L'Arboretum

Chateaubriand's House

Just a few kilometres from Paris, the Maison de Chateaubriand and its superb forested park provide an intimate insight into the universe of one of French literature's greatest names.
  1. What to see and do
  2. Museums and monuments
  3. Monuments
  4. Chateaubriand's House

Description

The founder of French Romanticism, the writer and politician François-René de Chateaubriand infused the Vallée-aux-Loups Estate, set just a short distance from the Château de Sceaux, with his passion for plants and travel.

Châteaubriand moved to the house in 1807 and it was here he wrote Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb, a monument of French literature. He stayed largely away from the political scene, which he had left after publishing a virulent critique of Napoleon in the Mercure de France review.

Literary Refinement

Listed as a historic monument, the house incarnates the romantic and refined taste of its owner, with details like the entrance portico with its white marble caryatids or the neo-Gothic door of the Winter Garden.

Lovers of literature will marvel at his library of 12,000 books, which include original works by the author.

Romantic walks

After visiting the museum dedicated to the writer, continue your visit in the 63-hectare garden. Make for the Velleda Tower, the late 18th-century pavilion where the writer used to work, then enjoy a relaxing moment à la française in the Thés Brillants tea room, set in the former orangery. You can complete the experience by visiting the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris, which has a large section dedicated to Châteaubriand’s great friend George Sand.

Community facilities

Access and contact

102, rue Chateaubriand
92290 Châtenay-Malabry

    Days and opening hours

    From 1501 to 2802. Closed on Monday.

    From 01/03 to 3110. Closed on Monday.

    From 01/11 to 3112. Closed on Monday.

    Tour

    Spoken languages

    • French

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours available permanently
    • Guided individual tours on request
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    Access

    Pratical informations

    Extérieur
    • access to the establishment: graspable outside call button
    • floor-level pathways
    • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
    Parking
    • adapted access control to the car park
    • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
    • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
    Accueil
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • free admission for one accompanying person
    • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
    • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
    • the accessible entrance is the secondary entrance (indicated)
    • staff informed or trained
    • specific tariff policy
    • manual entrance door
    Information
    • accessible information plates
    • all documentation graspable
    • performance room with a reserved space
    Vestiaire
    • accessible cloakroom
    Équipements
    • multimedia content access system
    • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • seated area available
    • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
    • accessible communal toilets
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
    Escalier
    • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    Parking
    • visual intercom
    • adapted access control to the car park
    Accueil
    • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
    • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
    • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
    • reservation possible by webcam
    Information
    • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
    Signalétique
    • uniform signage to help people find their way around
    • text/image signage
    Équipements
    • performance or tour assistance aids
    • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
    • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
    • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
    • subtitled audiovisuals
    • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
    • subtitled visioguide
    Ascenseur
    • adapted elevator
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • independent visit possible
    • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
    • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
    • guided tours with lip reading
    • guided tours with an amplifying device
    • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
    Extérieur
    • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
    • exterior pathways visually identifiable
    • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
    Accueil
    • interior pathways identifiable by touch
    • interior pathways visually identifiable
    Équipements
    • audioguide with description elements
    • audioguide with guidance elements
    • Braille documentation
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • swell paper documentation
    • floor-level establishment
    • offset or no obstacles at face height
    • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
    • possibility to control the lighting
    • magnifying glass loan
    • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
    • audiodescription system
    Visite
    • Legible information plates
    • specific accessible information plates
    • tactile tour
    Extérieur
    • the dangers identified have been addressed
    Information
    • brochures/documentations classified by topic
    • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
    Signalétique
    • adapted signage
    Visite
    • adapted activities
    • educational workshops
    • adapted room cards
    • specific tours
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    Accueil
    • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
    • children's programme
    • childcare service
    • family tariffs/free admission for children
    Information
    • secure and closed establishment
    Vestiaire
    • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
    • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
    Équipements
    • floor-level establishment
    • baby carrier loan
    • pushchair loan
    Sanitaires
    • toilet facilities suitable for children (toilet seat and washbasin height)
    • changing table
    Visite
    • children's/family applications for the tour
    • audioguides with a children's circuit
    • children's visit booklets/games
    • pushchairs accepted for the tour
    • visioguides with a children's circuit
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
    Accueil
    • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
    • free admission for persons aged over 60
    Information
    • Offer adapted to seniors
    Vestiaire
    • cloakroom
    Équipements
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • magnifying glass loan
    • cane wheelchair loan
    • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • horizontal support rail
    • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
    Escalier
    • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    • private staircase adapted for secure movement
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • Legible information plates
    • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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