A few kilometres outside of Paris lies the Vallée-aux-Loups, the house which in 1807 offered Chateaubriand a refuge from the political stage, which he was forced to leave for a time after criticising Napoleon’s despotism.
Redesigning the house and park himself, he transformed a simple gardener’s house into a magnificent estate where he would exercise his talents as a botanist and a splendid setting for souvenirs from his various foreign travels.
To this day, Chateaubriand’s former residence bears the marks of the illustrious writer. In the dining room, the table is set, adorned with fine tableware laid out on a 19th century tablecloth and seems to be waiting for Mr. and Mrs. de Chateaubriand and their guests. The authentic décor, the double staircase, the furniture, the paintings and the caryatids, as well as the landscaped garden, the chapel and the Velléda Tower, where Chateaubriand set up his office, immerse us in the Romantic universe and work of one of the 19th century’s greatest authors.
To top up their knowledge, avid readers or those who are simply curious can discover his greatest texts, as well as much of the writing of his contemporaries, in the library of the research centre, home to over 12,000 volumes and open to all by appointment.
"Les thés brillants", the tearoom of the Maison de Chateaubriand, is perfect for a sweet treat after your visit.
Discover Chateaubriand's House through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.
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Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year between 10 am and 5 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.
- Free entry for children < 18 years, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 10 people.
- Exhibition space
- Book shop
- Guided tours
- Children's entertainment
- Temporary exhibition
- Entertainment evenings
- Permanent exhibition
Single mean time tour90 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Guided individual tours on request
- Hearing disability
- Mental disability
- Visual disability
- Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
- WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
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