos next week! As always, I love to have feedback, so please do leave comments and if you are a blogger yourself, then please leave your URL, so I can read your posts too.


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Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

Julia xx

PS As promised, here are a couple of photos from the flower show, where, as you can see, I fell in love with the peonies!

114 thoughts on “Chantilly Revisited – the gardens and the flower exhibition

  1. Wow, that castle is absolutely gorgeous and so are the grounds! I love learning about different places in France that aren’t so widely talked about, such as Paris. Don’t get me wrong, I’d definitely want to visit Paris someday, but I’d love to know of other places to visit, too; I’ll have to keep Chantilly in mind! You look so beautiful as well, I love that skirt and those shoes! I hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks so much for sharing!



  2. What a gorgeous place, so picturesque! Also, I’m loving your outfit, that skirt is so lovely and the belt cinched your waist in a very feminine way.


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  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is such a beautiful location, I have serious wanderlust looking at your pictures, I can just imagine this being the backdrop of a romantic period drama!
    Your skirt is so classy and pretty in these pictures too 🙂

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    1. Thank you Rosy. I agree it would be the perfect setting for a romantic period drama 🙂

  4. I had a great time visiting Castles when I was in France and Italy. I was surprised at how big and cold each Castle was and all the history, it was thrilling and slightly overwhelming. I’ve never been to a flower show but I’m pretty sure I would love it. Love these booties, Julia, you look chic and comfortable and a little sexy.

    1. Thank you Mary! I was surprised how big it was too – I nearly got lost a few times when I visited the inside! xo

    1. Thank you Sharon! They have been on repeat a lot this Spring as they’re so comfy too!! 🙂

  5. So excited to see you went to Chantilly again! Loved this place from the first time you shoot there! It looks so picture perfect and the English Garden feels just like a dream. Also love those culottes you wore and the color palette of the outfit. Very on point! Wishing you a great day! xx


    1. Thank you so much Laura! I certainly get a lot of wear out of that jacket xo

  6. This is such a beautiful place in France. It’s definitely much more under the radar for people who visit France. These photos take me back. I can’t wait to return to France to explore more. You look lovely and your jacket is a beautiful color!


  7. Thank you very much for this nice and informative Excursion through the Chantilly Castle. I love all your photos and your experience there. Your outfit is also great!

    1. Thank you Carrie! Peonies are my favorite flowers – I bought some for the garden too, but apparently it will be three years before they flower! xo

  8. Wow these images are stunning I found myself staring at the pictures failing to read the post. Beautiful absolutely stunning and oh so inspiring

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