Weekend Escape at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly

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Weekend Escape at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume in Chantilly

You need not travel far from Paris to experience a romantic weekend away in a luxurious setting. Just 25 miles north, and easily accessible by car or train, sits the majestic Auberge du Jeu de Paume, in the town of Chantilly. It’s also the perfect stop en route to Charles de Gaulle airport. This five-star Relais & Châteaux property is perfectly positioned in the heart of the historic Domaine de Chantilly, and filled with its own unique charm.

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Overlooking the peaceful domaine at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

Built in recent years, its decoration exudes classic elegance, exhibiting toile de Jouy fabrics in hues of blue or burgundy and solid oak Louis XV style armchairs. Several of the suites boast spacious terraces overlook the pristine English gardens, from which you can hear the calming sounds of the Beauvais fountain. Not another soul in sight aside from a bathing swan.

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A room at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

Afternoons can be spent watching a horse show at the neighborhing Great Stables, which also houses the largest horse museum in France. Certainly the regal Château de Chantilly, and the five cottages of Marie-Antoinette’s Hameau, merit a visit. There, too, you can taste the famous crème Chantilly (like whipped cream). In the evenings stroll past the Domaine de Chantilly as it illuminates against a twilight sky.

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Dining at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

The dining options at this stunning setting are reason enough to make the trip. The two restaurants on premises include more casual refined fare at the Jardin d’Hiver and two Michelin-starred cuisine at La Table du Connétable, the latter of which looks onto the gardens. Chef Clément Leroy has taken the helm as of July 2016, creating his iconic recipes that fuse the traditional with the innovative.

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Breakfast on your guest room’s terrace at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

You can further indulge in a sensory experience by way of the Valmont Spa, featuring this acclaimed Swiss skincare line. With a relaxation pool, turkish bath, sauna and five treatment rooms, you will leave completely rejuvenated. Isn’t this what defines a weekend away?

Auberge du Jeu de Paume, 4, rue du Connétable 60500 Chantilly. Tel: +33 3 44 65 50 00. Classic rooms start at 256.50€ / night.

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The spa at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

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A guest room terrace at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

Lead photo credit : Pretty views at Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Photo: Kasia Dietz

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Kasia Dietz is a Paris–based, New York–minded travel writer whose work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, National Geographic, France Today and Hemispheres. When not exploring her adopted city or jetting off on an adventure with her husband and son, she's designing namesake handbags or leading fashion tours. Read more about her life and travels on her blog: loveinthecityoflight.com