Ruffles and Chantilly

 

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A day out at Chantilly Castle

 Ruffles dress – Scotch & Soda ( here),  Jacket – Mango (several seasons ago,  similar in dark brown here  , Boots – TopShop (last season – similar here), 

Ruffles and Chantilly

 

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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). The town itself is very pretty but the jewel in it’s crown is without doubt the impressive castle, and of course Chantilly is also known for the whipped cream (said to have originally been served in a recipe at the château de Chantilly).

The castle grounds are particularly beautiful and are said to have been  Le Nôtre’s favorite gardens.

Read on for more details about this look and more photos from the castle grounds, as well as for some historical information about the castle.

 

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So first, a little about the “Château de Chantilly” , which is situated in the ‘Oise’ region of France, about 40 kms north of Paris.

Although the beginnings of the castle date back to the 14th century, its history is mostly related to Anne de Montmorency (16th century), who oversaw the renovation of the castle and the construction of the “petit château” and the small hamlet in the grounds. Louis de Bourbon, better known as the Great Conde (17th century) commissioned Andre Le Nôtre (Louis XIV’s chief gardener) to redesign the gardens and the castle now boasts three distinct gardens ( the French (le Nôtre’s) garden, the English garden and the Anglo-Chinese garden.)  

Henri Eugene Philippe Louis d’Orleans, the Duke of Aumale (19th century) oversaw the reconstruction of the castle (which was destroyed during the French Revolution) and added an impressive collection of works of art.

Being left without heirs, who died prematurely, the Duke of Aumale bequeathed the estate to the Institute of France in 1886 on condition that, on his death, the Condé museum be opened to the public and that its layout be preserved. According to his wishes, the Conde Museum was opened to the public in 1898 and is still open to the public today.

There will be another post coming soon from the gardens of the castle, 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!  More details and photos will follow in my next post!

 

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Now, for my outfit.

The ruffles dress is from  Scotch & Soda ( 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 TopShop (similar here),

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I would love to hear about your experiences. Have you ever visited Chantilly or one of the other famous castles in France? The castles on the Loire are breathtakingly beautiful and I hope to visit some of these next month. 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

94 thoughts on “Ruffles and Chantilly

  1. I love this ruffle dress Julia. That jacket is adorable also, I’m a huge fan of Scotch and Soda, they have some great pieces. Chantilly looks enchanting. I can’t believe it’s only 40 km north of Paris.

    1. Thank’s Mary! I’m loving the Scotch and Soda collection at the moment (and I’m back in Chantilly this weekend for the flower show!) xo

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous castle! I love the photos and thanks for sharing the history. Your dress is so pretty. Love the ruffles and pretty floaty fabric.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    1. Thank you Siffat! I agree France is such a beautiful country – and I can’t wait to visit more castles! xo

  3. The Chantilly Castel is such a dreamy one! Adore the architecture and it reflects so beautiful in the water! I had no idea it was this close to Paris. I’ll make sure to visit it whenever I make it to France :). Wishing you a lovely weekend. xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

    1. Thank you so much Carrie! We took the photos late afternoon and I think the lighting is very flattering at this time! xo

    1. Thank you so much Sophia! I agree Chambord is beautiful but Chenonceaux is my favourite! xo

    1. Thank you Amy! I can definitely recommend a visit if you come back to Paris!

    1. Thank you Kritsida! It is a beautiful location but now I’m dreaming of the beach:)

  4. This looks like such a beautiful and picturesque place to visit and it sounds like you had a wonderful time 🙂 I will look forward to your post on the gardens of the castle as I’m sure they are stunning! x

  5. I never thought I’d see the day where I thought a dress complimented a castle but it actually looks like you were choreographed to this background, everything is so pretty, I love the print on the dress and the castle backdrop is so gorgeous 🙂

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