No drama for this French chateau restoration

Chateau de Villette  book p.208

Guillaume Picon enjoys the restored elegance on show at Château de Villette in Val d’Oise

When Château de Villette’s new owners arrived in 2011, they decided to undertake a complete restoration of the estate, encompassing the chateau, outbuildings, and gardens. In order to carry out these large-scale, ambitious plans, they enlisted the help of Pierre-André Lablaude, chief architect to the Monuments Historiques, and the interior decorator Jacques Garcia.

The present owners of the chateau have set out to restore it to its full magnificence, thus recreating the setting in which an inimitably French art de vivre was able to blossom so completely.

The interiors are now furnished with eighteenth-century pieces and objets, and the authenticity of the ambience had been enhanced by the use of precious fabrics, specially woven by skilled artisans, in the principal reception rooms and bedrooms.

Set in its gardens embellished with decorative parterres and water features, the Château de Villette is now revealed once again in its true splendour, a serene reflection of that moment of perfection that was France during the Enlightenment.

They wanted to decorate the ...

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