They are situated in the Petit Chateau and look out over the
large balcony that stands above the moat and these are accessed by the Escalier d'Honneur
or in English called the Staircase of Honour and shortly after the Duc d'Aumale's marriage
to Princess de Salerne, he had these decorated by the Romantic painter Eugène Lami during
the years 1845 and 1846.
The Chateau de Chantilly has a vast museum
called the Conde Museum and is the only
museum to hold three Raphael paintings apart from the very famous French museum, The
Louvre, but whilst exploring this museum, you cannot miss seeing the Petits
Appartements that consist of nine really beautifully decorated rooms.
The Salon de Guise
The Salon de Guise was actually the Duchess's Anti-chamber and this particular room houses
family portraits, which includes the portrait of the Duc d'Aumale at the age of nine that
was produced by Robert Fleury. Other portraits are of his two sons, Le Prince de
Condé, who unfortunately died in 1866 at the age of twenty-one and the Duc de Guise, who
died in 1872 at the age of eighteen, which is why the Duc d'Aumale had no heirs in which
to pass the Chantilly to.
Chambre de la duchesse
The Duchess's bedroom called the Chambre de la Duchesse is decorated in a style that was
very much in fashion during the July Monarchy. You will be able to see a large
canopied bed and padded furniture with King Louis XV style chairs. There is also a
Neogothic prayer stool and the ceiling has been painted beautifully with birds, roses and
a monogram of the Duchess, which was completed in 1845.
The Duchess's bedroom is covered in violet satin and brocaded with silver, which is
reproduced on the furniture. The Grohe brothers who were the cabinet makers for King Louis
Philippe produced the inlaid furniture and the piano that you will also be able to view
Know as the Little Monkey Room, the Petite Singerie is situated on the ground floor of the
Petit Chateau and stands between the apartments of the Duc and Duchesse de Bourbon.
Chambre du Duc d'Aumale
The Chambre du Duc d'Aumale was the Duc's bedroom and contains a very military style bed
and an incredible roll top desk that was also produced by the Grohe cabinet makers and was
given to Duc d'Aumale as a present from King Louis Philippe in 1845.
Above the bed you will be able to see a portrait of his mother, Queen Maria Amélie, when
she was still Duchess d'Orleans and the Duc d'Aumale as a young child that were produced
by the Baron Gerard.
Incredibly, his bathroom was provided with hot and cold water.
The Salon de Condé and the Salle de Marbre
The Salon de Condé and the Salle de Marbre, or Marble Room were both decorated in the
Renaissance style and both rooms have a chimney.
Within these rooms you will be able to see a bust of the Duc de Bourbon and a bust of the
Duc d'Orleans, called The Souvenir des Orleans, plus furniture that had been inspired by
the 16th century.
And after the year 1886, the Petits Appartements were centrally heated and lit by gas.
The Chateau de Chantilly is only about an hour from the City
of Paris and travelling by car from Paris you would need to take the A1 motorway,
Autoroute du Nord and take the Chantilly exit or from Lille you would need to take the
To get to Chantilly by train from Paris you can go from the Gare du Nord, which takes
around 30 minutes or from Chatelet les Halles on the RER line D that takes around 45
The Chateau de Chantilly is open every day of the week except for a Tuesday and on
From 1st April through to the end of October it is open from 10am to 6pm.
From November through to the end of March the castle is open from 10.30am to 5pm.
Address & Contact Details:
Chateau de Chantilly
Telephone: 3 44 27 31 80
For Group Information and Reservations Telephone: 3 44 27 31 80