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Unwind and Embrace History: Chantilly, Your Perfect Retreat Outside Paris

Chantilly historic destination near Paris for events and incentive trips

If you’re in search of a historic destination just outside Paris that offers relaxation and charm, for your next event or incentive trip, then Chantilly and its enchanting surroundings come highly recommended.

Only 40km away from the bustling streets of Paris, Chantilly provides the ideal setting for your guests to slow down and unwind. Conveniently accessible, it’s a mere 30-minute drive from Charles De Gaulle Airport or a short 20-minute train journey from Gard du Nord. Yet, as soon as you arrive, you’ll feel a world away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Embark on a captivating journey through French history with a visit to the grand Domaine de Chantilly. This exquisite estate serves as a fascinating crash course in the country’s rich past. The echoes of Molière’s premieres still linger within its hallowed halls, while the artistic touch of Le Nôtre has left behind breathtaking formal gardens. As if that wasn’t enough, the allure of Chantilly’s little hamlet even inspired Marie-Antoinette herself to create her own charming rural getaway. Unravel the secrets of France’s captivating history as you step into the enchanting world of Domaine de Chantilly.

Appealing to a variety of interests, Chantilly-Senlis ensures there’s something for everyone during your event. Equestrian enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover that Chantilly is one of the most important equestrian training centers in the world, boasting over 3,000 trained racehorses in the area. From touring the training center to witnessing exciting horse racing, jumping,and polo matches, or even enjoying horse riding through the scenic forest, the options are abundant.

For history lovers, Chantilly is a treasure trove of castles, abbeys, and gardens waiting to be explored. Step back in time while wandering through the cobbled streets of Senlis, where echoes of gladiators’ battles resonate. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Notre-Dame Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece with its magnificent 78-meter high spire.

A visit to the Château de Chantilly is an absolute must. Rebuilt by the Duke of Aumale in the late 19th century, this stunning masterpiece is nestled within 6,000 hectares of forest and lakes. Inside, the Conde Museum houses France’s second-largest collection of historical paintings after the Louvre. Art enthusiasts will be delighted by works from renowned artists such as Poussin, Ingres, and Raphael.

Nature lovers can savour the unspoiled landscapes of Chantilly, with its abundance of hiking trails and cycle routes, perfect for leisurely exploration. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Potager des Princes, a unique vegetable garden featuring a range of activities, from rabbit races to shepherd dog demonstrations. During the summer, the picturesque theater ‘La Scene au Jardin’ opens up to the pond, providing an idyllic setting for private events.

And of course, there’s the delectable Chantilly whipped cream, a culinary delight enjoyed worldwide. Guests can enjoy this treat at the area’s finest restaurants or, for a truly memorable experience, become a “Master Whipper” by joining a class with the Brotherhood of Whipped Cream. Whip, taste and leave with a cherished certificate.

When it comes to accommodation, Chantilly-Senlis offers two outstanding options:

L’Abuerge du jeu de Paume: This charming hotel is located adjacent to the stone archway leading to the Château de Chantilly grounds. It offers 7 meeting rooms, with a capacity of up to 150 people. The 92 rooms and suites feature picturesque views of the courtyard or château gardens and lake, exuding warmth and elegance with their iconic blue or bordeaux-colored toile de Jouy print fabric curtains and bed panels. Guests can indulge in relaxation at the Valmont spa, hammam, sauna, and the hotel’s inviting indoor pool.

The Grand Pavilion Hotel Chantilly: Set within a 17-hectare estate, this luxurious hotel boasts 215 spacious and well-equipped rooms, including 14 lavish suites with a contemporary design. The stone buildings, formerly a laundry dating back to the 18th century, now house modern meeting spaces, including a large ballroom, all with ample natural daylight. Guests can enjoy the serene courtyard for dining and take part in wellbeing activities, such as yoga and thrilling dragon boat challenges on the canals of the Chateau.

Activities and Incentive Trip ideas in Chantille-Senlis

  • Become a “Master Whipper” – Chantilly cream workshops
  • Adventure thrills – Tree climbing, mystery trails, treetop surfing in the forests, excursion in quads or on mountain bikes in Chantilly forest or take a more relaxed approach with outdoor yoga
  • Equestrian delights – Experience the delights of Polo, suitable for everyone, followed by Argentinian cuisine
  • Fine dining – experience a ‘Golden Age’ party in a nearby château
  • Team-building activity – Olympics sports and fun in Chantilly forest or tailored games organised in the château grounds.

Chantilly and its surrounding area promise a truly unforgettable experience, offering a blend of relaxation, history, and engaging activities for your events and incentive trips. It makes a great destination as a countryside escape, either on its own or combined with a trip to Paris.


How To Get There

  • When it comes to travelling to Paris, our top choice is Eurostar—a low carbon, sustainable solution that aligns perfectly with our commitment to eco-friendly travel. Eurostar not only provides a convenient and efficient way to reach the heart of the city but also allows us to reduce our carbon footprint. As event professionals dedicated to making a positive impact, we proudly recommend Eurostar as the preferred mode of travel to Paris, ensuring a greener and more sustainable journey for all.
  • TER trains from Gare du Nord take about 25 minutes to Chantilly-Gouvieux station. From there, it’s a 20-minute walk to the Domaine, or we can arrange for electric vehicles to take you to the Chateaux or directly to your hotel.

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