The Greater Paris Area, also known as the Île-de-France, embraces visitors with a wealth of cultural, historic, and natural treasures. It extends beyond the iconic city limits to a land of ancient woods and rolling vineyards. It invites travellers to explore medieval castles, wander the cobbled lanes of chocolate-box villages, and taste some of the finest wines in all of France. Renting a luxury chateau or villa in this region allows you to enjoy the verdant countryside with easy access to the delights of Paris.
The most notable draw in the region is the eye-watering Palace of Versailles. This UNESCO World Heritage Site stands as a testament to the opulence and splendour of the age of the French monarchy. It was the pet project of King Louis XIV, showcasing intricate craftsmanship and artistry throughout, from the famous Hall of Mirrors to the fountain-babbling gardens outside.
The Forest of Fontainebleau is also here. Once a favourite hunting ground of French kings and nobles, it now offers a peaceful escape from the buzz of downtown Paris. Bridle trails and hiking paths wind through the thick groves of hemlock and oak. But there’s also history and culture – head to the opulent Chateau de Fontainebleau and its rich art galleries.
On the northwestern extremity of the Paris Area is Giverny, the beloved home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Visit Monet’s house and walk through the blooming gardens that inspired many of his most famous paintings. They hit a zenith at the iconic Japanese bridge and water lilies, which the master painted time and time again.
What’s great about luxury villas and chateau rentals near Paris is that you get the peace and quiet of a rural French escape but with the hubbub of the big city right on the doorstep. After a quick drive down the road, you can hop through the haute couture shops of the Champs-Élysées or dine in Michelin-star bistros in the Eiffel Tower. Once done, return to your base in the countryside, surrounded by lush vineyards and time-stood-still villages.
- The UNESCO Palace of Versailles
- Beautiful Giverny, the home of Monet
- Stunning art collections in Chantilly
- Go horse riding in the old hunting ground of the Forest of Fontainebleau
- Take day trips into the heart of Paris for shopping and sightseeing
- Enjoy wine tasting in the Upper Loire Valley